Saturday, August 16, 2014

Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Title: The Darkest Minds.
Author: Alexandra Bracken.
Series: Yes. #1
Pages: Hardcover. 488.
Source: Shelf.
Genre: Young Adult | Dystopian | Sci-Fi
Published Date:  December 18th 2012
Publisher: Disney Hyperion

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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.

My Thoughts:

This book was absolutely crazy. Insane. Practically never offering a moment of peace. As I was reading there was always the question, "What's going to happen next?" I was so intrigued with the plot line. However, I will admit that the first 100 pages or so were a bit slow-ish. Not outrageously so, but enough that it took me a little while too get into. After those first few chapters though, I was hooked; everything was so wild and every second I worried that something bad was going to happen. It's been quite some time since I've been on an emotional roller coaster like this book put me though. And the ending? Ugh. That cliffhanger. For a good while I didn't know what to do with my life. So many feels that I thought I was going to go crazy.

“The most important thing you ever did was learn how to survive. Do not let anyone make you feel like you shouldn't have.” 
         - Cate to Ruby (pg. 71)

I loved the main characters of this book. I love the sass. I love the trust and companionship that builds between each of them. However there were some decisions of Ruby's that succeeded only at annoying me. I got frustrated with Ruby's development even though, at the same time, I understood her reasoning's. Perhaps that was just me. Maybe I'm a little picky about things. But even my finicky attitude couldn't deny the epicness of this story. One thing about the book did throw me off. I read the synopsis before starting the book, something I don't always do, and as I read I realized how different the story was compared to what I expected it to be. I really appreciate when an author can surprise me. I'm the type of person who will make all sorts of deductions while I'm reading. 
And sometimes, when I'm really on a roll, I'll get some guesses right which will turn out to be slightly depressing. But with this book that never happened. It was exhilarating. I couldn't even being to guess what would happen next. I feel a round of applause is in order. There were times, while I was reading the book, that the writing style would confuse me a bit. On occasions I found myself having to reread things in order to understand what was going on, but even with it's semi-confusing writing style, I still really enjoyed reading this book. I'm both excited and terrified to pick up the second one. I'll have to prepare myself mentally and emotionally for all the feels I know it's going to give me.


  1. Is it just me, or is everyone reading this book right now? Sorry to hear that the first few pages were a bit slow, but it sounds good from there on out. I might have to pick this one up soon!


    1. Are they? It could be because the third book is coming out in October. The first few chapters are a bit slow, but nothing that isn't worth pushing through. The book is actually very entertaining. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. I think you should definitely give this a try. You could end up loving it. (:


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