The Darkest Minds (#1) by Alexandra Bracken
Published by: Hyperion on December 18th 2012
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Synopsis: 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.’ to
Review: I read this book back in 2014 but I obviously didn’t have this blog going back then. I have recently completed the series and want to post a review but it seems silly to post a review on the last book and not the others so I am doing so now. I remember being really confused in the opening of this book. A lot was thrown at you in such a short time that it was hard to figure out what exactly was going on. At times I had to go back and re-read a few passages because it felt like a missed something.
Also, I dug the “X-Men” vibes with these “mutant” children. Kudos.
What I liked:
- The diversity of the characters
- The realness of the situations
- The concept of the story
- Fast-paced and enjoyable
- THE ENDING THOUGH WHY
What I didn’t like:
- It started off and there was no explanation whatsoever
- Not knowing why the Plague (IAAN) thing happened or the logistics behind it irked me