The Darkest Minds (Paperback)
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DescriptionWhen 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.
- Published: 22 October 2013
- Format: Paperback 488 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781423159322 ISBN 10: 1423159322
- Sales rank: 1,510
Reviews for The Darkest Minds
I picked up this book with no idea whatsoever of what it's about. Yeah, I'm an impulsive buyer. Darkest Minds has been on my TBR-list for a long, long time. It ended up there because it was recommended by a friend then it was recommended again by another friend, then again by another friend until I just HAD to buy it.
But I still didn't KNOW what it was about. So I went into this book completely blind.
IT PAYED OFF BIG-TIME!
There's something about reading books and not knowing anything about them that makes the surprise-factor that much more significant. In the beginning of this book we learn about the camps and the white noise and the disease and somehow I couldn't stop picturing the Holocaust and thinking of the Psi kids as Jews and it gnawed at my heart.
After that point, I simply couldn't put the book down.
THINGS I REALLY ENJOYED:
1. Characters & their relationships:
Zu stole my heart, Liam running a close second and Chubs for third. Zu was such a… little sister in the book that even the readers couldn't help being protective over her. Liam, well, is Liam. He's so adorable I want to eat him. Ruby… I can't say I love her but I don't hate her either. She's not stupid unlike almost all female protagonists in YA books so THANK GOD for that. Except she did have that stupid moment in the end of the book *cough* where she did that unforgivably horrifying thing to Liam *cough*
Liam, Chubs, Ruby & Zu. It's beautiful how these characters are so vividly different and yet they blend into the most beautiful colours and complete the most stunning abstracts when placed together.
Props to you, Alex Bracken, for your mad writing skills.
2. The entire being-chased-in-a-road-trip thing:
I can't stress how much I enjoy books that occur on the road, always moving, always travelling. Never in one place for too long, because if you are then the plot becomes stagnant unless you add gallons and gallons of drama but that makes books puke-worthy. I also enjoyed the "hunt or be hunted" vibe to it.
WHY 4 STARS?
I'm sorry, Ms. Bracken, I really really want to give this book 5 stars but the plot was too over-used. I've seen it so many times before. If only there could've been one defining factor that separated this book from the others like it, then it could've warranted 5 stars from me, alas, I did not find any such "defining factor."
On a brighter note, the writing compensated for the lack of uniqueness. by BookBeasties
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
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The Darkest Minds, published in 2012 by Disney-Hyperion, is about 16-year old Ruby, who has been sent to a Ã???Ã???Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¬Ã???rehabilitation campÃ???Ã???Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¬Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¢ by the government after a brutal disease killed almost all the children in America. The ones who are left have developed special abilities. Ruby is powerful but so far has been able to trick the officials at the camp into thinking sheÃ???Ã???Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¬Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¢s not. She manages to escape after they find out the truth. She finds other children who have also escaped and together, they make their way towards East River, a safe haven for the gifted children.
This bookÃ???Ã???Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¬Ã???Ã?Â¢??Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¦ was awesome! It was one of my favourite books of 2013. The characters were three dimensional and realistic and the story was intriguing. I just loved it and it left me speechless. ItÃ???Ã???Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¬Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¢s fast-paced and beautifully written. Bracken manages not only to create a very tense setting that is full of suspense but she also succeeds at changing the atmosphere to funny and light without it seeming forced and strange.
Yes, this is also a romance. But it is not your typical Ã???Ã???Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¬Ã???no-I-must-stay-away-from-you-and-treat-you-like-a-pile-of-crap-because-we-cannot-be-together-everÃ???Ã???Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¬Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¢ situation. Nope! Liam is so kind. He isnÃ???Ã???Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¬Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¢t moody, or abusive, or downright rude. HeÃ???Ã???Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¬Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¢s generous and selfless and, most importantly, treats Ruby with respect. ThatÃ???Ã???Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¬Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¢s not something you see in most YA novels, sadly.
The other characters are also awesome. IÃ???Ã???Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¬Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¢ve said it before, but IÃ???Ã???Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¬Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¢ll say it again because I was so blown away by it Ã???Ã???Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¬Ã?Â¢?? they are not flat or boring or stupid or seemingly superfluous. Sometimes, when IÃ???Ã???Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¬Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¢m reading a novel, I hate the side characters because they are annoying or not really important for the story. LetÃ???Ã???Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¬Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¢s put it this way Ã???Ã???Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¬Ã?Â¢?? I wouldnÃ???Ã???Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¬Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¢t be sad if they just Ã???Ã???Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¬Ã???mysteriously disappearedÃ???Ã???Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¬Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¢ (Usually these are the best friends in YA fantasies because they are so annoying!). Ahem. Anyway. In The Darkest Minds, I felt very connected to the side characters. IÃ???Ã???Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¬Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¢m terrified by the very thought of one of them dying and I love every single one of them.
There is just one thing I want to criticise. Well, not really criticise, but ask the author because IÃ???Ã???Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¬Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¢d really like to know the answer. In the story, all children who are still alive are sent to these camps or killed or experimented on. How does the government expect the population to grow by doing this? In a few decades, there would be no students, no need for schools, no future for the whole country! So, yeah, I was confused by that, but hopefully the author will clear that up in the next book, Never Fade (I want it so muchÃ???Ã???Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢Ã?Â¢?Ã?Â¬Ã???Ã?Â¢??Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¦). by Manda