Funny but perfect timing. Here last week I was just talking about reading books with my inner-editor hat on, and how only certain books can sweep me up so completely that I forget I'm wearing that hat.
Well! This weekend I read one of those books. OPEN MINDS by Susan Kaye Quinn.
OPEN MINDS is a YA science fiction novel. Here's the summary:
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 underworld of mindjackers, where having to mind control everyone she loves is just the beginning of the deadly choices before her.
I usually grade pretty hard when I write reviews. I would probably give this a 4.6 or 4.7 out of 5. It's not heavy sci-fi, by the way--not full of overbearing sciency stuff.
The science fiction elements and futuristic world-building were done very well, which made the story more real. I enjoyed the writing style of the author and how she phrased things, for instance the description of how laughter would sound in someone's mind (as other people are mentally laughing or being amused). The invented slang such as "mesh" (cool) and "pravers" (degenerate/evil people) were really fun and apt. I'd enthuse more over details, but I don't want to spoil the experience for anyone!
STUFF TO IMPROVE
The things that I felt could be improved about this book were minor. Near the end there's a detail that seems a little too coincidental to me, and the word "snuck" is used 3 times, which sets off my overly sensitive grammar-radar. ("Sneaked" is the proper past tense of sneak, not snuck. If you have a "snuck" in your ms, go take it out! Unless it's in dialogue, of course.)
There were 7-8 instances of spaces omitted, typos that may be fixed in later editions since I notified Susan of them. Also, in a couple of places things were repeated by the main character that had already been explained. I didn't mind that too much, because some of the ideas were complex and more time was needed to wrap my head around them.
CHECK IT OUT
This is the very first ebook I've ever bought. I read the first pages on Susan's site and had to get it. The ebook on Amazon is only $2.99. What a deal!!
Read the first chapter sample HERE.
Rip on over to Amazon and buy it HERE.
Have you read this book yet? (if so, you're fast, since it just came out!)
Do you like to read YA science fiction, or is it not quite your genre?
What books have you read that have been so good that you've ignored your editor hat?