Open Minds, by Susan Kaye Quinn, takes place in the year 2110, where most people gain the ability to read minds during adolescence. Those who don’t gain this ability are known as “zeroes”. Kira is a sixteen year old who has not “changed” and is resigned to the life of a zero: someone who is not trusted since their minds cannot be read, someone who will never have an important job and who is one step above the unfortunates who couldn’t deal with hearing everyone’s thoughts and are now demens. But one day Kira accidentally learns that she has a power even greater than reading minds: she has the ability to control minds. Later she finds out that this is called mind jacking. She meets others with this ability but it seems like hers is different, more powerful. However, jackers are in a lot of danger. The FBI is searching for jackers to put in concentration camps so experiments could be run on them, and it’s up to Kira to save them.
I thought that the concept of a mind reading world was interesting, especially when not everyone was going to change to a mind reader. The author created a believable setting of how normal situations would function if everyone read minds, like school for example. I personally don’t like the idea much of mind reading, but anyway.
This is very much a YA dystopian novel, so it was at times predictable. Of course the main character had a special ability, and of course she was able to fight the gas that knocked all of her fellow jackers out (…like Tris and serums…). The main character annoyed me at times. She became the girlfriend of a guy she only spoke with on pretty much three occasions, and from that point on they were kissing every chance they got. At first, the book had a lot of back and forth. Go to school…go back home, see mom…go to school…go back home, speak to mom…go to school…go back home, ignore mom.
This book had its good moments and I liked the world building but it didn’t wow me. It didn’t make me want to read the sequels. I never felt anything emotionally for Kira, or for the other characters either. I would suggest this for teen and up. It is a YA novel, after all. There is kissing or mention of kissing a few times but the main content would be violence. I give this book a 3 out of 5 starts.