Mind Games by Kiersten White
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published: Feb. 19th, 2013 by Harper Teen
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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.
Mind Games was a super fast and intense book that I finished in a couple short hours and felt satisfied with when I closed the last page. I liked the characters and felt like they were fleshed out pretty well, I loved how the author was able to portray Fia's emotions so well since she's a bit erratic and emotionally all over the place. I think she did a great job of really bringing her to life for us. I liked that the book is about sisters and brings that family closeness even though they have their issues, it's mostly in regard to their situation as they love each other unconditionally, no doubt. I also enjoyed the plot and while initially I would say it's not terribly unique, I did find that the author most definitely made it her own and unlike any other book that may be considered similar (that I have read anyway). There's also kind of a bit of romance, but I'm not yet sure about my thoughts regarding that. I think I like it even though there's a possible love triangle, it hasn't really come to that quite yet. I'm unsure who to trust and I definitely don't trust my instincts. I actually really liked one of the boys but the other boy was not on the page much and we didn't get an opportunity to know him, so I don't think it's fair to pick just yet.
This was definitely an interesting read and I never felt sure where things would go. It alternates between now and a time in the past so we're learning about what led up to now. I'm not sure if I cared for this because each time I got immersed in the story I was thrown into another time and situation. I appreciated learning more about it, and I'm not sure it could have been done any other way, but I wish I could have gotten immersed in the story and just stayed there. This was a minor issue overall though. I also particularly like Fia's 'ability'. It's something that felt real to me.
The book had a pretty good conclusion. It was a bit of a cliffhanger but wasn't a real frustrating one, just one that has me anxious to read the next one and see how things go. While this book was much different from the Paranormalcy series, I felt like her ability to right characters was once again showcased. Whether you read her previous books or not I definitely recommend this book!