Book 1, Mindjack: Zeph
Susan Kaye Quinn
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When mindreaders run the world, being a jacker makes you a weapon. Zeph can break open the toughest minds—or lock the weakest—which only means every Clan leader wants to own him. He did as he was told, kept his head down, and tried to shut out the screams. But when they came after his family, he hugged his kid sister goodbye and ran away to keep them safe. For two years, he’s passed as a reader. Then his family disappears, readers start changing into super jackers, and Zeph is forced to return to a city filled with jackers who hate him. To find his family, he must trick a mindware CEO into helping him, avoid a girl who knows him too well, and spy on the most powerful jacker in the state.
All without dying or revealing his abilities—or being caught in the firestorm of hate between jackers and readers that’s threatening to pull the world apart.
The bestselling Mindjack Series continues with an all new character and a world of mindreaders and mindjackers as you’ve never seen it before. LOCKED TIGHT is the first of three Mindjack novels from Zeph’s perspective. (See The Locksmith for Zeph’s origin story.)
Open Minds (Book 1)
Closed Hearts (Book 2)
Free Souls (Book 3)
Mindjack Short Story Collection, Novella Box Set (Book 4)
Locked Tight (Book 1)
Cracked Open (Book 2)
Broken Wide (Book 3)
The Locksmith (Book 4)
FORMATS AND TRANSLATIONS
Mindjack available in ebook, print, audiobook, French and German
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Susan Kaye Quinn is a rocket scientist turned speculative fiction author who now uses her PhD to invent cool stuff in books. Her works range from young adult science fiction to adult future-noir, with side trips into royal fantasy romance and middle grade. Her bestselling novels and short stories have been optioned for Virtual Reality, translated into German and French, and featured in several anthologies.
She writes full-time from Chicago, inventing mind powers and dreaming of the Singularity.
See her website for free stories, trailers, and links to social media.
SUE’S OTHER BOOKS
young adult science fiction
• Defiance (Prequel to The Legacy Human)
• The Legacy Human (Book 1)
• The Duality Bridge (Book 2)
• The Illusory Prophet (Book 3)
• The Stories of Singularity #1-4 (Novella Box Set)
• Awakening (Stories of Singularity #5)
THE ROYALS OF DHARIA
sweet royal romance
• Third Daughter (Book 1)
• Second Daughter (Book 2)
• First Daughter (Book 3)
• The Debt Collector: LIRIUM (Season One)
• The Debt Collector: WRAITH (Season Two)
An excellent start for a new Mindjack story arc
Ok, let me start by noting that while you can read this as a stand-alone, the ideal thing to do is to read both the prior three stories in the "Mindjack" series an the "Mindjack Origins" story "Locksmith" before turning to this book.
And now, a warning: while I will not reveal anything that will be a spoiler about this book, the next paragraph will include something that's a significant spoiler about the ending of book 1 in the "Mindjack" series. If you've any intention of reading that series (and you should, or else read at least that book 1, before this book 4), then stop right here.
Ok, now, with conscious clear, on to my actual review ...
Zeph, the main character of this book, is first introduced in "Locksmith" which provides useful backstory of what he was doing before Kira exposed the existence of mindjackers to the world at the end of "open Minds" (book 1 in the "Mindjack" series). "Locked Tight" tells Zack's story after that revelation. It's a continuation of the series but really a new story arc after the conclusion of Kira's story arc in "Free Souls". Really this is the best of all options. Followers of the series get the HEA to Kira's story but still get to inhabit the fantastic world created by the author. The perspective is different here from those prior stories in the series, but Susan Kaye Quinn's signature excellent writing, layered plots and great adventure, are still there. This is one heck of a great story. It's major relief for anyone who was starting to suffer from withdrawal after Kira's story arc ended. If you've liked the series previously I can pretty much guarantee you'll enjoy this story. It's an excellent start for the new story arc it begins.
New Perspective in Mindjack
I'm so excited for SKQ's new mindjack series! Locked Tight is a great start for the plot. Zeph gives us the perspective we don't see in Kira's series. He doesn't know what the Kira, Julian, and the jackers really did, just like the rest of the world. Locked Tight follows Zeph discovering the truth about jackers, and finding where he belongs. It's a pretty tumultuous journey, Zeph seems to be a magnet for trouble.
I am less than impressed with the character development. Zeph gets a little bit, but he's stubborn and slow and it's hard to notice. Most of the other characters are very static, and their personalities are stale to begin with, particularly Juliette. I'd like to see a lot more character development in the next book in the series.
The plot was good, albeit slow. I loved finding the little tidbits that tied into the first mindjack series, and of course, all my favorites made an appearance. I was shocked by one particular plot twist, I never thought SKQ would do such a thing! It definitely stirred up the action. But I'm worried it was only to make a way for a love interest. I'm hoping it won't happen, because it would be too cliche.
As I finished this book, I was disappointed in it as a book from the technical perspective, but I'm thrilled to have more mindjack, and I look forward to improvements throughout the series.
Engaging and Entertaining Book!
In Locked Tight, Susan Kaye Quinn returns to the world of the Mindjack Series, showcasing the events through the eyes of a new protagonist whose origin story is told in the novella, The Locksmith. The world of readers and jackers has been well developed throughout this series and even though this is the fourth installment, the author still manages to illustrate that there is still so much about this world we have yet to learn as new foes with new agendas take center stage.
Zeph's story takes the reader along as he tows the line between the readers and the jackers, tentatively forming a place for himself with each of the opposing groups; a hard thing to accomplish in a world where despite most of the population being an open book, there are plenty of secrets and no one is really sure who to trust or who might really be on your side.
What I like about this story is that it's not often predictable. When you think that you've figured out where things are going, a character does something surprising, or an event leads things in a completely different direction. This story doesn't rush things or move at a crawl, it's a well-paced slow burn where the more events unfold, the more the plot weaves itself together, drawing people and events that appear unconnected together into a much larger narrative. This makes for a suspenseful and compelling story.
What Susan Kaye Quinn does very well in this work is tell a story that is engaging and entertaining, all the while giving the reader food for thought about the deeper meaning of the narrative. It is an escape into another world that can be appreciated simply for its story-telling, but it also manages to provoke a sense of relevance as commentary on the events of our world today. This forges a personal connection for the reader to Zeph's journey, and the experiences of the other characters in this world as well.
As this is the continuation of a series, the book can be enjoyed on its own, but reading the books that come before it will make the work much more enjoyable. Locked Tight is a great book and I highly recommend the entire Mindjack Series. Readers will NOT be disappointed!
- Category: Dystopian
- Published: Apr 17, 2017
- Publisher: Susan Kaye Quinn
- Seller: Susan Quinn
- Print Length: 286 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 1, Mindjack: Zeph