As I’m taking part in Wyrd & Wonder throughout May, and celebrating the fantasy genre, I’m dedicating this month’s Shelf Control posts to the fantasy novels that have been waiting patiently on my shelves far too long!
Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves created and hosted by Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out Lisa’s introductory post, here.
by Lindsay Smith
An empty mind is a safe mind.
Yulia knows she must hide her thoughts and control her emotions to survive in Communist Russia. But if she sometimes manipulates the black market traders by reading their thoughts when she touches their skin, so what? Anything to help her survive.
Russia’s powerful spy agency, the KGB, is recruiting young people with mind-reading capabilities for their psychic espionage program. Their mission: protect the Soviet space program from American CIA spies. Why shouldn’t the KGB use any means necessary to make the young psychic cooperate? Anything to beat the American capitalist scum to the moon.
Yulia is a survivor. She won’t be controlled by the KGB, who want to harness her abilities for the State with no regard for her own hopes and dreams. She won’t let handsome Sergei plan her life as a member of elite Soviet society, or allow brooding Valentin to consume her with his dangerous mind and even more dangerous ideas. And she certainly won’t become the next victim of the powerful American spy who can scrub a brain raw—and seems to be targeting Yulia.
I won a copy of this book in a giveaway several years ago, and it’s a YA novel that’s been on my radar for a while because I love historical fiction stories with a splash of the speculative. At the time I won I wasn’t all that interested in 20th century history, especially around this era, but it’s a time I’ve become a lot more interested in recently so maybe it’s time I finally pick it up!