Tuesday, December 18

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Release Date: December 18, 2012
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 496

Summary: When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening 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 been cursed with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby has spent nearly half her life desperately trying to hide the fact that she’s outwitted the camp’s sorting system—that she isn’t powerless, or safe. She’s one of the dangerous ones… and everyone knows what happens to them.

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 teens who escaped their own camp, pursued along the way by terrifying bounty hunters. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close to him. 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. Before the end, Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

My Thoughts: Wow, this book felt long, but I loved every single page of it.

We are introduced to Ruby who was taken from her parents at age 10. She has been living in a camp ever since. The camp's name is Thurmond and it houses a variety of colors or at least it does for a while. There are many camps throughout the world and all teenagers are taken to one to be rehabilitated.

Ruby ends up with help and escapes. Only to end up with another group of kids like her, well kinda. They aren’t classified the same color as her but nobody really knows her real color. And she’s not in a hurry to give it out. She’s dangerous and she knows she is. Everyone has abilities.

Ruby runs into a group of kids named Liam, Zu, and Chubs. Each one has their own personality and their own way of looking at things. She fits right in with them and helps them when she can. They are all there for one another and appreciate each other. She also starts to really like Liam and he feels the same way about her. They have a lot of different people chasing them and we see how they handle the situations.

They are on the hunt for another boy and a camp. The mission is to find them and get them to help them. They each have their own motives.

Ruby was such a likable character. She wasn’t perfect and even though she was scared at times, she became very brave and was a good person to look up too. And Liam, oh Liam, instantly fell for him.

The Darkest Minds was wonderful! Don’t want to give away spoilers so no more about the plot or characters or what happens!

Overall: This book was so freaking good, I loved every bit of it. Loved the plot, loved the characters, loved everything about it!!

Cover: Like it! It’s not that bright or detailed but I still like it.

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