I received this book as 1 of 11 novels in the What Tomorrow May Bring set, sent to me in exchange for a review, and man I’m grateful to have this set because it’s frickin’ awesome.
In a world where people become mind readers when they hit puberty, Kira is worried that she’ll never gain the ability and be classed a ‘zero’ for the rest of her life. Zeros are seen as freaks – outcasts – and will never be trusted because people can not read their thoughts. However, Kira discovers she can use her mind… but differently from everyone else.
I thought about how lonely it would be to be isolated in one’s own mind and being the only one needing to communicate through voice. Everyone communicates in their minds, even the teachers teach their lessons through their mind-reading abilities so Kira is constantly surrounded by silence. She is isolated from everyone around her, cut off from the world, and left to feel inadequate.
I loved the pacing of this book, particularly how Kira’s thoughts and worries smoothly run into informing us about the past, how mindreading developed and became the norm. Once we’ve settled into Kira’s world, everything starts to change. The plot is very exciting and complex and just kept taking me further and further into the dystopian world and it’s troubles.
A Different Angle
This novel focusses on the affects on society and individuals when the human race changes, rather than the affect on the people when society is changed, and I liked that particular edge to this dystopian world. It also reflects on the past and mistakes that humans seem to repeat.
Before having completed the book, I could already see how it could set up a sequel, and surely enough Open Minds is the first in the Mindjack Trilogy!
I’m giving this book 4 stars because when I had finished I was so eager to read the sequel and find out the consequences of Kira’s heroic actions.
Rating: 4 Stars