Sunday, March 16, 2014

Same Book, Second Look - Mind Games by Kiersten Whitem

Published: December 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 237
Copy Provided by: borrowed
Summary: by Goodreads


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.


I love Kiersten White.  Have you ever visited her blog?  She is one wild and crazy girl...kind of like one of her characters from Paranormalcy.  The Mind Games series takes a bit of a turn though.  It is much more serious and a little darker.  The mystery revolves around two girls, one of them blind and able glimpse visions of the future.  The other with amazing instincts honed to kill.  

Mind Games was such a departure from the kinds of books I normally associate with Kiersten. However, she has demonstrated with Chaos of Stars (a standalone title) that she can be extremely diverse when it comes to her writing subject matter.  Mind Games focuses on the use of young people, who have special talents, controlled by a private corporation to do their bidding.  A little bit like Alias but each person has a particular focus.  

One aspect of this novel that I found fascinating was how Fia needs to be completely spontaneous with her decisions/actions in order to avoid her future being seen.  I cannot imagine not planning at least a little bit in advance for anything.  And she needs to make spur of the moment "smart" decisions (something else I would be horrible at).  

I really enjoyed Mind Games and now that the characters have started to mold into their perspective identities, we see that Annie is not "blind" to everything in her life.  In fact she is rather independent and clever.  On the flip side, her sister Fia is an internal mess.  Her physical reflexes seem to be quite sharp but her emotions are a minefield.  Now that we have established where this story is going, I am eager to see where Ms. White takes us.  Should be an interesting journey....getting ready to jump into book #2 shortly as soon as I get my hands on Perfect Lies!

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