Author: Susan Kaye Quinn
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Description: 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 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 world of mindjackers, where having to mind control everyone she loves is just the beginning of the deadly choices before her. -- Goodreads
My thoughts: I received a free kindle version of Open Minds about a year ago. Since I'm considering self-publishing, I figured I should finally give it a try. Unfortunately, I tend to be a little more harsh when it comes to reading indie novels. I feel the content should be just as good as a traditionally published book and I will nitpick every little thing. As a result, I didn't enjoy the story as much as I probably should have.
Overall, I thought the novel was well-written. No grammar mistakes (that I could find, anyway), the writing flowed well and was quick to read. Descriptions were great and I was fully in the character's head. I have absolutely no problem with the writing style, save for a few of the terms she made up. Like "mesh." Unless I missed the significance of the word, it's like she just used it to replace "cool." Otherwise, I enjoyed the the story's premise. The idea of living in a society where everyone can read everyone's minds creeps me out. I have some pretty disturbing thoughts that should never be shared with anyone. Ever.
Lately, I'm finding it more difficult to make a connection with main characters. Kira really annoyed me at first and I think it's partly because I'm becoming tired of insecure female first-person voices. The first few chapters felt like a pity party. Kira can't link her thoughts with other people, so no one except her friend Raf will acknowledge her presence, the pervy boys at school take advantage of her, and she feels like she has no future. Of course, by the end of the story, she gains confidence and all that, but I never really connected with her, and I didn't find her particularly unique. Perhaps I didn't like her because she didn't embrace her mindjacking powers and use them on unsuspecting people like I would have. Truly, I think I'm a villain at heart.