The Darkest Minds
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: December 18th 2012
Genre: YA Dystopia
My Rating: 3 Starfish
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. - Summary and cover image from Goodreads
This book has been talked about a lot recently, and so I went out and bought a copy. I liked it for the most part, but it didn't strike me as anything spectacular.
The beginning sucked me in immediately. Our main character, Ruby, is stuck in a concentration camp that holds kids with lethal powers. One of my favorite subjects in school was history, and I loved learning about wars, especially the holocaust. This book had that kind of feel, so I was really interested to see where the story would go.
The plot was fairly fast- paced at the beginning and the end, but it dragged considerably in the middle. I felt myself losing focus in the story and then I would have to make a conscience effort to bring myself back. I got distracted a lot because they were on a long road trip where hardly anything happened. But once the characters made it to the "safe haven", it picked up again.
I liked Ruby most of the time. In the beginning, she was a bit of a wuss, but she did a lot of brave things throughout the rest of the book, and she grew stronger because of that.
Now ladies, don't go forming an angry mob and chasing after me with your pitchforks. Just hear me out, okay? I didn't like Liam at all. I am extremely picky about my leading men, and Liam was kind of flat and boring to me. He wasn't that complex or interesting. He had a lot of good qualities, and I do hope that he and Ruby end up together, so I'm not saying that he was a bad character. He just wasn't my cup of tea.
Zu was really cute. She had an innocence about her that drew me in. Chubs was definitely my favorite sidekick. At first he was being a jerk, but after a while, I fell in love with his sarcasm and humor. Chubs and Ruby's relationship was beyond adorable!
Now LADIES, don't start hatin' on me for what I'm about to say.... I loved Clancy. I don't love him as a love interest for Ruby, that's not what I mean. But I won't say anything else about him other than that he was the most fascinating character in the story. I don't want to spoil anything for those of you who haven't read the book yet.
If you've been hesitating to pick up The Darkest Minds, then you should hesitate no more! This story was fun and exciting. And if you don't want to read it for the storyline, or for the romance, then read it for Clancy.