The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: December 18th, 2012
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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.
What is there to say about a book that totally blows your mind, and reminds you exact why you enjoy reading so much? Amazing? Remarkable? It all seems so cheap and plain. No synonym can really describe the wonderful package that The Darkest Minds is.
Alexandra Bracken, author of Brightly Woven, has submitted evidence that she indeed is a very, very talented writer. With strong, complicated and heart warming characters The Darkest Minds thrusts you violently into the cold and cruel world that Alexandra Bracken has designed specifically for Ruby Daly. It’s fair to say that this book will stay with me for a long time.
While following the painful and often terrifying journey that Ruby endures, I found myself overwhelmed by so many emotions. Fear. Desire. Laughter. Sorrow. Without giving away too many spoilers it’s my strong recommendation that each book should contain a pack of tissues for the tears you’ll need to mop up just so you can continue reading… and that’s just the first chapter I’m talking about.
The only criticism I could possibly give this novel is realising that there will be a solid four month wait until I can lay my hands on it’s sequel. In the mean time I’m off to shove copies of this book into the letterboxes of all my friends and await the phone calls that will no doubt start with, ‘Oh my God!’ You’re welcome friends.
I give The Darkest Minds a strong five out of five – if I could give it ten I would have!
Alexandra Bracken wrote Brightly Woven as a birthday present for a friend, and the story grew and flourished during a year of unpredictable, wild weather. A native of Arizona, she is a recent graduate of the College of William and Mary, where she majored in History and English. She now lives in New York City.