The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Page Length: 488 pgs
Rating: 5 Stars
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.
One of my first friends on Goodreads recommended this book to me. Olivia, thank you so much!! I adore this series. It's one of my favorites. There is action, romance, mystery, dystopia, and much more.
The writing in this book is phenomenal. Bracken's writing is so expressive and detailed and descriptive and enticing. I flew through this book. You need to keep reading. You need to know what's gonna happen next. *There's some profanity, but not too much.
The dystopian aspect of this book was amazing! Such a simple idea, so well done. Kids are dying from a mysterious disease. The economy crashes, countries crumble. The kids who survive the disease have special powers. They're being hunted down and brought to camps where they do manual labor. Our main character escapes of course and is on the run!
Ruby is an amazing main character. She really changes and grows in this book. She's not the weak, scared girl anymore. She can really kick butt! There are so many great lovable characters. Liam is the hottie with a southern accent. He's got the smile that will make you weak at the knees. He's fiercely protective and caring. And he's a jokester! Chubs is so funny. He's the smartass who always has something sarcastic to say. Zu is sweet and adorable.
The romance in this book is perfect. The romance seems genuine and actually develops (unlike other books when it's love at first sight or after three days they just randomly fall in love); this romance is gradual and so sweet. Liam and Ruby are such a cute couple. Watching them fall for each other was so adorable.
The setting is interesting and intriguing. There is danger at every turn and the stakes are so high that you can't help but keep reading to figure out what happens next. The goal in this book sounds so amazing and exciting, and it makes you keep reading until you finally get there.
The Darkest Minds was phenomenal. I highly recommend it!