Rating: ***** Suggested Age: 13
Summary: “When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control. Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have 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 having a life worth living.” (Summary found on Goodreads).
I had heard many great things about The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken from many people on bookstagram (the book community on instagram). They weren’t wrong. While I wasn’t exactly expecting it to be another dystopian book (note to self: actually read the summary), I wasn’t disappointed with it in the slightest. The Darkest Minds is full of action and did its duty in keeping me on the edge of my seat the whole entire time. Bracken writes very well and I found all of her characters enjoyable to read about. I did find the humor between Chubs and Liam rather pathetic, but I’ve never been all that fond of insult-humor (I’m more of a dry, sarcastic person). Needless to say, I wasn’t laughing at every joke made, but that didn’t lessen my enjoyment of the book in the slightest. As I previously mentioned, I love the characters. Ruby and Chubs both love books, so that’s a plus, and Liam is so kind and caring. I feel like it would be amazing to spend a day with these characters…
When I finished The Darkest Minds I wanted the next book right away. Sadly, Never Fade is not in my possession and won’t be for a little while, at least until I can get to Barnes and Noble. Suffice to say, I will be busying myself with other books in the meantime.