Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Mind Games by Kiersten White

Mind Games (Mind Games, #1)
Good Reads Summary
Mind Games by Kiersten White
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.

My Thoughts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Holy wow… so freaking good!

This is the best thing I’ve read this week. And that’s not just because it’s the only book I’ve read this week either. Damned flu’s ruined my one year streak of one book-one day! And ten days before year’s end, too! Grr. Enough of the whining, let’s get down to the goodness that MIND GAMES was.

White’s no one trick pony. Her Paranormalcy series had Evie all funny all the time even when she shouldn’t have been. I thought we’d get a little more of that in Fia. I was wrong. Her story is darker, twisted, and with unexpected heart. Seriously unexpected given her story being one of two girls in place they both don’t want to be… a not wanting that comes later to one than the other.

Heart, says I? It’s not even the love story that got me interested… though there’s a little bit of that here. With James especially who reads like that crazy dude in Shatter Me. Is he good guy or bad guy or not so bad bad guy? I like that they both see him in a different way… when they’re not really disagreeing on what they’re seeing… but they both end up  treating him differently. One keeps him at arm’s length, the other the opposite. Now, one wonders how Adam’s going to up his game. It’s the good guy geeky type that I’m normally rooting for, but little is known about him save that he’s a good guy.

So if it’s not about the girl-boy thing, where’s the heart lie? It’s in how the sisters are so different in ways but the same where it matters most. That is, they’re both motivated by basically the same thing. So, they’re different… but not so different in the end. FIA is sad girl… though you don’t think she is, at first. Out there and alive, it’s she who’s having a harder time coming to grips about what she’s to do and why she’s to do certain things.  Annie is less explosive than that; she’s happy even and comes to know what her sister knows very slowly. It’s a slow realization on her part… but once that hits, there’s a growing need on her part to do better, no… to do right by her sister. The sister, who’s been doing the very same all along.



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