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Monday, December 9, 2013

Book Review | The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Title: The Darkest Minds
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Publication: December 18th, 2012
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Source: Bought it

Rating: 5 out 5 stars


Synopsis: 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. 


Review: I haven't heard a bad thing about this book so far, and you won't find a bad word here either. This book left me speechless and feeling so many different things that I simply couldn't compute, in a good way. Let's start with the unique storyline. I haven't read any books that are similar to this one with the world that exists in this book. I love reading stories about kids or people with abilities and this one was no exception. The difference, however, lies in the fact that abilities were seen as something that cannot come to be and must be repressed.

The strength of all of these characters were incredible. The kids with abilities are treated very poorly and I was constantly amazed at the strength of each of the characters to push through and remain hopeful that things could change for them. I dearly appreciated each and everyone of the characters in this book and Liam has earned a very special spot in my heart. A boy that is good, kind and sensible is often hard to come across in YA lit, but this guy is a special one for those reasons! 

The adventure in this book had me turning page, after page yearning to know what happens next. This is a survival road trip - two of my favorite type of stories combined to make an epic journey Ruby, Liam and their companions have to go on. I read this book quickly as I simply could not put it down, I HAD to know what was going to happen next. 

This tale will ride by fast when you have to keep turning pages to satisfy the urge to know what happens next, but it's a story that will stick with you and characters that will nestle themselves into your heart. 



Have you read this one and if so, what did you think of it? Any good adventures that you've read lately? Or characters that have made a special place in your heart?








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