Monday, July 29, 2013

YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Mind Games by Kiersten White

Series: Mind Games #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date: February 2013
Format: ARC
Source: ARCycling
Read: for review (disclaimer: I received my copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.)
Pages: 237
Reading time: couple of hours

From 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.

My review: I apparently paid more attention to a potential "dystopian" tag than to the synopsis for this one, because usually psychic/special powers/teens-trapped-and-used-for-their-abilities novels aren't really my thing. But. Once I started reading Mind Games, it didn't take long to get hooked. I wasn't a huge fan of the main character - even though her actions/thoughts are entrenched in all the crap she's been through and are therefore explainable, I just didn't like her attitude - but the plotline was engrossing. Finding out what Annie and Fia had been through, what they had done, and what the motives of all the characters were was intriguing. Also, Kiersten White does a fantastic job of switching between different parts of the sisters' lives to form a nonlinear narrative. Usually having details pop up towards the beginning of the book to be explained only much later would annoy me, but the author succeeded in seamlessly connecting everything. So even for a type of book that's not usually my cup of tea, this was a quick, very enjoyable read.

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