Title: Mind Games
Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: Harper Teen
Length: 304 Pages
Fia and Annie are as close as two sisters can be. They look out for each other. Protect each other. And most importantly, they keep each other’s secrets, even the most dangerous ones: Annie is blind, but can see visions of the future; Fia was born with flawless intuition—her first impulse is always exactly right. When the sisters are offered a place at an elite boarding school, Fia realizes that something is wrong . . . but she doesn’t grasp just how wrong. The Keane Institute is no ordinary school, and Fia is soon used for everything from picking stocks to planting bombs. If she tries to refuse, they threaten her with Annie’s life. Now Fia’s falling in love with a boy who has dark secrets of his own. And with his help, she’s ready to fight back. They stole her past. They control her present. But she won’t let them take her future.
Mind Games fell a little flat for me. I really wanted to like this one, but it just didn’t do much for me. It’s told from two points of view- one for each sister (Annie and Fia). The writing was pretty basic, but it works well for the targeted age group so I was okay with it. There were some flashbacks (okay- a lot of flashbacks) that made things a little confusing, but they were alright once you pushed through them. The thing I had the biggest issue with was the points of view. They weren’t markedly different, which is something completely necessary when using two POVs. Another problem was the relationship between the sisters, which was positioned as “strong and unbreakable.” We’re told that many times, but there weren’t many examples of that in the actual work itself.
The premise of the book is interesting- with one sister blind and only able to see the future. The other sister, Fia, is an assassin who is forced to kill to protect bad things from happening to Annie. It unfortunately doesn’t do much in regards to character development. I found the sisters both whiney and selfish- and they didn’t get any better or grow into themselves as the story progressed.
The plot line was actually very interesting, with great twists and entertaining bits. The last couple of chapters were probably the best in the entire book- I was surprised with how it ended and how well thought out it was.
As a whole, it was a rocky read for me, and not one I can recommend to others.