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 (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)
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!
Great extension of the series
LOCKED TIGHT is the fourth book in her MindJack series where humans have evolved the ability to broadcast their thoughts--but the new wrinkle is mindreaders who can hijack your brain. These "mindjackers" are a super powerful minority, being hunted for experimentation and extermination. And Zeph, a "locksmith" mindjacker who can lock and unlock the toughest minds, will do whatever it takes to keep himself and his family safe. I've reviewed OPEN MINDS, the first book in this series on my blog, and I've read all the books/novellas out so far. It's a fantastic series, and I'm so glad to return to this amazing fictional world.
Zeph left his home and family behind the day the world learned about mindjackers. He'd been recruited to one or another "clan"--a mafia of mindjackers had long existed underground--and he wasn't proud of the work he'd done for them. But if the world knew mindjackers existed, he was sure being in his home would bring trouble for his mother, father and young sister, Olivia. He fled Chicago New Metro's suburbs for the more sparsely populated Wisconsin, getting by on his wits and skill as a jacker--and keeping his more powerful abilities as a locksmith locked down tight.
Eighteen months later, he's trying to find out what happened to his family. A check-in showed a home which looked hastily abandoned. Did jackers come and take them? While rescuing a mindreader from the predation of his mindjacking boss' influence, Zeph abandons his newest post on a mission to find his family. He links up with the mindreading community, taking a position as a bodyguard to the daughter of a prominent mindreader: Jeffrey Tiller. Tiller's father invented mindware tech--devices that read and interpret mindreaders' projected brainwaves to operate phones, cars, televisions, etc. Tiller is himself virulently anti-jacker, and makes no apologies for it. His daughter, Juliette, was dating a girl jacker--and he pulled her from school and put her into one where jackers aren't allowed. Zeph has to hide his jacker abilities, 24/7 to keep up the pretense he's just a reader, and hopefully Tiller will like him enough to help find his family. He's a powerful man with lots of connections--and he does promise to assist.
In the meantime, Zeph takes out a jacker who assaults the minds of kids at Juliette's school, he's hailed a hero and this lands him in the spotlight he hates--he's intercepted by operatives in a confidential government agency who are "hosting" his 13 y/o sister as she trains her newly developed jacker powers. Zeph is ecstatic to find Olivia alive, but horrified that she's unwittingly being honed into a weapon. His primary objective is to get her free, even if it's against her own wishes.
Zeph's life becomes even more of a shell game as he takes a new mission to get close to Julian Navarro, new senator from Illinois who is a known mindjacker--one fighting for equal rights for jackers, and peace between readers and jackers. People who've read the series know that Julian is a good and honest man, and partners with the heroine of the first three books: Kira Moore, herself an intensely powerful jacker. Supposedly, Julian may be dosing readers with drugs to spur changes into jackers--but even if Zeph doesn't buy that line of hooey, saving Olivia depends on getting close to Julian. And, that's where Zeph's whole life gets turned inside out. Expect bombings, shooting, and general destruction to dog his steps as Zeph witnesses the hate for jackers up-close and extremely personal. What few allies he makes are seemingly wiped out before his eyes, and he has to make unthinkable choices to protect Olivia from the danger she's been programmed to create.
I'm not going to say more about the plot: it's intricate and articulate. Zeph is a good guy caught in every bad situation due to his jacking abilities. He's not dreamed of having a normal life since he underwent his change at 13 and gained his mindjacking ability--but now he'd give anything for "normal" and he sees how it could be possible if only the bigots would stop hunting the jackers. There's lots of tragedy in the story, with several casualties, and unexpected allies. At it's heart, the MindJack series has always been about equal rights, and the fight to gain them for all humans--readers and jackers alike. Zeph has seen enough jackers to know how evil they can be, but the depth of hate coming from readers has always been outside of his experience. Now he knows how horrible they can be, and he's dead set on finding his parents before they can be destroy--as Olivia very nearly was. I'm down a little because I feel like I lost a good friend on these pages, but I'm excited to read on.
- Category: Dystopian
- Published: Apr 17, 2017
- Publisher: Susan Kaye Quinn
- Seller: Susan Quinn
- Print Length: 286 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 1, Mindjack: Zeph