Friday, May 17, 2013

Mind Games by Kiersten White

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For YA Friday I am checking out Kiersten White's latest, Mind Games. Published by Harper Teen, this YA thriller came out in March.
The Story:
Fia and Annie lost their mom while they were young. They cling to each other, twins alone in the world. Annie thinks things are going their way when an exclusive private school offers them room and board. Fia has her doubts, but for Annie's sake she agrees to go.

While Annie gains a wonderful education, Fia discovers the reality of the private school. They collect girls with special talents, and then use them as assassins. Fia is trained as a killer while Annie is pampered for the visions she has of the future. Fia wishes for escape, but knows that the school will kill Annie if she doesn't follow their plans.

Then comes the day when Fia chooses not to kill the boy she was sent to wipe out. Now, the stakes are raised. Who will survive?

My Thoughts:

This is a great psychological thriller. At first you don't know what Fia's story is, and you follow along as she meets Adam, a sweet innocent man. As you read you learn that he was her mark, and now that she disobeyed the rules, not only her life, but the life of her sister is in trouble.

The author does a great job filling in the back story. The whole book becomes fleshed out as you learn about the girls' early years at the school, and about Fia's involvement with James, the school owner's son. Both their characters are well formed and relatable. You feel for both of them as the story continues. Then, there is James. A character you don't know whether to like or not. Again, the author does a great job here. James is torn between hate for his father and a selfish love for Fia.

The whole twist is, of course, how will Fia keep her sister Annie from being killed. That question takes up the majority of the plot, and if you like fun endings, then you'll love this one.


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