Nov 3, 2013

Book Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Title: The Darkest Minds
Series: The Darkest Minds, #1
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Publication Date: December 18, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
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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:

A book that had me confused and hooked at the same time. It was slow at first, part where my confusion starts to ascend and descend all throughout, but it's the slow-kind of book that won't let you put the book down. The plot really gives off the dystopia effect but what had me intrigued and interested in this was the abilities of the characters. And some these characters are pretty complex in personality and I never thought I'd end up liking some of them.

Not everyone, in the book, has this unique ability or power over the things around them. They're classified in colors, depending on what your special power is but there's one color that people fear, even the government who's responsible for "taking care" of this kind, and people who are classified into this color comes in a small package. Either they're taken down or taken away. Ruby, one of the main characters, is among these people and she's escaping some facility then runs into a trio of different colors that are also escaping and together they took on the road to some safe place.

The road trip was one thing that I find slow because I've been flipping the pages and they're usually on the road. I get that looking for their destination was a hard task but it almost had me going through a reading slump. Though I still proceeded because there's action in almost every checkpoint they go through and it makes the story interesting. I have liked the people Ruby's been with: Zu, Chubs and Liam. Of course, I liked Ruby too. I might reread this to really get into the story. Starting this book while riding on a plane was a bad idea. But it didn't keep me from wanting more.

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