Rating: **** Suggested Age: 13
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?” (Summary found on Goodreads).
I have to be honest, the beginning of Never Fade wasn’t strong enough for me. I was really confused and lost with it all. Then, somehow, I found myself sitting on my bed Sunday morning, crying because Alexandra Bracken is horrible to her characters, but most of all managed to make me feel something. The characters are just so amazing, especially the new ones (JUDE). This book broke my heart so much AND THAT ENDING. Not to mention, Barnes and Noble was out of stock of In the Afterlight and I’ve got a million other books to read, so I’m sitting here impatiently waiting for when my TBR (to be read) list is small enough to handle me getting it.
Anyway, as for the plot and the story, I liked the majority of it. I couldn’t get past the confusing beginning, though, and the whole time I was trying to understand what happened in between The Darkest Minds and Never Fade. Some things weren’t clear enough to earn it five stars. I feel really bad giving this book four stars because I love Bracken’s writing and the characters, but I want this to be an honest review and that’s my honesty.
I hope that In The Afterlight is better and as good of an ending as I want for this series. My fingers are crossed!