I liked this one even better than the first book, Open Minds
. Maybe it's because I understood the world a bit better, but I don't think so. It seemed like the action had been kicked up a notch in this one and maybe it was just a bit more fast-paced? Whatever the reason I thoroughly enjoyed the ride.
Closed Hearts takes off a few months after the last book ended, and Kira is dealing with the aftermath of her decision to bring the secret world of mindjackers out in the open. The regular readers are afraid, and the government is taking full advantage of their fears. And while it sounds like he only wants to imprison jackers who break the law, Kira finds out how easy it is to end up on the wrong side of those laws.
Her only goal is to live a normal life, but the threats to her and her family's safety are coming from every side. A group of rebel jackers, led by the enigmatic Jullian, want her to join them to save a group of their friends and family being held inside a secret jacker prison. Somehow they've teamed up with the Clann leader that Kira left to rot in prison in the last book, and he's willing to do whatever it takes to get Kira on board with their plan. On the other side of the coin, a powerful politician is trying to blackmail Kira into publicly denouncing all jackers as unpredictable and dangerous. Unfortunately, Kira is afraid that he's partially right. On top of everything else, Kira knows that Agent Kestrel is still out there waiting for the opportunity to get his revenge.
The only bright spot in her life is Raf. He has remained faithfully in love with her throughout everything, and they've managed to stay together despite the fact that he's only a regular reader. When Raf is kidnapped by her old nemesis from the Clann, Kira is finally forced into action.
I loved the addition of Julian to the story. He brought a much needed sense of something to the plot. I never really felt any sparks when it came to Raf and Kira, so I'm hoping that after this book, Julian is going to slip into the role of love interest.
I ended up a little annoyed that Kira once again had to be forced into doing anything, but I'm hoping that because of the way this book ended, she's not going to be dragging her feet in the trilogy's conclusion.
I felt the same annoyance about her attitude towards Julian.
He's a good guy! Stop being such a whiny bitch to him already!
Still it was a really fun book, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it all ends up.