Author: Alexandra Bracken
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Series: The Darkest Minds #1
Release Date: December 18 2012
Pages: 496 (hardcover)
How I Got the Book: Bought the book at my local bookstore
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.
*Takes a shaky breath* Someone please put me out of my misery!
Look no further, this book will take the breath out of your lungs. For me I kind of struggled within the first say 50 pages because it felt a bit like background information and all just being opted in my brain. However, when I finally settled in, I could not put this beauty down. ….pressed a light kiss against my bruised cheek. After that, the cold trickle on my skin seemed to evaporate… Naww… How cute! That was me right after reading that part, simply left me smiling ear to ear. This is also an example of Alexandra Bracken’s great writing skills, here was obviously implying that Ruby had blushed. It’s not like in the other, unoriginal books and they write She blushed deeply or what not, Bracken’s writing is so unique and heart wrenching that it makes me ache for more.
Personally, I like to keep my own little notebook of my favourite quotes or beautifully written sentences and my, my, I am proud to say I had filled two pages of skimpy handwriting that had the most loveable and hilarious moments. WORLD RECORD for me!! *happy dance*
The Darkest Minds has one of the greatest dystopian-fantastical worlds I’ve ever read about. Children from ages 8-13 have been affected by this disease that pretty much gives you two choices, you die or you receive these whacky abilities. You are sent to a place where ‘they put you in rehabilitation’ and are placed in groups by the level of your power; Green, Blue, Yellow, Orange and Red (in that order). This idea seemed ridiculous when my friend told me but after reading this book, I am beyond amazed.
One of my favourite parts of this book was the characters and how they developed together. Ruby, our protagonist is careful and really thoughtful of her actions, she desperately doesn’t want to do what she did to her parents so she keeps to herself for the majority of the story. Liam aka Lee is adorable, he is so caring and like the leader of the pack and trying to keep everyone calm and in order. Additionally, he can be very protective and sometimes sensitive as it is shown in the book. Naturally, not many people like sensitive people, but Bracken described it so well, I just loved this character more. Zu, EEKK!! She by far is my most favourite girl, she may not be able to talk but her personality and strong mind really pulls through. I deem that Chubs though, developed the most in this book. At the start, he was all grumpy and secretive towards Ruby, rather a boy who I’d like to punch in the face, but as the story developed and the gang’s situations changed, Chubs was really likeable and straight forward. The characters felt so real and I can easily find people that I know who would fit these characteristics because the book was really descriptive in this aspect.
One thing I wasn’t to happy about (though it wasn’t worth losing even 0.5 of a star) was the romance. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it, but it was so sudden. BAM. Half way through the book it just kicks in, it just was a bit odd… Hmmmm…
“..make me so happy that I actual forget to breath?…” that was literally me, I was always in the edge of my seat, anticipating what was on the next page. I also found myself having my jaw dropped open in amazement or shock too, and that says ALOT. I bet my face was priceless when I realised there were no more pages to go at the end of the book. Such a hair ripping cliffhanger, but then again it can only just say more about the characters, what happened in the end was realistic and annoyingly frustrating because that’s who the characters were as people. Hands down. This was a book that I’m sure anyone would enjoy and rant about for a long shot.
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