The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

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Title: The Darkest Minds
Series: The Darkest Minds, #1
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Published: December 18, 2012
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.' to

Intense story telling and  incredible world building!

The first thing that I noticed in this book is how engaging every words the author had used in describing the incredible idea of kids suddenly developing superpowers that are yet to be discovered in the next sequels. Kids who turns at the age of ten suddenly shows a syptoms of IAAN (Idiopathic Adolescent Acute Neurodegeneration). Some kids die but those who survived develops certain abilities that makes them different to others. With this, the kids who survived are sent to camps and classified into color based on their developed abilities. It was dark, thrilling, and a bit scary at some parts.

Characters. Ruby, Liam, Chubs and Zu-- are all amazing characters. They are wonderfully well written and developed that I for one comes to love them. There are some flaws in their character that are very realistic and true.

Pacing. At times it was fast and intense, at other times it was slow. I would’ve preferred a more continuous pace, but I did like it for the most part.

Overall, The Darkest Minds is a good dystopian book. And definitely a good read.


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