‘The Darkest Minds’ by Alexandra Bracken
This review may include spoilers
Dystopia, Young Adult, Fantasy |Genre
488 pages |Hardcover Edition
December 18th 2012 |Published
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.
I first became interested in this book when I heard the endless reviews on YouTube, people seemed to love it.
Lately, I have been having a hard time staying focussed on anything I read. I was glad that this kept my attention.
This book is about children who have developed powers by surviving a disease which killed a majority of the children population.
The powers are quite lethal so the government has made sure that the children are kept in rehabilitation camps to keep everyone else safe from them.
Then there are the opposition groups who say that these camps are cruel and we need to release the children. But they have their own agendas; they want to use these kids’ powers for their own personal gain.
The main character Ruby is on the run, from the government and the opposition group.
Liam (the love interest) and his group of friends (Chubbs and Zu) are also on the run from everyone.
Throughout the book, a lot of suspenseful and interesting events took place and I loved the characters. I was probably the most attached to Liam and Chubbs.
I enjoyed that for the most part of the book, they were on the road. And I loved how well everyone bonded with one another.
Alexandra Bracken did a great job defining the characters personalities and I loved her style of story-telling.
What I really loved about this story was the use of colours, and how those colours mean you have certain powers. When I was young I loved Pokémon and when I became disinterested in that I began to watch Digimon. Digimon had a similar idea, I think there were 7 children and they all had a specific power. Anyway that is what this reminded me of and I felt nostalgic reading this. I wanted to learn more about the powers. We did get to learn a little bit about the powers but hopefully the next two books (Never fade and In the After light), will provide more information on how exactly they had developed in the children.
The Darkest Minds is just the beginning, the introduction to this world. I have a feeling it may have a major focus on romance in the final book, but I hope that my questions are at least answered.
4/5 |Scriber Rating
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