Monday, May 28, 2012

Blog Tour ~ CLOSED HEARTS (Mindjack, #2)

Welcome to The Bookish Babe's stop on the CLOSED HEARTS Blog Tour! Today I have a guest post from author Susan Quinn, along with a giveaway of the book. You can find my review of the first book in the series, Open Minds, here.
When you control minds, only your heart can be used against you. Eight months ago, Kira Moore revealed to the mindreading world that mindjackers like herself were hidden in their midst. Now she wonders if telling the truth was the right choice after all. As wild rumors spread, a powerful anti-jacker politician capitalizes on mindreaders’ fears and strips jackers of their rights. While some jackers flee to Jackertown—a slum rife with jackworkers who trade mind control favors for cash—Kira and her family hide from the readers who fear her and jackers who hate her. But when a jacker Clan member makes Kira’s boyfriend Raf collapse in her arms, Kira is forced to save the people she loves by facing the thing she fears most: FBI agent Kestrel and his experimental torture chamber for jackers.

Guest Post: Dystopias - Forging Hope for Humanity
by Susan Kaye Quinn
I have always read dystopian novels, before they were a popular thing (recently in young adult novels), and before I even really thought of “dystopia” as a label. I just called the futuristic tales of mind-bending alternate realities that I loved “science fiction.”
Stories like I, Robot by Asimov (originally published in 1950), one of the first stories that made me really think about what it meant to be human. A recurring theme of the science fiction of my youth was to examine humanity through the lens of a not-human character (in this case a robot), and I soaked up stories like this, filling my spongy adolescent brain with concepts like the Three Laws of Robotics. Asimov’s Foundation series similarly blew my mind with the idea that mathematical predictions of the future couldn’t guarantee a utopia, as long as the flawed nature of humanity still existed. This is where I first understood the term “dystopia” as what usually happened when humans tried to monkey with society to make it “better.”
What I loved about these stories was that they were thought experiments. They took an idea and ran with it, playing it out into the future. What if robots really became sentient? What if we could really predict the future. Not only did I enjoy the mental gymnastics that went with these (usually cautionary) tales, I felt like they were the “equipment for living” that Kenneth Burke speaks of. I used these stories to form my young adult thoughts about the future—what it should be, and what it should not.
Many people call my novel Open Minds a dystopia, although I didn’t think of it explicitly as that when I was writing it. I thought more in terms of these classic SF stories that have long filled my head. I wanted to take one thing—what if everyone really could read minds?—and play it out. I shouldn’t have been surprised when it turned into an exploration of how the circumstances of the world may change, but human beings fundamentally remain the same.
I think this is the understructure of the current dystopian craze—classical science fiction, retooled for our modern era and sensibilities. Some say the dystopian stories of today are a bleak reflection of our post-911 world, a mirror held up to our fears of environmental disasters, terrorism, and pandemic. I think the world we live in is complex, dangerous, and at times horrifying. I also think it shines with the radiance of aid flowing to natural disasters, soldiers building schools, and an increasing intolerance of hatred as an ideology. This complicated world is rekindling a need for the kinds of thought experiments found in dystopian stories, rather than the world actually spiraling into the abyss.
And I don’t think the dystopian stories of today are any more dismal than the classic stories of the past. Some may be bleak (Forest of Hands and Teeth), but there’s almost always a thread of hope (Across the Universe). Because even when things are dire, even though evil may grip our world, there is always someone who will rebel against the wrongness and attempt to set it right. Hope is a fundamental part of what it means to be human, and stories that forge hope out of the most difficult situations will always be compelling.
And I will want to read (and write) them.

Closed Hearts (Mindjack #2) $2.99 at AmazonBarnes and Noble (ebook and print)
When you control minds, only your heart can be used against you.
Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the bestselling YA novel Open Minds, Book One of the Mindjack Trilogy, which is available on AmazonBarnes and Noble, and iTunes. The sequel Closed Hearts has just been released. Susan's business card says "Author and Rocket Scientist," but she mostly plays on TwitterFacebook, and Pinterest.
Mind GamesOpen MindsClosed HeartsIn His EyesLife, Liberty, and PursuitFull Speed Ahead
Susan is giving one winner an ecopy of either CLOSED HEARTS, or book one in the series, OPEN MINDS.
-Must be 13+ years of age to enter.
-Open to Intl. residents.
-Only requirement is name and email.
-For extra entries, you may:
           -Tweet or share the giveaway via Facebook
           -Like Susan's Facebook page.
           -Subscribe to Susan's newsletter.

The giveaway has ended. The winner is: Kelly!

Thanks to all who entered.


  1. Great post! I used to like dystopian novels too long before I knew there was a name for them.

    Thanks for the giveaway :)

  2. You always seem to have interesting stuff I've never heard of. You know me, I'm all about the dystopians.

  3. These books sound really good. I haven't read the first book, but it has been on my TBR list for a while.

  4. Sounds interesting! Thanks for sharing. <3

  5. Sure looking forward to this installment in the series. Thank you so much for highlighting it today!

  6. I love dystopians and they way changes in humans affects the world. Hope is a huge part of them and how it will drive someone to rebel and make changes. I've been dying to read Open Minds. I love the idea of reading minds and it is interesting to think how that would affect the world. No secrets. It would be crazy.

  7. I've been meaning to read this one simply because it's another dystopian and i'm hooked on this genre lately.

  8. Thanks so much for the giveaway! I cannot wait to read this awesome book!

  9. Thank you for the giveaway! :D


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