SHORT NOVELLA (STANDALONE) in the Mindjack universe
When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep.
In a world filled with mindreaders, Zeph is a mindjacker who wants to stay hidden—even if it means the cute mindreader in his Latin class is forever out of his reach. He locks and unlocks minds for a ruthless mindjacker Clan in exchange for protection and the chance to have a normal life with his parents and little sister. But when a girl he doesn’t know reveals the existence of mindjackers to the world, Zeph is forced to make a choice: unlock—and ultimately destroy—the mind of a young jacker changeling… or turn his back on everyone he loves.
The Locksmith is a short novella (standalone) in the Mindjack universe. It can be read independently of the other Mindjack stories, in any order. It is 11,000 words (or 44 pages) long.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review
When Susan offered the opportunity to read and review this book I jumped on the chance, I love the Mindjack series and it’s fun to be back in this world even if for a little while. And after the story there was an announcement that Susan will be writing more books about this character, yay!
It is a short story, but it tells the story it has to tell without it feeling rushed. The pace was well done, we meet Zeph and get a feel for the world he lives in. I finished it in one sitting, because after starting it, I just had to know what happened. And afterwards I can only say I want more, because this small story back into the Mindjack world isn’t enough I want to know the rets of his story.
Zeph is a great character and in the short story we still get a feel for his character. Like I’ve come to expect from Susan she places him in a situation where he has a difficult choice to make, ruin the mind of a young changeling or leave everything he knows behind. It is scenes like these where you really get a feel for his character. There are some side characters, but they don’t get as much attention. I did like Tessa and I hope he will get to know her better, although I understand why he believes it isn’t possible. I felt a bit sad for Zeph, because of what he is a mindjacker, he feels like he can never have a normal live or fall in love with a mindreader.
As this is a novella there isn’t too much world building, but I am still impressed how much world building Susan manages to pack into this small story. Even if you’re new to this series, you quickly pick up the concept of mind readers and jackers and I like the scene where they mentioned how the teacher was teaching due to imagining things in her head. There is also some addition world building about Zeph his powers, it sounded a bit confusing at first, but after finishing it I feel like I sort of understand what he can do. It was interesting and I am looking forward to hear more about him.
The fun thing is that this novella can be read out of order with the other books, you can read it whenever you want and not miss anything. This story stands apart from the main trilogy, although there is a mention of Kira, you don’t have to know her story to understand what happened. On the other hand if you have read the rest of the books that little mention of her is fun as you know first-hand what happened. And I liked seeing how her decision impacted Zeph.
To conclude: This is a fun little novella set in the Mindjack world where we get to know Zeph, what he can do and the situation he’s in. I read this in one sitting and after finishing it I can only say I am looking forward to more Zeph and am excited Susan is writing more books about him. There is a mention of Kira, but this novella can be read as a standalone or anywhere in between the other novels and novella’s in this world.
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