The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Published December 18th 2012 by Disney Hyperion (
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. (official synopsis)
I know I am late to hop on this bandwagon but nevertheless I am here so scoot over! I LOVE this book! I am upset that it has been sitting on my to be read shelf for months and I didn't pick it up until now! I have owned Darkest Minds and also Never Fade for awhile. I ordered After Light as well as the two novellas halfway through this book because I knew I was hooked.
So the book follows Ruby. Ruby is living in a world where all the kids just start dying. So as a 9 year old child she is witnessing her class mates and neighborhood kids dropping like flies. Soon something like 92% of the United State's children are dead and the few kids that remain have these strange abilities that start to freak out all the adults, parents and the government. The government starts these terrible camps for the kids and the parents are so freaked out they start shipping them off with a false hope that the government will fix them. Soon the government starts snatching and hunting the kids that managed to dodge getting sent.
Ruby spends six years in one of the biggest and worse camps until one day she is broken out. The books is about her being on the run and the friends she makes and starts traveling with as they hunt for a mysterious safe haven called East River that's supposedly run by the elusive "Slip Kid." Of course there's a boy, Liam, and they fall in love and all that but it's not an annoying romance at all. It's a little abrupt but I wasn't bothered by it at all.
The book is so fast paced. It's great. You really dive in to the world right away. Alexandra Bracken's writing style is amazing. She building an engaging world without just dumping tons of information on you. There is never a dull moment in this book.
The world is awful and sad and pathetic and so many other negative words. You want to shake all the leaders and tell them to leave those babies alone! You also really get into the heads of these kids who are being hunted for abilities they didn't ask for and sometimes can't control. The hatred you see in some of these people is crazy. There are these bounties set for kids that are on the run. They are hunted by government appointed officers as well as regular people that have been driven by fear, ignorance and the destroyed economy to go after these children and trade them in for blood money.
The Characters are awesome and hilarious. I laughed so much at the banter between these characters.
Ruby is just amazing. She has that quality that I love in characters where she is clearly damaged by her circumstances but she still has this strength emanating out of her. She loves ferociously. She'll defend those she cares about unto death. The friends she makes are also captivating. I fell in love with this little group.
I think this book is amazing and highly suggest you give it a read!
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