The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken


Title: The Darkest Minds

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Publication Date: December 8th 2012


Average Rating: 4.31 Stars

My Rating: 5 Stars

Goodreads Summary:  When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living. ”

My Review:  How do I start to explain my feelings about this book? I went into this book expecting nothing and not knowing anything, but the basic concept of the disease that left kids with powers.  This book blew my mind away. It was so good. I wish I read this book way sooner than I did.  It was 488 pages of glory. Alexandra Bracken did a fantastic job and she is officially and auto buy author. I need Never Fade right now. I probably won’t get it until August, but still great first book. Just blew me away. I highly recommend this book. The only part of this review that will contain spoilers is my expectations for the next book so you been warn.

The plot of the story is simple, but yet it is developed far beyond a lot of books.  A disease known as IAAN is killing children and the ones who lived are left with physic abilities. These children are sent to concentration camps where they are held and kept to be retaught.  The main character Ruby escapes and finds her way to three kids just like her. Liam, Chums, and Zu. Just writing this makes me emotional. This book plays with your feelings so much. I can’t say how much I love this book enough.  The plot gets better as the book goes along. I’m so excited to see how the other two are.

The Darkest Minds really has great deal of character development and relationships throughout the book. Ruby is afraid of getting to close to people for a particular reason and it prevents struggle in the camp, but when she gets away from the camp to.  I feel she tries to be a good person, but she is deathly afraid of who she is and what she can do. When she first meets Liam, Chums, and Zu she wants to leave. Its not like she doesn’t want anything to do with them its the fact that she doesn’t them getting hurt by her. You can really see how she goes from that person to someone who lets these three  in. The next character is Liam is really sweet and protective of everyone in this group. I love how it isn’t a insta love between Ruby and Liam. Liam doesn’t care who and what Ruby can do and that’s something a lot of people want. Chums is a realist he doesn’t really trust anyone other than this group.  He can get annoying about it, but he is protecting everyone in his own way. Zu is like the little sister of the group. Everyone wants to protect her. She is very sweet girl. I love them its like one big happy family.

Expectations for the next book is simple. Liam will remember Ruby and Ruby and Liam will live together forever. No joke I would heartbroken if this ship doesn’t work out.

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