The Darkest Minds by Alexandra BrackenThe Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds

byAlexandra Bracken

Hardcover | December 18, 2012

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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 got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government "rehabilitation camp." She might have survived the mysterious disease that killed most of America's children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

But when the truth about Ruby's abilities-the truth she's hidden from everyone, even the camp authorities-comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. On the run, she joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp: Zu, a young girl haunted by her past; Chubs, a standoffish brainiac; and Liam, their fearless leader, who 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.

While they journey to find the one safe haven left for kids like them-East River-they must evade their determined pursuers, including an organization that will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. But as they get closer to grasping the things they've dreamed of, Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

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 h...
Title:The Darkest MindsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1.5 inPublished:December 18, 2012Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grounded in Reality This story is amazing because given current climate, this could potentially happen. Maybe not the powers, but taking children out of their homes? Putting them in concentration camps? Using excessive force against people who are different out of fear of something unfamiliar? I loved this book. It had all of the elements that I like: kids with powers, underdogs rising up, a road trip, humor and so much heart.
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Date published: 2018-03-15
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Date published: 2018-02-06
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Date published: 2018-01-30
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Date published: 2018-01-08
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Date published: 2018-01-02
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Dystopian It took me a little bit to get into this one but once I did, I was able to finish really fast. Great dystopian with a bit of a twist.#plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light and fun read It's hard to find dystopian fiction, so this was a good book to stumble on. It's a fun read, interesting concept, though the main character is a little hard to handle sometimes. Her relationships aren't explored much so you don't have a lot of connection or empathy. I also found a few similarities between this and Kelley Armstrong's The Darkest Powers series which kind of irritated me. Still, a fun series and good twists and turns.
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome The world we are plunged into is very well described. You can totally relate to the characters and the story is really interesting. I couldn't take my eyes off the pages. It does take a while to read because there is a lot of information to process at first
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I think I cried at the end of each book in the series. This book was such an important read for me since it just because it pulled me right in from the start and kept me thinking and contemplating the entire time! The characters were astonishing and the plot twists were definitely surprising!
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I've been wanting to read this series for so long and i'm so glad I finally started!! The relationships and the diversity in the personalities made everything work so well together. This whole book put me through so many emotions... THE ENDING. In the end really enjoyed this and would definitely recommend
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG OMG I loved this book so much! I was enraptured the entire time. It wasn't a quick read, but I think that has more to do with how much substance there is in this book and it's a lot to take in. The characters were amazing and I love how flawed Ruby is. Already recommended this to my friend and she loved it too :)
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from That ending though! For the majority of this novel, I would have rated this book a 3-3.5 star. I was enjoying the read but felt that it was slower paced but had a lot of descriptions and details of the world that the characters were living in. However, the last quarter of the novel (the last few chapters really) sold the whole book for me. This section was INTENSE but also proved that the slower portion in the beginning was necessary to become invested in each individual character. I didn't realize how invested I was until the end! Seriously! I loved the main group of Zu, Chubs, Liam, and Ruby. Alexandra Bracken did amazing in creating this story and writing these characters to be unique with each of their own personalities. I'm very interested in reading the sequel because I don't where this one will go. I don't want to give any spoilers in this review either so it's difficult to speculate. This read definitely left off quite climactic so I will be picking up the next one very soon!
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Darkest Minds series has been one of my most anticipated reads for a very long time. I've had all the books since In The Afterlight was released and I've been building up the courage to finally pick them up. I'm so happy to report that I thoroughly enjoyed the first one and can't wait to devour the rest of the series. This story's little band of characters - Ruby, Liam, Chubs and Zu - are hands down my favourite part. Ruby had been alone for so long and my heart was so overwhelmed with feelings as she began opening up more and putting her trust in other people. While Chubs takes a little bit longer to warm up to a new kid joining their group, Liam and Zu have their hearts on their sleeves and welcome her with open arms. It took me aback that despite being surrounding by such constant darkness, there were characters who still saw the bright sides to situations. This group cares so deeply for one another, would do anything to keep each other safe, and above all, happy. They're all looking to maintain some little happiness as best they can, and they truly attain that with each other. Ruby starts thriving in her new found family, but that's not before she suffers through some terrible isolation. So unsure of herself and her powers, she finds the best coping mechanism is to not get close to anyone for fear of what she can't control. I sympathized so much for Ruby and could feel her loneliness through the pages. This girl develops into a tough cookie over the course of the story and I'm really excited to see what kind of butt kicking she accomplishes in the sequels. The concepts of the kids' powers was really interesting and we get a good glimpse of what can happen but I'd really like to see Never Fade push the envelope and deliver some wicked action scenes. The Darkest Minds really impressed me and I can see this series quickly becoming a favourite of mine. Never have I been so grateful to have a sequel already in my hands because that final scene broke my heart into a thousand pieces and I'm so desperate to know what happens next.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE THIS! AMAZING! This book was super easy to get into and the world was great. Getting to know these characters was a blast and super interesting. I love this!
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This is an amazing book. It takes a little bit to get started, but the introduction to everthing is pretty important and still very interesting! I love the characters so much!
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Over hyped I know the concept is interesting, but I thought this book was very slow
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I enjoyed this you will not to stop reading this. Intriguing and suspenseful throughout
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I enjoyed it I read this last year and i had a very fun time with it! Would recommend!
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I enjoyed it I had really high expectations going in to this book because of all the hype surrounding it. I must say that I enjoyed it. There is a slow burn romance rather than the usual insta love we get from these types of books. The plot was interesting, the abilities weren't too well explained and i still don't know what some of the colors do but i'm hoping the next book will clarify
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed this book! I read this book a couple of years ago, but I just recently finished the series. Alexandra Bracken created such a cool world in the Darkest Minds Series. I really love how real it all felt, and how honest the reactions from the adults felt. The characters and plot were so so good and the series ends on such a good point that you just have to pick up the next book NEVER FADE. If you liked this book I suggest reading the novellas from THROUGH THE DARK in the reading order that Alex has on her website. That's how I read them and I think it makes the whole series even better, but you don't have to read the novellas, and you would still love this series! Would recommend to anyone who loves anything YA! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really liked it! The Darkest Minds is an action packed novel making you want answers for the serious suspense unleashed within the first few chapters. I've been in a reading slump for about a month now, taking almost double the amount of time it usually takes me to finish a novel. I think The Darkest Minds has finally brought me out of it. I mean that ending! I have to get the next book soon because that cliff hanger is not working for me. I literally stopped reading on the second last page to shout "WHYYYY!!!" The plot was absolutely amazing. I was enthralled from the very beginning and I had a very hard time putting it down when life got in the way of my reading schedule. I loved the concept of this book. I mean, unexplained powers divided into five colour categories, and then a girl escaping a camp where she has been forced to live in for 6 years after she concealed her identity of being a dangerous orange? I should have picked this book up a long time ago. I was surprised at how easy the world was to follow. Usually when you have a whole new classification system for people in a book, it takes a while for the world to sink in. But I was able to understand very quickly, as all the world building was very well explained. I give mad props to the author because the world of The Darkest Minds is mega-complicated. The characters were great but they weren't outstanding. I mean don't get me wrong they were strong characters with lots of personality growth but there was nothing that made them unique from the sea of characters that I read from everyday. Very often it seems characters from dystopian novels run the same route. It's hard to find characters that are a step up from all the other books competing for a spot on the unique factor. I wish I could have connected with them more but for some reason I just couldn't. I did like Ruby though, she was my favourite by far. I couldn't help but cheer her on as she struggled with her inner self and accepting her new abilities. Her personality stood out the most for me, I just wish I could have connected to her more. I am giving this book 4 stars for the amazing plot and I am definitely going to pick up the second book in this trilogy very soon. I definitely recommend this novel to everyone who loves YA Dystopian.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing & Engaging This was a great read! It's another young-adult, dystopian novel where a mysterious epidemic has spread. This causes many to Americans die. Surviving children gain "super-powers" like telekinesis, and they are sent to rehabilitation camps. The main character is Ruby, and we follow her adventure after escaping Thurmond. On the run, she meets new friends. Together, they must find a way to stop inimical forces.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MY FAV BOOK EVER <3 Loved the characters. Read it in one day. 10/10 WOULD RECOMMEND!
Date published: 2017-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THIS IS THE BEST BOOK IN THE WORLD I recently read this book, and didn't have high expectations, boy was I wrong. IT WAS AMAZING! I love the adventures they had, and I absolutely LOVE Liam! Everyone should give it a chance, you'll love it!
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intense This book was intense in a way that makes you want to keep reading. I loved this book, with all its mystery and adventure and plot twists. Definitely a must read!
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from definitely enjoyed reading this book when i first read it. then i forced my way through the sequel and just gave up at the third book. i think it's a problem with the pacing, because i loved the characters and the plot and just everything about these books
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from definitely enjoyed it when i first read it. then i forced my way through the sequel and just gave up at the third book. i think it's a problem with the pacing, because i loved the characters and the plot and just everything about these books
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! This novel was interesting, fast paced and I will definitely read the next installment. #indigoemployee
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Engaging I picked up The Darkest Minds and was instantly engrossed by the writing, world, and characters. I loved every page of this book, and the rest of the sires is just as excellent. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good introduction This was a good starter to the series and I cannot wait to see what the second and third books bring! Totally love Liam and his crew.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW I have no idea why I didn't pick this up sooner. At first I was a little hesitant to pick it up because the story seemed kind of like it was going to be centered on the romance aspect, but it wasn't and I was pleasantly surprised. I also loved how action packed everything in the book was and that there was no moment in the book where the characters seemed to be safe. There were also aspects of this book that seemed realistic even in the midst of everything. Like how the government made Camp Thurmond sound like such a nice place to put children and the government ignored any signs of how bad the schools really were, which we see a lot in the history of residential schools. I also appreciated that the characters were diverse. The character development was really well done, and Ruby's character wasn't super insecure to the point where she was annoying but a good amount which some authors cannot pull off. The other characters were also enjoyable and hilarious! I loved this book so much and can't wait to see what Alexandra Bracken has for me in the next book.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING God, I don't even remember why or how I got into this series, but I have never regretted it. Okay, maybe once or twice, but that's only because it was so angsty and amazing that I cried. Really spectacular read--brilliant concepts and characters. :)
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! I loved this book and would defiantly recommend it.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! A fantastic read. It had me on the edge of my seat for most of the ride! Will definitely read the sequel.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed ** spoiler alert ** I was pretty disappointed by this book. Seeing all the gifsets and reviews and everything I've heard about this book I was so ready to fall in love with it but I didn't. And that sucks. But maybe it just wasn't for me. 1. The setting. I think that the economy downfall and the post apocalyptic sci fi setting kind of didn't work with me. I think it should have just stuck with one over the other but instead of just going straight to the post apocalypse they just kind of hovered there and that didn't sit right with me. 2. Characters. None of them were appealing to me. Maybe it's because it's been a while but I can't remember any of their names. Except Chuck. I liked him. A lot more then the white bread love interest who was really boring and not at all appealing to me.Neither was the lead. Ruby I think. I sympathized with her at first but she quickly lost that sympathy when she was nothing to root for. 3.Romance. I wanted her to be with Chuck. There was chemistry and companionship there that I loved. There was nothing between her and white bread. 4. Implied sexual assault. The number of times that she tried to keep away from others (especially guys) and they ignored this discomfort to shift closer to her made me really uncomfortable. If it happened once I might have been able to let it slide but it happened a lot. And she just let it happen for the most part. And with the president's son at the end where he may have raped her for all we know but that she brushed it off and we never found it out. That bugs me. That really bugs me. 5. The plot. There really wasn't any. You know in apocalypse books and there is a goal to it all and something to build to? I never felt that. It didn't seem to go anywhere. It was just there and that made it hard for me to root for the story and the characters. I gave it two stars instead of one because it was a fascinating idea and because the moment when she took her parents memories and the escape from the "camp" were pretty striking with me. Plus I was going through a dark time when I read this so that may have influenced it. And I will probably try the second to see if it works but I am not having it at the top of my to do list.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED IT I have been searching for a good new book series to read for so long, then my friend told me about the Darkest minds. At first, I was hesitant to read it, but then I decided to give it a try and I could literally NOT PUT THE BOOK DOWN. It was so amazing. It has all he things I like in books, which are Action, Romance, and Adventure. EVERYONE SHOULD BUY THIS BOOK BECAUSE ITS SOOOOOO AMAZING
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Extremely Creative Alternate Universe This was awesome! A dark alternate universe where kids with superpowers are seen as enemies and imprisoned and tormented. I love the way the powers were divided, and the world building was fantastic. The characters are all amazing, with Ruby being a strong, realistic protagonist, Liam being charming, strong, loyal, and absolutely wonderful, and Zu and Chubs being fantastic sidekicks. I can't say that I was happy with the ending– if this had been a standalone book, I would've been PISSED. But I am totally invested in this series now and want to see where it goes from here! I miss Liam already!
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! I have never read anything like this before! The plot is so interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed every second of reading this book. There are plenty of twists and turns in this series to keep readers on the edge of their seats. Alexandra Bracken has a gift and it should be shared with the world.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from i loved this book This book was honestly really good, it had characters that are very lovable and the situations that they were put in are really shocking and you can see how the characters work together and how their relationships form.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh... The characters in this book fell flat for me. I didn't really connect to any of them. Yeah, there were times where I did feel bad for them, or was shocked at what happened, but overall, they just fell flat. The only character I really enjoyed was Chubs. I felt like there wasn't too much action, but there was many plot twists, which I did enjoy! Most parts of the book, like the characters, fell flat for me. Not many scenes really sparked my interest. Despite all of these negative things I'm saying, this book was a decent read, and I am planning on continuing on with the series (in hopes that it improves)! This particular book just wasn't for me, but I think anyone who is even a little bit interested in reading it should definitely give it a read!
Date published: 2016-04-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty Predictable This wasn't a bad book per say. I didn't mind reading it, but I thought it was pretty predictable. I felt like I knew everything that was going to happen before it did. Maybe I just have some latent mind powers though. You never know. I didn't really connect with the characters and I thought the relationships weren't as fleshed out as they could be. I didn't feel the love between Liam and Ruby as much as I wanted to and I felt it even less between Clancy and Ruby. I thought the best described relationship was between Ruby and Zu. So yay for female friendships! But I would have liked there to be more. It felt like there were missing scenes for me to believe that these characters were all friends and for Liam and Ruby to be so connected (because they weren't "in love" which was actually a nice touch), but the ending didn't make me sad, it just made me shrug and say well I'm sure they will be together eventually. Clancy wasn't a surprise to me at all. You know why? Because there always has to be the token good guy and the token bad guy for the heroine to choose between. Why can't both guys be good and nice for once. Like I would like to surround myself with Peeta Mellarks and just live out that life. I am taking a stand against the "bad boy but not for me" trope and saying "NOPE I'M NOT HERE FOR THIS" because ugh. I'm sure we will see more of Clancy though so yay. I thought there was some weird pacing and the beginning was really slow. I thought maybe there was going to be more about the powers and their development because isn't that what the book is about? But no, we got minimal exploration into the powers and really minimal "powers" in general. The most that we saw of the use of powers was at the end or in random bursts from Ruby. I would have liked the training sessions with Clancy to be more drawn out because I kind of didn't believe the ending. I thought Ruby had way too much control for what we had seen from her before to do what she did at the end. But this is still a solid book. There is a pretty predictable and followed through plot happening from what I can tell. It's a trilogy but it feels like it probably could be a duology in my opinion. But I will be continuing and I will have more thoughts. And I am told I will probably like Vida. So here's to hoping!
Date published: 2016-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This book blew me away.
Date published: 2016-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow... At first I was completely drawn into this book and series. As originally I was just looking for something new to read. But at a bit past half way, I wasn't sure I even enjoyed where the storyline was going. But I immensely enjoyed the ending chapters and over all story. Can't wait for the next one.
Date published: 2015-10-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Strong start I know exactly why I picked up this book.....that cover. I love that cover. I seriously could not request this book fast enough. The combination of music and death as the focus of the story was just calling to me. I don't even understand why a book's cover is still so important to me since I do almost all of my reading on a kindle....but it is. I ended up thinking that this was a decent book but in my mind it never quite lived up to the cover. This book started out really strong for me. Beth is part of a band that happen to be a close group of friends. Her boyfriend is missing and most people believe that he may be dead. Beth proves to be a fighter very early in the book when she finds herself in a position to fight off a would be rapist. There was just the right balance of dark and mystical things going on to really hook me. Then Beth is accepted at a boarding school for musically gifted teens and the book took on an all too average feel for me. Everyone at the school has some type of special ability and Beth must learn about what she is really capable of doing. The mystery surrounding the school and Beth's abilities kept my interest to a point but the book became much easier to put down after the opening scenes. At times I really liked Beth but there were also times that I couldn't connect with her at all. None of the other characters in the book really stood out either. The boarding school that Beth went to should have been really exciting but it just felt so average to me. I did find the connection between Beth and Vincent to be interesting. I think that Xavier's character had a lot of potential and I feel like he has an interesting story to tell but he just didn't get enough time in the story for that to be fully developed. I thought that this was an okay story that I am glad that I read. This is the first book by Lisa Amowitz that I have read. I am not sure whether I will continue with this series right now. There were a few interesting threads that I would like to see picked up in the sequel so I may give book #2 a chance. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Spencer Hill Press via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
Date published: 2015-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING this book is amazing you definitely should read it its very unique and cool trust e you won't regret buying it!!!
Date published: 2015-10-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from take it or leave it I could either take this book or leave it. It had a lot of potential but really it was nothing special. Ruby could erase my memory of it and that would be ok with me.
Date published: 2015-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Action packed with a touch of romance The characters are lovable and their development through out the book is fantastic. This book could easily be made into a TV show!
Date published: 2015-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book :) :) great book
Date published: 2014-11-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not sure what all the hype is about... i thought it was slow and i really didn't like the writing. protagonist ruby was ok. i don't find her intriguing or very interesting. in fact none of the characters besides zu i really cared about. i thinnk zu is the main reason i stuck through the entire book there were a few times i wanted to give in and forget it. bought this due to all the raving reviews from chapters and good reads for the beach in dominican republic. i found i was more interested in reading magazines than this book. i knew right away after 50 pages i wasn't going to invest time any money or time into the series. i was really hoping it would pick up, but i found it mediocre. by page 380 it picked up a bit and i went through the book faster. now that i am finished i don't think i'll be moving on to the sequel. although the end of this book is better i liked what bracken did with the ending. she needed to do that to continue on with the series. in the end it moved to slow for me. i've been reading so many first books of so called great YA series and nothing has compared to hunger games or the lunar chronicles. i'm looking for a book with action, growing up, hope, love, loss and most importantly plot originality. (i just listed all aspects of YA series) move along this book is over hyped.....maybe it's just me. but nothing special here.
Date published: 2014-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must-read! If you ever see this book at Chapters, GRAB IT. This book will suck you in to the apocalyptic world it protrays and leaves you dangling with action, suspense and kindling love. The ending made me cry a bit, and if it doesn't bring a tear to your eye, then you have no heart. I loved how the author made the sweet innocent children we all know and love into cold-blooded killers and protective, nurturing adults into evil spineless cowards.
Date published: 2013-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Recommend! Amazing book/series. A must read!
Date published: 2013-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book is crazy good, you need to read it.
Date published: 2013-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suspenseful & Thrilling Introduction to Trilogy! The Darkest Minds may have been my first time reading a novel by Alexandra Bracken, but it certainly won't be my last! I was completely intrigued by the concept of teens gaining special abilities and then feared by adults because they're not "normal" anymore. Set in the near future, The Darkest Minds is a dark imagining of a post-apocalyptic America that is crumbling apart. After she accidentally erased her friend's memories a year ago, Ruby has since then been terrified to speak or get close to anyone, afraid her uncontrollable powers will hurt someone she cares about again. When Thurmond begins new tests to discover any of the more dangerous kids remaining in hiding within the "rehabilitation camp", Ruby is given an opportunity to escape. On the run, she meets Liam, Zu and Chubs, a group of runaways who escaped their own camp to search for East River, rumoured to be a safe haven for teens like them who the government is so adamant to capture. There may be many thrilling, action-packed scenes in The Darkest Minds, but I think it's the empathy you feel for Ruby, as she struggles to accept herself and break down the barriers she's erected, which will draw you in most as a reader. I loved watching her tremendously grow as a character as the story progressed. Ruby begins as a girl weakened by fear, but emerges a strong young woman by the end of the novel, one who doesn't back down from making difficult decisions. She's a lot more powerful than she even realizes, and it's with Liam's help that she begins to open her heart again. Liam is a warm and kind person, always seeing the best in people despite living in a cruel world where everyone only thinks about their own survival. I absolutely loved Alexandra Bracken's The Darkest Minds and couldn't set the book down for even a moment! The ending left me gasping in shock and my heart anguished, so I'm desperately awaiting the release of Never Fade, the second novel in the trilogy! You can also read this review at:
Date published: 2013-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC! 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.
Date published: 2013-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compelling Read I ripped right though this book - I loved the premise of the kids all getting strange powers around the age of 10 and that Ruby was one of the dangerous ones. It was horrifying to think of how people had reacted to the situation. It shows how people can deteriorate and do horrible things they never thought possible in scary situations. I liked Ruby and really felt for her. I could see why she stayed quiet and tried not to attract attention, even when she disappointed others. Then she escaped and things changed. Ruby evolved. She became almost a new person, though she still kept her old self with her, kind of like most of us when challenged. Sometimes her lack of confidence or the fact that she was hiding a big secret did get frustrating, however. Her relationship with Liam, Suzume and Chubs. These were definitely some of the best parts of the book. These were all great characters. And the romance between Ruby and Liam was nice - it was great to have a romance where the boy is not moody and controlling, even though his is gorgeous and tough. I also enjoyed some of the twists in the book - they were clever. And the ending... I won't say anything, but I can't wait to read the next in the series.
Date published: 2013-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good! 4.5 maple leaves! =D The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken made me feel so many emotions! I felt panic, tenderness, horror and happiness. This novel goes from heart-wrenching to heart-racing moments and Good Lord! I enjoyed all the ups and downs and loops Miss Bracken delivered on the first installment of this brand new series! When Ruby was ten years old, a virus killed most of the children's population of the US. Just a few children were not affected by the virus (or maybe they were, but they reacted in a totally different way) In fact, the surviving children developed extraordinary abilities and were soon taken by the government that isolated them into camps. Here, children were classified by colors. Blue and greens and yellow were the ones whose skills weren't too dangerous, while red and orange were a threat. Treated like a slave, Ruby spent 6 years in one of these camps until one day, someone helped her to escape. The whole concept and story of The Darkest Minds left me totally speechless. The children's camps, the different organizations such as The League, the PSFs, the freaking and cruel government, and project Jamboree (which I never saw coming) added a lot of content to the plot. In addition, the characters are amazing. They are multi-layered and full of charm! I love Ruby as the narrator and protagonist. I also love Liam as love interest but I specially love him because of his good and tender heart (he just the sweetest guy ever!). I love Chubs, too. He is funny, and geek, and made me laugh more than a few time. Zu is adorable. She is the cutest little girl and I strongly wish to see her in the next book. While we have so many great good characters, there is one boy who is very unsettling, his name is Clancy Grey. However, It was very hard for me to believe in this character. Was he too perfect? Yes. How does he know so much? How did he get all that wisdom? (specially after everything he went through at the camp. Needless to mention the bunch of studies they used the poor kid for). He was definitely too good to be true and it didn't make any sense, and for a moment, I thought miss Bracken was not doing a very good job with this character. But then, the author totally surprised me with a complex character development that went beyond my expectations. In fact, Clancy's complexity reflects the traumas he's been through as well as the role he plays in the novel. The More Ruby interacted with Clancy, the more she got to know him, and the more I started to realize that my first judgment was completely wrong. Miss Bracken perfectly added tones of details that perfectly fit together, polishing a solid character that greatly satisfied me. However, there is one little detail that bugs me. **spoiler alert** that by the end of the book, Ruby suddenly knew how to perfectly use her skills. She spent so much time training with Clancy, yet unable to control her power (not even when she most needed it at the most dangerous time, not even to when she needed to defend Liam from Clancy), so I just don't get it how she figured it. For Ruby, It seems that everything just "clicked" but I wish I had an explanation. **end of spoilers** Regardless the one and only concern I have about Ruby's power, I certify that The Darkest Minds is an excellent novel and amazing start to a new series! The Darkest Minds the perfect novel to end this 2012 that has been full of phenomenal releases! (Count this one among them! ;)
Date published: 2012-12-04

Editorial Reviews

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