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The Darkest Minds

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The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1) by Alexandra Bracken
Published by Disney Hyperion on December 18th 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Pages: 488
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Reaction Upon Reading: Woah I can’t believe she did that!


“The Darkest Minds tend to hide behind the most unlikely faces.”


Synopsis:

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.


“Let’s carpe the hell out of this diem.”


Overall Thoughts:

I freaking loved this book…but it has taken me a while to decide that I did.

The book begins with children all over the world being killed by a superpower inducing plague. The ones that do survive are left with powers (Psi powers) that are then categorised into colours by the adults. The kids are quickly rounded up and hoarded into concenration like camps for the safety of the population.

  • Blues – Telekinesis
  • Greens – Geniuses
  • Yellows – Electrokinesis
  • Oranges – Mind Control
  • Reds – Pyrokinesi

Ruby is 1o years old when she is sent off to Thurmond – a “rehabilitation” camp for Psi kids. She manages to avoid detection and keeps her true powers a secret for almost 6 years. One day the truth comes out and she must flee Thurmond or she will suffer the same fate as the reds and oranges that came before her.

Ruby’s story is heartbreaking, how she came to Thurmond and why she will never be able to go home. This tale gives a glimpse into the lives of the Psi kids and makes you really question who the true monsters are.

The book had a very WWII mass hysteria, persecution and witchhunt vibe to it. Why I wasn’t sure I like it was because it was very slow and not a lot happened.  I am not sure if I want to read the rest of the series. I am happy with where we are at (mostly) that I don’t want to ruin it by opening up more problems, conflict and issues that need to be resolved.

What led me to 5 stars was the concept, the secondary characters and the conflict.


Loves:

  • I love the dystopian Genre and could really see some potential for a future movie franchise out of this.
  • Love the concept of colours = powers
  • This book feels realistically terrifying. I actually found myself thinking of a future where this could potentially happen, and it isn’t that unbelievable.
  • Not everything is spelt out for you. You have to put the pieces together yourself. I appreciate not being treated like a dumb reader.
  • The secondary characters were more likeable than the main characters – This is both positive and negative, but I will put it here.
  • SUZUME – I never knew I could love a character who doesn’t speak so much!
  • That ending had me nearly launching the book across the room – Good or  bad, I like a book that makes me feel.

Dislikes:

  • Ruby was quite annoying for the majority of the book. Her reluctance to accept who she was and use her powers was frustrating. I hope she has some redemption in the books to come.
  • The pacing was quite slow. I felt like a good portion of the book was spent in the van and it got a little lacklustre after a while.
  • I don’t get Ruby and Liam….not all YA books need romance people!
  • World development?! We don’t know much about the world at all.
  • I don’t understand how they were able to contain all the children. THEY HAVE POWERS…why did they never rebel?

 


“We’ll just have to try to make better mistakes tomorrow.”


What did you think of this book? Have you continued with the series? Leave a comment below.


About Kassey

27-year-old teacher. Currently living in New Zealand with aspirations to travel the world and photograph it all.

27-year-old teacher. Currently living in New Zealand with aspirations to travel the world and photograph it all.

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