Review: Mind Games

Mind Games
(Mind Games #1)
by Kiersten White
YA SciFi
February 19th 2013 by HarperTeen


Goodreads summary:
Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future.

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways…or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost
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What I thought:
I really liked Kiersten's Paranormalcy series, so I had high expectations for Mind Games. I was so glad that this did not disappoint. I read it in one night. It did help that it was a shorter read, at least compared to all the 500 plus paged books out there these days.

The whole premise was very creative and I thought well executed. I've read some books that had individuals who could see the future, read the cards, or dream events, but never a story like this one. The opening scene immediately drew me in and basically from that point forward I was hooked. It was definitely intense and I just never knew when all the cards were going to fall down.

I really liked the characters. Annie did annoy me at some points because I just wanted her to open her eyes and notice what was going on. To me she felt so selfish in the beginning, but she was still a great character and I could see why she acted as she did. Fia is amazing! She was so young when they were taken in by the "school," yet she survived and turned out to be very smart and fierce. I really felt for her situation and her desire to protect her sister at all costs. Then there are the two men in Fia's life. I liked each in their own ways, but one of them I don't know if Fia can really trust.

This book really upset me in parts! Poor Fia is so abused and does some really tough things that eat away at her that she didn't even know she was doing or meant to do. I mean how could the head of the "school" abuse children like this and how could some of these people not see how wrong things were when they grew up. The effects are just terrible. I'm hoping that Fia does some serious damage in the next book.

If you're looking for an intense SciFi with some great characters and writing, I would definitely pick this up.

Content: Some violence and innuendo.
Source: Own
 
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