Title: Mind Games
Author: Kiersten White
Release Date: February 19, 2013
Source: Amazon Vine
Series? Mind Games #1
Genre: YA, Thriller, Fantasy, Mystery
Page Count: 256
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. (summary from goodreads)
I wish I did gif reviews, because I’m having a hard time describing the experience of reading Mind Games, and how I feel about it. I think it’s a book most people are either going to love or hate. Me, I loved it.
Here was my reaction the minute I finished reading (copied from my Twitter): I just finished MIND GAMES. I have to say … WOW. In the best, craziest way possible. I’m feeling all the things!
Mind Games is exactly that — one gigantic mind game. I’d also call it a mind frack, or perhaps a mind puzzle. The characters play mental gymnastics with each other, and the reader gets to figure out how everything fits together, or doesn’t.
It’s told from the alternating viewpoints of two sisters, Fia and Annie. The sisters have distinctive voices, so it’s easy to tell them apart, as well see the story unfolding from both sides. Fia’s narration got a little annoying at times, but I understand what the author was trying to do. Because many of the women at the school Fia and Annie attend can read minds, one of the tricks Fia uses to keep them out is repeating the same words over and over again. For the most part, the author was successful with using repetition, but it still got on my nerves every so often.
The story isn’t told in chronological order either, but it’s easy to keep track of what’s going on, and when it’s happening. I rarely had to flip back to the beginning of a chapter to see if I was in the present or the past.
Mind Games is fast, short, and action-packed. There’s not a word (even repeated words) wasted. Lately I’ve been complaining about books that are stretched out and need editing, but that’s not the case here. Quite the opposite. I wanted to find out more about Fia and Annie, about the school for “gifted” students (I’m a sucker for a boarding school setting), and more about the mysterious Keane and what his motives were.
The reason I’m giving Mind Games 4 stars instead of 5 is because the ending let me down. All the action and build-up had me expecting more … oomph. However, the ending wasn’t enough to take away from my overall enjoyment of Mind Games, and I can’t wait for book two.