February 11, 2013
Mind Games by Kiersten White
Series: Mind Games #1
Review Source: Edelweiss
Synopsis: (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.
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.
This book has a perfect title because it is definitely filled with crazy mind games. There are flashbacks and hints and all kinds of craziness going on as you slowly begin to figure out what exactly is going on. This makes ‘Mind Games’ a pretty difficult book to review, because the greatness of the book is in reading it and unraveling what exactly it’s about and what exactly has been going on. The book is short and it packs a punch. There’s murder, corruption, characters with abilities, sisters, complex relationships, and -- this has to be mentioned -- some very hot boys.
If you’re looking for a book with a concrete plot and an easy to follow narrative then ‘Mind Games’ is not the book for you. The multiple POV (though Fia is definitely the star of this book) and the non-linear narrative make this book great, but they also make it a bit of a “thinking book”. I wouldn’t say it’s confusing or challenging, it just requires some effort to figure out the order of events and to keep track of everything that’s happened. If you can handle a book that’s a bit more conceptual and psychological then I highly recommend this one.
While this review is vague I hope it piques your interest in the book. ‘Mind Games’ truly shows Kiersten White’s strength as an author. The book is SO different from the Paranormalcy series, and yet they do share an insanely interesting concept with a shady organization at the centre and some fabulous strong female characters. ‘Mind Games’ is a pretty incredible start to a new series, and I am intrigued to see where the next book will take us.
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