The Darkest Mind By Alexandra Bracken

 

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Hardcover
488 pages
Published December 18th 2012 by Disney Hyperion

 

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.

It took me a while to get into this book. I never would have thought that this story line would have. I really think that the reason why was because I really wasn’t in the mood for it right now.

With that being said I really did like this book and the more I reflect I find myself wanting to read the second book like now. Unfortunately, I have other books to read first.

The story is similar to may books about kids with physic powers but in turn it is extremely original. This book has all the political elements that you find in this type of story, like a government that wants to have complete control. Then you have secret agencies that want them and rebel groups of kids that are try to survive called tribes. With all the similarities this story has so many twist and turns that make it so completely different than anything I have read before. Also, the character in this have such strong personalities they just become very real to you.

My Thoughts:

It took me a while to get into this book.  I never would have thought that this story line would have taken me so long.  I really think that the reason why was because I really wasn’t in the mood for it right now.

With that being said I really did like this book and the more I reflect I find myself wanting to read the second book like now. Unfortunately, I have other books to read first.

The story is similar to may books about kids with physic powers but in turn it is extremely original.  This book has all the political elements that you find in this type of story, like a government that wants to have complete control. Then you have secret agencies that want these special children and rebel groups of kids that are trying to survive called tribes. With all the similarities this story has,  it also has  so many twist and turns that make it so completely different from anything I have read before.  Also, the characters in this have such strong personalities they just become very real to you.  That I think is the true test of a story.

I loved all the characters but of course the main character resonated the most with me.  I love how strong Ruby is. She will do anything to protect the ones she loves even to her own detriment.  She was taken at a very young age so she doesn’t know how to control her powers. She is afraid of what she is and the things she can do.  So she try’s to keep everyone at arm’s length to protect them. I just love watching her grow in this book along with the group of kids she meets.  I have to say even though she is still fiercely loyal by the end of the book she knows what she wants and I think she is strong enough to fight for it.  I can’t wait to see what she does next.

 

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