Darkest Minds (A Darkest Minds Novel), The

Alexandra Bracken
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.


Reviewed: 2018-08-19

A disease breaks out that affects children between 10-14. It's called IAAN (Idiopathic Adolescent Acute Neurodegeneration). Some kids are killed by this disease, others are left changed with different abilities. The adults fear them and send them to camps for rehabilitation, Ruby has posed as a green, but is really an orange. The Children's League breaks her out  and she realizes that enemies are everywhere and the world is not the same. 

This has been on my shelf for a while. Long enough for me to not be sure if I wanted to keep it. The movie coming out motivated me to pick it up. I'm so glad that did. Yes, this is another kids with super powers save the world story. But it's also so much more than that. It's so much darker than I expected. It's not just kids vs. adults. It's deeper and more complex than that. Ruby is slowly learning how to control her powers and that she's not a monster. Liam, Chubs and Zu becomes her new family. There isn't a pretty and hopeful ending , which is kind of what I was expecting. It was dark and sad. But, I can't wait for the next book!

Reviewed: 2016-02-18

It took a little time for me to get into the book, but once I did I couldn’t put it down. I did some skimming through parts that were a bit wordy (and then ended up having to go back and read them to figure out what was going on). I did like how Alexandra developed the characters, even mute Suzume had a “voice.” I wanted to cry at the end (books don’t normally make me want to cry), and I can’t wait to read the second and third books! I hope (and assume) that the other two are just as good because I would have been happy with a different ending that would have made this a stand alone book.

Reviewed: 2015-12-17

Okay so the beginning was really great, I always love a good fantasy book about ado with powers. But I got a bit in over my head and I couldn't stop reading it. And well, it's a period when I need to study a lot so I just went to the last chapter (I wanted to know the end so I could sleep and finish it the next day) and I was soooo disapppointed that I just couldn't finish it ... 


I really do guess it's an amazing book (I still read the 2/3 in almost a single day) but I didn't like how it ended so I just stopped reading ...

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