Locked Tight (Mindjack: Zeph Book One)

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.)

MINDJACK SERIES
Kira's Story
Open Minds (Book 1)
Closed Hearts (Book 2)
Free Souls (Book 3)
Mindjack Short Story Collection, Novella Box Set (Book 4)

Zeph's Story
Locked Tight (Book 1)
Cracked Open (Book 2)
Broken Wide (Book 3)...coming soon
The Locksmith (Book 4)

FORMATS AND TRANSLATIONS
Mindjack available in ebook, print, audiobook, French and German

LIVE ACTION TRAILER
Voted Best Trailer at the 2014 Illinois International Film Festival and one of 50 Most Cinematic Trailers Ever Made – check it out at Susan’s website.

KEYWORDS: Young adult dystopian, teen science fiction, cyberpunk, action and adventure, genetic engineering, post-apocalyptic, metaphysical and visionary, free young adult dystopian, free teen science fiction, free series starter
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About the author

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.

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Susan Kaye Quinn
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Published on
Apr 17, 2017
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Pages
350
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Dystopian
Fiction / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
Fiction / Science Fiction / Cyberpunk
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Fiction / Science Fiction / Genetic Engineering
Juvenile Fiction / Science Fiction
Young Adult Fiction / Action & Adventure / General
Young Adult Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
Young Adult Fiction / Dystopian
Young Adult Fiction / Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural
Young Adult Fiction / Science Fiction / General
Young Adult Fiction / Social Themes / Class Differences
Young Adult Fiction / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism
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Zeph always knew he was a weapon. He didn’t count on being a spy. He’d made a dangerous bargain with the Director of Jacker Technologies at DARPA—he would let Wright test his mutant mindjack ability if she’d release his parents. Simple. Occasionally painful. And the screams of his victims fill his nightmares. But it will be worth it as long as she can’t crack open his head and find out his sister, with her super-surge jack-ability, is still alive. And if his parents are set free. Once that happens, he’s gone. Even if it means giving up everything he’s just now getting back. A home. Friends. A girl who believes in peace and love even when the world is falling apart.


But as the shock of assassinations and bombings and hate killings continue to pull at the threads that hold society together, Wright hands him a mission he can’t possibly complete. If he does, it will tear everything apart. If he doesn’t, he’ll lose everyone he loves.

Sometimes being a powerful weapon is the most dangerous thing of all.

The bestselling Mindjack Series continues, diving deep into a world of mindreaders and mindjackers where being different means staying hidden… or struggling to stay alive.

MINDJACK SERIES
Kira's Story
Open Minds (Book 1)
Closed Hearts (Book 2)
Free Souls (Book 3)
Mindjack Short Story Collection, Novella Box Set (Book 4)

Zeph's Story
Locked Tight (Book 1)
Cracked Open (Book 2)
Broken Wide (Book 3)...coming soon
The Locksmith (Book 4)

FORMATS AND TRANSLATIONS
Mindjack available in ebook, print, audiobook, French and German

LIVE ACTION TRAILER
Voted Best Trailer at the 2014 Illinois International Film Festival and one of 50 Most Cinematic Trailers Ever Made – check it out at Susan’s website

KEYWORDS: Young adult dystopian, teen science fiction, cyberpunk, action and adventure, genetic engineering, post-apocalyptic, metaphysical and visionary

What if you could paint with reality? Elijah Brighton can bring a girl back from the dead, travel outside his body, and absorb a lifetime of memories from anyone he touches in the fugue state. Everyone seems to think he’s the prophet they’re waiting for… including the girl he’s falling in love with. The truth is, the fugue is bleeding over into reality, bringing his sketches to life and haunting him with visions of a girl in metal armor. She stabs him with her blade and denounces him as any prophet worth the name—and it’s not like he disagrees.

People who change the world generally aren’t losing their minds.

He just wants to hide out in his tent and kiss Kamali, but a vision of his death and an attack on the Human Resistance Movement convince him something bigger is coming. Maybe Augustus—the power-mad ascender he barely defeated. Maybe the Makers, a tinkering cult with their own kind of ascendance. But when his best friend Cyrus disappears, questions of destiny and prophethood will have to wait—because the fugue is always showing a version of the truth, and Eli must discover that truth before his terrifying visions become reality.

The Illusory Prophet is the third book in the Singularity series. This young adult science fiction series explores the intersection of mind, body, and soul in a post-Singularity world.

Singularity Series Reading Order:
Defiance (Prequel to The Legacy Human)
The Legacy Human (Book 1)
The Duality Bridge (Book 2)
The Stories of Singularity Novella Box Set (Short Stories #1-4)
The Illusory Prophet (Book 3)
Awakening Novella (Short Story #5)

KEYWORDS: Young adult dystopian, teen science fiction, cyberpunk, action and adventure, genetic engineering, post-apocalyptic, metaphysical and visionary
Wenn dein Verstand eine Waffe ist, musst du für Freiheit einen hohen Preis bezahlen.

Vier Monate sind vergangen, seit Kira ihr Zuhause verlassen hat, um sich Julians Jacker Freedom Alliance anzuschließen. Doch der Verlust ihres Freundes Raf hat ein Loch in ihrem Herzen hinterlassen. Sie füllt es mit Waffentraining, JFA-Patrouillen und einer besessenen Jagd auf FBI Agent Kestrel. Julians Sorgen um ihre Sicherheit und seine wiederholten Versuche, sie für seine revolutionären Internet-Chats zu gewinnen, schlägt sie dabei in die Luft. Als der Anti-Jacker Politiker Vellus Jackertown von der Nationalgarde umzingeln lässt, entdeckt Kira, dass an Julians Sorgen mehr dran ist, als sie dachte. Sie ist gezwungen eine Mission anzunehmen, die sie nicht will und die ihre letzte sein könnte: Ein Anschlag auf Senator Vellus, bevor er Julians Revolution und die Jacker, die sie zu lieben gelernt hat, auslöschen kann.

„Dass ich die Mindjacktrilogie LIEBE, ist untertrieben! In der Tat ist dies seit langem mal wieder ein für mich erfolgreicher und überzeugender Abschluss einer dystopischen Trilogie“ – Jack, In Flagranti Books

„Mich hat in diesem dritten Band wieder tief beeindruckt, wie durchdacht diese Welt ist, bis ins kleinste Detail. Gerade wenn man denkt, man wüsste schon alles darüber, lässt einen Susan Kaye Quinn wieder etwas Neues entdecken!“ – Mikka list

„Ein genialer Abschluß einer Reihe, die extrem viel zu bieten hat.“ – Manus Tintenkleckse

„Wohlverdiente 5 Sterne und eine Leseempfehlung für alle, die gerne Dystopien lesen.“ – Steffis und Heikes Lesezauber

„Lieb gewonnene Charakter, die sich nochmals weiterentwickeln, ein fesselnder Stil, der sich flüssig weglesen lässt und eine spannende Handlung, mit nicht unerheblichen Wendungen, haben mich auch hier wieder vollends überzeugt. Klare Leseempfehlung!“ – Manjas Buchregal

„Fazit: ein toller Abschluss einer gelungenen Trilogie. Ich kann alle 3 Bände nur empfehlen.“ – Tapsis Buchblog

Die MINDJACK Reihe
Kiras Geschichte
Gedankenspiele (Prequel)
Open Minds – Gefährliche Gedanken (Buch #1)
Closed Hearts – Gefährliche Hoffnung (Buch #2)
Free Souls – Gefährliche Träume (Buch #3)

Zephs Geschichte
Der Schlosser (Prequel)
Locked Tight – Gefährliches Misstrauen (Buch #4)
Cracked Open – Gefährliche Spaltung (Buch #5)
Broken Wide – Gefährliche Freiheit (Buch #6)

Themes: Jugend Dystopie, Teenager Science Fiction, Cyberpunk, Action und Abenteuer, Gentechnik, postapokalyptisch, metaphysisch und visionär

All he wanted was peace; all he had was hope. Zeph had spent half his life hiding what he was—keeping his mindjack powers away from dangerous men and running away from everyone he loved to keep them safe. Now that his life is finally coming together—his mom and sister are safe; the girl he loves in his arms—the world is falling apart. The mindreader backlash against jackers is growing daily. Jacker-bigot politicians are stoking fear and gaining power. And jackers on the Fronter’s Purity list are winding up dead on the streets outside Jackertown.

Even the Jacker Freedom Alliance is tearing itself apart.

All Zeph wants is a chance to build a life with Tessa—but even she is losing faith. If there’s no peace between jackers and readers, what future could they have? Then a protest goes terribly wrong, the president starts talk of a Jackertown siege, and a MINDWARE CEO races to develop a dangerous mind-blasting technology. It seems foolish to even hope for peace, but one thing becomes very clear

—the only way to put the world back together is to bring down the powerful people breaking it apart.

The conclusion to the bestselling Mindjack: Zeph series, where daring to hope for peace could be the most radical—and dangerous—move of all.

MINDJACK SERIES
Kira's Story
Open Minds (Book 1)
Closed Hearts (Book 2)
Free Souls (Book 3)
Mindjack Short Story Collection, Novella Box Set (Book 4)

Zeph's Story
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

LIVE ACTION TRAILER
Voted Best Trailer at the 2014 Illinois International Film Festival and one of 50 Most Cinematic Trailers Ever Made – check it out at Susan’s website.

KEYWORDS: Young adult dystopian, teen science fiction, cyberpunk, action and adventure, genetic engineering, post-apocalyptic, metaphysical and visionary

Sneaking out of the palace wasn’t one of Aniri’s best ideas. But she’s the Third Daughter of the Queen of Dharia—zero responsibilities and zero royal duties. She’s just the backup daughter, in case her older sisters’ arranged marriages—to take the crown or broker an alliance—don’t quite work out. But once Aniri reaches her 18th birthday, she’ll be truly free… and then she can marry the charming fencing instructor she meets for fevered kisses in the forest.

But then the impossible happens—a marriage proposal. From a barbarian prince in the north, no less. And if Aniri refuses, the threat of their new flying weapon might bring war.

So she agrees to the young prince’s proposal, but only as a subterfuge to spy on him, find the weapon, and hopefully avoid both war and an arranged marriage to a man she doesn’t love. But once she arrives in the sweeping mountains of the north, she discovers the prince has his own secrets… and saving her country may end up breaking her heart.

This Bollywood-style royal romance takes you to an alternate East Indian world filled with skyships, saber duels, and lots of royal intrigue.

THIRD DAUGHTER is the first book in the Royals of Dharia trilogy.

THE ROYALS OF DHARIA
Third Daughter (Book One)
Second Daughter (Book Two)
First Daughter (Book Three)

KEYWORDS: clean and wholesome, sweet royal romance, steampunk, historical Victorian romance, spies and espionage, young adult fiction, teen fiction, young adult free books, young adult romance, young adult books free, steampunk books free, historical romance books free

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