Title: The Darkest Minds
Author: Alexandra Bracken
1st Book in the Darkest Minds series
Young Adult Dystopian Science Fiction
When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening 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 had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.
Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have 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 having a life worth living.
Why did I keep pushing back this book is beyond me, I don’t know what’s wrong with me!!! I love this book, this is exactly the kind of dystopian book that I can’t get enough of. There’s a very good plot (I don’t care if it’s not the most original one) The characters are believable in their reactions, there’s so many conspiracies and people to distrust that your head spins.
“The Darkest Minds tend to hide behind the most unlikely faces.”
Let me begin with what I like best of the story, the “end of the world setting”. It’s not because of a war, or aliens, or an evil company, It’s badly managed economy pure and simple. Yes, the detonator was a virus that was killing off kids but still, all the rest, the unemployment, the shortage of food and medical supplies, the riots, the over the top surveillance, It was everything that my country (Venezuela) is going through right now except for the virus that kills kids or gives them powers part of the story. So, to me a more realistic dystopian future setting I haven’t found. I even found it hilarious to read about a Canadian and Mexican Wall to keep Americans out. With all the insane talk of walls recently.
Anyway back to the book, I love the characters. Ruby (our female lead) it’s so interesting to see her struggling with her power (Which I do find terrifying) and her fear to use it since it cause her at just 10 years old, the most traumatic experience that can happen to a kid (Not going to spoil anything so I’m keeping this vague). But then we see her grow, and overcome this fear due to her need to protect the people she cares about.
Liam (our male lead) was very sweet and heroic, he wanted to save everyone and even though I did like him his character wasn’t really my favorite.
As for the rest (Chubs, Zu, Clancy) They are so very well rounded and complex, their motivations, their reactions, it’s very believable in a situation like the one they’re in. The relationships are well paced, all of them, from the friendships (Which is for me one of the strongest points in this book) to the romance, we see them grow and develop amidst all the chaos.
“Maybe nothing will ever change for us,” he said. “But don’t you want to be around just in case it does?”
It’s full of action since they are running away from everyone for most of the book (the government, bounty hunters, special agents) and this is other plus for me. The uncertainty of who can you trust, everyone wants something from you, to use you for their agenda and you are literally alone with no idea where the next betrayal will come from.
“He’s so busy looking inside people to find the good that he misses the knife they’re holding in their hand.”
About the ending, I kind of saw it coming, it wasn’t a great surprise for me but it was enough to make me want to continue on with the series. (Not sure if it will be this month though, I’m trying to stick with my TBR) But If you are looking for a great dystopian and still (like me ) haven’t read this one, Do it, you won’t regret it.