The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken
Published by Hyperion (December 18, 2012)
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.
How I Feel About It:
I cannot believe how fantastic this story is. After reading Heather’s review of this book (which you can find right here) I knew I HAD to read it myself. I’m so, so, SO glad I did!
What I Loved:
RUBY. Now this is how you write a heroine. She is everything you would want a character to be: smart, loyal, kind, and not wishy-washy at all. I love how intuitive she is. She can read people and understand them and I just know she is going to grow to be such a bad-ass. I love how we see her grow from a frightened child to a strong young woman throughout the book.
Chubs. He is such a sweetheart. He’s got this standoff-ish thing going for him but you can tell underneath it all he is fierce and loyal. I would love to have him on my team.
Zu. Even without speaking she is captivating. I love the little sister dynamic she shares with each of the main characters.
The Powers. SO cool. Especially Ruby’s. I know she hates it but I think it’s really awesome.
What I Didn’t Love:
That it ended. Ha.
Clancy. He seemed like a snake right from the beginning. Can’t wait to figure out what happens with that guy.
All in All:
Amazing. It’s rare to find a book that feels like everything in it is valuable and has a purpose. So often I read books where I think, “That conversation was a total waste of time – why did they leave that in there?”. Not with The Darkest Minds. Every scene was carefully thought through and I applaud Alexandra Bracken for being a genius.
I’m super-excited to read #2 in the series Never Fade. We are left with Ruby making a decision that is so heartbreaking that I cried, “noooooo!” Although, I’m honestly stoked to see how it plays out!
READ THIS ONE. I promise, it’s worth it!