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Open Minds

(Mindjack #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  9,158 ratings  ·  1,103 reviews
When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep.

Sixteen-year-old Kira Moore is a zero, someone who can’t read thoughts or be read by others. Zeros are outcasts who can’t be trusted, leaving her no chance with Raf, a regular mindreader and the best friend she secretly loves. When she accidentally controls Raf’s mind and nearly kills him, Kira tries to hide
Published (first published October 24th 2011)
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Apr 26, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One
I shivered under the covers, sending a wave of pink sheen down the length of it. If anyone found out I could control thoughts, they'd lock me away in a laboratory. Do experiments. Dissect my brain. I understood why Simon insisted this had to be a secret. Simon, with his dark eyes and smirky grin.

BOOK #10 in Carmen-Downloads-20-Free-Ebooks-Onto-Her-Kindle-Day. More widely known as March 3rd, 2015.

I hated this book. I finished it - resisting the urge to DNF it that came over me about 65 times in t
Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book.

3.5 Stars

The cool thing about this story is that something has happened to create a new mutation in the human race. Now everyone has the ability to read minds, except for a small group that are called Zeros. Since nobody can tell what they're thinking, they are treated very poorly. They don't get accepted into colleges, are only allowed to hold the most menial jobs, and dating or marrying one of them is looked down on because they are considered mental
The setting in Open Minds is a future world (late 21st century) where almost everyone is a “reader.” Chemicals in the environment triggered a massive genetic evolution spawning generations of mind readers. During puberty, children begin to both involuntarily send out their thoughts and read the thoughts of others in range, which means most conversations take place mentally.

Some children never go through the change and are designated as zeros. Sixteen year old Kira Moore is a zero….or so she thi
Samuel Vega
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meh
I figured I should do a review of this book, since I read it recently and I guess I am still thinking about it. You must be thinking, “Wow Sam, you’re still thinking about this book. It must be good!” Then you see my two star rating and you’re confused. Well don’t be. Yes, I’m thinking about this book, but hardly in any way that is positive. In fact, the more I think about it the more I kind of dislike it. But I’ll try to get this out of me before, the rating drops any more.

As with all of my re
Diana Stormblessed
How can you not love a book that's set in the northern suburbs of the greatest city in the world? Ok, so I might be a little biased on the backdrop given that I too call those northern suburbs home, but in all seriousness, the book was something else.

Kira is going through life as a zero. In a world where everyone is expected to be able to read everyone else's mind, she's one of the rare people that can't, and that makes her society's outcast. The story was wonderfully original. And the world bui
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
Actual rating: 3,5*

Really enjoyable book. This was such a disturbing possibility for humanity's future, but I love disturbing stories so I found it super interesting. The concept of the whole mind-reading and mind-jacking abilities was super interesting, and I was always edgy while reading "Open Minds". The characters did irritate me a bit at some points, but the mistery behind all of this was really good. The author's writing style is simple and very easy to get through. Although this book didn
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could not put down this book! From the very beginning, Kira's adventures and the world of readers, jackers and zeroes is riveting. If you are a fan of the Hunger Games trilogy this should be your next read! You will get hooked! Eagerly waiting for the 2nd book in the Mindjack Trilogy!  ...more
Jade Eby
Oct 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published at my blog Chasing Empty Pavements

I could barely wait until today to post my review of this awesome book!!

The Good: Talk about mindjacking…I’m not entirely sure Susan Kaye Quinn didn’t jack into my mind herself to make me fall in love with this book! This book is full of awesome. Firstly, the concept was fresh and unique…we’ve all heard of “mind readers” but this is a new take on it with a twist. Quinn created a totally believable world where the norm is being able to read m
D. Robert Pease
Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Open Minds is one of those stories that took me by surprise. I'm not a big fan of the paranormal romance boom, I mean really, I'm a forty-five year-old male. But this story had just enough action, just enough intrigue to keep me interested. And in the end it was very light on the romance anyway, with only limited "snogging" between characters.

What Open Minds is then, is a well-thought-out look at what would happen in a world where everyone could read minds. There are no secrets. There can be ver
Dec 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmmm… I'm not sure what to make of this book. It's not that the writing was bad because it wasn't, but it's so psychologically and mentally disturbing that I'm just stunned, I guess. So I'm not sure I can fairly judge whether I like the book or not. So the following review is merely one or the merits and weakness of the book and not whether or not I actually enjoyed the story.

Overall, I think it was a very creatively written story, and I'm impressed that Quinn has created such a world. However,
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I first encountered Open Minds (Mindjack, #1) when the blog Pixel of Ink made mention of it being a Kindle freebie. I snapped it up and, when I wanted something different from the series I have been reading of later, opened it eagerly.

This is a YA book. Not a YA-categorized-but-really-adults-will-have-as-much-fun-as-tweens-reading-it YA, but a real honest to goodness if-your-worst-problems-in-life-aren't-how-to-make-it-to-your-locker-and-the-bathroom-during-the-three-minute-passing-period-then-y
Sarah Elizabeth
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Kira is a zero. Everyone else in the world can read each other’s minds, except for the zeros who are shunned for being different, and although Kira still has
Everyone tells Kira that there’s still time for her to change, but Kira has little hope, her grandmother was a zero too.

One day something strange happens though; just as her best friend Raf is about to kiss her, she shouts ‘no’ in her mind, and knocks him out! When another student (Simon) then
Rhiannon Frater
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites



I had just finished Scot Westerfeld's UGLIES series when I started reading Open Minds. I was really worried about jumping into a new book after the awesomeness of the UGLIES series. It's always rough to read a truly amazing story and then pick up a new book feeling fairly certain it will let you down.

OPEN MINDS did not let me down at all. If anything, it kept me reading long after I should have been asleep and hurrying to finish tasks so I could indulge in the world that Susan
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
This book had an interesting concept. It was a dystopian with almost a paranormal twist.
In the year 2090 people are mind readers and communicators. No one speaks. Everyone talks to each other through their head. Except the zeros, the kids who don't change and still have to speak. Kira is a zero, or at least that's what she thinks until one day Simon shows her otherwise. She is introduced to the world of mind jacking, where others can't hear your thoughts or what you are saying unless you choose
Nov 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: givaways
First I would like to thank Sue for sending me a copy of OPEN MINDS. Thank you so much for opening my mind to this fantasy that you have created. OPEN MINDS was hands down one of the best YA books that I have read. It arrived in the mail yesterday, but I got it around seven when I got home from the bookstore. I cracked it open immediately leaving my bookstore purchases untouched. Admittedly it took me 30 or so pages to get into it and I stumbled over the lingo a bit. Once I had it figured out, t ...more
Michelle Isenhoff
I have read over two hundred MG/YA books since reading The Hunger Games, a series that totally floored me. Out of those hundreds, Open Minds is the only one that glued my butt to my couch as The Hunger Games did. In fact, this review will be a little off-the-cuff, because I didn't slow down to take notes like I usually do.

Open Minds has a dystopian feel to it. Kira lives in Chicago in a world very different from ours. Because of a mutation linked to chemicals in the water supply, people have dev
Grace Krispy
Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This unique and original storyline had me on the edge of my seat, and I was generally unwilling to put the book down. The idea of a future where mind reading was the norm was interesting enough, but when the twist of mind-jacking was thrown in, it became positively enthralling. The author weaves details into the story bit by bit to let readers get to know the rules and norms of society at their own pace. New vocabulary is learned through the context of the setting, and I found myself enjoying th ...more
I was a bit confused in the beginning, but that may have been more my fault than the authors since I can sometimes be slow when it comes to understanding Sci Fi novels. However I also had issues with the bland story and found the main character to be annoying and idiotic. The gaping plot holes also did not help to improve my thoughts of this book.

Steer clear of this book unless you are a very forgiving reader. 1.5/5
Oct 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an absolutely fantastic start to the series! I loved this from start to finish and don't know if I'm going to be able to wait for the next book in the series to come out.. it was THAT good!! ...more
~ Rose ~ ☯Desert Rose❀
My Review
4 Roses

In a world where everyone can read minds, it's an oddity to be disconnected from everyone, and have to actually talk to someone to communicate. For Kira Moore, that's exactly what she's dealing with. She's been labeled a Zero, as if being different wasn't bad enough. She's holding out hope for just being a late bloomer though, and changing this year. Being disconnected from everyone seems like the biggest thing going wrong in her life...til she falls into Simon's lap...literally.

Simon's a mind-
Elle (ellexamines)
2.5 stars. This book is a walking trope. An enjoyable walking trope, but a walking trope nonetheless.

So there's a girl, and she has a crush on her best guy friend, and he keeps dating really pretty girls who she looks down on and who are popular and mean to her. She discovers she has special powers, and she gets arrested for it. Then she starts falling for a really hot bad boy. The drama surrounding whether or not shall survive the damn series is overshadowed by the drama over which guy she'll
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating - 3.5

The main character annoyed me slightly at points, but I liked her for the majority of the book.

This was a decent read, which managed to keep my interest throughout.
Joanna Marple
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so excited to share today’s review with you. It’s always a privilege to be part of the launch of a book that you know will deeply satisfy its readers, both male and female, in the case of Open Minds.

The only other protagonist that has truly dragged me into her world from page one this year, is Katniss, and I can assure you, you are going to care just as much about Kira’s outcome as Katniss’ survival in the Hunger Games. This comes from someone who is not normally into YA paranormal science
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Looking for a futuristic YA dystopian adventure where the angst is low and the creativity is on full throttle? Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn follows one teen girl as she attempts to function as a zero (non-gifted) in a world filled with humans with the ability to read minds. Is she a late bloomer or is there more to her than meets the mind? “Readers” are accepted, but there are a few who can overpower them mentally, “Mindjackers,”who are considered dangerous and are herded into camps to control ...more
I have to say it right from the start - beginning with chapter one of Open Minds, Susan Kaye Quinn blew my mind wide-open! The very beginning, her main character, Kira, has a point of view rarely seen in YA Paranormal. She's the one without the power. Even her best friend, Rafael, went through the change and can read minds, except hers. Kira's narration takes you through the grueling experience of trying to get through a day in high school where everyone else can read minds. Imagine not having ...more
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Wow – just when I was getting a little bored of YA a book like this comes along and just woes me back! What I loved was that at first I thought I was reading a typical story of a teen girl who discovers she has extra-ordinary powers, and while that is the starting point the story then moves rapidly changing direction and leaving me twisting in the gale like a wind chime.

When we first meet Kira, she is a zero – someone who neither projects her thoughts or receives others and is rapidly passing th
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
In the future your thoughts are no longer precious and private, they are a way of life. And if you can't read others minds, then you’re a zero. Kira is hoping that she is just a late bloomer, but reality is sinking in and she knows she is a nothing, a zero. Her friends have all went through the change and Kira is left snubbed and forgotten by her classmates. Only Raf, her best friend, still talks to her. But Kira knows its only a matter of time before Raf leaves to go on to college leaving her b ...more
Patricia J. O'Brien
A fast-paced thriller set in a world where mind-reading is the norm, and Kira, the teen-age protagonist is a freak--a zero, who hasn't developed the ability to communicate by thought. But what really sets her apart and catapults her into danger is her newly-discovered ability to jack into other people's minds and control them.
When she realizes there is a subculture of jackers, who range from benign undercover citizens to vicious criminals and ruthless military agents, she faces choices she coul
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I discovered this local author through a colleague who met Susan Kaye Quinn at a book talk. I was honored when she agreed to speak at the high school where I teach. Now, after reading OPEN MINDS, I am more than excited!!! Moreover, when I asked one of my classes if they read this book, more than a few hands instantly burst up and I can now see why. Full disclosure here - having (finally) completed the Hunger Games trilogy early on in the school year and currently awaiting the arrival of the 3rd ...more
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
~"We were stuck with who we were."~

Open Minds was the exact book I was looking for. I wanted to read something that took place in the future, was science fiction, and had some tragedy in it. This book was THAT. Kira is our protagonist, and she is at first, very weak and considered "a freak". Throughout the book, she develops into an extremely strong character! The second half of the story reminded me of Maximum Ride by James Patterson, so of course I loved it.

The author uses lots of similes and
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Susan Kaye Quinn is a rocket scientist turned speculative fiction author who now uses her PhD to invent cool stuff in books. Her works range from young adult science fiction to adult future-noir, with side trips into royal fantasy romance and middle grade. Her bestselling novels and short stories have been optioned for Virtual Reality, translated into German and French,

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