The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Braken
Series: The Darkest Minds #1
Published by Disney-Hyperion
Published On: December 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Sci Fi, Dystopia, Fantasy, Paranormal
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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 got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.
Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have 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 having a life worth living.'
I was expecting something really similar to the Dark Visions series by L.J. Smith. I don’t know why, but that’s what it reminded me of.
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I’m going with the main character, Ruby, for this one. I feel like she gave me a lot of reasons to not like her at the start of the book. She kind of kept her head down and never stood up for herself. Usually I really hate that but later on in the book we find out she kind of had a good reason for that and she’s actually a lot more brave than I gave her credit for at the beginning. I’m glad she finally stopped being afraid and fight instead.
Obviously Liam. He’s such a cutie! He trusts everyone completely, which is never good obviously, but it makes him really cute. I just admired how happy he was all the time. He just had one of those personalities that makes you smile whenever he pops into the story. You can tell he’s going to be the love interest here and I really hope the author doesn’t ruin that.
I liked how fast paced this book was. Any slower and it would have been too boring. I did find a lot of the plot predictable or typical for this type of story which is why it didn’t get a full five stars from me. The characters were fairly plain or characters we’ve seen before so I hope the next book takes the story into a more unique direction.
I think I enjoyed this book more at the time of reading as opposed to afterwards. I feel like even now some details were forgettable and even some of the characters as well. I just feel like we’ve seen this story 5 times before. The only thing bringing it up to 4 stars is that I still really enjoyed reading it. It’s a series I’ll finish for sure but I really, really hope the next book surprises me more.
3 out of 5 stars