Never Fade (The Darkest Minds Series #2)

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Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children's League call Ruby "Leader", but she knows what she really is: a monster.

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children's League behind. Crucial information about ...

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Overview

Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children's League call Ruby "Leader", but she knows what she really is: a monster.

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children's League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America's children-and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts-has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future-and who now wouldn't recognize her.

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam-and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart-she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
01/01/2014
Gr 7 Up—Ruby is a member of the Children's League, a group of young people who survived the catastrophic illness that has killed most children in America. The survivors are blessed-or cursed-with a variety of supernatural powers, from great physical strength to Ruby's ability to invade and control the minds of others. These talents make the children valuable to the corrupt government. However, the adults controlling the League turn out to be corrupt themselves. When Ruby realizes that the latest mission she has been sent on was designed to eliminate some members of her team, she decides to circumvent the League. The teen sets out with one of her friends, Jude, in search of a flash drive that holds information that may offer a cure for the disease that killed so many children. They are soon joined by other members of the League. Struggling to survive winter in a lawless country with minimal supplies is difficult enough. Trying to keep everyone focused on the same goal when the team members aren't sure if they can trust one another is harder. When they finally find the boy with the flash drive, he is so ill that it's not clear if he will survive-or help them if he does. This fast-paced, suspenseful dystopian novel moves back and forth through time, jumping from one crisis to another, but frustratingly fails to completely fill in the backstory, which would have helped readers understand the characters' motivations.—Nancy Silverrod, San Francisco Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-15
In the follow-up to Bracken's The Darkest Minds (2012), readers jonesing for an adrenaline fix will delight in 16-year-old Ruby's return as a reluctant resistance fighter. Having erased every trace of herself from Liam's mind and abandoned her friends in order to protect them, Ruby throws herself into mission after dangerous mission for the Children's League. Though purportedly fighting to save a generation of children stolen from their families and locked away in camps for possessing powers they barely understand, it quickly becomes clear to Ruby that the good guys may not be so good after all. A Hail Mary mission to recover a flash drive containing secrets about the origin of the disease that killed most American children and left survivors a persecuted and feared band of misfits forces Ruby on a perilous cross-country journey. It's a ride worth taking with her, particularly as Ruby collects a small posse of sidekicks who again become the beating heart at the center of this dark, dystopian series. Ruby is a wonderfully flawed heroine: fiercely loyal to the ones she loves and refreshingly conflicted about the enormous power she possesses. The intricate plot and diverse cast of recurring and new characters make this book difficult to fully appreciate as a stand-alone. But after reading the first two books, readers will be left clamoring for the third. (Dystopian thriller. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423157519
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Series: Darkest Minds Series , #2
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 17,181
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexandra Bracken was born and raised in Arizona, but moved east to study at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. She recently relocated to New York City, where she works in publishing and lives in a charming apartment overflowing with books. You can visit her online at www.alexandrabracken.com or on Twitter (@alexbracken).

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  • Posted October 29, 2013

    I thought this was better than the first one! Ruby has really c

    I thought this was better than the first one! Ruby has really come into her own and is now confident and strong. Very well written and I am just sitting here hoping and praying that there might be a third. I'm a VERY VERY picky reader and I absolutely loved both books. Had me hanging on the edge of my seat.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Really good.

    Don't have time to write a lengthy review right now, so I'll get straight to the point. This really is an awesome second installment; if you were a fan of the first book, you'll love this one too; as I did.

    I loved every new character, especially Cole, who I am very excited to see more of, in the next book.
    The pacing of the story was great; there were a couple of slight things -toward the beginning- that didn't feel organic, but they were slight, and really they were overshadowed by some edge-of-your-seat moments that began 3/4ths of the way in, and didn't let up until the very last sentence.

    I follow this author on Twitter as well, and noticed she's been advertising strong opinions on pirating, like many authors have before. I'm not a fan of rants such as those, and I'm not in complete agreement or disagreement with her, but for what it's worth, if anyone is debating on whether they should BUY this book, I advise you do. It is a wonderful and well-written book, truly, and definitely worth the money.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2013

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    Warning: Please make sure you have plenty of uninterrupted time

    Warning: Please make sure you have plenty of uninterrupted time before you pick up this pretty lengthy book. OK, I snapped at interrupters and read into the wee hours of the morning...yes Never Fade was that good.




    Ruby is entrenched in the Children’s League but from what I'm seeing not much of it is focused on children...just power. Their are enemies all around and treachery even within the league. 




    While plotting and secrets abound, Ruby is called upon to break from a Children's League OP and find Liam Stewart (Yes, Liam that she left behind). Liam holds a vital key to exposing the government. It is contained in a flash drive sown into a jacket he accidentally took when on the run.




    Ruby makes a desperate trek to find Liam. She finds unlikely allies and friends along the way.




    I LOVED this story. Ruby is an extraordinary heroin. A true heroin with flaws, insecurities and an ability that could be monstrous but even when unleashed she still holds herself in check. 




    Devastating loss, heart wrenching emotion, gruesome betrayals are seamlessly countered by undying friendship, selflessness and some kick a** action. This truly is a marvelously riveting story that is filled with amazing plot twists and turns! My heart is still pounding from the non-stop, tension infused story-line. I'm still reeling from the WOW factor and Alexandra Bracken has once again, left me wanting more. This is a young adult must read for 2013.




    I received this ARC copy of Never Fade from Disney Book Group - Disney-Hyperion in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication October 15, 2013.




    Written by: Alexandra Bracken
    Series: A Darkest Minds Novel
    Sequence in Series: 2
    Hardcover: 512 pages
    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion 
    Publication: October 15, 2013
    ISBN-10: 1423157516
    ISBN-13: 978-1423157519
    Rating: 5 Stars
    Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
    Age Range: 12 and up 
    Grade Level: 7 and up

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    Fantastic

    This author is wonderful. I will buy every book she writes!




    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2014

    Highly recommended - a must read!

    If you liked Bracken's, The Darkest Minds #1, you will love this next installment as the saga with Ruby and Liam continues. Liam continues to be my favorite character. Great twist at the end - didn't see it coming! Enjoy! Can't wait until the next book comes out!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2014

    I loved the first book in this series. It was awesome and differ

    I loved the first book in this series. It was awesome and different and just plain amazing. The novella In Time was a bit of a let down . I bought Never Fade on a whim back in October, and until last week, I hadn't read it. I picked it up, and immediately fell in love all over again. If you doubt the amazingness of this series, don't. I had forgotten many key points and characters, but Never Fade reminded me of everything pretty early in the book. I was not lost for one single page. The novella didn't really, as far as I could tell, play into Never Fade, but I believe it will be instrumental in book three.




    The main character is Ruby. She lives in a world where children are hated because they have special abilities. There are the Blues, who are telekinetic. The Yellows, who can mess with electricity. The Greens, who are extremely smart. The Oranges, who can, basically, control minds/erase memories/etc. And the Reds, who can make fireballs of sorts. It's believed that all the Reds and Oranges are dead, but Ruby's and Orange and there's an army of Reds run by the evil president himself. And his evil son. Ruby has been broken from childhood. Her parents forgot who she was and she lived in a concentration camp like place for ten years of her life. It pretty much sucked to be her. By the end of book one, Ruby had become a strong character, and by this point, she's proven it. Ruby is a fighter now. She has a gang of loyal friends, even if they are scattered all over the place. While she was at first reluctant to use her abilities, Ruby knows that, in time of danger, she can fry a person's brain if need be. It's a pretty cool ability, I have to say.




    Plot wise, this moved extremely fast. There are about five hundred pages, and I read it easily in under five hours. Did you know that, once the titles are all put together, they will make a sentence? So far, we have: The darkest minds in time never fade... Anyone wonder what the last book will be called? I know I am! There's an abundance of action, and plenty of romance to go around. Plus, we meet a character's older sibling in this book and *swoon*. There were a few events where I figured out what was going on before the main character, but other than that, the author did a good job of making sure events were a surprise. The end of the book, a HUGE cliffhanger! After that end, I need book three, stat! A definite five stars!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    Iggy17295

    Was everyone who read this book a girl? Or was it boys. Or both.
    It was a good book. Loved the first one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2014

    An unpredicable adventure!

    A pager turner because you just can't guess what will happen next! Great read and I'm pissed I can't read book 3 until October. Ah well ...I'll just read book 1 and 2 again just before it comes out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2014

    Must read!!!!

    This series is incredible. Read it. PLEASE JUST READ IT!! IT WILL BE WORTH IT? DONT GIVE UP ON DARKEST MINDS! IT WILL STAY WITH YOU. Dont worry about becoming too obsessed. Liam is worth it!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    I absolutely love this book! action packed and leaves at the edg

    I absolutely love this book! action packed and leaves at the edge of your seat, wanting more after the final pages.
    Cant wait for "in the afterlight" super excited!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    NightOwl

    She curled up, shuddering and coughing.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    Dashingpaw

    Licked her ears

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    GO READ IT!

    If you're reading this review, you've most likely already read the first one. My advice? Just go. Go and read Never Fade. It will not disappoint.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    Oh my goodness... I love this series. I read the first book and

    Oh my goodness... I love this series. I read the first book and loved it. I quickly moved onto the online nook book "In Time" which is a short story that keeps you in the loop with Zu and introduces you to Gabe. Finally, I anxiously moved onto "Never Fade." I had trouble putting all of these books down, especially this one. With every turn of the page, I was excited to know what would happen next. I completely became emotionally attached and invested in the characters Ruby, Liam, Chubs, Zu, Jude, Vida, Cole, and Cate. I am only sadden by the fact I have to wait for the final book in the trilogy to be released. Ms. Bracken, Please don't keep us in suspense for too long. In the meantime, I will just re-read books 1, 1.5, and 2 to get me by. btw... If the right director, producer, screen writer, cast, etc collaborated, this book series would make a fabulous movie. (just say'n)

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  • Posted January 13, 2014

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a re

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Disney Book Group and Netgalley.)
    This is book 2 in the ‘Darkest Minds’ series, and kicks off six months after the end of book 1 ‘Darkest Minds’.
    **Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘Darkest minds’.**
    Ruby is now working for The Children’s League, and has no idea where Liam is.

    When she discovers even more corruption within the organisation, she takes a chance and escapes, only to find herself in more trouble, and still having no idea how to find Liam.
    Can Ruby find Liam? Can she avoid the Children’s League? And what other evil plans are being constructed?


    This was an okay story, but it just felt really long.

    Ruby was holding things together quite nicely in this story, even though she missed Liam. It seemed that she was determined to do the right thing, and reserved to her fate as a Children’s League member. I liked that she took her responsibilities seriously, but I wasn’t impressed that she never regretted using her abilities on Liam at the end of the first book.

    The storyline in this was okay, and it was nice to see some old faces from book 1, but this book just felt way too long. Reading in 50 page chunks was fine, but trying to read more than that just dragged. I don’t know why, but I just felt that the story was going so slowly, and I could read for an hour and only be 5% further on in the book, and the fact that I still had such a huge portion of the book to go was a bit disheartening.

    There was stuff going on in this book, and there was some action, which was good, but again the pace ruined this a bit for me. Even pushing through the last 15% was difficult, which should probably have been the best part of the book. I seriously considered just not finishing I was so fed up by the end. This was a real shame, as I really liked the beginning of the book, and thought it was better than the first.

    The ending itself was alright, and there was some action and an unexpected death, I was so bored by this point though that it had less of an effect on me. We were also left with a freaking cliff-hanger, and at the moment I’m not sure whether I can even think about dragging myself through the next book.
    Overall; okay story, but way too long.
    6.5 out of 10.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    Amazing!

    Although I liked the first slightly better, this sequel was NOT a let down. It was fantastic, well paced and engrossing! Can't wait for the last one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    AWESOME!!! WANT THE 3RD BOOK ALREADY!!!

    I love Alexandra! The books are amazing and I can't wait for the last book! YOU MUST GO CHECK OUT THE DARKEST MINDS SERIES! Highly recommend them to everyone!
    Ah! the way she ended this book!! Why Alexandra!?!? Why must you leave us hanging!?!?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Great

    So far so good! Descriptive and beatuiful! I really like Cole too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    I am very much into this series!

    This second book is even better than I had hoped. Looking forward to the next book. Action, drama, romance, mystique all wrapped up in this book.

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  • Posted December 7, 2013

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    I really enjoyed reading The Darkest Minds by author Alexandra B

    I really enjoyed reading The Darkest Minds by author Alexandra Bracken, it was thrilling, exciting and (yay!) dystopia. From the way the novel ended I knew that its sequel would have to be something awesome, something that would literally blow my mind and leave me thinking “Whoa! That was great!” That being said I had some pretty high expectations for the novel and I am so happy to say that Never Fade went above and beyond them. It had everything that The Darkest Minds didn’t want was just brilliant, I cannot wait to find out what happens next.

    In Never Fade, Ruby is now a part of the Children’s League—a vigilante group that is intent on bringing down the government. But being a part of the Children’s League has forced Ruby to use the abilities that come with her being an Orange constantly during the dangerous missions that the League sends her out on as Leader. Then Ruby discovers a secret, a secret that could change everything and forces her to attempt to leave the Children’s League.

    Setting out across the country to find Liam, the boy Ruby used to love and the only person with crucial information on the disease that gave Ruby her abilities and killed hundreds of kids. This journey leads Roxy back to the people she once knew, the people she met in the League and to a discovery that can and will change everything.

    Never Fade shows a lot of character development throughout the cast in the novel. Ruby is definitely the biggest character to undergo change. If you remember her from Darkest Minds she was a character who was far from the badass she evolves into in Never Fade. In Never Fade, Ruby knows what her powers as an Orange can do and she knows how to handle them, she knows how to fight, how to kick some serious butt and how to handle herself. There are a lot of hard decisions that Ruby has to face in Never Fade that leave her torn between who she has come to be and who she used to be, especially when she’s confronted with people from her past.  In short, Ruby’s character grows the way a character should in a sequel.

    All of that being said there is a ton of more action in Never Fade ranging from top-secret missions to crazy battles against a Red. Never Fade was just dripping with action scene after action scene after thrilling pauses. The pacing is kept fast, fun and doesn’t overwhelm at all. I personally find that it made me enjoy Never Fade a lot more than I did the novel that came before it. Never Fade was just intense and insane.  There are new threats and new concepts that are introduced into Never Fade that expand the Darkest Minds world. By the time you reach the ending you see the different reaches of life that characters come from and you see that the ending is a cliff-hanger that sets up for a crazy sequel (that I have inconceivably high expectations for).

    The one thing I wish that Alexandra Bracken could stop doing is kill me with each book by completely destroying my heart. Her writing style and the way she gives such good insight into Ruby makes it so easy to grow attached to characters only for something (in some cases) tragic to happen that breaks my heart and leaves me feeling sad and empty and on the verge of tears. Readers who want a read that will do the above to you *whispers* this is a series for you.

     I would recommend The Darkest Minds and Never Fade to readers who read the first novel and loved it, readers who want a dystopic novel with superhuman elements and to readers who want a story that will keep them on the edge of their seat and addicted throughout. And by that ending ugh the ending that I love you’ll be just like me, dying for the third novel.

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