Release Date: November 1, 2011
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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.
The cool thing about this story is that something has happened to create a new mutation in the human race. Now everyone has the ability to read minds, except for a small group that are called Zeros. Since nobody can tell what they're thinking, they are treated very poorly. They don't get accepted into colleges, are only allowed to hold the most menial jobs, and dating or marrying one of them is looked down on because they are considered mentally retarded.
Usually the ability to read minds manifests around puberty, and since Kira is already sixteen it looks like she's doomed to become a Zero. That is, until she accidentally discovers that while she may not be able to read minds, she can control minds. With the help of Simon, who also has this same ability, she learns that she can jack into others' thoughts and pass as a mindreader.
Unfortunately, Simon wants to do more than just pass and blend in with everyone else. He's involved with a frightening group of mindjackers that want Kira'a abilities, and won't take no for an answer.
In an effort to escape this group, she inadvertently puts herself on the government's radar. And while the vast majority of the population has no idea that people like her exist, the government is fully aware of their existence. With mindjackers that are able to implant false memories working for government task forces, people like Kira can disappear...and no one is ever the wiser.
I didn't really feel any real chemistry between Raf and Kira, but it was still a sweet BFF turned boyfriend kind of love story. Maybe it heats up a bit as the trilogy progresses? I actually thought Simon had more potential, but it looks like that won't be in the cards. I also peeked at the next two books, and it seems like the story probably gets even better.
Open Minds is overall a pretty interesting page-turner, so I'd definitely recommend it for someone looking for a good sci-fi book in the young adult genre.