Published December 18, 2012 by Disney Hyperion
Source: Paperback from publisher in exchange of an honest review.
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.
After actually reading this book, I totally understand what all the hype was about! When I had received the paperback in the mail from Disney, I was super excited and couldn’t wait to actually dive right in! I may have even looked like this…..
What I liked…..
I loved that this book was so gritty. Ms. Bracken holds nothing back and really tries to give the reader the perspective of what poor Ruby’s life is really like. The writing is beautiful and I honestly loved every minute of it.
What I loved….
The traveling! Everyone knows how much I love road trip books:) This was a road trip and then some! The storyline is very unique and different that I was completely mesmerized while reading. I loved the fact that the kids all had different types of powers. I also enjoyed the classifications into colors. The kids were classified in the camp according to their powers, that depended on what color they were assigned.
I, very much enjoyed Ruby to the fullest extent! She is so brave and actually very heart-broken. The things that the kids had to deal with in the camps were appalling and she actually comes out pretty unscathed for the most part. The fact that she could hold it together makes her an awesome character and teen! I also (of course), developed a major crush on Liam. What a sweetheart! He was amazing toward Ruby right from the beginning. He basically had this “no questions asked” mentality and made Ruby feel safe.
So when I pulled this book from the package, I immediately was like “WTH? They sent me a used book?” I showed it to my daughter and she said the exact same thing! LOL, but, it was just the way the cover was. There is likes barbed wire around the edging on the front and it literally makes the cover look used and battered. Once I realized exactly what it was all about, it made me appreciate the cover even more!
The end of this book literally left me speechless!!! There were tears in my eyes, I’m such a sap, I had all kinds of feels going on! The paperback version has the first chapter of the next book and I honestly could not bring myself to read it without having the finished copy right in front of me. I knew that once I started, I would not want to stop.
I can’t wait to get a copy of the next book, Never Fade! Never Fade was just published in October and I hear it is even better than the first book! I don’t know how that could possibly be?