Locked Tight (Mindjack: Zeph Book One)

Locked Tight (Mindjack: Zeph Book One)

by 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 ones--which only makes every Clan leader want 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.)

Open Minds (Book 1)
Closed Hearts (Book 2)
Free Souls (Book 3)
Mindjack Short Story Collection (Book 4)

Locked Tight (Book 1)
Cracked Open (Book 2)
Broken Wide (Book 3)
The Locksmith (Book 4)

Mindjack available in ebook, print, audiobook, French and German

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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157362041
Publisher: Susan Kaye Quinn
Publication date: 04/17/2017
Series: Mindjack: Zeph , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 4,905
File size: 2 MB

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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Locked Tight (Mindjack Series Book 4) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Five stars, because its that good. DMB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is about a boy that has to leave his family to keep him safe from jackers and him. He gets caught up in tons of drama and finds his special jacker powers a whole lot creepier.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Red1948jas More than 1 year ago
Exceptional Series Susan Kaye Quinn doesnt disappoint with the continuing Mindjack series. This one is from Zeph’s perspective and is exciting, thrilling and very well planned out. As usual, her characters are well fleshed out and there are so many twists and turns you will have a hard time putting it down. Don’t miss this great series about the future. SKQ makes it well worth the investment. I have already purchased the next book.
Caitrianna More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. Was surprised at the twists and turns in it. I couldn't wait to read what happened to Zeph but was surprised to find what happened to Olivia. It makes you want to read the next book in the series. I hope it is quickly coming out. Zeph is super charged and what he can do leaves in wanting to stay hidden from everyone and not knowing who to trust in this new world after the water has been tainted. He is still in search of his parents.
christinaraven More than 1 year ago
What a great addition to the Mindjack series. It's full of twists and turns. Never quite know what is coming. Ran into a surprise here and there. The writing is great and just sucks you in as usual. Its full of good guys and bad guys and trying to live your life true to yourself. Zeph is a great character to follow in the story and just sucks you in and made me have to finish to see what happens and how Zeph survives what is happening in the future of Mindjack.
SRS130 More than 1 year ago
In Locked Tight, Susan Kaye Quinn returns to the world of the Mindjack Series, showcasing the events through the eyes of a new protagonist whose origin story is told in the novella, The Locksmith. The world of readers and jackers has been well developed throughout this series and even though this is the fourth installment, the author still manages to illustrate that there is still so much about this world we have yet to learn as new foes with new agendas take center stage. Zeph's story takes the reader along as he tows the line between the readers and the jackers, tentatively forming a place for himself with each of the opposing groups; a hard thing to accomplish in a world where despite most of the population being an open book, there are plenty of secrets and no one is really sure who to trust or who might really be on your side. What I like about this story is that it's not often predictable. When you think that you've figured out where things are going, a character does something surprising, or an event leads things in a completely different direction. This story doesn't rush things or move at a crawl, it's a well-paced slow burn where the more events unfold, the more the plot weaves itself together, drawing people and events that appear unconnected together into a much larger narrative. This makes for a suspenseful and compelling story. What Susan Kaye Quinn does very well in this work is tell a story that is engaging and entertaining, all the while giving the reader food for thought about the deeper meaning of the narrative. It is an escape into another world that can be appreciated simply for its story-telling, but it also manages to provoke a sense of relevance as commentary on the events of our world today. This forges a personal connection for the reader to Zeph's journey, and the experiences of the other characters in this world as well. As this is the continuation of a series, the book can be enjoyed on its own, but reading the books that come before it will make the work much more enjoyable. Locked Tight is a great book and I highly recommend the entire Mindjack Series. Readers will NOT be disappointed!
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars--LOCKED TIGHT is the fourth full –length installment in Susan Kaye Quinn’s young adult (YA) Mindjack urban fantasy, dystopian series. LOCKED TIGHT and the prequel novella The Locksmith are the beginning of a new arc in the Mindjack series. No longer focusing on jacker Kira Moore, the series shifts focus to eighteen year old mindjacker Zephyr MacCay who has the ability to lock down or unlock the human mind. SOME BACKGROUND: In a world where mindreading is the norm (due to decades of contaminated or purposely poisoned water) there are those with more powerful abilities than most. These are their stories of discrimination, betrayal, retribution and control. The human population developed various forms of mind-reading, mind altering and mind controlling abilities. And to complicate matters those without the ability to mindjack are purposely setting out to bring war between the have and the have-nots. Told from first person point of view (Zeph) LOCKED TIGHT follows eighteen year old mindjacker Zephyr MacCay as he searches for his family (and thirteen year old sister) he hasn’t seen in years-a family of mindreaders whose lives were threatened by the existence of their eldest son. Zephyr has the ability to hide his abilities but a threat of another nature finds our hero caught between three potential enemies never knowing who is telling the truth or out right lies. What ensues are Zeph’s attempts to locate his sister as several warring factions battle for control of Zephyr himself. LOCKED TIGHT is an infinitely detailed, brilliant and remarkable look at a world struggling with the fall out of chemical contamination of the human population. From mindreaders to mindjackers Susan Kaye Quinn’s MINDJACKER series looks at the dysfunctional relationship between a hierarchy of mental and physical powers, and the breakdown of society between the ‘have and have nots’. The Mindjacker series focuses on betrayal, revenge, discrimination, specieism, and the battle for control, and the potential to create a weapon of unimaginable strengths. The premise is unparalleled with a profound and innovative message as well as a frighteningly realistic look at the future where fear and anarchy reign.
LolaReviews More than 1 year ago
It was amazing to return to this series after all this time. And I am so happy the author decided to write three more books in this series. I love this series and it’s been awesome to be able to return to this series. The point of view switches in this book to Zeph and it’s been great to follow his point of view and story. He deals with the aftermath and the changes of what happened in book 3. There’s a lot of hate and fear and that influences how people act. While it’s a story about mindreaders and mindjackers, at it’s core it’s also a story about being different, about how fear and hate can drive actions and how in a sense people aren’t all that different, it’s about fighting for what’s right and standing up for that even thought it’s hard. And I love seeing the role Zeph will play in all of this, he’s done a lot of bad things, but I believe he is a good person. There’s a lot of character development in this book already when he learns things about himself and what he believes in and I can’t wait to read the next two books! We see some familiar characters as well as new ones and the new perspective was really great in showing another side of this world. All in all is this a great addition in this series and I am already looking forward to book 5 and 6 as I am so curious to see where this story will go next and what Zeph’s role is in all of this.