ARC #Review: Perfect Lies (Mind Games #2) by Kiersten White
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Perfect Lies by Kiersten White
Series: Mind Games #2
Published by: HarperCollins, HarperTeen on 2/18/2014
Genres: Science Fiction, YA, Young Adult
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About the Book:
Annie and Fia are ready to fight back.
The sisters have been manipulated and controlled by the Keane Foundation for years, trapped in a never ending battle for survival. Now they have found allies who can help them truly escape. After faking her own death, Annie has joined a group that is plotting to destroy the Foundation. And Fia is working with James Keane to bring his father down from the inside.
But Annie's visions of the future can't show her who to trust in the present. And though James is Fia's first love, Fia knows he's hiding something. The sisters can rely only on each other - but that may not be enough to save them.
Perfect Lies is the perfect mesh of creepy governments, skittish super powered teenagers, mystery and angst to give this science-fiction junkie a quick fix. I purchased Mind Games in January and my intentions were to read it before diving head first into the sequel. However, because of time constraints, I was unable to read the previous book prior to jumping into Perfect Lies. With a very chipper smile I can honestly say, not reading the first novel amplified my enjoyment for Perfect Lies. I had no clue about the backstory, no clue as to why I should hate the bad guys, or any idea why these sisters were separated. But, as I continued to flip page after page, I was so draw into this twisted world of two sisters who were so different yet each equally amazing I could not put the book down. Sheesh, I was even a little sad when it was over.
Perfect Lies is told from the alternating perspectives of two extraordinary sisters with superhuman abilities. Fia is a perfect confused mess. Her instincts are always right and she lives mostly in her head with crazy thoughts she tries to control from the people who wish to prod her brain of its secrets. Reading her thoughts was a lot like rummaging through Juliette’s head in Shatter Me. I wouldn’t put it on the same intense level, no not even close, but I would say it’s the same general concept. They are all over the place and even Fia can’t remember sometimes which thoughts are the truth and which are lies she’s forced herself to believe. Some people who don’t like this type of character narrative might find it difficult (or annoying) to follow. For me though it was fun. Fia is also a skilled fighter and has no qualms about kicking someone’s arse because her gut tells her to take them down. Sometimes, she doesn’t even feel human because of ability to kill first and ask questions later and I love this about her. The guilt, her inability to be everyone’s savior, is something she has to overcome as the story progresses.
Annie is a little bit different. Because she is blind, she tries to overcome her feelings of helplessness to be of use to her sister and the people that are trying to take down the Keane organization. She also receives visions of the future, which only add to her frustrations of being the weaker sibling. Depending on how she interprets them, her visions can be a godsend or a nightmare, and learning to take control of her own destiny is something Annie struggles with throughout the story. One aspect of this story that did seem peculiar to me was that even though Annie was blind she did not use her other senses as much as I assume a person who cannot see would. I expected every smell, every touch, everything she heard to be magnified or important. But it wasn’t. Maybe she relied a little too much on her visions? Maybe she relied a little too much on other people to come to her rescue? Either way I found it odd but it wasn’t important enough to draw me away from the novel. Both girls with their faults and strengths are great characters and both have major obstacles to overcome in order to survive in a world that wants to use them as weapons.
Overall, I enjoyed Perfect Lies for what it was: a face-paced science fiction mystery that continued to raise the stakes for Fia and Annie until the very end. Learning who each girl could trust was fun to figure out and even though I predicted what would happen long before I got to the end, I still had a wonderful time letting the authors words lead me to the conclusion.