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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"A riveting, emotional read that kept me on the edge!"—New York Times best-selling author Melissa Marr

"Ruby is a wonderfully flawed heroine: fiercely loyal to the ones she loves and refreshingly conflicted about the enormous power she possesses ... [A]fter reading the first two books, readers will be left clamoring for the third."

Kirkus Reviews

PRAISE FOR THE DARKEST MINDS:

"Haunting Bracken creates a gripping and terrifying dystopian world."
Kirkus Reviews

"Bracken's latest maintains constant tension A new twist on dystopia, this is one not to miss."
Romantic TimesRomantic Times

"The story's quick-paced action leads to a heartbreaking cliffhanger that will have readers eager for the next book in this planned trilogy."
Publishers WeeklyPublishers Weekly

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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: 31,074
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
  • 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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Average Rating 4.5
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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.

    11 out of 11 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.

    7 out of 8 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

    7 out of 9 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!




    4 out of 5 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!

    2 out of 2 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!

    2 out of 2 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 March 22, 2015

    TurtleFog

    Hello im back!

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  • Posted March 17, 2015

    I Also Recommend:

    I am an adult who likes dystopian novels. This is a well writte

    I am an adult who likes dystopian novels. This is a well written, edge of your seat, can't put down series. I would have given it 5 stars except that one of the reasons I like YA books is I don't have to put up with bad language. However this second book in the series has a lot of it. I am surprised and sad that this is recommended for 12-17 year olds. The story would have been even better without it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2015

    very excitin

    lots of detail though

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2015

    Never Fade

    This series is amazing! It is refreshing to finally read a series that is original and does not follow typical dystopian story lines.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2015

    Gf

    $@#334+

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  • Posted March 7, 2015

    more from this reviewer

    Good Read

    This dystopian set book has an interesting world with characters and a story line that makes you want to keep reading this series. Book two continues with action and keeps you wanting justice for these hunted characters! The relationships between all the characters keeps you guessing, especially the two main characters who you can't stop rooting for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2015

    Greenpaw

    Paded to fifth res

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2015

    Atumnpaw

    A golden brown aprentace pads in "Hello," she said "I would like to join." She finished

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2015

    Articpaw and Bramblepaw

    (Darn finals.)
    <p>
    Bramblepaw sat, her eyes troubled.
    <p>
    Articpaw glared at his sister.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2015

    Rainfall

    She sat down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2014

    THIS SERIES IS AMAZEBALLS

    AMAZEBALLS.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2014

    GingerStreak

    Climbs a tree. Sits down on a branch and looks at the clan below her with wide blue eyes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2014

    Osprey

    The bloodclan cat jumped from the bushes into the clearing, claws unsheathed.

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