Mind Games

Mind Games

eBook - 2013
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"Seventeen-year-old Fia and her sister, Annie, are trapped in a school that uses young female psychics and mind readers as tools for corporate espionage--and if Fia doesn't play by the rules of their deadly game, Annie will be killed"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, 2013.
ISBN: 9780062135339
0062135333
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Summary: "Seventeen-year-old Fia and her sister, Annie, are trapped in a school that uses young female psychics and mind readers as tools for corporate espionage--and if Fia doesn't play by the rules of their deadly game, Annie will be killed"--Provided by publisher.

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susan_findlay
May 26, 2017

There's a reasonably interesting story here but, unfortunately, it's buried under an almost unreadable format.

Issue #1: Two narrators, both speaking in first person. This is my very least favourite narrative choice. If you must have two narrators, use the third person or omniscient. Provide clarity for your audience. Admittedly, each chapter announces who its narrator is, but it's thoroughly annoying and *nothing* is gained by writing in first person.

Issue #2: I don't think there are two consecutive chapters in the book set in the same time frame, and there's no particular logic to any of the time jumps. So, you're constantly having to ask yourself whether event X that you remember reading about earlier happened before or after event Y that you just read about.

Put those two issues together and you get a book that's hard to read - and there's no payoff for that difficulty. To make matters worse, only one of the two narrators gets any real character development. The blind psychic sister is basically a plot device and, as such, the relationship between the sisters (allegedly the point of the book) is barely developed. Yes, we know they love each other - but that's told not shown.

Sadly, if this story had been told exclusively from the younger sister's point of view and in a somewhat more chronological order, I suspect it would have been really good. It wouldn't have had to be completely chronological - I think it started at the right point and flashbacks aren't inherently bad. But the choppiness made for a less than pleasant reading experience.

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ngreggain
Jun 24, 2016

I liked the concept of special powers and the relationships.

yellow_leopard_76 Jun 19, 2015

I was interested the entire time. This book had many details and descriptions that made the book easier to understand.

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dprodrig
Nov 04, 2013

I was engaged the whole time. Brilliant counter point between one sister and the other. Can't wait for the next book.

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izzyb14
Jul 11, 2013

Normally I don't like books with two POVs, but the two sisters' personalities were quite interesting and I felt it worked very well with the storyline. I thought it was well written, and I want to know what happens next for the girls, but I can't say I was completely captivated by it. I don't know why, it just felt like something was missing (I guess I just wanted more action and plot twists).

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ZoeAnaWorrell
Sep 15, 2013

ZoeAnaWorrell thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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