Summary:An empty mind is a safe mind.
Yulia's father always taught her to hide her thoughts and control her emotions to survive the harsh realities of Soviet Russia. But when she's captured by the KGB and forced to work as a psychic spy with a mission to undermine the U.S. space program, she's thrust into a world of suspicion, deceit, and horrifying power. Yulia quickly realizes she can trust no one--not her KGB superiors or the other operatives vying for her attention--and must rely on her own wits and skills to survive in this world where no SEKRET can stay hidden for long.
Did not finish; read 68 pages.
Whenever I pick up a historical fiction novel, it’s usually about World War II or the Holocaust. But when I first heard of Lindsay Smith’s Sekret – a novel about Cold War – era Russia with a paranormal twist – I was intrigued, and I couldn’t help but give it a try. Unfortunately, though, which could have been a pheonominal story was run down by poor world-building and a non-progressive plot.
It’s 1960s Russia, and suddenly 17-year-old Yulia and her family are caught by the Russian secret police. The police then offer Yulia a choice: lend them her mind-reading powers and join other teenagers with similar gifts as they try to undermine the American space program, or sentence herself and her whole family to death.
I found the paranormal aspects to be inconsistent. We meet characters who – like Yulia – have these mind-reading powers. Some can see into the future, while others can manipulate your memories or simply make new ones. We even meet characters who can think about a certain location or spot and see what is happening there at that very moment. This would have been wonderful, if they were all actually explained and stayed consistent.
I found it odd that those who can see into the future, for instance, were able to read minds as well. Why were they given both powers? Wasn’t it just one or the other? Did all people with these physic powers have the ability to read minds in addition to having their specific gift?
I think my biggest problem, however, was the pacing. I felt that nothing really happened for the little bit that I read. There was no action, nothing intriguing happening, no character development.
All in all, though, Sekret simply wasn’t my cup of tea. Maybe I was too blunt in selecting something so far out of my comfort zone in the first place, but this definitely wasn’t up to what I had hoped it would be, and with such a predictable plot I felt no need to read on.