- Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
- Format: Hardback | 512 pages
- Dimensions: 150mm x 216mm x 51mm | 635g
- Publication date: 15 October 2013
- ISBN 10: 1423157516
- ISBN 13: 9781423157519
- Sales rank: 4,108
Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children's League call Ruby "Leader," but she knows what she really is: a monster. When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children's League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America's children-and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts-has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future-and who now wouldn't recognize her. As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam-and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart-she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?
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Alexandra Bracken is the "New York Times "bestsellingauthor of "The Darkest Minds "and "Never Fade." Born and raised inArizona, she moved east to study history and English at the College of William& Mary in Virginia. Alex now lives in New York City, where you can find herhard at work on her next novel in a charming little apartment that'sperpetually overflowing with books. Visit her online at www.alexandrabracken.com and onTwitter @alexbracken.
By Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books) 04 Oct 2013
I liked this one, but not as much as the first. I feel like I don't remember enough from the first to be totally gung ho going back into the plot. Reading over my review of the first and then jumping into the second because I have absolutely no time to reread I guess is on me, but I really think that more authors should do like Kate Kaynak and give a few paragraphs or pages telling the highlights of the previous books.
All of the characters that I grew so attached to, Liam, Chubs, and Zu weren't in the beginning of this one obviously and I missed their presence very much. Don't get me wrong, I loved being in Ruby's head, she is such a strong and solid main character, but what had built her up and brought out hope, light and life in her in the first was all of the sudden missing.
I did like some of the newer characters from the Children's League, but I was always second guessing everyone there, because I don't have a history with them or if I do, it is mostly not good.
I feel like the middle of this one was a little draggy, but I loved the last third. Action started exploding, characters really stepped up and things happened to absolutely break my heart. I feel like some of the middle could have been cut out a bit, because it is long at a little over 500 pages, and the story would not have been lacking.
One of the things I enjoyed the most was Ruby's internal struggles. She hates her power, but wants to control it, but doesn't push too hard because she is afraid to lose control. She sees the allure of the total power it can give her, but she is afraid to become like the people she's seen who abused that power, and hurt others.
The ending is dark, but laced with hope, and I can't wait to see Ruby kick more butts and take more names.
Bottom Line: Good second book with action, but not as awesome as the first.
By Sarah Elizabeth 23 Sep 2013
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Disney Book Group and Netgalley.)
This is book 2 in the ‘Darkest Minds’ series, and kicks off six months after the end of book 1 ‘Darkest Minds’.
**Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘Darkest minds’.**
Ruby is now working for The Children’s League, and has no idea where Liam is.
When she discovers even more corruption within the organisation, she takes a chance and escapes, only to find herself in more trouble, and still having no idea how to find Liam.
Can Ruby find Liam? Can she avoid the Children’s League? And what other evil plans are being constructed?
This was an okay story, but it just felt really long.
Ruby was holding things together quite nicely in this story, even though she missed Liam. It seemed that she was determined to do the right thing, and reserved to her fate as a Children’s League member. I liked that she took her responsibilities seriously, but I wasn’t impressed that she never regretted using her abilities on Liam at the end of the first book.
The storyline in this was okay, and it was nice to see some old faces from book 1, but this book just felt way too long. Reading in 50 page chunks was fine, but trying to read more than that just dragged. I don’t know why, but I just felt that the story was going so slowly, and I could read for an hour and only be 5% further on in the book, and the fact that I still had such a huge portion of the book to go was a bit disheartening.
There was stuff going on in this book, and there was some action, which was good, but again the pace ruined this a bit for me. Even pushing through the last 15% was difficult, which should probably have been the best part of the book. I seriously considered just not finishing I was so fed up by the end. This was a real shame, as I really liked the beginning of the book, and thought it was better than the first.
The ending itself was alright, and there was some action and an unexpected death, I was so bored by this point though that it had less of an effect on me. We were also left with a freaking cliff-hanger, and at the moment I’m not sure whether I can even think about dragging myself through the next book.
Overall; okay story, but way too long.
6.5 out of 10.
Gr 7 Up Ruby is a member of the Children's League, a group of young people who survived the catastrophic illness that has killed most children in America. The survivors are blessed or cursed with a variety of supernatural powers, from great physical strength to Ruby's ability to invade and control the minds of others. These talents make the children valuable to the corrupt government. However, the adults controlling the League turn out to be corrupt themselves. When Ruby realizes that the latest mission she has been sent on was designed to eliminate some members of her team, she decides to circumvent the League. The teen sets out with one of her friends, Jude, in search of a flash drive that holds information that may offer a cure for the disease that killed so many children. They are soon joined by other members of the League. Struggling to survive winter in a lawless country with minimal supplies is difficult enough. Trying to keep everyone focused on the same goal when the team members aren't sure if they can trust one another is harder. When they finally find the boy with the flash drive, he is so ill that it's not clear if he will survive or help them if he does. This fast-paced, suspenseful dystopian novel moves back and forth through time, jumping from one crisis to another, but frustratingly fails to completely fill in the backstory, which would have helped readers understand the characters' motivations. Nancy Silverrod, San Francisco Public Library SLJ"