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Never Fade (The Darkest Minds Series #2)

Never Fade (The Darkest Minds Series #2)

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by Alexandra Bracken

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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,


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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"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."

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

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"

Bracken's latest maintains constant tension A new twist on dystopia, this is one not to miss."
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"Haunting Bracken creates a gripping and terrifying dystopian world."
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Disney Press
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Darkest Minds Series , #2
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Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Alexandra Bracken is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Darkest Minds series and Passenger series. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved east to study history and English at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. After working in publishing for several years, Alex now writes full time and can be found hard at work on her next novel in a charming little apartment that's perpetually overflowing with books. Visit her online at www.alexandrabracken.com and on Twitter @alexbracken.

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Never Fade 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
lovefantasybooks More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author is wonderful. I will buy every book she writes!
Sop1 More than 1 year ago
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!
Tween_2_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
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!
healthyway More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was everyone who read this book a girl? Or was it boys. Or both. It was a good book. Loved the first one.
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vampiregrl123 More than 1 year ago
This novel was even better than the first one. How is that possible? After the cliff-hanger that was the ending of the first novel, readers were forced to wait for this novel to be released before they could find out more. Readers are immediately thrown back into Bracken’s dystopian world. This novel was fast paced and full of action. I felt like the story was complex enough to keep my attention going while wondering what is going to happen to every character that readers get to meet. The ending did feel a little predictable to me in this one, which was a little disappointing after the ending of the first novel. I felt that the characters in this second novel were even more important than in the first. They are the glue that holds this story together. Readers get to meet new characters in this novel who only help to strengthen the storyline. Ruby has come to be a very well rounded protagonist, who I’ve come to appreciate. Overall, this book is a good sequel to the first novel. I feel like this book is meant to be the bridge between the first and third novel. These novels have been a lot darker than I expected in YA, but it’s a nice break from the “happily ever after’s” that happen so often.
SheBookedIt More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the new characters and the book and was so excited when the old one came back into the picture. I mean Jude becomes like her little brother and Vida with her blue hair and snappy mouth and is definetly a fighter becomes her friend.Not to mention Liams brother Cole! When the originals Chubs and Liam come back your most likely already hooked. Dont forget about how they all still want the psi kids out of rehabilitation camps and with hope of curing IAAN which started the journey all over again except to Liam who has what they need in his pocket and has to find him not only that but find a way to bring it back without getting caught! If you read the first book and loved it you will definetly enjoy this one,and if you havent you might wanna read it which is better and gets you pretty much addicted to the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing second book for this series!!
Asand More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: So Never Fade is one of those books that really reaches down deep and clenches your heartstrings with all the strength it has; and you are left wondering if you will survive reading it.   Well,  you do survive.  But you have definitely lost some tears on it.  Of course, this is an apocalyptic book and it does seem to follow the certain ideals that are associated with stories from this genre: the crushing despair the characters have, and the terrible situations kids are put into to survive.   But with Never Fade it seems to take it up even a notch or two.  The crap that these characters have to go through is just awful.  And yet there is always that one character that seems to be able to hold out hope that something will change.  God bless that character!     Because without him/her, this story would be depressing.   Now I am not saying that Never Fade was bad; on the contrary, it was a deep read that left me questioning society as a whole even now.  Seeing the bad things that are happening in the country today, it made me wonder if this is what our country is heading for in the future, sans the supernatural powers the kids have.   Never Fade has a gritty storyline that makes the reader take a closer look at the lies the government tells in this story.   And I, personally, really liked our main protagonist, Ruby.  She is a fighter and a lover.  She tries to be distant and hard but she can't help but connect with the other kids on her team.  And when she does, I believe Ruby becomes stronger for it.  It is a big change from what she was in the first book, Darkest Minds.  In Never Fade, Ruby is more in charge of her powers and more confident of herself.  She is still in pain and still scared but she doesn't let the fear control her.  Ruby also learns more about her "power" and finds out more secrets that help her throughout the book.   However, I had already figured out some of these secrets much earlier than Ruby did and thought she was a little slow to catch on to some things.   We see old characters and are introduced to some new characters in the second installment so there is really never a dull moment in the plot lines.   If you enjoyed Hunger Games or even Divergent, then you should give The Darkest Minds series a try.  It has elements of both of those two books mentioned above but also sprinkles in some "X-Men-esque" ideas into the intense emotional threads that go along in the story.   
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Ruby never chose to be an Orange. She never wanted to be able to control people's minds or be a detainee in Thurmond. She didn't want to lose Liam and Chubs and Zu. She didn't want anything to do with the Children's League. But Ruby hasn't been able to make her own choices for a very long time. After escaping the Smoke and trying to save her friends as best she could, Ruby is now part of the Children's League, More than that, she's the Leader of her team. But all Ruby can think is that they're trusting a monster. Because isn't that what someone with her ability must be--a monster? Something is wrong in the League. Secrets and lies threaten to bring the entire organization down with deadly consequences for Ruby and the other children in the League. Worse, crucial information about the virus that has cost the country, and Ruby herself, so much has gone missing. Desperate to gain control over her life and keep the people she cares about safe, Ruby embarks on a desperate mission to track down the missing information even if it will lead her back to Liam Stewart--the boy Ruby thought she'd never see again, the one who won't remember her either way. Ruby has bartered away her own freedom to protect her friends. As she tries again to keep everyone safe, she has to decide how much more she can lose before nothing of the real Ruby is left in Never Fade (2013) by Alexandra Bracken. Never Fade is the sequel to Bracken's novel The Darkest Minds. It is also the second book in this trilogy. This book picks up a few months after the events of The Darkest Minds. It also relies very heavily on events from book one making this a series you should start at the beginning. Bracken strikes a perfect balance between old and new characters here. Readers will recognize some familiar faces (even some surprising ones) from book one. At the same time newer characters that Ruby encounters at the League add a lot to the story with new personalities that jump off the page. Never Fade opens with some intricate action sequences that are a serious departure from the tone and rhythm of book one. However after the action packed opening the story returns to pacing and structure more in line with what readers of The Darkest Minds would expect. It's impossible to say more about the plot without seriously spoiling both this book and the first. Suffice it to say that this one has just as many twists and surprises as the first along with some new locations. Despite the fast-paced plot, the focus remains on the characters as Bracken highlights the changes Ruby (and others) have been forced to make after the events of book one. The characters are also central to this story and a huge part of why this series works. Without ever being overly romantic or twee, Never Fade is a testament to the power of connections even as those bonds are tested and broken. It's not an exaggeration to say this book will break your heart even as it puts the pieces back together. Action and suspense will keep readers turning the pages anxiously but the bonds between Ruby and her friends and the surprising revelations at the ending are what makes Never Fade another sensational read from a great author. Possible Pairings: White Cat by Holly Black, The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan, Graceling by Kristin Cashore, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, False Memory by Dan Krokos, Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin *This book was acquired for review from the publisher at BEA 2013*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
lots of detail though
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is amazing! It is refreshing to finally read a series that is original and does not follow typical dystopian story lines.
smorin More than 1 year ago
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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