BOOK REVIEW: CLOSED HEARTS (MINDJACK TRILOGY, #2)

CLOSED HEARTS (Mindjack Trilogy, #2)

Author: Susan Kaye Quinn
Published on: May 23, 2012
Genre:
 Science fiction

Published by: Self-published
Format:
 E-book

When you control minds, only your heart can be used against you.

Eight months ago, Kira Moore revealed to the mindreading world that mindjackers like herself were hidden in their midst. Now she wonders if telling the truth was the right choice after all. As wild rumors spread, a powerful anti-jacker politician capitalizes on mindreaders’ fears and strips jackers of their rights. While some jackers flee to Jackertown—a slum rife with jackworkers who trade mind control favors for cash—Kira and her family hide from the readers who fear her and jackers who hate her. But when a jacker Clan member makes Kira’s boyfriend Raf collapse in her arms, Kira is forced to save the people she loves by facing the thing she fears most: FBI agent Kestrel and his experimental torture chamber for jackers.

REVIEW

Things amp up in Susan Kaye Quinn’s follow-up to Open Minds. This book, Closed Hearts, takes place almost a year after protagonist Kira Moore revealed herself and her kind to the world. Kira is one of a minority of mindjackers, people who can control minds. They live in a twenty-second century society where mindreaders have been around for decades. The latter are afraid of jackers and what they can do, though.

Since no world-building is needed, Closed Hearts doesn’t start out as slow as the first book. Kira and her father, Patrick Moore, now work as mindguards (anti-jacker security detail) to a Mr. Trullite. Kira now goes by “Lucy” to protect her identity. After outing the jackers to the world, some of them weren’t happy. The government is after her as well, particularly a certain FBI Agent Kestrel. Kira has also been working at a diner. One day there, Kira and her love interest, Raf, are kidnapped by a jacker who isn’t fond of Kira. This man, Mr. Molloy, takes them to Jackertown. A faction of jackers led by a guy named Julian lives there. He wants Kira’s help in a mission to rescue young jackers from Kestrel.

Kira learns from Julian that he and his group are a band of jackers calling themselves “mages”. Mages are simply mindjackers with enhanced powers. Kira thought she was the only mage in the world (with her impenetrable mind and extra jacking range). Julian calls Kira a “keeper” because she can jack others but no one can jack her. Julian himself is referred to as a “handler”. He can manipulate people’s emotions. Another character, Sasha, can “scribe” people: do a complete, permanent rewrite of their minds.

Before the mission can start, the mages’ base is attacked by the police. Several of the jackers there are subdued, but Julian and Kira manage to escape. The two learn that the other mages have been taken to a specialized detention center recently built by a Senator Vellus. He is the most outspoken anti-jacker politician in the country. In order to free the mages, Kira and Julian go on an op to trick Vellus into releasing the prisoners.

The mages later launch their original mission: infiltrate Kestrel’s lab. Kira is supposed to break in and then nullify the defenses so that the other mages can follow. Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned. The jackers are imprisoned there until Julian and Kira help them all escape. Once she’s free again, Kira goes in search of Raf. She believes him to be dead, but wants to be sure of it. Julian and Kira get to Mr. Molloy, who leads them to where he’s keeping Raf. To Kira’s dismay, she learns that Molloy has done something terrible to Raf. Julian applies an equally harsh punishment to Molloy. Subsequently, Kira agrees to join Julian’s jacker freedom movement.

There were a few things I disliked about the book, though. For one thing, I didn’t like the way Raf kept being used as a means to blackmail Kira. In Open Minds, Raf was Kira’s best friend and romantic interest. Now, he’s simply a glorified dude in distress. Raf is no match for a jacker (no mindreader is), but surely the author didn’t have to use him as insurance. I think Raf could have had a more significant role. Just because Raf’s “harmless” didn’t mean he had to get the short end of the stick. Another issue I didn’t like is that X-Ray isn’t enabled on Kindle. This is a very minor disappointment, though. At least the author doesn’t make the mistake of forgetting details about her own story. That happens sometimes, especially in sci-fi books where authors have to make up stuff.

Closed Hearts is an excellent sequel in the Mindjack Trilogy. We get to learn more about Kira and her father, and also meet other characters. If you enjoy books like Divergent or The Program, you’ll find the Mindjacker Trilogy truly enjoyable. I like the world that the author has built. Now I look forward to reading the third and final book.

MY RATING

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