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The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds Series #1)

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by Alexandra Bracken
     
 

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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

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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.

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Publishers Weekly
Ruby was nine years old when the IAAN virus struck, killing an estimated 98% of adolescents across the U.S. Many of those who survived developed psychic abilities and face a perilous future, locked in brutal work camps. There are five categories of survivors, ranging from the less threatening Greens and Blues, with photographic memories and telekinetic powers, to the more powerful and dangerous Oranges and Reds. Ruby, now 16, is an Orange who has posed as a Green, and struggles to control her ability to see into others’ minds. When an antigovernment group breaks Ruby out of her camp, it’s the first step on a violent, unpredictable journey during which she forms a family of sorts with a group of fellow runaways. Bracken (Brightly Woven) has created a gritty, economically devastated near-future America where children are hunted and feared, and danger lurks even in the aisles of an abandoned Wal-Mart. Ruby is a strong and sympathetic heroine, and the story’s quick-paced action leads to a heartbreaking cliffhanger that will have readers eager for the next book in this planned trilogy. Ages 12–up. Agent: Merrilee Heifetz, Writers House. (Nov.)
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A mysterious disease has killed most of America's children, and those few who survived have developed stunning new powers, including telekinesis and mind control. Suddenly terrified of its own children, the government rounds up the young survivors, confining them in camps where they are strictly monitored and controlled. Sixteen-year-old Ruby, imprisoned since her tenth birthday, has been keeping secret the true extent of her mind-control powers. Rescued by the Children's League, she quickly realizes that the League has plans of its own for her future and escapes her rescuers, joining up instead with a ragtag group of fellow fugitives led by would-be hero Liam. On the run from government agents, bounty hunters, League members, and even other runaways, Ruby and her companions search for the Slip Kid, the leader of an underground safe house for kids. The Slip Kid turns out also to have an agenda, and Ruby is faced with deciding how much she will sacrifice for her future and her freedom. Heart-wrenching but completely riveting, the novel pulls no punches, creating a bleak world where the best that children can hope is to escape those who would imprison or manipulate them is the best that children can hope for. Resisting the urge to overexplain, Bracken carefully employs hints and flashbacks to reveal essential background information, and the gradual revelation of the story's many secrets ratchets up the anxiety. The resolute harshness, though, is tempered by genuine emotional connections between the survivors and playful banter between friends; a blossoming romance emerges between Ruby and Liam but never overshadows Ruby's personal emotional journey. Fans of the darker elements of Collins' The Hunger Games (BCCB 11/08) and Shusterman's Unwind (BCCB 2/08) will want to pick up this inventive new take on the science fiction survival story. AM—BCCB

Imagine a not-too-distant future in which 98 percent of America's 10- to 17-year-olds have fallen victim to disease, and the remaining 2 percent are imprisoned in "rehabilitation camps," thanks to a paranoid government that fears the powers they possess. In this haunting novel, 16-year-old Ruby joins up with a small group of fellow camp escapees in search of the Slip Kid, a near-mythical figure who promises shelter and protection for kids on the run. Ruby is hoping for even more-someone to help her understand and control the tremendous power she possesses. Bracken (Brightly Woven, 2010) creates a gripping and terrifying dystopian world. Ruby is a reluctant heroine, strong yet vulnerable in equal measure, who will endear herself to readers. Each member of the small band of runaways traveling with Ruby is equally compelling and distinct, making the danger they face all the more terrifying. If readers can force aside nagging questions about the origins of these empowered teens and any implied connection between their powers and the illness claiming their peers, they are in for a great ride. Be prepared-the darkest minds do indeed "hide behind the most unlikely faces." (Dystopian thriller. 14 & up)—Kirkus

In the not-so-distant future, most of America's children have died; but those who live find that they have psychic abilities that range from moving objects to getting inside people's minds. Sixteen-year-old Ruby, using her powers as an Orange, has escaped the survivor facility she has lived in for six years. She has also used her abilities to make the doctors believe she is a more docile Green. Now Ruby intends to keep her secret, even from new friends, including handsome Liam, persnickety Chubs, and the mute but sweet, young Zu. This ragged band searches the Virginia countryside in hopes of finding the Slip Kid, who seems to have outsmarted the government. Instead they find trouble on almost every turn of the page, but eventually discover what seems to be a youth utopia. Bracken is skilled at ramping up the action, but there is so much going on here, it's hard to keep it all straight. Still, the character development is good, and the book's ability to tackle larger issues is solid. In the end, Ruby must make an important decision. Then it's on to book two. - Ilene Cooper—Booklist

Gr 9 Up In this dystopian future, most preadolescents and adolescents are dead, brought down by a new disease, Idiopathic Adolescent Acute Neurodegeneration. Ruby Daly and other survivors from her town are taken to Camp Thurmond by the Psi Special Forces to be tested, categorized, and, according to the PR, "rehabilitated." There is no rehabilitation, though, in the concentration camps for young people with special powers, just drudgery and punishment. Ruby hides a secret from the PSF she is not a Green, but an Orange, someone who can affect other people's minds. Members of the Children's League help her to escape but she is soon on the run from them as well when she learns that they intend to use her to commit violence. She joins the small band of Liam and Chubs, who are telekinetics, or Blues, and Zu, who is a Yellow, a person who can control electricity and machinery. Together the four seek East River, a sanctuary whose leader, the Slip Kid, can supposedly get messages to their parents. Before they can find the camp, they have to evade PSF soldiers, bounty hunters, and the Children's League, as well as solve the riddle of its location. While this story is full of action, it is also given depth by the difficult choices that Ruby faces. There are some fairly disturbing events and images (torture, rape, blood splattering, etc.). This book is a natural for dystopia fans but romance readers will also enjoy the blooming love between Ruby and Liam. Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI—SLJ

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—In this dystopian future, most preadolescents and adolescents are dead, brought down by a new disease, Idiopathic Adolescent Acute Neurodegeneration. Ruby Daly and other survivors from her town are taken to Camp Thurmond by the Psi Special Forces to be tested, categorized, and, according to the PR, "rehabilitated." There is no rehabilitation, though, in the concentration camps for young people with special powers, just drudgery and punishment. Ruby hides a secret from the PSF-she is not a Green, but an Orange, someone who can affect other people's minds. Members of the Children's League help her to escape but she is soon on the run from them as well when she learns that they intend to use her to commit violence. She joins the small band of Liam and Chubs, who are telekinetics, or Blues, and Zu, who is a Yellow, a person who can control electricity and machinery. Together the four seek East River, a sanctuary whose leader, the Slip Kid, can supposedly get messages to their parents. Before they can find the camp, they have to evade PSF soldiers, bounty hunters, and the Children's League, as well as solve the riddle of its location. While this story is full of action, it is also given depth by the difficult choices that Ruby faces. There are some fairly disturbing events and images (torture, rape, blood splattering, etc.). This book is a natural for dystopia fans but romance readers will also enjoy the blooming love between Ruby and Liam.—Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423157373
Publisher:
Disney Press
Publication date:
12/18/2012
Series:
Darkest Minds Series , #1
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
66,090
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.80(d)
Lexile:
870L (what's this?)
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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The Darkest Minds 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 155 reviews.
Brooke-The-Cover-Contessa More than 1 year ago
I received this book from Disney Hyperion to read for an honest review. I want to thank them for sending it to me. Receiving this book for free in no way influenced my opinion or review. Blurb from Goodreads: 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. I'll start with the cover. Simple and to the point, I think. If you read the book, you'll completely understand the use of the Psi symbol on the cover. I like that the color scheme involves on two primary colors. And I really love how the symbol color makes it look like fire. The barbed wire around the bottom and top are perfect in conveying the message of the main characters really being trapped (which you'll understand more when you read the book as I don't want to spoil anything). I have a physical copy of this book and I love the feel of the cover. It's that soft paper. Job well done with the cover. I really wasn't sure what to expect as far as the storyline was concerned. I knew it was kind of a dystopian type read, but I wasn't expecting the supernatural Xmen feel that this book gave. Since I love Xmen type stuff, this one was right up my ally. I love how the characters all have some type of power. I also love how the author chose to use a color system for character classification according to "how dangerous" they were: red being the most dangerous of all. Any story that involves people who are oppressed in some way by the government and choose to fight back is always a good read for me. With all the dystopian reads out there now, it's hard to find one that is different, and this certainly did the job for me. And the fun thing was you went into the story completely blind, without knowing the United States was slowly breaking down and without knowing why it was. And the author's world building is fun and different, giving the reader the opportunity to put the pieces together, rather than bore you with tons of explanations and descriptions. Bracken's writing is crisp and clean. It flows and there are no awkward breaks or places to misunderstand what is going on. She unfolds details in subtle ways and allows the reader to work on building the puzzle within their own mind. She perfectly depicts the darkness and loneliness the characters are experiencing in a world that has pitted people against them for being different. The characters are well thought out in this book. I really love the main heroine, Ruby. I didn't find her to be too annoying with her teen angst and self-pitying as I do with other female main characters in YA books. No annoying whiny voice. She tells us her story and the stories of the other characters through her eyes. And she is as much a mystery to herself as she is to us. As she learns, we learn. As she grows, so do we. She is very relatable and certainly shows the innocence and naiveté of a character who has not been "out in the world" to learn. Liam, well, he's sweet and good looking. Totally patient and unconditionally loving. He's nice to a fault and protective to his own detriment. He's funny and also mysterious. You can't help but fall for him. And watching him slowly fall for Ruby is great. He has a huge heart and is what you would certainly call one of the good boys. Chubs and Zu are terrific supporting characters. Chubs is intelligent and a bit non-trusting. But he slowly grows to accept Ruby and it's great to watch their friendship blossom. And I love how Zu conveys all her thoughts through her actions, as she doesn't speak a word the entire book! Clancy, well, I won't say much about it because it will give away the story. But I knew from the start he just was not what he was cracked up to be. And I could not bring myself to trust him at all. One thing I loved about this book is that it did not revolve around the romance between the two characters. There is no insta-love, which is such a nice treat and far turn from so many other dystopians I have read recently. Sure, it was there, lingering until you are just about to explode if the characters don't give in to each other, but it's not the main theme. The main theme is focused on the character's experiences as they work their way through their powers and learn from each other along the way. And the pace is perfect, fast where it needs to be and slow where you would not expect it to be. And Bracken doesn't hold back on the heartbreak but does give you hope that at some point it will be mended. If you enjoy books like The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Delirium, you will love The Darkest Minds. AS a matter of fact, this book reminded me of one of my favorite reads of the year, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (although there is MUCH less romance in this book than Shatter Me). I am really looking forward to the next book in this series. Thank you again to Disney for providing me with this totally awesome book! 5 out of 5 stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This will be the next Hunger Games or Divergent. Can't wait for the next book! I'm off to research the author now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got hooked on this book about 150 pages in and couldnt put it down! It was absolutely amazing! the ending frustrated me but it made me want to read the next one so much more! I am calling it now, THIS WILL BE THE NEXT BIG THING! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was abslutly amazing, it kept me interested and craveing more the entire story.but to me it had a TERRIBLE ending, i guess i was just expecting somthing diffrent but it just depends on the person i geuss, and useally i woyldnt read a book i fi hear that it has a bad ending but this book is completly defferent and you should take the chanc ebecause over all its the best book ive read in my entire live!!!!!!
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad that I finally had a chance to read this book. And yes, it was freaking awesome! Waking up and finding out the life is not going to be the same is freaky. There is disease going around killing children and yet some children are not dying. Why??? Ruby has the answer to that question. And while I could spoil it for you, I rather have you, the reader, pick up this book and discover why.  And if you do pick up this book, hang on tight. It's going to be one helluva ride! The characters in the book make the story. Following along in Ruby shoes you feel her every emotion, fear, and plea. MY GOD, the plea's is what gets me. The "Please, I'm green." The lonely chant in her head that pleas for her to keep steady, to just hold on a little bit longer. Every time Ruby almost got caught, it had me on the edge of the seat! Every character, even minor ones, contribute to an awesome story that changes Ruby and the reader.  I have to admit that I had no idea what I was going to read when I picked up the book.  MIND BLOWN. I can't wait to read what happens in the sequel cause the ending left me heart-broken and stronger than ever to face what comes next. The Darkest Mind open your eyes to a world that is lead by fear and power.  It captivates the reader with amazing clarity and feel for a dark world. A story that can triumph any reader, The Darkest Mind is superb.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Darkest Minds series is one of the best I have read in a long time. If you liked the Hunger Games, or Divergent, then this is a good book for you. I love the romance, action, and everything about this book. I would recommended to anyone. Great book for any teenager, adult, and anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks for saving me $$$. Dont have to buy it since your reviews gave it all away. WE CAN READ! Don't care that you have nothing better to do then write loooong self serving book reports. Get a grip!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of my favorite books, no questions asked! I could tell that the author really put her heart into this book, and it was worth it! If you get the chance, READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly, this book is one of those few reads that you will always remember and love. It was one of the best books I have ever read. The symbol on the cover is really clever because the psi symbol is a greek symbol with the color orange. I love how the author develops the characters very well. Although she focuses on Ruby and her struggles with her hidden power from the authorities, when she meets Zu, Chubs, and Liam she brings forth the contrasting personalities and how they interact with each other.  Throughout the book you get hints and backstories behind each character that makes you fall in love with them. The author really invests into these characters and the struggles they face in this dystopia society with a corrupt government. My heart experienced a lot of pain in this story, so be ready for mature content because the characters face abuse, violence, and heartbreak. Unlike most dystopia reads that are trending right now, you really understand the characters viewpoints and the plot is unique with concentration-like camps as well as a government trying to take advantage of these traumatized children. Overall, this read was exceptional and I look forward to the next book! I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in dystopian societies, superhuman powers, and great characters. 
abbott123 More than 1 year ago
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken Age Range: 12 and up Grade Level: 7 and up Series: Darkest Minds (Book 1) Hardcover: 496 pages Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (December 18, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1423157370 ISBN-13: 978-1423157373 I received this book from the publisher Hyperion/Disney in exchange for an honest unbiased review. My Review~ After reading this book, I'm absolutely just speechless on how it ended. I keep going through it in my head again and again and can't hardly wait to delve into the next book in the series. The ending leaves you just breathless and on the edge of your seat. The book is very edgy which shows tremendously in the cover! I was wondering what the symbol meant in the book and it was amazingly all revealed. I can not believe all the twists in this book that left you with who is the actual good guy in all the bad guys. I'm still stunned. I just adore Ruby because through everything and even knowing what she is she still is protective of the ones she loves to the very end. This book is even better than the Hunger Games or so far it is the best! Very in-depth read full of action, friendship, sadness, guilt, hope, love, and adventure! This is a great read even for adults who love dystopian reads! All I want to do right now is seriously freak out with- OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG over and over again. I woke up thinking about it this morning and had to re-read the ending which is not normal for me unless it is an absolute page-turner. This book series need to be put into a movie pronto! This budding author sure knows how to deliver one bang up novel can't wait to see what she has in store for Ruby, Liam, Zu, Chubs, and Clancy! All I can keep saying is wow oh wow oh wow! Amazon Book Description~ 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt put this book down, i cant wait for the second one. I really hope the following books are even better then this. Even though some parts were slow and confusing they were worth the adventure.
sarah_says More than 1 year ago
I found a new book to add to my "favorite books EVER" category. The Darkest Minds is a spectacular book, and everyone should read it! It has all the right elements to an alluring and emotional story.  This novel is about children who are forced into these rehabilitation camps because they have special powers, and we follow the story of a girl name Ruby. Although they all have powers, some children are considered more dangerous than the rest because they have the ability to manipulate and control minds-Ruby is one of them. She has been taught all her life to fear her powers, but it was only a matter of time before she embraced them and that is where her story began. The concept of this story is so unsettling and frightening-these teenagers have to fend and protect themselves and one another because the government and their families have turned against them. They are never safe, and it seems like they only have three options: 1. death 2. "rehabilitation" camps 3. live their lives on the run. Life for them is never safe, and that really adds suspense and anxiety to the story. It's like every peaceful moment is nothing more than the calm before the storm because in this world, no place is safe for long. Ruby is always on the run, and I felt as if I was pulled in and running along side with her-that's how much I connected with her character. Liam, Chubs, and Zu were all fantastic and very well developed characters. I love Liam's enthusiasm and his ability to see the silver lining in any situation, despite the thick dark clouds that seem to always hover around him. He's strong and smart, but never arrogant or unkind. He was definitely a sweet character, and all the Ruby and Liam moments had me swooning like a little girl.  Chubs, is one of the my favorite characters, hands down. I love his sarcasm and sometimes upright hostility, but even in the beginning when he didn't like Ruby, there was something about him that I did like-his ability to rationalize even in the murkiest situations. The friendship that he and Ruby created was beautiful, and he is a lot stronger than he seems. The ending to the book had me in tears :( I was stuck between anger and sympathy for Ruby, and we all know that those two feeling are completely conflicting. I need Never Fade right now because all this wondering and speculating in my head cannot be healthy...
Disquietus More than 1 year ago
By the end of its prologue, The Darkest Minds reached a fist into my chest and gripped tight onto my heart, it then proceeded to crush it, and my soul, into tiny little microscopic pieces of dust until the last page. Bleak. Devastating. Brutal. Brilliant. This book will break you apart until you’re a quivering heap of tears and you will still want more. This is what dystopian fiction should be. Ruby’s world is a horrific one. Most of the United States child populations has been killed by a mysterious disease and those who did manage to survive it have developed paranormal psychic abilities. Once the government catches on to this they start rounding the kids up into what are effectively concentration camps, under the guise of “rehabilitation”, outright killing the ones they consider the most dangerous-those ranked as yellows, oranges and reds. It’s without a doubt the most disturbing dystopian world I’ve ever come across and Bracken throws the reader into it without mercy. The writing is brilliant, haunting and utterly draining. There were multiple times when I had to pause my reading to close my eyes and just breathe. Bracken’s world-building is rich in detail, the action is intense, heart-stopping and the story is perfectly paced. However the best and brightest part  is the characters. Ruby, Lee, Chubs, Zu. They were all fantastically built, complex, multidimensional, amazing, lovable. I cannot gush about them enough. Despite trying to keep myself emotionally distant from them because this is one of those worlds in which you just know that nobody is safe, they all wormed their way into my heart. Ruby is precious. I feel so immensely protective of her. She’s suffered through the worst that the human race has to offer, lives in terror and has moments where she feels weak and powerless and yet she is so incredibly brave and resilient. She could have easily let herself drown in self-pity and misery but she never lets it happen and that makes me love her all the more. And the moment when she finally embraces her power is some of the best writing and character development I have ever seen. I was drowning in tears and love and pride.  As for the rest of the group? Lee is just an utterly charming southern boy, brave, loyal and true. Chubs, while frustrating at times, with his tough as nails attitude won me over most in the moments when he was tender and vulnerable. And Zu is such a sweet, funny girl. I really appreciated how developed this whole group of character was, and the bond between them all was my absolute favorite part of the story. The sweet blush of romance that develops between Lee and Ruby was also a surprising highlight and felt completely organic, slowly developing over time as they learn to trust each other. This book also holds what might be the creepiest villain I have ever come across. There are actually multiple villains, all with their own secret agendas, another aspect that I really enjoy, but of the two we get to know up close through Ruby’s interactions with them, there was only one that I felt was truly evil. I hear a lot of talk about how Warner (of The Shatter Me series) and the Darkling (of the Grisha trilogy) are the creepiest YA villains but compared to the one in this book they are sweet little puppies. My skin is still crawling and I actually had to force down vomit at two particular moments. TMI I KNOW, but necessary to emphasize my point. The Darkest Minds started with a bang and ended the same. I was left openly sobbing, feeling as if my heart had been wrenched out of my chest and desperate for the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Darkest Minds was one of the best books i've read this summer. All of the pieces fit together, and the characters were all beautifully sculpted. Never has the ending of a book made me cry so hard! Alexandria Bracken could give Nicholas Sparks a run for his money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this and i absolutely love it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing amazing amazing. Such a great and wonderful adventure read. I definitly reccomend this book to you because you need to read it. The story is about a girl named ruby who is basically a mutant and she escapes her camp and goes on along adventure for the slip kid. Such a great read. At times it can make you laugh or cry. I read this book in two days. Check out this book right now a nd buy it and read the whole 488 page book :-) ; p
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!
TurningThePagesBlog More than 1 year ago
Februrary turned out to be a really good reading month for me when it came to reading. I read quite a few amazing books last month and The Darkest Minds was on of them. In fact out of the whole month this was my absolute favourite read. I had had this one on my TBR list since March of 2012 so it was great to finally get my hands on a copy and start reading. I thought that Alexandra Bracken's sophomore young adult novel was an awesome showcase of her talent. I expected this to be the usual dystopian read where the girl has strange powers blah, blah, blah. But I was completely taken by surprise. Instead of the whiney, angsty novel I was expecting I was taken on a fast paced adventure ride. I absolutely loved the story of Ruby. As a character she is near the top of my favourite young adult heroines. She's smart, funny, awkward, and willing to do anything she can to keep her new friends including her love interest Liam safe even if it means making the reader (me) scream at her in frustration at the end of the book. If you've read the book you'll know what I'm referring to. Anyways, back to Ruby. I loved the fact that she struggled with her ability throughout the entirety of the novel. She didn't go from being awkward to a super confident stuck up girl like many characters do after they experience life changing moments which I really appreciated because no one likes a perfect character. The other characters were great too. Even the bad guys. I really liked getting to know Zu, and Chubs. They were both interesting characters though Chubs always seemed to make me laugh at his snarky remarks. Liam though takes the cake when it comes to side characters and love interests though. He's the good guy which I love seeing in young adult noels because I find that the "bad boy" love interest thing is way too over done. I loved how protective he was of Ruby and anyone else who needed his help. The story line was interesting. I liked that it centered around a disease that killed off the majority of Children but left those that remained with certain abilities. Plus the whole segregation of the kids with these abilities from the general public was interesting. The writing of The Darkest Minds was quite spectacular. It was fast paced and had many plot twists that I loved. The fact that it wasn't a straight forward love story but more of a thriller was great. I loved how the author was able to create such real characters that were perfect in the fact that they were flawed like everyone else. I also liked that this was a bit of a darker, more grown up YA novel because the author wasn't afraid of dropping the F-bomb and other expletives every once in a while. The dialogue between her characters was very well done as well it flowed easily and wasn't robotic or forced. What I loved the most was that the story of The Darkest Minds was able to draw me in for hours at a time and left me saddened at the end of the first book wishing there was a sequel readily available for me to read immediately. I'm completely and utterly enthralled with Ruby's story and I really can't wait to see what happens in the sequel when it's released. For me this is probably one of the best YA books I've ever read and I'm so glad I read it when I did. I would recommend this novel to anyone who loves YA novels. There's a bit of romance, a lot of betrayal, violence and will keep you wanting to read into the wee hours of the night. Alexandra Bracken gives a likable female heroine that readers can invest in and one who they'll cheer for.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i first saw the cover i thought it would be a good book. I finished the sample within a matter of minutes and could not put the book( or in this case nook) down! I loved the action and the romance( even though it was a little slow) . However, when the book ended i had a bunch of mixed feelings. I was angry at the fact that one of my favorite characters died and that you know who had to do you know what to free him( LEE) . Overall, my final opinion( even though i was a little upset at the end) is that this is an AWESOME book and i hope that there will be another.
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booktopia 10 months ago
.... Has got to my new favorite book absolutely beautifully written with no holes in the plot that i could find anyway. recommended this to all of my friends and they loved it also. Cant wait for the next one !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
booookworm 11 months ago
SO GOOD
lrhubble More than 1 year ago
Amazing Dystopian Young Adult West Virginia Ruby had something change her when she woke up on her tenth birthday. Frightening enough that her parents end up locking her in the garage and then calling the police. It is also something that got her sent to a brutal government “rehabilitation camp,” Thurmond. A mysterious disease killed most of America’s children but those that survived, including Ruby, emerged different and with something far worse. They have frightening abilities and they can’t control them. At sixteen Ruby is now one of the dangerous ones. Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life when the truth comes out. Ruby is running and desperate. She is looking for the only safe haven for those like her, a haven called East River. When she finds a group of kids that escaped from another camp she joins them. Liam is their leader and is falling hard for Ruby. She can’t risk getting close to anyone no matter how much she aches for Liam. Especially after what happened to her parents. Once they get to East River nothing is as it seems especially its mysterious leader. There are also other forces at work, ones that want Ruby to fight against the government and those people will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight. Ruby is soon faced with a choice, a terrible choice that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living. This is the start of an amazing series that will have readers eagerly reaching for the next book to find out what happens next. It is full of action and suspense with some wonderful characters that make for an unforgettable story that will stay with the reader long after they finish the book. The story takes so many twists and turns that it makes for a book that is completely unpredictable and will have readers devouring it just to see what will happen next. Ruby proves to be a lot braver and stronger than she thinks she is and makes for enjoyable read.
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BookWorm221 More than 1 year ago
After finishing this book I’m left thinking, what took me so long to read it??? Seriously I had it on my tbr shelf for the longest time and when it came the time to pick a new book I always overlooked it, I regret it so much! This is one of the best dystopian/yabooks that I’ve read in a long time, the moment I started reading I couldn’t stop, there’s always something going on, and new thing to learn about this characters. In The Darkest Minds we are introduced to a world where when kids turn 10 years old they start to develop certain abilities, but not all of them survive those first days after turning 10, many of them die, and the one that don’t are send to camps where the government can “help” them get better but in reality they are testing them and keeping them captive out of fear. The kids are separated into colors, from the less threatening, to the one that need to be locked up 24/7, with some quick thinking Ruby get sorted into a non threatening color but in reality she is a orange and has the power to see into people’s minds and sometimes even control her actions. Ruby stays in this camp until she is 16, when a doctor helps her scape, she thinks the doctor and her friends what to help her but she soon discovers that she is wrong and that the government isn’t the only one that wants to have control over her abilities. After scaling from them she meets Zu, Chubs and Liam, three kids who have successfully scape a camp, something never done before, they take her in, even if not all agree with that and together they embark on the search for the Slip Kid someone who really helps kids like them and is starting a society where the kids don’t have to be afraid of anyone. The characters are easily loved, even grumpy Chubs, Zu doesn’t talk but with her expressions she won my heart, and Liam plays the perfect leader. As I said the book is full of action and I loved it, it made it seem go by so quickly. The ending, even though I saw it coming, it killed me! Definitely a worthy ending of such an amazing book. Now I can’t wait to keep reading this series.