Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was a great indie book. It really rises above the rest in terms of quality of writing and storytelling. This is the kind of book I can hand over to my 11-year-old son and know he'll enjoy it as much as I did.
Kira is a really likable character. She's an underdog from the start, full of dry humor and wit. I instantly liked her and was pulling for her. The story was engaging. The plot moved along quickly without lagging.
I had just one tiny niggling problem--the first time Kira discovers that she's unique, she instantly seems to know what happened and is freaked out by it. It would have been more believable for me if she'd been a little more confused about what actually happened for a little while. Once I got past that point, it was smooth sailing for me. Nothing else threw me out of the story.
The characterizations were compelling and spot-on for teens. The descriptions were well-written. I was completely immersed in this story. I'll be coming back to look for more of Susan Kaye Quinn's work very soon! I want to read the rest of the trilogy.
A note about the audio version of this book. The young narrator started off a bit wobbly but soon found her footing and her dry delivery was perfect for Kira. So, if you've picked up the audio book, give it a few minutes. It gets better quickly.
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Jennifer Foehner Wells
I'm an author of the Space Opera variety.