Saturday, March 30, 2013
Mind Games by Kiersten White + bonus chapters
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.
Two sisters, two years apart in age with vastly different skills. The elder sister, Annie, is a seer at a time when the world is unaware that seers exist. Annie can predict the future and the first event that she successfully predicted was the death of their parents in a car crash when they were children. Although in recent years, her "handlers" have been focusing her attention on predicting what her sister will do. Annie has been blind since birth and while she thinks that she's taking care of younger Fia, for years, Fia's life has been focused on taking care of Annie.
Fia is the beautiful younger sister whose skill was not immediately apparent and far more rare than that of seer Annie. Fia will invariably make the best decision resulting in the optimum outcome every single time. Her gift when put in the hands of a greedy, unscrupulous, power hungry person, can result in all sorts of bad - stock market manipulation, assassinations, blackmail, anything and everything. Unfortunately, that's what has happened and Fia is unable to say no to these assignments that leave her feeling desperate and horrible. When Annie's life is threatened, Fia will fulfill any assignment. Until she doesn't.
It happens in the most unexpected way. Fia's sent to kill nineteen year old Adam and is undone by Adam's kindness to a puppy. She's unable to see how he could be a threat and puts her life on the line to save him. With this act of rebellion, her world quickly begins to unravel.
I loved Mind Games. It's fast paced with complex characters set in an unusual world facing impossible choices. Fia is particularly sympathetic - so beautiful, so skilled, so wild and still so protective of her sister. The book is a great read on its own but I'm looking forward to the next 2 in the trilogy.
ISBN-10: 0062135317 - Hardcover $17.99
Publisher: HarperTeen (February 19, 2013), 259 pages.
Review copy courtesy of the publisher and the Amazon Prime Reviewers Program.
About the Author:
Kiersten White is the author of NYT bestsellers PARANORMALCY and SUPERNATURALLY. She has one tall husband and two small children and lives near the ocean, where her days are perfectly normal. Visit her at www.kierstenwhite.com.
Curious? If you can't wait to read Mind Games, head over to Harper Teen's site for a sneak peek into the first chapters.