Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Source:  Purchased
Genre:  YA-Dystopian
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Date Published: December 18, 2012
Number of Pages: 488

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.  (from Goodreads)

The Darkest Minds was a semi tough read for me, I'm sad to say.

This book... The beginning was effing horrible.  Borderline unreadable. The first 100 pages are useless, because they were meant to set up things and throughout the book I was will confused about various things, like the colors. 

But that being said, the rest of it was pretty good, and I read it in a few days.  

I enjoyed Ruby and her interaction with the other characters.  Chubs was hilarious and I sorta did fall in love with Liam.  I cried at the end, no spoiler, but I understood a lot of it.

This was kind of mature, but not in a sexual way.  This was more dark than anything else and I found myself cringing quite a bit.

I look forward to reading Never Fade, the sequel later this year before the final book of the series gets released.

4 out of 5 Happy Clouds :)


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