30 December, 2013

book review

Mind Games (Mind Games #1) by Kiersten White

My Copy: Hardcover, 237 pages
Publication Date: February 19, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Library
Genre: Dystopian | Paranormal | Young Adult

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.

My Review

Mind Games was overall a decent book — not a favourite of mine, but I didn’t dislike it either.  I thought that it was a very simple story that I think was intended to have a lot of depth.  But I don’t think it succeeded in providing much depth.  In fact, not much really happened throughout the story, at least not in the current time period.  The story was told in non-linear fashion, jumping back and forth between the past and the present.  And the present was only a duration of three days.  The story was also a bit too youthful for my liking.

The main relationship in this book is between the two sisters, Fia and Annie.  Their relationship is interesting.  They obviously care deeply for each other, but there is a weakness to the relationship.  Annie is blind and she’s the reason they ended up where they did.  She’s the reason Fia had to do the things she did/does and it’s been extremely hard on Fia.  But Fia continues to do it only because of her sister — to keep her alive and safe.  And it’s destroying her.

I felt like I didn’t get a real sense of who Fia was.  She’s very guarded as a character to others in the story and I kind of feel like that guardedness kept the reader from truly knowing her too.  I mean, we do get a sense of who she is, but not a complete understanding.  Gotta love a girl that can kick but, though.

It was an interesting idea that Annie is blind but has visions, so she knows what people look like from those visions.  Neat concept.  I don’t think I really liked Annie’s character all that much.  She seemed selfish in a lot of ways to me.  I mean, Fia does everything she can to protect her older sister because she is blind.  But Annie doesn’t listen to Fia about the school or about what she wants.  It was Annie’s selfishness that put them in this position in the first place and it doesn’t seem like she cares that much.  I know she does care about her sister, but not to the extent that her sister cares about her.  At least, it didn’t seem like it for the majority of the novel.  I guess things did change at the end, but it didn’t help too much with my overall opinion of her.  Annie does try to be a good sister, but she’s not very good at it.

SIK’s Short ‘n’ Sweet Version (Point-form Style)

I Liked:
– That the story revolved around the relationship of two sisters.
– Fia.  She was a kick ass character.  I just wish we would have gotten to know her better.
– The concept of a blind girl having visions into the future that she can actually see.

I Disliked:
– Annie and James.  Annie for her selfishness and overall unlikable qualities.  James because he’s kind of a jerk and, I don’t know, he just felt wrong.
– The story wasn’t very strong and not much really happened.  It was almost too simple of a story with little to no depth.

3 stars blue

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