When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep.
Sixteen-year-old Kira Moore is a zero, someone who can't read thoughts or be read by others. Zeros are outcasts who can't be trusted, leaving her no chance with Raf, a regular mind reader and the best friend she secretly loves. When she accidentally controls Raf's mind and nearly kills him, Kira tries to hide her frightening new ability from her family and an increasingly suspicious Raf. But lies tangle around her, and she's dragged deep into a hidden underworld of mind jackers, where having to mind control everyone she loves is just the beginning of the deadly choices before her.
©2011 Susan Kaye Quinn (P)2013 Susan Kaye Quinn
I purchased this audible book to sync with the Kindle version. I typically do this because as I get deeper into a story I enjoy I find it hard to put down and having the audible version means I can usually continue the story while I do chores around the house. In this case however, I found myself so annoyed with the narrator that I actually only listened to about 25% of it via audio book.
As for the story itself....there was not enough character development of Kira (the protagonist) for me to ever really come to like or care about her. Or any of the characters really. Simon seems abusive while Raf seems altogether too ineffectual. To say more would involve spoilers.
The only word to describe the narrator's voice is "irritating". Perhaps she was chosen because she has a "young" sounding voice and the protagonist of the story is a teenager. Which would be fine if she injected a little enthusiasm for the story and inflection into her reading. Additionally, she manages to mis-pronounce several words and she just sounds plain BORED with the story.
The author does wrap everything up well enough at the conclusion that I could put the story aside and be well with that...It certainly did not leave me wanting more.
I don't like the Performance. I have fallen asleep three times trying to listen to this book. I think her voice is too monotone. The story though is good so far.
This is my first book by Susan Kaye Quinn
no I would not.
Yes I would go see it.
I am just the first 5 chapters into the book, I like it. I like the premise and so far it's good. I just have a hard time with the performance.
Similar to other young adult dystopian fiction, but enjoyable.
A bit too monotone -- just flat. I will say I think it was done on purpose, maybe to add gravitas, but it just felt ... off sometimes. It wasn't however, enough to make me turn it off or anything, and her pronunciation was clear and relatively without error, which I appreciated.
Spunky, sympathetic heroine and original, well-crafted story. Especially liked wholly verisimilitudinous depiction of the government's behavior. Though not in precisely this context (remote viewing experiments notwithstanding, there probably don't exist "jackers"), our government does behave in exactly this monstrous way, and victimizes unknowable numbers of innocent citizens. So kudos to the author for conveying that under the guise of fiction (whether or not she knew she was doing it).
Shane has precisely the right voice for the narrator, but is staggeringly innocent of knowledge of English pronunciation. "Expairmint" and "ant-EYE-septic" are stunningly bizarre mispronunciations. Her diction is crisp, and her voice is pleasant to listen to (and appropriately young), but she desperately needs to study orthoepy. I mention this strictly for her benefit. Her mangling of some words definitely did not cancel out the overall positive nature of her performance.
Yes, though I wasn't able to.
Love the concept of this series. The story was well developed, with strong characters. The premise of everyone communicating through thoughts drew me to this YA series. I was not disappointed with the development of the story.
However, the narration left a lot to be desired. I expected a young reader, but one that actually enjoyed the story would have been better. Kelli Shane readed the story as if she was bored to death. There was no enthusiasm or inflection in her voice at all.
I finished the series and enjoyed the story, but I will not start another series with Kelli Shane as the narrator.
I found the story brilliantly innovative with well defined characters. However, I nearly did not listen to it due to the stilted performance. Just when I thought the reader would introduce some inflection, she returned to her monotone reading. Very disappointing. if you can overlook the performance, it's a great book.
The narrator is all monotone. I wouldn't say it was easy to follow listening but the story is an interesting idea. Story seems rushed and poorly edited in parts.
I am a wife of 30 years, mother of 4 wonderful grown children and a retired teacher....one of my new goals as I turn 50 this year is to become an author! I listen to one story on audible a week I am an addict!
Narrator was a bit monotone in her delivery. However, that made it sound like the story was being told after the fact, rather than during the action.
Love the concept of everyone able to hear everyone else's thoughts, and what type of social issues that would cause.
I liked the story and stayed up late in order to finish it but I did not like the narrator she sounds as though she is bored and her performance suffers.
Yes, this is a story that bears revisiting. It's a story that is timeless, as it takes place in an undated future, and the characters are extremely likable.
I liked the main character, Kira. Despite having the ability to mindjack, she retains her moral upbringing, and doesn't join in criminal enterprises like the rest of the jackers she initially meets.
Her voice is readily identifiable with Kira, the teenaged heroine of the story. She is able to change back and forth between the other characters with ease, and it sounds very natural.
Mindjacking... The best-kept secret in the world...
I really enjoyed this book. I'm also very glad that the book didn't end in a horrible cliffhanger, as series books are wont to do. All of the immediate crises were averted, and to my best guess, future books will deal with longterm implications and their own sets of plot devices.
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