Thoughts: In light of the second book in this series that released earlier this month, I decided to re-read the first one so the plot would be fresh in my mind. I have to say that even in the re-read I experienced everything as if it were my first time reading The Darkest Minds. It’s so easy to find a Dystopian book these days because there everywhere and eventually they all seem to blend together. Alexandra Bracken changes that and this book has become one of my favorites in the entire genre.
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.
Before we get into the actual plot of the book, I just want to take a moment and talk about the fantastic bunch of characters that this author has introduced. The character development in this story is unreal. Our main heroine is still trying to come to terms with who she is by the end of this book, but you can no doubt see the change in her. Ruby has become one of my favorites just for that. As for the rest of her gang.. I love them! They each bring something different to the story. Their personalities couldn’t be more clashing, but somehow it all works. I felt that Bracken did such a wonderful job fitting in these heartfelt moments that only made the relationships between her characters stronger. Unlike a lot of stories, by the end of this, I truly cared about what happened to some of these characters. The author doesn’t just tell you who’s good or bad, she makes you second guess yourself.
The idea of kids with powers isn’t necessarily a new idea, but the way the author presents everything is refreshing and entertaining. It’s really hard to write this review without giving away any spoilers, but I can say that there’s plenty of suspense. While reading this book it felt like a road trip with a lot of action. Along with the characters, what made this book for me were the descriptions and the surprising amount of humorous dialogue thrown into the story. Just don’t get me started on the ending. ~ From what I’ve seen, there seems to be a split when it comes to whether readers liked it or not. I enjoyed it, but I can see why someone might not feel blown away. It’s all in personal preference. This is indeed the first novel I’ve picked up by Alexandra Bracken and now that the second book is out, there will be no hesitation when picking up “Never Fade.” I’m very excited to see where this series is going.
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Next Review: Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken.
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