Series: The Darkest Minds #1
Published by Disney Hyperion on 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.
Having enjoyed Brightly Woven, what feels like years and years ago, so much, I have been waiting patiently for another book from Alexandra Bracken. But before I even finished page one of The Darkest Minds, I will admit that I wavered with some doubt. Could The Darkest Minds be as epic as Brightly Woven? Would I fall in love with this world as much as I had with Bracken's previous book? The answer: yes, and in a lot of ways that I did not expect.
From the beginning, I loved the set up of the world. Children falling prey to an illness that no one saw coming. Those that survive are left discovering powers that virtually came out of nowhere. While many of my questions about these powers never got the answers that they needed, I was okay with that. Mostly due to the back story / prologue-ish way that Bracken sets up The Darkest Minds.
The Darkest Minds was the type of read that has to settle on you. Throughout the read, it was felt like that was something that was holding me back from loving this story completely. And to be honest, I never felt that The Darkest Minds was truly an epic read until I got to the last chapters. That was when the story finally clicked for me emotionally. I won't say why, but the reason was pretty heartbreaking.
Final Verdict: The Darkest Minds and its power sneaks up on you. It is subtle, but once it hits, you know. Filled with memorable characters and a concept that pulls you in and never lets go, The Darkest Minds is a read that won't easily be forgotten.
Will I read the next installment: Heck yes! After the ending of The Darkest Minds, I have to know what happens next.