Open Minds focuses on a teenage girl called Kira who lives in a future world where people can communicate with thought rather than actually speaking. In fact people who can’t are not only called zero’s, but they are also looked down upon and feared by the people who can read minds. However Kira learns that she is not in fact a zero, but she isn’t the same as the people around her either and she only found out due to her best friend Raf. However help is at hand with a guy called Simon, who is willing to help Kira, but he isn’t all that he seems.
The book is rather interesting, we get a good character development with Kira, she seems very much like a typical teenage with worries of no fitting in and being a loner. My one grip with her was that she kept saying how she doesn’t trust Simon in every single scene she is with him, yet about a page later she accepts him as her boyfriend!
Raf was very much a background character, although there is a chance he could have been interesting, we don’t really see it. Raf could have been fleshed out a bit more since Kira does have an interest in him and yet there is nothing, so when the book comes to it’s conclusion what happens is rather surprising and at the same time a bit of a cop-out.
Simon was more interesting, with the way he was essentially abusing his skills (absolute power corrupts absolutely anyone?) and yet Kira didn’t say anything about it. You kind see that he is a bit f a bad boy and yet he also has some kind of charm that makes you like him anyway.
I suppose there was meant to be a love triangle going on with Raf, Kira and Simon yet it never really showed, the focus was mainly on Kira’s gift and how she was different even to the other Mindjackers.
The good point of the book was that although Kira’s mind couldn’t be penetrated by mindreaders or mindjackers, however she isn’t as strong as other mindjackers which makes her well balanced
Also, although this is minor, what does demen actually mean? It was annoying me through out the story, I kept thinking it was crazy yet there were some moments when it just didn’t seem to fit.
I would think the rest of the series will be a rather good read, whether I go about to read them is another thing altogether but over all I think people who enjoy young adult stories with a futuristic twist would enjoy this.