Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn
Publication Date: November 1, 2011
"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 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." (From Goodreads.com)
Susan Quinn builds an amazing futuristic world where everyone can read mind once they reach puberty and it is those that cannot link in with others that are outcasts and are known as zeros. Kira was an amazing heroine I was drawn into her emotions and world as she struggles against the prejudice of being a zero. I have found a new book boyfriend in Rafe, if I have one complaint about this book it is that there wasn’t enough of Rafe. He protects and supports Kira as best he can as she struggles everyday to make it through school while the teachers teaches telepathically, all electronics are controlled mentally, and she is targeted by bullies (pravers). This has great character development and goes at a great pace as they story unfolds. Even as Kira begins to develop powers she discovers she must hid them or risk even worse prejudice than being a zero (and she’s not the only one). Kira does not set out to become a hero, but does anyway though her courageous actions throughout the book. This was a fantastic read and I can’t wait to read the second book Open Hearts.
You can read the first chapter here.