Title: Mind Games (Book 1 in Mind Games)
Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: HarperTeen – HarperCollins
Release Date: December 3rd, 2013
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.
This was a great book. I loved everything about it. Even though it was slightly graphic and a little gruesome at times, it was captivating. The POVs and time snapshots were wonderfully organized, and even though it takes an adjustment, once you get used to reading it, the story just flows. It doesn’t seem like it would work, but somehow the author and publisher pull it off beautifully.
The entire storyline is so original and creative; I’ve never read anything completely like it before, and even ideas that seems like I’ve read similar stuff have such a unique twist that it is fresh, new, intense, and just awesome to read. The characters were great, especially Fia and Annie (of course), and even though I didn’t get a great glimpse into some of the other characters, I have a feeling that the second book will give a little more insight, and I can’t wait to read it and add it to the post!
Title: Perfect Lies (Book 2 in Mind Games)
Release Date: February 18, 2014
The sisters have been manipulated and controlled by the Keane Foundation for years, trapped in a never ending battle for survival. Now they have found allies who can help them truly escape. After faking her own death, Annie has joined a group that is plotting to destroy the Foundation. And Fia is working with James Keane to bring his father down from the inside.
But Annie’s visions of the future can’t show her who to trust in the present. And though James is Fia’s first love, Fia knows he’s hiding something. The sisters can rely only on each other – but that may not be enough to save them.
I think this book was even better than the first one. I was always at the edge of my chair, and I was physically tense from the emotional and action-related density of it all.
The characters were amazing, and I’m so glad that we got to see a little more of each of them. The POVs were great, again, though I loved how this time it built up more sequentially from past to present, focusing on one moment in the future to base the entire book around. It made for an extremely exciting climax, and White couldn’t have done a better job. Granted, it could be a little confusing at times, but that is the point – the mystery and suspense really get you attached to the characters.
The ending was totally unpredictable, too. Even the characters didn’t know what was going to happen, which lends to the pace and suspense throughout the book. The unpredictability and suddenness, especially when reading from Fia’s POV, is spectacular. Plus, it wasn’t a stereotypical closing to the story/book as a whole; it was really appropriate for the characters and what they had experienced.
Basically, this series is amazing, and Kiersten White is awesome. This sequel is stunning, with action, so much emotion, suspense, and a thrilling plot. It is dizzyingly fast paced, and perfectly choppy to keep you on your toes. The plethora of seemingly contradictory descriptions I’m offering are each true in their own way concerning the book, but you really just have to read it to see for yourself. And, although it doesn’t need another book, I would happily read more about Fia and Annie (if Ms. White would be so kind?)!
*Note: I do not recommend this book for readers under the age of 14 due to content.