Sunday, May 10, 2015

Review: Free Souls (Mindjack Trilogy #3) by Susan Kaye Quinn

Release Date: December 14, 2012
Publisher: Create Space Independent Publishing Platform
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Goodreads | Website

When your mind is a weapon, freedom comes at a price.

The final installment of the Mindjack Trilogy is here!
Four months have passed since Kira left home to join Julian’s Jacker Freedom Alliance, but the hole in her heart still whistles empty where her boyfriend Raf used to be. She fills it with weapons training, JFA patrols, and an obsessive hunt for FBI agent Kestrel, ignoring Julian’s worries about her safety and repeated attempts to recruit her for his revolutionary chat-casts. When anti-jacker politician Vellus surrounds Jackertown with the National Guard, Kira discovers there’s more to Julian’s concerns than she knew, but she’s forced to take on a mission that neither want and that might be her last: assassinating Senator Vellus before he can snuff out Julian’s revolution and the jackers she’s come to love.


Saw this one and realized that I was curious enough to finish out the trilogy. Which says something, you know? I mean, there are tons of series that I've dropped over the years, and I don't usually stick with something unless I'm genuinely interested in the outcome. Or maybe I was just out of books to read, and this seemed like a decent option? Whatever the reason, I'm glad I picked up the last book in the Mindjack Trilogy.

Kira and the rebels are trying to get the world in general to accept Mindjackers, but the PR machine that Julian is trying to get off the ground isn't working as well as they'd like. Most Mindreaders are (rightly) terrified by what these people can do, and with the political powerhouse Vellus running a smear campaign against them, things look bleak for Jackertown.
Then there's the problem of Julian being in love with Kira, while she's still trying to get a grip on her feelings with the spoilery thing that happened with Raf. 
Time to move on, girl.

Free Souls was a fairly easy read that bumped along  at a good pace. But after I finished it, I felt sort of meh about the whole experience. 
These guys got their asses handed to them every time I turned the page, and, to make matters worse, it never felt like they were very clever about the way the attacked the Readers.
Which, to me, almost felt like they deserved it.
Or it could just be that I'm an asshole?
Besides, in the back of my mind, I kept thinking that these Jackers were awfully dangerous. Sure, just because you can take over someone's thoughts, or rewrite their memories/personality doesn't mean that you will.
But.
I would have liked to seen some sort of...something...put in place to keep the not-so-scrupulous Jackers in line. Yes, yes. They policed themselves, I guess. But it just didn't feel like enough. 
Although, in the end, it seemed as though everyone would be able to somewhat take care of themselves. Ish.

This is a decent book, but the ending went off the rails a bit for my taste. I wasn't terribly comfortable with the solution, and quite a bit of it was anti-climactic, to be honest.
Still, it had that good The End thing going for it, and I'm glad I read it.
Ahhhhh. Feels nice to be able to finish something!



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