The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Published December 18th 2012 by Disney Hyperion
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.
This book has been everywhere lately due to the movie coming out this month. I decided to give the book a re-read to refresh my memory prior to seeing the movie and also to see if I would give the book the same amount of kudo’s as I did the first time around.
For anyone whom is not aware, this is a dystopian world where children have special powers and they are categorized by colors by the government according to what their power might be. Yellows are electrical, Greens are good with numbers. While Blues can move things without touching them and Reds can start fires. Oranges can get into your head and twist things around. They are the most dangerous and also what our main character, Ruby is. The government had set up camps for the children to live at and basically abducts some of them that have not been turned over by their parents. The camps are awful and horrible things happen there, so when Ruby is approached about an escape plan, she doesn’t think twice about it.
I have to say that since it has been so long since I have read this book, it seemed like a brand new read to me. I remember enjoying it but I REALLY enjoyed it the second time around. Definitely still a five star read!
I enjoyed all of the characters. I thought Chubbs was hilarious and Zu was very sweet. I adored Liam and his protective nature. At times, Ruby did strike a nerve in me but it was nothing that I couldn’t get over and move on from.
The story was written so well and the world building was phenomenal. I can completely picture how this could actually become our world quickly. The parents really had me irritated with the fact that most of them were afraid of their own children and turning them over to the authorities and do not even get me started on the Slip Kid. He was a whole other thorn in my side.
THAT ENDING was explosive and left me wanting to jump right into the next book straight away but I am trying to control myself and actually savor the story for once instead of devouring it!
I cannot wait to actually see the movie and I am hoping that it lives up to the book! I have seen mixed reviews. Some loved it while others said it was awful. I will be my own judge!
If you would like to read my original review, click HERE!