Mind Games by Kiersten White
Summary: Fia has perfect instincts, which make her a great assassin. Except she’s being controlled by a man she’s never met, and that makes the killing no fun at all. If Fia wasn’t so concerned about her sister Annie’s safety, she would have no problem walking away. But Annie means the world to her.
My thoughts: Mind Games is bam-bam-bam fast. I was initially overwhelmed by the whirlwind: the writing style (run-ons and onomatopoeia) was almost a bit much for my tastes. But then I adjusted and found myself having a lot of fun. Mind Games is tricky like that, see: it makes you think that it’s all fight scenes and tough chicks, but then you realize oh, it’s more. It’s about loyalty and learning to be selfish—about making choices that you don’t think you have. And that’s pretty cool.
Mind Games has two narrators—Fia and Annie—and it’s easy to pick a favorite. While Annie falls into the stereotype of a “blind seer,” Fia is strange and completely unpredictable. Her voice is erratic, echoing the little bit of crazy inside her head. Kiersten White’s portrayal of a psychologically damaged teen is interesting because it’s unexpected. Fia is a wild card, and it’s obvious in the way she tells her story.
My only gripe with Mind Games lies in the timeline. The chapters occasionally jump to random moments in the sisters’ lives, and though this kind of helps the story progress, it messes with the flow of the novel.
Fans of lady assassins, thrillers, and mental superpowers, you’ll love Mind Games. It’s very different from Kiersten White’s other books, but in a good way.
Comment question: Do you have siblings? Would you do anything for them, like Fia?