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Excellent introduction to young adult series

  • Dec 15, 2012
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A zero is someone who can’t read minds; in a world of mind-readers that’s not something your best friend wants you to be. But all the wishing in this world won’t change the fact that Kira’s not gone through the change, while Raf hears all the world and all the corridors of school ring to the sound of his love for the girl who can’t tell what he’s thinking.
Susan Kaye Quinn’s Mind Games introduces the teens of this curious world and nicely fills in how it might feel to hear, to know… to be cruel and to be wounded. Raf’s voice is convincing, torn between the lure of his future and the love of his past, trying to protect without letting himself seem too far out of place. He’s popular. He’s successful. He doesn’t quite know why students still study the fiction of a mind-blind past. And I want to know more.
I want to know who Raf will take to dance. I want to know if Kira can tell what lies behind Jennifer’s smile. And I want there to be hope. By the end of this short story I’m mourning loss and eager to read more novels of the series. The story’s not complete, but the setup is after this enjoyably quick intriguing read. Mind Games introduces a young adult series with a fascinating premise, great characters and justifiably confident writing; it’s highly recommended.
Disclosure: I was lucky enough to get a free ecopy of this short story.

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Sheila Deeth's first novel, Divide by Zero, has just been released in print and ebook formats. Find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, etc. Her spiritual speculative novellas can be found at … more
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Raf, a regular mindreader, is in love with Kira, the only girl in school who can't read minds. Raf struggles to keep his thoughts about her private, but secrets are something that only zeros like Kira can keep. As he works up the nerve to ask Kira to the mindware Games, his friends have other games in mind for him. 

Mind Games is a short story (5,000 words or 18 pages) in the Mindjack Origins series, which are companion stories to the bestselling Mindjack TrilogyMind Games is Raf's story and takes place in the time period before Open Minds (it's a prequel). 

Mindjack Trilogy (novels): Open Minds, Closed Hearts, Free Souls (coming soon)
Mindjack Origins (shorts): Mind Games (prequel to Open Minds), The Handler, The Scribe

Recommended Reading Order
Mind Games (prequel)
Open Minds 
Closed Hearts
The Handler 
The Scribe 
Free Souls  - coming soon
For more information, see MindjackTrilogy.com
"Raf is perfectly drool worthy, but shows kindness and loyalty to his friend, the girl of his dreams ... this is a tantalizing tidbit that makes the reader want more! And more is what you can have ... read more of Raf and Kira's trials and victories in Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn." - Indie Writers Review

"I loved Kira in Open Minds ... but getting Raf's POV in Mind Games was a real treat." -TwiMom101 Book Blogger
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