Friday, March 15, 2013

Review: Mind Games

Mind Games by Kiersten White

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.

Ever since Fia and Annie lost their parents and were taken to a special school that promised to help Annie with her blindness, Fia has felt trapped. She has been forced to do unimaginable things or risk the life of her sister, Annie. Both girls are special. Annie, even though she is blind, she is capable of seeing future events, especially when her sister, Fia is involved. But Fia is the one the school has their eyes on. Fia has flawless instincts. Her first impulse, gut feeling, is always right, and that definitely helps in the field of espionage. When Fia is unable to take out a target she has been sent after has she doomed her sister's life or will she be able to find a way for the two of them to escape?

I loved Kiersten White's first series, Paranormalcy, and as soon as I heard about Mind Games I knew I had to read it. I was not disappointed. Mind Games is a psychological thriller that kind of reminds me of Minority Report for teenagers, with plenty of twists and turns that had me wanting to find out what's going to happen next.

Fia is definitely a complex character. She's been through a lot. She's just a teenager who has been forced to commit so many atrocities while still being a protective sister. Annie was a more grounded character, who tried to protect her sister and made mistakes along the way. It was interesting seeing the story from her perspective.  James made things interesting. It's unknown what he was really after in the story. Was he really interested in Fia? Was he working for his father or did he have his own agenda?

The one thing that I felt became grating, but I know they were necessary to tell both Fia and Annie's complete story, were the flashbacks. They came at the most inappropriate times, at times, because they snapped the story out of the action. It was interesting to learn about the girls past, but when the action was building I just wanted the story to keep flowing.

Overall, Mind Games was a thrilling read that will keep readers guessing until the end. I would recommend this for any fan of Kiersten White or Spy Thrillers. I look forward to seeing where Fia's story goes next.

Source: audible
2012 Audio Book Challenge: #3 of 25


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