Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2) by Alexandra Bracken
Published by Disney-Hyperion (October 15, 2013)
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?
How I Feel About It:
Wow. Just wow. So many sequels fall into that dreaded slump but not this one. Never Fade was fast-paced, full of vital information and mind-blowingly good. I didn’t think Alexandra Bracken could top The Darkest Minds (read my review here) but she definitely did!
What I Loved:
Ruby. She has grown so much from a timid Green to a bad-ass Orange. I am so captivated by her and her ever-growing abilities. Even though she feels like she is working for the enemy, she is straight-up working it. She continues to be one of my favorite heroines.
Vida. Snarky Vida is a breath of fresh air. When she first came on the scene I thought, “Oh, no. Not once of those”, but I have definitely grown to absolutely love her character. She’s fierce, honest, and will never BS you. She’s the type of friend we all want to have our backs.
The reunion between Ruby and Liam. Talk about heartbreaking! And fascinating! The reunion gave us some powerful insight on Ruby’s abilities and what that means for the rest of her story.
Cole. I want to spoil it so bad but that would be so mean. All you need to know is: never saw it coming and it’s amazing.
What I Didn’t Love:
Clancy. He’s still around and it’s not for the better. Or is it? So many questions!
I didn’t love that the book isn’t 1,000 pages. I could have kept going!
All in All:
I’m having a very difficult time finding something to not like about this book. I really can’t. It was the perfect continuation from The Darkest Minds. Each of the characters showed growth and change, but not so much that they were unrecognizable. The story was propelled forward at a pace that is believable and respectful of the characters. I am very much looking forward to reading the final installment of this series.
Please check out Heather’s review of Never Fade right here. And then rush out and buy this book.