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 mind reader and the best friend she secretly loves. When she accidentally controls Raf's mind and nearly kills him, Kira tries to hide her frightening new ability from her family and an increasingly suspicious Raf. But lies tangle around her, and she's dragged deep into a hidden underworld of mind jackers, where having to mind control everyone she loves is just the beginning of the deadly choices before her.
©2011 Susan Kaye Quinn (P)2013 Susan Kaye Quinn
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I purchased this audible book to sync with the Kindle version. I typically do this because as I get deeper into a story I enjoy I find it hard to put down and having the audible version means I can usually continue the story while I do chores around the house. In this case however, I found myself so annoyed with the narrator that I actually only listened to about 25% of it via audio book.
As for the story itself....there was not enough character development of Kira (the protagonist) for me to ever really come to like or care about her. Or any of the characters really. Simon seems abusive while Raf seems altogether too ineffectual. To say more would involve spoilers.
The only word to describe the narrator's voice is "irritating". Perhaps she was chosen because she has a "young" sounding voice and the protagonist of the story is a teenager. Which would be fine if she injected a little enthusiasm for the story and inflection into her reading. Additionally, she manages to mis-pronounce several words and she just sounds plain BORED with the story.
The author does wrap everything up well enough at the conclusion that I could put the story aside and be well with that...It certainly did not leave me wanting more.
"Just getting started"
I don't like the Performance. I have fallen asleep three times trying to listen to this book. I think her voice is too monotone. The story though is good so far.
This is my first book by Susan Kaye Quinn
no I would not.
Yes I would go see it.
I am just the first 5 chapters into the book, I like it. I like the premise and so far it's good. I just have a hard time with the performance.
Good story that was hindered by the reader. the idea that our minds have evolved to the point we can do things with our minds us awesome. the fact some evolved differently is probable. and of course there will be some who will want to stop or control progress. check it out. it's good
"Your typical zero to hero"
I really enjoyed the narrator. She pulls off the bored defeated tone as well as excited and sarcastic. I know some narrators can be overly enthusiastic, but she handled it perfectly. She also manages to sound young and believable as the main character.
The story, on the other hand, impressed me a little less. I think it would have been better without the love triangle. The plot doesn't have anything particularly new. The main character going from weak to powerful is a common trope in YA (and especially anime), but I like it. The story was face paced and has some action in it, though admittedly I've read better action scenes.
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"What a first book!!!"
I've had this book since it first came out but kept putting it off, I actually couldn't tell you why, it just didn't intrigue me enough I think, plus I thought it was primarily a romance, don't ask me where I got that from!!! Lol. Well what a mistake that was. This book was awesome!!
In a world where everyone can hear your every thought, how do you keep a secret? That's what Kira has to do. Everyone thinks her a Zero, someone whom you can't read nor can they read you, but she has a secret that she has to keep because if it comes to light, it could kill her!
Kira was such an awesome character. She believes herself to be a Zero, someone looked down upon, but she finds out what she is and it could mean the death of her. She is determined, brave, loyal and a great heroine. I loved that she tried her best despite her lack of mind reading. I also loved her friendship with Rafe. He is a true friend to her throughout.
The plot was fast paced and addicting. The world the author created was captivating. I loved the different mind readers and how the author expanded on that. This is a book that will grip you from the very first page and not let go till the very end.
I loved pretty much everything about this!! The world building is unique and gripping. The characters were all well written and developed and the plot was truly entertaining. In fact, this is a must read!! Bring on book 2!
Kelli Shane did a good job, in parts. She had plenty of range and tone, she just didn't give a great performance. I think she needed to become more invested in the story!
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Creative, engaging and entertaining story. Interesting concept and plotline. Really like the world the author has created. Living in a world where everyone can read minds. That's a scary thought. Every thought open to the world. No thank you.
How can you keep a secret in a world where everyone can read minds? A very dangerous secret.
Kira Moore thinks she is a Zero. She is about to find out that she is much, much more. A Mindjacker. Something that is a very dangerous thing to be. With Simon to show her how to use her new abilities Kira discovers a whole new world. As Kira is discovering her "new" world, she has also been discovered.
Don't really care for the love triangle.
Kelli Shane does the narration for this book. The narration is to monotone, no inflection, no emotion. She does have different character voices, some of which are very good. Her young sounding voice does fit the story. I had to listen a little at a time which is a shame because I really did enjoy the story. I do have to say she is a better narrator than many I have listened to.
This audiobook was provided by the narrator, author or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
"What a wonderful surprise"
I wasn't expecting this book to be like it was so it was a great surprise and an enjoyment. I'd wake up in the middle of the night just to listen to it.
Don't mess with a Jacker
I look forward to the other 2 books in this trilogy and I hope they are as good as the first because I want to know the rest of this story. This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom
"Great story all around!"
Open Minds is an excellent read! The storyline is original and nicely written. In this society most people are Readers, meaning they read minds and talk through common consciousness. Those that can’t read are labeled Zero’s. Kira is a zero or at least she thinks so until she’s introduced to mind-jacking then a whole new world is opened up for her.
Along with reading and min-jacking Kira is also a regular teenage girl who has a massive crush on her best friend Raf. He’s a reader and since she’s a zero thinks he’s not interested in her other than friendship. When she meets Simon she falls hook, line and sinker but, even that gets complicated.
Something that really got me is how the author adds tastes and scents to people’s minds, very creative. I enjoyed Kelli Shane’s performance as much as I loved the story. I thought she was a perfect match. Great story all around!
"KEEP AND OPEN MIND WITH THIS BOOK"
Interesting concept of mind communication. A good start to a YA series with a different type of topic. I will listen to book 2 (if and when available). I recommend this series to fellow YA lovers.
Narration, Kelli Shane, really good.
Really good book here! Kira Moore is 16 and what is known as a zero. The world has evolved into a society of mind readers. But 16 is getting late and Kira has not developed into a reader. She's an outcast - zeroes can't be trusted, because you can't read their thoughts. But one day Kira stumbles into Simon and they touch. For readers, this is not encouraged, because it very quickly becomes intimate. But Kira's a zero so why is he looking at her like that!
Simon gets with Kira and explains to her that she's what's known as a jacker and so is he. They have a different ability...the ability to jack other's minds and make them think or see or do whatever they want. He's been jacking everyone to believe that they can read his thoughts - and think he's a reader just like them. He tells Kira that he'll help teach her how to manage her power and how to blend in with the rest of the school. But see, with this kind of power, you can see that it could be used to do some very bad things!
And there are some very bad jackers out there - and some of them even work for the government!
Really enjoyable book! Fast paced, smartly written, sweet angsty love story threading through, along with a lot of action. Completely enjoyed and will definitely continue this series!
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