Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Obviously I'm going to support fellow Scribblers Cove blogger, Susan Kaye Quinn. When I saw that she'd written a book about telepathy, I did cringe, as I overdid telepathy in my teens and was really burnt out on the concept. But much to my joy, this book managed to make it new, interesting, and different. In this world, everyone's a telepath and that changes all of human interaction. Technology now uses a mind interface and people rarely talk aloud, or even touch skin to skin.
The main character, sixteen-year-old Kira, is a zero, which means she hasn't developed any telepathic abilities yet. In this society, that makes her a cripple, one who'll likely never get a higher education, marry, or have children. Only, when her best friend tries to kiss her, she panics and he passes out. It turns out she isn't a zero after all. She's something entirely different and more than a little frightening.
And with that setup, the plot goes rolling forward. The prose is clean and easy to read, the action moves along at a good clip, the characters are well rounded an face real moral dilemmas that have no easy answer. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes near future science fiction, stories about telepathy and psychic powers, or any teenager with an inner geek to satisfy!