Mind Games by Kiersten White
Published by HarperTeen on December 3rd 2013
Series: Mind Games #1
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Length: 237 pages Source: ThriftBooks
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Fia and Annie are as close as two sisters can be. They look out for each other. Protect each other. And most importantly, they keep each other's secrets, even the most dangerous ones: Annie is blind, but can see visions of the future; Fia was born with flawless intuition—her first impulse is always exactly right.
When the sisters are offered a place at an elite boarding school, Fia realizes that something is wrong . . . but she doesn't grasp just how wrong. The Keane Institute is no ordinary school, and Fia is soon used for everything from picking stocks to planting bombs. If she tries to refuse, they threaten her with Annie's life.
Now Fia's falling in love with a boy who has dark secrets of his own. And with his help, she's ready to fight back. They stole her past. They control her present. But she won't let them take her future.
Now, I have read five of Kiersten White’s books, and I feel as through my attachment to them varies. She has fantastic concepts, and always uses a new twist on her stories that I have no doubt whatsoever appeal to younger readers. I liked her Paranormalcy triolgy and was a little disappointed in The Chaos of the Stars.
Mind Games was right in the middle. Yes, the two sisters felt similar. Yes, the bouncing around in first person between two characters in both past and present was annoying. But the story? The story was really good. Enough secrets were unearthed that I wasn’t frustrated with plot progression, and enough remained buried that I certainly intend to read the next book.
White writes with an edge I really like. She is witty and opinionated and believes in strong, original female characters that have every right to fall in love, but don’t lose themselves in it, and I think that distinction is very important and certainly separates her from most of the YA Teen Romance writers. I really like her.
I also liked Fia. I think it’s her best character, from what I’ve read of her so far.