Sep 8, 2013
Title: Mind Games
Author: Kiersten White
Publication Date: February 2013
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’m not sure what I expected when I picked up Mind Games, but I definitely thought it would be more like Kiersten White’s Paranormalcy series. This book was a completely different type of intensity.
There is something about tainted and broken characters that draws me in. What I loved about Mind Games is that these characters aren’t damaged because of love or anything so trivial. These are girls who’ve been used and lied to their entire lives. They are constantly being manipulated, and they were so young when it started that there was really no hope to escape. Fia and Annie aren’t snarky and filled with pop culture; but there was still something about it that drew me in.
Fia is a broken girl, and it’s in a way I didn’t expect at all. I started the book off a little horrified at her cold way of thinking, but she won me over within the first chapter. Fia wants so badly to be good, it’s her greatest desire. A small part of me hoped that she would stay with Adam so she could see what that girl looks like. I admire Fia’s strength despite everything she has been through. Kiersten White does a fantastic job of creating a main character who is brash and abrasive, but ultimately sympathetic.
Even though Annie was supposed to be the more sympathetic sibling I had a difficult time liking her. I felt that she was self-centered and uncaring for most of the novel. I did have sympathy because Annie was blind, but it didn’t excuse her deliberate ignorance of Fia’s pain. Annie did redeem herself a bit at the end of Mind Games, but I felt that her actions were what she should be doing, because of how terribly she treated Fia.
I do wish Mind Games was longer, it felt like there was so much going on that the story would’ve benefited from a little more elaboration. The point of view changes were a little tough to get through, but I didn’t read it all in one sitting so it didn’t seem so choppy.
I really liked Mind Games and I’m interested to see what happens next. I have lots of unanswered questions about Mr. Keane, and what exactly will happen with Annie and Adam. I would give this novel 4.5 stars, only because I wish it had been a little longer. I can’t wait for the sequel Perfect Lies. I’ve already pre-ordered it, if that tells you anything!
4.5/5 – Fabulous Read, Recommended
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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