The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken is a thrilling read that takes you on a rollercoaster ride through Hell. This book has you reading, and reading; unable to stop. Bracken’s novel is full of action, romance, laugh out loud moments, and heartfelt bonds of friendship through survival.
You will fall in love with the story and characters in a heartbeat. The suspense of always being on the move and on the edge will keep you turning the pages of this book!
The beginning of the book, though slow, is informative and interesting to read. Of course the story has to have world building, so much takes place in the beginning of the book. But don’t let that stop you! Once you dive into this story it will be impossible to let go of!
I would give this book a 5/5 especially since it is Bracken’s debut novel!
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.
I can say with absolute clarity that I loved The Darkest Minds! I was intrigued by the concept of the story. I wanted to learn more and more about the plague, the government, and these kids that suddenly had powers.
The camps in these books were so brutal and hard to read about. I cringed at all the things these adults would do to these kids. It was terrible the way they were treated and tortured.
I felt the story really took off when Ruby meet Liam, Chubs, and Zu. These characters are some of my favorite book characters, and I could honestly go on adventure after adventure with them! Oh… Liam!
The 1st time we meet Liam, Chubs, and Zu is the car chase scene away from Rob and Cate. This scene had me laughing out loud.
With Chub’s shouting, Ruby trying to drive, and Liam hanging out the car window; it was mass chaos! I was laughing and I could just picture the scene played out in my head.
Bracken’s story was easy to fall into. The characters, plot, and adventures where all combined perfectly.
The romance between Liam & Ruby was such a great love story. In so many YA Novels I find the relationships to sort of develop from parts of the fantasy world, where as I felt in this book their romance felt natural. It seemed like in the midst of the anarchy around them, they had a connection and love from each other’s true story and personality. Liam & Ruby’s romance felt real.
The characters Bracken has created are truly relatable and enjoyable to read about. Every character seemed to have bits and pieces of our own personalities imbedded in them. Even the most remote emotions and pieces of their personality where easy to connect with and love. Nothing about loving and feeling something for these characters felt forced to me.
As much as cliffhangers drive me crazy, which this one did, I love emotional and interesting endings. You know you’ve read a fantastic book when you’re gasping at the end and grasping for the next book. And The Darkest Minds left me doing just that!
At the end of it all, I loved this book and it is now one of my favorite books and series. There are so many futuristic and dystopian books, sometimes it’s hard to find one’s that really stand out; and this series certainly did. I highly recommend this book and series, so if I where you I’d be running to get my copy today!
REVIEW by Isabel Naquin
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