Review: The Darkest Minds

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Series: The Darkest Minds #1
Release Date: December 18, 2012
Genre: Dystopian, YA fantasy
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟

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.

“The Darkest Minds tend to hide behind the most unlikely faces.” 


The Darkest Minds 
is based on a world where a disease called IAAN plagues the United States and kills about 98% of children. Kids who survived were called psi due to their developed “powers.”

Ruby was only ten years old when her parents locked her in the garage because they were terrified of the powers she had. After, she gets taken away to Thurmond, a rehabilitation camp for kids like her. Six years later a doctor at the camp, Cate, helps her break out and enlists her to help the Children’s League, a radical political group. When Ruby questions their motives she finds herself on the run with a group of kids like her.

This book was okay.

The Darkest Minds was over-hyped, which kind of made it a bit of a disappointment for me.

I think the main problem was that this book was about a hundred pages too long and it took me forever to get through the middle part. The beginning and end were great, but the rest (view spoiler) was kind of pointless. And the characters. I liked Chubs, Liam and Zu, but I couldn’t really connect with Ruby. Her inability to stand up for herself and refusal to use her powers was frustrating to read. This gets slightly better towards the end but still.

What I did like was world building and introduction. This world was filled with new concepts, societies and powers. I loved the concept of their abilities and I’m always up for telekinetic ass kicking (view spoiler). Also, that ending.

Some people say the sequel is even better than this one, while others completely disagree with that. But I think I’ll keeping reading this series because the ending did make me curious and I was enjoying this book except for the bit in the middle.

3 stars

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