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The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

December 26th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Source: Picked up at ALA

Publication date: December 18, 2012

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary from Goodreads.com: 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.

When I finished this book I was surprised how much I enjoyed it.  I say that because it seemed to take forever for the real action to take place but I still enjoyed reading the story.  It’s another X-Men like world in which a group of teenagers begin to develop powers that frighten the rest of the nation into locking the affected teens into camps and treating them like prisoners.  The teens are persecuted and even killed if they become too much as a threat.  There is a rival group that claims to want to liberate these teens but have their own agendas and means that don’t bode well for these teens either.  I like the fact that so far there doesn’t seem to be a clear-cut good guy camp.   There are individual characters who have a heart of gold and you are rooting for but who have no one to turn to but each other.

Ruby’s character is so wishy-washy that she was a little tough to like in the beginning.  I understand why she was that way and admit I would probably be the same in her shoes but don’t expect one of those kick ass heroine’s right off the bat. I loved Liam and his friend Chubs though.  Liam is your typical love interest who is the sweetest guy, good-looking and clumsy enough at sports to make him more real.  He’s one of those guys you can’t help but love.  Chubs on the other hand is ornery, pessimistic and yet has a certain charm that made him one of my favorite characters.

Like I said at the beginning I didn’t feel like much happened for the length of the book but I did like that the romance aspect did not dominate the story line. It was present but the focus was on the horrors these teens endure and their struggle to evade their former captors.  It was dark and has some violent references.  This book has definitely set up nicely for a spellbinding series.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

One Response

  1. Ane

    I need to read this 🙂

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