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Book Review: Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

16150830 wishlist 6 Published: October 15th 2013 by Disney-Hyperion (512 pages)

Thoughts: It was only a few days ago that I reviewed The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken and now here’s my review for the much-anticipated sequel; Never Fade. This book carried a much darker vibe as the story continued, and I have to say that this series is only getting better.

Goodreads Summary: Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.
When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.
As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself.

The story starts off close to where we left off in The Darkest Minds, only now Ruby has reluctantly joined the Children’s League. Bracken throws us right into the action and very early on we meet a new set of characters. Like I said in my previous review, the characters this author creates are just wonderful and they make a great addition to the series. Throughout the novel we continue to get hilarious banter between new and old characters, and we also see them change immensely.

A lot of the time when the feel of the story changes this can make readers a bit hesitant continue reading. I did notice that things were different, but it was done in a way that didn’t take me away from the story. I’m just one person, so I can’t speak for others though. However, In order to keep the story fresh certain elements have to change. I’m planning on keeping this review shorter than most due to the [No Spoilers] parts. Bracken has done it again and I cannot wait for the 3rd and final book to come out! Those of you who haven’t started this series should definitely do so. The last book is set to be released sometime in December of 2014. Like many others, I will be patiently waiting.

Let me know what you think.

Next Review: The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons


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