Author: Kiersten White
Series: Mind Games #1
Published by: HarperTeen
Publication Date: February 19, 2013
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
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.
Alright, so here it is: I loved Mind Games! I’ve been following Kiersten’s blog for quite awhile, even though I hadn’t read her books. Honestly, I don’t even know how I started following her; but I do know that her posts always make me laugh. So I followed her progress with Mind Games, getting more and more excited for it. I about flipped when I received the ARC. I know the risk I take when being too excited for a book, but the risk was worth it this time.
When Fia and Annie’s parents died, they are accepted into a special school where Annie would be able to get help for her blindness. But not all is as it appears. The school seeks out girls who have abilities and uses them for various things; like espionage, stock market, murder. You know, all the fun stuff. Annie is a Seer. She can see glimpses of the future, but Fia is the one the foundation really wants. Her perfect instincts make her a priceless asset. When she decides to go with her instincts during an assignment, which is the opposite of what her orders are, she puts her sister in very big danger.
Mind Games is told from Fia and Annie’s alternating POVs, which I enjoyed. However, it’s the way the story unfolds that I especially love. The story occurs over a three day period, but it also tells how the girls got to that point with alternating chapters; working in a timeline from past to present. I just love it when there is actually some complexity to a story, and when it gives you those moments of understanding why a character is a certain way or does certain things. Like a puzzle. For instance, Fia is always tapping her fingers on her legs and she often thinks certain words in three; but once you start to understand her mindset and why she does it, it’s almost heartbreaking.
Fia! I have the biggest girl crush on her. To be completely honest, she made this book. Yes, the story itself is pretty cool, but Fia took it to a whole new level. She is one messed up girl; and I love every single bit of her craziness! She’s very angry, but has good reason to be. Fia has been psychologically, emotionally, and physically broken; but man, she has fire. I loved how she would totally screw with the other characters and use their own abilities against them. No matter how dangerous and crazy everyone thought she was, she was still vulnerable and carried around a lot of guilt for the things she was made to do. Her instincts tell her it’s all wrong; everything they make her do it wrong, but she can’t leave. They use her sister to control her and to keep her under their thumb. So she does what they want, but all while giving a big middle finger.
I could seriously talk about how wicked and sharp Fia is all day long, but I guess I should mention her sister Annie. Annie was a very important part of the story. I liked her and thought she gave great insight to Fia, but she is nowhere near the firecracker Fia is. She was somewhat sheltered from what was really going down for quite awhile. Then there is James. I didn’t know how to feel about him for the longest time. His personality and motives were a bit of an enigma. When you see him from Annie’s perspective, he seems shady and wrong. Then when you see him from Fia’s perspective, you start to understand how he works and feels. I really liked how his character played out in the book.
I don’t know what else to say with giving too much away. Mind Games was a great book that I am so glad didn’t let me down. The ending left me with a big ‘ol smile and needing the next book. Like now! I miss Fia.