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Get Susan’s NEW YA SF NOVEL, The Legacy Human (Singularity #1) for an INTRODUCTORY PRICE of 99cents **limited time** When your mind is a weapon, freedom comes at a price. Four months have passed since Kira left home to join Julian's Jacker Freedom Alliance, but the hole in her heart still whistles empty where her boyfriend Raf used to be. She fills it with weapons training, Get Susan’s NEW YA SF NOVEL, The Legacy Human (Singularity #1) for an INTRODUCTORY PRICE of 99cents **limited time** When your mind is a weapon, freedom comes at a price. Four months have passed since Kira left home to join Julian's Jacker Freedom Alliance, but the hole in her heart still whistles empty where her boyfriend Raf used to be. She fills it with weapons training, JFA patrols, and an obsessive hunt for FBI agent Kestrel, ignoring Julian's worries about her safety and repeated attempts to recruit her for his revolutionary chat-casts. When anti-jacker politician Vellus surrounds Jackertown with the National Guard, Kira discovers there's more to Julian's concerns than she knew, but she's forced to take on a mission that neither want and that might be her last: assassinating Senator Vellus before he can snuff out Julian's revolution and the jackers she's come to love. TOP 5 FINALIST for 2012 Best Indie Book, Young Adult Fiction - The Kindle Book Review Free Souls is the third novel in the Mindjack Saga, a young adult science fiction series. There are three novels in the original trilogy, five novellas that accompany the series, and plans for another trilogy in the works (see Susan’s latest novella, The Locksmith, for a peek at a new Mindjack character for the coming trilogy – or better yet, subscribe to her newsletter, and get The Locksmith for free!). READING ORDER Mindjack Trilogy (novels): Open Minds, Closed Hearts, Free Souls Mindjack Origins (shorts): Mind Games, The Handler, The Scribe, Keeper The Locksmith is a standalone novella that can be read independently of the trilogy and novellas.


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Get Susan’s NEW YA SF NOVEL, The Legacy Human (Singularity #1) for an INTRODUCTORY PRICE of 99cents **limited time** When your mind is a weapon, freedom comes at a price. Four months have passed since Kira left home to join Julian's Jacker Freedom Alliance, but the hole in her heart still whistles empty where her boyfriend Raf used to be. She fills it with weapons training, Get Susan’s NEW YA SF NOVEL, The Legacy Human (Singularity #1) for an INTRODUCTORY PRICE of 99cents **limited time** When your mind is a weapon, freedom comes at a price. Four months have passed since Kira left home to join Julian's Jacker Freedom Alliance, but the hole in her heart still whistles empty where her boyfriend Raf used to be. She fills it with weapons training, JFA patrols, and an obsessive hunt for FBI agent Kestrel, ignoring Julian's worries about her safety and repeated attempts to recruit her for his revolutionary chat-casts. When anti-jacker politician Vellus surrounds Jackertown with the National Guard, Kira discovers there's more to Julian's concerns than she knew, but she's forced to take on a mission that neither want and that might be her last: assassinating Senator Vellus before he can snuff out Julian's revolution and the jackers she's come to love. TOP 5 FINALIST for 2012 Best Indie Book, Young Adult Fiction - The Kindle Book Review Free Souls is the third novel in the Mindjack Saga, a young adult science fiction series. There are three novels in the original trilogy, five novellas that accompany the series, and plans for another trilogy in the works (see Susan’s latest novella, The Locksmith, for a peek at a new Mindjack character for the coming trilogy – or better yet, subscribe to her newsletter, and get The Locksmith for free!). READING ORDER Mindjack Trilogy (novels): Open Minds, Closed Hearts, Free Souls Mindjack Origins (shorts): Mind Games, The Handler, The Scribe, Keeper The Locksmith is a standalone novella that can be read independently of the trilogy and novellas.

30 review for Free Souls

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Thank you to NetGalley for a digital copy of this book. Saw this one and realized that I was curious enough to finish out the trilogy. Which says something, you know? I mean, there are tons of series that I've dropped over the years, and I don't usually stick with something unless I'm genuinely interested in the outcome. Or maybe I was just out of books to read, and this seemed like a decent option? Whatever the reason, I'm glad I picked up the last book in the Mindjack Trilogy. Kira and the rebel Thank you to NetGalley for a digital copy of this book. Saw this one and realized that I was curious enough to finish out the trilogy. Which says something, you know? I mean, there are tons of series that I've dropped over the years, and I don't usually stick with something unless I'm genuinely interested in the outcome. Or maybe I was just out of books to read, and this seemed like a decent option? Whatever the reason, I'm glad I picked up the last book in the Mindjack Trilogy. Kira and the rebels are trying to get the world in general to accept Mindjackers, but the PR machine that Julian is trying to get off the ground isn't working as well as they'd like. Most Mindreaders are (rightly) terrified by what these people can do, and with the political powerhouse Vellus running a smear campaign against them, things look bleak for Jackertown. Then there's the problem of Julian being in love with Kira, while she's still trying to get a grip on her feelings with the spoilery thing that happened with Raf. Time to move on, girl. Free Souls was a fairly easy read that bumped along at a good pace. But after I finished it, I felt sort of meh about the whole experience. These guys got their asses handed to them every time I turned the page, and, to make matters worse, it never felt like they were very clever about the way the attacked the Readers. Which, to me, almost felt like they deserved it. Or it could just be that I'm an asshole? Besides, in the back of my mind, I kept thinking that these Jackers were awfully dangerous. Sure, just because you can take over someone's thoughts, or rewrite their memories/personality doesn't mean that you will. But. I would have liked to seen some sort of...something...put in place to keep the not-so-scrupulous Jackers in line. Yes, yes. They policed themselves, I guess. But it just didn't feel like enough. Although, in the end, it seemed as though everyone would be able to somewhat take care of themselves. Ish. This is a decent book, but the ending went off the rails a bit for my taste. I wasn't terribly comfortable with the solution, and quite a bit of it was anti-climactic, to be honest. Still, it had that good The End thing going for it, and I'm glad I read it. Ahhhhh. Feels nice to be able to finish something! Also reviewed for:

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sher A. Hart

    Susan did it again. Free Souls was WOW! I expected Kira to step up to her role as heroine but not like this. Even though I'm good at guessing, few events turned out anywhere near how I thought they would. The closest I came to a prediction was the romance that started early on and a pattern of setbacks building to the middle crises. Throughout the book, serious action and plot twists kept me riveted. Surprises kept coming until the very end which tied up more loose ends than I knew existed. Whew Susan did it again. Free Souls was WOW! I expected Kira to step up to her role as heroine but not like this. Even though I'm good at guessing, few events turned out anywhere near how I thought they would. The closest I came to a prediction was the romance that started early on and a pattern of setbacks building to the middle crises. Throughout the book, serious action and plot twists kept me riveted. Surprises kept coming until the very end which tied up more loose ends than I knew existed. Whew! Very satisfying. Sorry, but no more details. Don't want to spoil it for you. Warning: Don't start reading until you have time to finish. I didn't want to put Free Souls down for a second. It's that kind of book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I feel conflicted about the ending. It was really not what I expected. Though, as expected, they pulled off the impossible several times. A few details were skimped over- like (spoiler alert!) how was everyone released from the detention wards? Also, the part with her mom seemed way too convenient, a solution tossed up to tie together many complex threads and keep the themes and morals intact. Several ephiphanies felt shoved in at the end so the characters could find a way to win their losing wa I feel conflicted about the ending. It was really not what I expected. Though, as expected, they pulled off the impossible several times. A few details were skimped over- like (spoiler alert!) how was everyone released from the detention wards? Also, the part with her mom seemed way too convenient, a solution tossed up to tie together many complex threads and keep the themes and morals intact. Several ephiphanies felt shoved in at the end so the characters could find a way to win their losing war, though I liked the one about Vellus. I want to read the short stories from Sasha and Julian's pov's. This trilogy was free or mostly free with amazon prime.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey Ketch

    Though this was a good conclusion to the series, I wasn’t as happy with Free Souls as I was with Open Minds and Closed Hearts. It was slower in pace and really only focused on Kira. She was basically acting alone in everything she did. She was too independent. Almost to the point where she shut everyone out most of the time. And though I know she was burned in the previous novels, I think it would have been more intriguing if she had a true partner in Free Souls to work with. Maybe even someone Though this was a good conclusion to the series, I wasn’t as happy with Free Souls as I was with Open Minds and Closed Hearts. It was slower in pace and really only focused on Kira. She was basically acting alone in everything she did. She was too independent. Almost to the point where she shut everyone out most of the time. And though I know she was burned in the previous novels, I think it would have been more intriguing if she had a true partner in Free Souls to work with. Maybe even someone to give her a hard time once and a while. Keep her in line. ;) Another thing I wasn’t thrilled with was the detail in the ops. I feel it slowed the pace of the action quite considerably. And with Kira being able to see into other minds, it sometimes felt dragged out with things that weren’t necessary happening to her. The last thing that bothered me were the inconstancies from the previous novels. There were a few things in Free Souls that I didn’t understand, nor did this novel explain how something was one thing in one book, yet something else entirely in the next. A good example was Senator Vellus. Though the odd twist (one I won’t spoil) was definitely an awesome concept, it was weird to me how no one even noticed his true identity. Not even Julian, who mindjacked the Senator in the second novel. The best part was the ending, in my opinion. I think it was perfect in its own way, even though it was definitely not what I expected or even wished for all the characters in this series. I will miss Julian and Kira! Mostly Julian. I really wish he was more involved in this novel. In any event, I highly recommend the series, because this is definitely a Sci Fi keeper! For more book reviews, you can also visit my website over at Ketch’s Book Nook. Thank you.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Zoe and the Edge

    WHY DID I READ THIS? There are few authors that can get me as angry as Miss Quinn. The only reason I read this was because I wanted to know how things went down with Julian. And because Ms. Quinn writes good kisses. Kira continues to find new skills including public speaking. Who would’ve thought? She gets manhandled into the PR side of the revolution because Julian suddenly gets all overprotective of her. It’s a bit cruel on the others because Julian loves Kira the newbie and she’s such a troubl WHY DID I READ THIS? There are few authors that can get me as angry as Miss Quinn. The only reason I read this was because I wanted to know how things went down with Julian. And because Ms. Quinn writes good kisses. Kira continues to find new skills including public speaking. Who would’ve thought? She gets manhandled into the PR side of the revolution because Julian suddenly gets all overprotective of her. It’s a bit cruel on the others because Julian loves Kira the newbie and she’s such a troublemaker. His followers don’t like her much because she’s pulling down their leader by her antics and he’s making decisions based around her well-being. Not smart. Kira is full of big ideas that never ever work. Her defeatists statements drove me up the wall. At every bad choice that Kira made I wanted to put the book down. She’s impulsive and useless and just doesn’t think with her head at all. I was so disgusted when Julian went all, “You should be our leader." Seriously? Hell to the no. I suffered through the formula that Kira and her jacker friends seem to enjoy going through. They engage in countless failures repeatedly. It was horrible to see them embark on all these missions and know that there’s no way they’re going to come out on top because that’s just not how this author works. I didn’t want to believe it but as they lose, get pushed around, and captured over and over, I couldn’t stop myself from shouting at the book. Someone give me a medal for finishing this. Let's hope I leave the crap books behind in 2013. Happy New Year everyone.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

    Wa-hoo! The final installment of the Mindjack Trilogy! I've been loving this series and I'm so happy that Susan allowed me to read and review Free Souls for her. She has done a remarkable job with these books. I just love them. Oh. Have I said that already? This series has all the great elements that I look for in a book. There is action and suspense, good character development, believable relationships and dialogue and that bit of romance that my heart craves. The constant action and energy in t Wa-hoo! The final installment of the Mindjack Trilogy! I've been loving this series and I'm so happy that Susan allowed me to read and review Free Souls for her. She has done a remarkable job with these books. I just love them. Oh. Have I said that already? This series has all the great elements that I look for in a book. There is action and suspense, good character development, believable relationships and dialogue and that bit of romance that my heart craves. The constant action and energy in this book is just consuming. The whole concept of the mind abilities is so cool. I've not read anything quite like this before. These books are clean and that makes me so happy. It means that I can recommend them to anyone, including my daughter, and not worry at all. I love to hate Kestrel. I just love to love Julian. I've been so torn up over Rafe. And Kira? I just want some happily ever after for that girl. All her strong and brave stuff needs some relief. In this last book, I'm happy to say that I got so much resolution without it becoming some pat ending in a box with a bow. Love this series. Love. Another thing I love about this series is all the short stories that go along with it. These give you a glimpse into the characters minds individually. They are like little snacks in between the meat and potatoes. Really yummy snacks. I've been reading them all along but if you haven't read these books yet, you can get them all in one place along with some deleted scenes and some other fun bonus material.

  7. 4 out of 5

    booknerd_dork

    The end was kind of anticlimactic but a mind blowing kind of. It was amazing! The action scenes always had me holding my breath. I don't have words to describe the book except it was mind blowingly amazing! I highly recommend this series. It has action suspense and amazing plot line with great characters. I want more and I'm excited there are novellas.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    Such a well written series! I think Kira is a fantastic character and I absolutely love Julian and Sasha. Definitely recommend reading all three books and novellas.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Norm Davis

    I enjoyed Free Souls and thought it an excellent conclusion to the Mindjack trilogy that includes only Open Minds, Closed Hearts, and Free Souls. I recommend the series. I think it is entertaining and thought provoking. The trilogy explores real life concepts with some imaginary parallels in this science fiction world where mind reading is normal and "not mind reading" is abnormal. I found some minor things about the book where I struggled to suspend disbelief. These were related to Kira, the pro I enjoyed Free Souls and thought it an excellent conclusion to the Mindjack trilogy that includes only Open Minds, Closed Hearts, and Free Souls. I recommend the series. I think it is entertaining and thought provoking. The trilogy explores real life concepts with some imaginary parallels in this science fiction world where mind reading is normal and "not mind reading" is abnormal. I found some minor things about the book where I struggled to suspend disbelief. These were related to Kira, the protagonist, primarily. To me, there were times she behaved inconsistent with what I believed about her character and the reason I did not rate it five stars. I doubt many readers would notice. I do think some reviews of the books in this trilogy are absurd, way out of line, and unfair to the writer and potential readers. I can understand the aversion to invasion of privacy and the idea of people knowing what you are thinking, but the story takes place in that imaginary world where those things are a fact of life. Some reviews treat the story as if the mind reading were part of their reality in today's real world. It is unfair to the story to judge it solely based on elements of the environment where the story takes place. This is good story writing for the most part and ought not be judged because of the imaginary world of the book. Sure, mention that the setting is difficult and effects your feelings about the story, that is fair. Despite that, this is a very good story about "good vs evil" fundamentally. Conflict is essential in story telling. Good verses evil is common and is much what this trilogy is about. The terrific and thought provoking twist in this trilogy is the minority turn out to be massively more powerful than "just mind readers" (the majority). Free Souls is the final book in the trilogy and concludes a number of conflicts Susan Kaye Quinn sets up in her earlier books in the trilogy. I think the book is interesting and thought provoking on multiple levels and the more you think about the overall story the more you realize how significant it is in comparison to many of today's current affairs and the affairs we've struggled with throughout history. I didn't really address this book specifically at all. I assume if you read the first two books you will read this third book. I was very confused regarding the "Mindjack universe" because the author released a number of "Mindjack world" stories that may or may not be related to this Kira Moore trilogy. It reminds me of the Divergent series where Veronica Roth writes primarily about "Tris" but meanwhile writes some Divergent stories from "Four's" viewpoint. Another example is Diana Gabladon writing her Lord John Grey books that are related to the Outlander series quite separately from the Claire and Jamie story line. My issue at this point is I have NOT read any other "Mindjack" books outside this primary trilogy. I have read all of the Divergent and Outlander books and their "side trips". So, as is common, I fear the things I do not know or understand in Susan's Mindjack world. Fortunately, for me, I do intend to remedy my lack of knowledge and have already obtained all the Mindjack books and audiobooks where available.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alisson Denofrio

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This series were ok. But I won’t be reading anymore from this Author and I truly regret that I bought all the mindjack books and here is why: My first problem is that Kira is not the strong leading character that I had hoped for. She really doesn’t care about anyone other than her family and Raf (the guy she supposedly loves). If it weren’t for Julian (who is by far the best character of this series), Kira wouldn’t have helped the revolution at all. Even then it took her long enough. She was tota This series were ok. But I won’t be reading anymore from this Author and I truly regret that I bought all the mindjack books and here is why: My first problem is that Kira is not the strong leading character that I had hoped for. She really doesn’t care about anyone other than her family and Raf (the guy she supposedly loves). If it weren’t for Julian (who is by far the best character of this series), Kira wouldn’t have helped the revolution at all. Even then it took her long enough. She was totally inconsistent. A lot of people died or got hurt because of her. Kira’s affections are not believable at all. First there was Simon, who she dated simply because she couldn’t be with Raf and because he was teaching her how to be a jacker. Then, there was Raf who supposedly is her childhood love but is just a mindreader. There was nothing that made their relationship that special other then the fact that he was the only one who treated her as a human being when everyone thought she was a zero. In my opinion, that’s not reason enough to be madly in love with someone. Not that Kira really was with Raf as the Author tried to force us to believe. After she loses Raf (thank God the book moved on from that drama) there was Julian. I loved Julian! He was kind, charming, strong, smart, honest and compassionate. He was the best. After months and months she finally gets together with Julian but only mentions in passing that she doesn’t want to lose the people she loves, alluding he was one of those people. Even though he was always by her side. Then, I discover the author kills Julian in the Second Series about mindjack. WHATTT? WHY IN HELLL WOULD YOU DO THAT? KILL THE BEST CHARACTER YOU HAVE! R u nuts? That’s when I’ve decided it was it for me. I ignored all of the gaps this series had because I truly believed in its potential. However, I now know it was a waste of my time and money. It is just sad seeing a story with this much potential go to waste.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Good read .... spoilers The third book in the mindjack series which ends Kira's story. The trilogy was good, it had a solid storyline and well written characters. The problem I had with all three books is there were very few victories in that the jackers where constantly taken down or the fact Kira was constantly kidnapped or taken. Kira suffered the most loss. She lost simon in the first book, which had mixed feelings due to his betrayal. Then in the 2nd book she lost Raf. When Rafs memories wer Good read .... spoilers The third book in the mindjack series which ends Kira's story. The trilogy was good, it had a solid storyline and well written characters. The problem I had with all three books is there were very few victories in that the jackers where constantly taken down or the fact Kira was constantly kidnapped or taken. Kira suffered the most loss. She lost simon in the first book, which had mixed feelings due to his betrayal. Then in the 2nd book she lost Raf. When Rafs memories were lost I truely felt those emotions through Kira and my heart broke for her. She did get a happy ending with Julien but I felt the books lacked chemistry between them. The romance was certainly in the background of the storyline however a lot was about how Kira felt about the people in her life. Often she would make mistakes and was a little dramatic which did become annoying. There was no sexual tension and no mention of sex only kissing which would make it a good read for younger teens however not so good for older readers who like chemistry between the main characters. Good read

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    The third installment! After everything that Kira has gone through and she keeps on going. How do you do it Susan? I hope there are more stories in this world. A whole new world is opening up and Kira and Julian and Anna are on the beginning. Will Raf be a part of it now? Will more people join or will they come out of Jackertown? What will happen now? Great writing style. I have read all the other novellas and short stories that fill in some of the gaps and she is one of my new best authors! I c The third installment! After everything that Kira has gone through and she keeps on going. How do you do it Susan? I hope there are more stories in this world. A whole new world is opening up and Kira and Julian and Anna are on the beginning. Will Raf be a part of it now? Will more people join or will they come out of Jackertown? What will happen now? Great writing style. I have read all the other novellas and short stories that fill in some of the gaps and she is one of my new best authors! I can imagine the world and how many stories you could have in it. It is limitless! Each person has there own story!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bob Lee

    Loved the twists Kiras romantic connection with Julian finally came to be. The parts that got me were how this evolution started and Vellus' real plan and what an ass Kestrel really was. A lot worse than Kiras worst nightmare. The action picked up even more intense than the second book and surprised me in a few ways with the introduction of new characters and the way that the poison backfired and actually squashed Kestrels plans. Yay. The nice part of the ending was how Kiras dream of being a doc Loved the twists Kiras romantic connection with Julian finally came to be. The parts that got me were how this evolution started and Vellus' real plan and what an ass Kestrel really was. A lot worse than Kiras worst nightmare. The action picked up even more intense than the second book and surprised me in a few ways with the introduction of new characters and the way that the poison backfired and actually squashed Kestrels plans. Yay. The nice part of the ending was how Kiras dream of being a doctor came about in a different way than she had imagined. Recommend this book since it was the perfect sequel to the last one. Kudos

  14. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Free Souls, the last of the Mindjack trilogy, was my favorite of the three. The very end was exactly what I wanted, but there were many times I was sure it wouldn’t turn out that way. There were a couple twists that totally surprised me. I really didn’t see them coming. The book is very well written and enjoyable. By halfway through I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend reading it (after the first two Mindjack books)!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chrisette Trevino

    This book emphasizes the fight between the jackers & the mindreaders. Kira joins Julians revolutionary group JFA & goes after the politian Vellus, not realizing it's really her old nemisis pulling the strings. The fighting continues because of the differences between the two groups. Both afraid of the other & neither wanting to make the first move.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    Wow, what a strong character. Kiara has left to join Julian' s army. She's still upset about Raf, but she puts her heart and soul into training. Loved every bit of the book. Will most certainly reread it again

  17. 4 out of 5

    Desiree

    Good ending This story was wrapped up pretty nicely. It did get a bit tense there for awhile and I was worried about the ending.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kristie

    Love, love I can't get enough of these books right now, every chance I get I am reading to finish this one and start the next

  19. 5 out of 5

    Peter DeHaan

    A nice wrap up ofthe trilogy

  20. 5 out of 5

    Melinda VanLone

    I started reading this series for two reasons. One, the covers are amazing. Seriously, look at all three of them. The covers hooked me and made me squirm with possibilities. Yes, I'm a sucker for a good cover. Two, I'm pretty sure the virtual box set was on sale and I saw an ad for it. I say that because if Susan Kaye Quinn happens by I want her to know that the sale, and the ad, worked. I'd never heard of her until I saw the ad, with that cover, and clicked the link which brought me to the sale. I started reading this series for two reasons. One, the covers are amazing. Seriously, look at all three of them. The covers hooked me and made me squirm with possibilities. Yes, I'm a sucker for a good cover. Two, I'm pretty sure the virtual box set was on sale and I saw an ad for it. I say that because if Susan Kaye Quinn happens by I want her to know that the sale, and the ad, worked. I'd never heard of her until I saw the ad, with that cover, and clicked the link which brought me to the sale. Of course I read the description too which was enough to pull me the rest of the way into the boat. So how is the story? Fascinating. Gripping. Exciting. How many other -ing words can I come up with? Too many, so let me give you some details. This is YA science fiction, set in the not-too-distant future. Society has changed a lot, due to all those drugs and chemicals we dump into the water without thinking. It messed with people's minds and made everyone into mindreaders. That's right, everyone can read each other's thoughts. Constantly. Can you imagine? I think I'd go insane. On the one hand, how cool would it be to have that sort of communiction but on the other hand, do you really want to know exactly what the person next to you on the bus is thinking about your outfit, your hair, your face or your body odor? Some things are better left un-communicated. Society has adapted to the new way of life to the point where anyone who can't mind read is a zero. A nothing. Less than dirt. A sub-citizen not to be trusted. So what happens when evolution steps it up a notch and some people can guard their own mind while being able to "jack" into someone else's? What happens when some people can control other people's thoughts, rather than just reading them? That, my friends, is what this trilogy is about. Change, and society's reaction to it, with a dose of mind powers. The story centers around one girl who starts out a zero and ends up a leader of the revolution to bring equal rights to everyone, even those with scary mind talents. There's a ton of social commentary going on here, but beyond that it's a solid story with good pacing and a heroine I rooted for the entire way. She's smart, and trying to save her family and friends and change the world while dealing with changing hormones. First Line (book one): "A zero like me shouldn't take public transportation. The hunched driver wrinkled a frown before I even got on the bus. Her attempt to read my mind would get her nothing but the quiet of the street corner where I stood. I kept my face neutral. Nobody trusted a zero to begin with, but scowling back would only make the driver more suspicious. I gripped my backpack and gym bag tighter and climbed the grime-coated steps. The driver's mental command whooshed the door closed behind me. Yeah, junior year was off toa fantastic start already." Look at all the wonderful things happening in the first couple of paragraphs! We know she's in high school, we know the world is very different from ours, and we know she's an outcast. The bus driver can read minds, but can't read our protagonists? Oh, yes, I'm hooked. I was hooked by the first sentence. It engaged, delighted, intrigued, and insisted I read on. That's a lot to pack into such a short sentence. And this was just the first book. I didn't even pause between book one and two, and I barely took a breath between book two and three. To me, this was one long story that I loved from beginning to end. The world building is rich and full of detail but not overly done. It all made perfect sense to me. The fear of change or anything new, the distrust of anything unknown, the need to quarantine or neutralize the perceived danger from the unknown rather than understanding it...that all fit with what I know of our society today. I think you could remove the mindreading and insert any other societal norm you like and still have a solid story. But it wouldn't be nearly as fun, because I found the whole mind reading/mind jacking world fascinating. This story feels a lot like The Hunger Games, without the starvation or forced tournament to the death. If you like realistic light science fiction give this a try. Get the boxed set, because you won't want to stop once you get started.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Arlene Adams

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Crawford Power Plant Hinckley’s Julian 2nd in command extreme talent was his ability to manipulate many jackers at once, but military background that made him so valuable to Julian. Julian Revolution. Today armed w dart guns Julian’s no-kill policy for the mission. Julian’s Jacker Freedom Alliance. Kira gets shot in control room then she fades to black. The war began 4 months ago blow up gate to Agent Kestrel’s secret facility and rescue changelings Kestrel tormented there. Julian’s Jacker Freed Crawford Power Plant Hinckley’s Julian 2nd in command extreme talent was his ability to manipulate many jackers at once, but military background that made him so valuable to Julian. Julian Revolution. Today armed w dart guns Julian’s no-kill policy for the mission. Julian’s Jacker Freedom Alliance. Kira gets shot in control room then she fades to black. The war began 4 months ago blow up gate to Agent Kestrel’s secret facility and rescue changelings Kestrel tormented there. Julian’s Jacker Freedom Alliance born on that day— we liberated hundreds of jackers and swelled ranks of the JFA overnight, bringing all clans of Jackertown together— but Kestrel had slipped away. Jackertown Code: no kill jacks, no stealing, no mental or physical assaults, no forced jackwork, no contracting to mindreaders, no unauthorized memory wipes, and no vigilante justice. Vellus was herding people through testing stations to sift readers from the jackers. Most jackers left with a J inked on their cheeks, while some never came back, detained indefinitely. Fronters hunting jackers. Stupid young men with guns. Caught Kira,Sasha, Myrtle, mom,dad, zander. Kira got tranquilizer dart. She was caught. Unfortunately idiots knew who she was. They were take Kira to DC DETENTION CENTER. SHIT RAF WAS STARING BOY ONE OF FRONTERS. They were looking for Kiras father. Raf let Kira and Myrtle go. Vellus sent National Guard to guard perimeter of Jackertown. He was placing a fence around it. So Kira Sasha and Ava try to scribe Vellus but failed. JFA Goes thru sewer tunnels to get to the water treatment plant. One of Hinckley men Jameson’s got shot and died. Julian got grazed by a bullet and FINALLY KIRA kisses JULIAN! ABOUT FUCKIN TIME! JFA’s demands: 1) a JFA representative on hand to monitor all water-station activities, 2) assurances from City of Chicago that water service would continue uninterrupted to Jackertown, and most importantly, 3) release of all jackers held without due process at Detention Center, including those illegally turned in by the Reader’s First Front. Vellus wants Kira. Says you have to send her as an emissary or he won’t negotiate terms. National Guardsmen ran low and crouched behind makeshift barricades setting a perimeter around them. Kira made Julian surrender herself to Vellus. Julian said he didn't want to have to rescue her again When she got to the DC Kestrel was waiting for her again. She punched him in the face. VELLUS WAS A MINDJACKER HE WAS A HANDLER LIKE JULIAN. So Kira ends up defeating him. She knocks him unconscious she shot Kestrel but he was only wounded and got away. Kira and her dad handcuff Vellus and walk him to Sasha who scribes him finally! Kira also fig out Kestrel experiments were done so they could spoil the water supply and make it dangerous for Jackers. Vellus says their antidote but Kestrel is only one who knows where it is. After taking hydrocopter to water plant Kira arrives see Kestrel poisoning the water. She uses Vellus as a shield but Kestrel kills him. Why trying to figure out how to stop Kestrel without killing Julian mindjackers from Jackertown come to the rescue. Kira mom shows up so Kira offers Kestrel to be scribed by her mom. He refuses so she uses a thought grenade. Kira figures out that by letting the water inhibitors into the tank it will create superjackers just like it created her mom. So she lets the water inhibitors be released cuz she figured it only way to stop war without getting all the jackers killed. RAF BECOMES A JACKER TOO. Julian becomes the youngest 19 years old senator. Kira goes on to help repair the damage caused from Kestrel experiments in jackers. Julian and Kira are together. Her mom, dad and xander join JFA.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jess Peters

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  23. 5 out of 5

    menr

    (view spoiler)[I'm not going to talk about the action side of things, which was AWESOME! Kira is one of the best kickass heroines I've read. I just want to share my feelings about how it ended for Raf, Raf, and Raf. Oh, and also Kira and Julian. But mainly Raf. Here's the thing. Raf was the best friend and first love interest. Sure, he wasn't swoon-worthy book boyfriend material, but he had his nice vibe appeal and was really there for Kira through thick and thin. Until he got his memory wiped ou (view spoiler)[I'm not going to talk about the action side of things, which was AWESOME! Kira is one of the best kickass heroines I've read. I just want to share my feelings about how it ended for Raf, Raf, and Raf. Oh, and also Kira and Julian. But mainly Raf. Here's the thing. Raf was the best friend and first love interest. Sure, he wasn't swoon-worthy book boyfriend material, but he had his nice vibe appeal and was really there for Kira through thick and thin. Until he got his memory wiped out, that is. Now Julian, the face of the revolution, had the charisma and the mysterious vibe in the beginning that drew me in. I thought it was also lucky for him that he had more chance at relationship building with Kira. He was in on most of the action, and he had that "first meeting" with Kira, unlike Raf who was already part of the story from the get-go. (Another reason why I'm not much into friends-to-lovers stories - I usually can't get into it if there's no meet-cute. I'm a sucker for meet-cutes because they test the chemistry between the characters.) Plus, Julian had the advantage of staying awake during the Adventures-with-Kira scenes, unlike mindreader Raf who almost always ended up losing consciousness in the previous books - not Raf's fault, btw. I guess I probably would have been all for Kira's happy ending with Julian, but here's where it got tricky. As much as I love meet-cutes, I'm a total sucker for tragedy and against-all-odds situations. And what's the worse - or more dramatically awesome - tragedy than having the memory of the love of your life taken from you? Raf hated Kira because he thought she mindjacked him. Kira felt empty through most of the book because of her heartbreak. Julian was the ever-good guy obviously pining for her and waiting for her to open her heart again. Kira still loved Raf, but Raf couldn't possibly love her back with all memories of them together permanently wiped out from his brain. Kira felt feelings for Julian that she wasn't sure was love or just a leftover from when she linked her thoughts with him. It was a twisted situation, mostly for Raf because he was already out of the love triangle before it even started. I mean, how could he fight for Kira when he couldn't remember her? So the ball was on Julian's court. I saw it coming, but it was a bittersweet pill to take. I was happy for Julian and Kira, but I was torn up for Raf. I mean, he wasn't suffering in the end, but he was unknowingly damaged. It was such an ironic twist to that saying, What you don't know can't hurt you. Raf didn't and would never know what he was missing, and I was hurting for him. (Molloy, I wish there was a bonus story about your own suffering.) Kira deserved to be happy with Julian, but I did wonder if her feelings were a bit artificial. Note, she started having those "I-want-to-kiss-and-hug-Julian" feelings right after she linked with him in Closed Hearts so it did warrant some speculation. I would also just like to add that the guys were always the ones falling for her first, which left me the impression that she doesn't have much of a romantic bone in her. Just saying. Going back to Raf, the twist in the end about him being a jacker with the ability to fend for himself didn't really appease me. It was the best ending for him under the circumstances, I know, but it didn't make it less painful for me. He was still permanently partially-wiped. (hide spoiler)]

  24. 5 out of 5

    Denae Christine

    Reader thoughts: I was quite pleasantly surprised to discover how much I enjoyed this end. Usually I have major issues with ends, esp of series (too many die, no one dies, the MC acts OOC, the MC acts weak, there's deus ex machina, etc). None of that happened here. Kira is torn between keeping the jackers safe, keeping her family safe, keeping the changelings safe, and keeping herself safe. She has conflicting loyalties and dangerous secrets. Can she let herself love Julian when her heart still h Reader thoughts: I was quite pleasantly surprised to discover how much I enjoyed this end. Usually I have major issues with ends, esp of series (too many die, no one dies, the MC acts OOC, the MC acts weak, there's deus ex machina, etc). None of that happened here. Kira is torn between keeping the jackers safe, keeping her family safe, keeping the changelings safe, and keeping herself safe. She has conflicting loyalties and dangerous secrets. Can she let herself love Julian when her heart still has a hole from Raf? Can she stop the senator if it means helping Kestrel? Should she follow orders or take the opportunity to take down the enemy? I love the moral dilemmas Kira faces in these three books. Should she jack someone? Was it only right in situations of self-preservation? Was it only right against another jacker? Even then, it's not fair because she can't be jacked. It's a little like Cinder's issues in Scarlet, and when she struggles with the morality of mind-controlling others. I loved the growing relationship between Kira and Julian. It gets mushy only twice, and only briefly. I love that they both see past each others' looks to personality. Kira and Julian inspire people, work hard, and would sacrifice anything to save the jacker community. The ending was better than I first realized. How do you end a book where 90% of the population is afraid of the other 10% and wants to imprison or poison them? What, do you write up a treaty? Send them to the moon? Make everyone play nice with new laws? No, think of the end of the How to Train Your Dragon movie. (view spoiler)[Break down barriers and make everyone join together. No, the readers and jackers didn't suddenly fight a third threat, they all got turned into jackers. If everyone's a jacker, there's no reason for prejudice. It's brilliant. (hide spoiler)] I also loved all the new words in this trilogy. Tru-casts? Ultra-lights? Mindjacking? Demens? It blends perfectly with the new technology. My only real complaint about the books is that they could be more, longer, even without more povs. With conflicts this massive (world shattering), I'd expect the actual narrative/story to build more, to feel more epic. I've read Wheel of Time and Brandon Sanderson's massive tomes and expect a page of banter or cultural background or setting now and then. I can handle books with more tension building and world building (and whatever other buildings the author might want to throw in, just so nothing is rushed). I suppose SKQ trusts her readers' imaginations to supply those details themselves. Maybe I've gotten lazy. (It helps that we have Mindjack Short Story Collection to give us scenes from other characters.) Writer thoughts: The scenes are packed on top of each other very well without breaks. We start in media res on page 1, and none of the scenes end without packing a hook or new conflict into the story. Here are the first few. Scene #1 (Attacking electrical plant) starts with an explosion and ends with passing out to blowback. Scene #2 (meditation with Ava) shows off epic mindjacking, has an argument, and ends with a siege. This is one of the hardest things for me to do, as an author, and one of the subtler writing tricks that readers don't notice unless it's done wrong.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sandy S

    FREE SOULS (Mindjack Trilogy #3) by Susan Kaye Quinn ABOUT THE BOOK: When your mind is a weapon, freedom comes at a price. The final installment of the Mindjack Trilogy is here! Four months have passed since Kira left home to join Julian’s Jacker Freedom Alliance, but the hole in her heart still whistles empty where her boyfriend Raf used to be. She fills it with weapons training, JFA patrols, and an obsessive hunt for FBI agent Kestrel, ignoring Julian’s worries about her safety and repeated atte FREE SOULS (Mindjack Trilogy #3) by Susan Kaye Quinn ABOUT THE BOOK: When your mind is a weapon, freedom comes at a price. The final installment of the Mindjack Trilogy is here! Four months have passed since Kira left home to join Julian’s Jacker Freedom Alliance, but the hole in her heart still whistles empty where her boyfriend Raf used to be. She fills it with weapons training, JFA patrols, and an obsessive hunt for FBI agent Kestrel, ignoring Julian’s worries about her safety and repeated attempts to recruit her for his revolutionary chat-casts. When anti-jacker politician Vellus surrounds Jackertown with the National Guard, Kira discovers there’s more to Julian’s concerns than she knew, but she’s forced to take on a mission that neither want and that might be her last: assassinating Senator Vellus before he can snuff out Julian’s revolution and the jackers she’s come to love. REVIEW: The Mindjack Trilogy and its novellas are one of my favorite YA series this past year. Susan’s take on the Urban Fantasy/Dystopian genre delves into a world of what ifs-what if our drinking supply was so polluted with poisons that the human population developed various forms of mind-reading, mind altering and mind controlling abilities. And to complicate matters, those without any special ability declare everyone with altered minds as an enemy of the state. Big Brother never looked so evil. Susan’s final instalment-FREE SOULS (released December 14, 2012) in the Mindjack Trilogy follows our heroine Kira-a young woman with abilities that far outreach many of the mind controlling powers of most of the people on earth-as she endeavors to reveal the truth behind the missing people and the involvement of government at every level. As part of the Jacker Freedom Alliance, Kira and the others risk their lives and the lives of the people they love to stop the politicians from wiping out the entire population of mindjackers-one person at a time-only now-the politicians have found a way to attack thousands of people all at once. FREE SOULS and the MINDJACK TRILOGY is a well written, fascinating and wonderful series by Susan Kaye Quinn. There is plenty of action and reaction, suspense, and mystery. Many of the questions from previous storylines have been answered, but it wouldn’t hurt if Susan added a couple of novellas that tie into a few more of the members of the Jacker Freedom Alliance. Resolutions surrounding previous and new loves was anticipated and I liked how Susan didn’t complicate the ‘love-triangle’ potential-Kira is finally with the man who will cherish and treasure her for the rest of their lives-I love a happily ever after. see all of my reviews at : thereadingcafe.com

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Free Souls is a book I have been looking forward to reading, but has also been tinged with sadness, being the last book in this trilogy.  Free Souls picks up where Closed Hearts ended, Kira, Julian and the rest of the jackers are still trying to find a way to make it safe for themselves and other jackers.  Unbeknown to Julian, Kira is still looking for Kestrel and she will stop at nothing to ensure he gets what he deserves.  I loved the ongoing list she has of ways to kill him and was amused by Free Souls is a book I have been looking forward to reading, but has also been tinged with sadness, being the last book in this trilogy.  Free Souls picks up where Closed Hearts ended, Kira, Julian and the rest of the jackers are still trying to find a way to make it safe for themselves and other jackers.  Unbeknown to Julian, Kira is still looking for Kestrel and she will stop at nothing to ensure he gets what he deserves.  I loved the ongoing list she has of ways to kill him and was amused by some of the ways she had in mind. Free Souls features the return of some of our favourite and not so favourite characters, Vellus and Kestrel, and they are still up to no good.  The jackers soon get wind of their dastardly plan and stop at nothing to stop them from carrying through with it, with some casualties of war from both sides. Kira is just as strong and stubborn as she has always been, but she is a perfect protagonist and heroine.  She fights for what is right, not just for herself but for everyone, and she stops at nothing in order to achieve her goal.  She may not be a perfect person, and makes mistakes, both personally and as a leader, but she recognises this and isn't afraid to face the consequences of these.  Free Souls lets us get a look inside the inner workings of Jackertown and how the jackers ensure the safety of all people living there.  The rules and 'honour system' they have set up enables them to have some privacy even though they can read minds, and I thought this was a great way for them to live in harmony and even though they are considered the enemy, the rest of the population could look to the jackers as an example of how they can live in peace. Free Souls  isn't all flowers and roses, yes some characters have love interests, but there is lots of tension and nervous waiting.  Free Souls was an amazing end to a series, one that had me on the edge of my seat. The constant threat of danger or being caught, wondering if they would they survive Vellus's attack had me turning pages in order to find out what happens next.  I never knew what to expect, there was never a clear path of knowing who would win and who would lose.  The ending finally came, and it was a great ending for all involved, with many twists and turn involved by the characters to get there, I felt that it was ideal for them. While I am sad this series is over, I am looking forward to future work by Susan.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lola

    I really enjoyed the first two books in this series and I still don't get why I waited so long to start the third book. It might have somethign to do with the ending of the second book and it might have something to do with having so many books to read that sometimes I just forget about some of them. So I was in this weird reading mood, I wanted to read, but I wanted to make sure it was a book I would enjoy. And then I rememberede this unfinished series and I decided to finally read Free Souls. F I really enjoyed the first two books in this series and I still don't get why I waited so long to start the third book. It might have somethign to do with the ending of the second book and it might have something to do with having so many books to read that sometimes I just forget about some of them. So I was in this weird reading mood, I wanted to read, but I wanted to make sure it was a book I would enjoy. And then I rememberede this unfinished series and I decided to finally read Free Souls. Free Souls is by far the best book in this series, it's so well written and I realized how clever Susan has written this book. The chapters end in such a way you can't help but read another chapter. There is no dull moments and the story is fast paced and full with action, romance and technology. I loved this book and it made me remember how much I enjoyed the first two books. I really like Susan her writing style and she's one of my favourite authors. The plot of Free Souls is full with unexpected plot twists, especially the ending. I had no idea how Susan could wrap this up nicely, especially after one of the things that happened towards the end and then wow. The ending is very clever and wraps up things for now, while still being open enough that if she wanted to she could write more books in this series. While it had been some time since I read the first two books I easily remembered the characters again. Kira is such a great main character and I liked how she could be reckless, but do those things for good reasons. She's strong and wants to help others and I really liked how she developed towards the end. And then there are Julian, Sasha and Ava, who are great side characters. There are some character developments I didn't see coming. The world building is done really well and I liked how much descriptions there where and these specific term for their abilities and how they worked. It really makes the world come alive and I like the futuristic touches. I had forgotten how much I liked this world. To conclude: I loved Free Souls, it's such a great ending to this trilogy. I loved how the story took these unexpected twists and turns and I wanted to keep reading and finished most of the book in one setting. This series has great characters and awesome world building.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rhiannon Frater

    I was very lucky and very pleased to be one of the first people to read this last book in the awesome Mindjack Trilogy. Seriously, I was dancing around when the almost final draft hit my inbox. So what do I have to say? I loved it. Truly. It rates right behind the first book in the trilogy, which is one of my all-time favorite books. This is a fitting end to the trilogy with lots of action, character development and a very smoldering kiss. One of the things I do really like about this series is t I was very lucky and very pleased to be one of the first people to read this last book in the awesome Mindjack Trilogy. Seriously, I was dancing around when the almost final draft hit my inbox. So what do I have to say? I loved it. Truly. It rates right behind the first book in the trilogy, which is one of my all-time favorite books. This is a fitting end to the trilogy with lots of action, character development and a very smoldering kiss. One of the things I do really like about this series is that Kira never gives up or gives in. She's a real fighter to the very end. Though she has gone through a lot and suffered terribly at the hands of the baddies, she keeps trying to protect the ones she cares about and fight for the right of jackers to exist in a the world of the mind readers. I don't want to give much away, but there are some seriously nail-biting action sequences in this book. They unfolded in my head like a movie and left me breathless. I also enjoyed the showdowns in this book immensely. They were satisfying. The only thing I didn't care much for was the last chapter when everything is wrapped up in a nice little package with a big bow and several big events happen off-screen. I would have rather that the author left us with a bit of wonder at the end of this novel, sort of like the end of the original MATRIX movie. Yet, I can understand why the author chose to wrap things up. Readers do like their tidy packages with pretty bows. I'm bummed that the trilogy is over, but I really did enjoy Kira's journey. She continued to be one of my favorite heroines of recent history. Note: It's the middle of the night and I'm half-asleep as I write this, so forgive any typos. I just want to state that this trilogy is awesome because it is so unique, it gives us a wonderful female lead character, and creates a dangerous, frightening world that was exciting to explore.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson

    Although I have loved the first 2 in the series (OPEN MINDS & CLOSED HEARTS), this one fell a tad short for me. Just a tad. Not that I hated it...oh no. Not at all. It just wasn't as great as the first two. I think it was the first half of the book which seemed to drag some. But still, I adored this book and where the author ran with the story line. It really is beyond different and unique and readers will love that about the series. Now there is a lot of action and suspense in the story, it Although I have loved the first 2 in the series (OPEN MINDS & CLOSED HEARTS), this one fell a tad short for me. Just a tad. Not that I hated it...oh no. Not at all. It just wasn't as great as the first two. I think it was the first half of the book which seemed to drag some. But still, I adored this book and where the author ran with the story line. It really is beyond different and unique and readers will love that about the series. Now there is a lot of action and suspense in the story, it just seemed that it all occurred in the 2nd half of the book. Which is great and all, but it seemed with everything going on, the pace of the book felt smidge rushed in the end. But the twists and the turns and the revelations are going to shock the readers. Double takes will be had…gasps will be heard…and mouths will be gaping. The conclusion to the story will leave the readers shocked to a certain degree…but I believe they will finish the trilogy with a happy heart and a smile on their face. Another aspect of the story I loved was the growing relationship between Julian and Kira. Oh how I love them so very much. And the pace the author took with them was spot on. The small moments we captured of them was so sweet and touching. It was perfect. So, so perfect! And maybe, just maybe, Quinn will give us readers a novella of them. Hey a person can dream (and hope and pray and cross fingers). Right?. Great ending to a great series. I just feel so honored that Quinn asked me to read and review her wonderful books. If you haven’t started this series yet get on it. You will love the storyline and how it differs from a lot of the stuff out there. Then come back and let me know what you thought of them all. I'll be waiting. ;)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is the final installment in the Mindjack Trilogy that has taken me on a wild rollercoaster ride. Kira and the rest of the "jackers" have their final showdown, resulting in a world that no one could have predicted. Kira is still somewhat of a mess. She's with the JFA but she still grieves for her lost "normal" life with Raf and her family. Her focus has shifted dangerously to obsession, especially when it comes to Kestrel. She is I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is the final installment in the Mindjack Trilogy that has taken me on a wild rollercoaster ride. Kira and the rest of the "jackers" have their final showdown, resulting in a world that no one could have predicted. Kira is still somewhat of a mess. She's with the JFA but she still grieves for her lost "normal" life with Raf and her family. Her focus has shifted dangerously to obsession, especially when it comes to Kestrel. She is also in pretty big denial about Julian's feelings for her (and her feelings for him). They are all planning to get to the "tipping point" of their revolution through Vellus, the evil senator who has been trying to discredit the JFA since Kira's first appearance. When they try to pen all the jackers in with the National Guard, it's clear that now is the time to act. Kira ends up thrown into some very Kira-like messes along the way, but the gang does end up reaching their "tipping point" moment. There's tough decisions to be made, real feelings to confront, and her family (both blood and otherwise) for Kira to protect. This book ends in such a wonderfully surprising and satisfying way that I had to give it a solid 5 stars. I would gladly re-read this book to get to the end all over again. This book so well written that I didn't even notice that I was reading a genre that I typically avoid - futuristic sci-fi. They are simply wonderful characters put through extraordinary circumstances and I couldn't wait to get more of their story. I'm sad to see this trilogy come to an end, but I hope that there's more to come from this author that I can add to my "to-read" shelf.

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