Monday, March 24, 2014

Perfect Lies--Kiersten White

Title: Perfect Lies
Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: Harper Collins, 2014.
Pages: 233 p.
Source: Library
Compensation: None

I stumbled across Mind Games when I was looking for YA e-books to download from my local library system. It was a nice quick read and I enjoyed it. I had some free time one day and actually got a chance to look at my latest issue of VOYA and saw that a sequel had been released. I kind of hate planned trilogies right now… but this sequel makes sense. The story could have ended with the first one and it would have been okay, but there was definitely more story to tell. I'm glad the author decided to tell it.

Note: if you have not read the first one, this review will contain spoilers. There's just no way around it, so if you're interested but haven't gotten around to Mind Games, save this review for later!

Fia and Annie have been controlled by the Keane Foundation for so long they don't even know how to exist by themselves. At the end of Mind Games Fia pretends to kill Annie so that she could escape. Annie is taken in by another group working to overthrow the Keane Foundation while Fia works with James Keane to destroy it from the inside. The sisters have no contact with each other which makes it difficult to work together. Annie has visions of the future but that doesn't help her figure out who she can trust in the present. Fia knows she can't trust anyone and must work on pure instinct.

I enjoyed this book even more than the first. Annie is not quite so helpless. She tries to actually do something to help the situation instead of just being a victim. Fia is just as crazy as ever, but it's an understandable crazy. White introduces a new character, Mae, who becomes Fia's first real friend. The story is once again told in alternating points of view. In an added twist each chapter is a different point in time-- Fia's chapters are all within a few days of some event "Four days before" while Annie's chapters begin months before until they both converge at the end of the book. Perfect Lies ends with a satisfying conclusion that all fans of Mind Games will want to read.

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