I’d like to thank Kathy at I Am a Reader Not a Writer and My Shelf Confessions for hosting this family friendly book giveaway hop. Dystopia was defined on the hop sign up page:
A society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding.
Society is not completely dysfunctional in Susan’s future because there is a government in the US and crowding is defined by the amount of space it takes not to read another person’s mind by accident. But there’s sure oppression of mindjackers vs. mindreaders, along with misery and poor living conditions. With government suppression and vilification of mindjackers, rebellion is imminent. I expect great things of the third book of the series, Free Souls, coming out mid December (if all goes well). Please read Susan’s guest post about Dystopia here.
You can see what I thought about Open Minds here and my review of Closed Hearts here, both 5 star books. Now for my novella reviews of the two that fall between Open Minds and Closed Hearts. First, The Handler:
The Handler by Susan Kaye Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Handler is a short but exciting read, just the right amount and flavor to make my mouth water for more. Even though SF is my favorite genre, I don’t give many 5 star ratings. But Susan has created a world of mindreaders vs. mindjackers that keeps me interested in the characters as well as the technology, and she never fails to throw a curve.
I wished I could peek into the mind of this handler, a jacker with the special ability to manipulate emotions, in Closed Hearts. I got the good guy vibe from Julian, but Kira couldn’t jack into his mind so I couldn’t be sure Susan wasn’t going to bait and switch. Anna, Julian’s sister, seems a little one-dimensional in this story, but her constant weapons cleaning serves as a good contrast to Julian’s character cleaning. He helps recruits clean their souls.
I’m not telling what happens when some new recruits join his clan except to say, expect the unexpected. And if I weren’t too old for teams, this novella would have made me declare for team Julian.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It had been long enough since I read Closed Hearts that I couldn’t remember much about Sasha until The Scribe made me recall wanting to know more about him. Now I do, and I can say Susan did an excellent job of creating a soul so tortured that he needs more than Julian’s skill to make something useful out of the shambles.
Susan’s symbolism is great. With his life in the toilet, Sasha works to build a bathroom while he tries to rebuild his character destroyed by Arlis, a rival clean leader who forced Sasha to erase other people’s personalities. Then, along comes Ava to clean up Sasha’s act. He doesn’t know what to make of her, a reader who’s more like a linker. He doesn’t even know what his own emotions are trying to tell him. He’s too confused to hit the nail on the head.
But Ava trusts him. I can’t tell you whether he will do the one thing he’s sworn never to do again to protect a girl who sees something in him that he never knew existed: redemption. Oh, and love.
Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the bestselling Mindjack series. Her most recent releases are the short novellas The Handler and The Scribe. You can find all her books on Amazon, Barnes&Noble, and iTunes. Susan’s business card says “Author and Rocket Scientist,” but she spends most of her time writing, because she loves it even more than shiny tech gadgets. When she’s not writing, you can find her
wasting time playing on Twitter, Facebook, and her blog.
I’d like to thank Susan for her willingness to share her books. If you’re a US citizen, you can prevent worse dystopia here by voting on or before November 6. Are you ready for the giveaway? You can see what’s up for grabs above, either Open Minds or Closed Hearts plus the Mindjacker novellas to one winner. Please fill out the Rafflecopter form below. It will tell you everything you need to do or can do to increase your chances of winning.
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