The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken: Review

Posted December 28, 2012 by Emily in book review, Uncategorized / 6 Comments

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken: ReviewThe Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Series: The Darkest Minds #1
Published by Disney-Hyperion on December 18, 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Love & Romance, Fantasy & Magic, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Pages: 496
Format: Advanced Review Copy
Source: Disney-Hyperion

I received this book for free from Disney-Hyperion in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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When Ruby wakes up on her tenth birthday, something about her has 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.

I was a huge fan of Bracken’s first novel, Brightly Woven. So, it was with great eagerness that I picked up The Darkest Minds. It is, of course, a very different story.

There is a lot about The Darkest Minds that I’ve read before. Kids in camps separated from their parents. Kids dying at a certain age. And, kids with special powers that keeps them from getting close to others. This proved to be a problem for me at the beginning. I just couldn’t quite get the hook. Though the plot was moving at a pretty steady pace, I wasn’t engaged in the story. I could see what was lurking around every literary corner. I just wanted more out of the story, expected more.

About 250 pages in, it finally clicked and the reason to stay showed itself. There were some changes in plot, and addition of a romance that I really liked, and Ruby started getting hit with some tougher decisions. And it was all over from there. I was hooked. I tore through the rest of the book in mere hours, and felt like my heart got hollowed out with a melon baller at the end. Honestly. The ending is so wonderfully perfect, you’ll need to catch your breath.

This is a very promising start to the series. I can’t wait to see what comes next!

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6 responses to “The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken: Review

  1. At least you found your back at some point. I can't imagine not at least liking a Bracken novel after Brightly Woven. Although any guy is going to have a hard time standing up next to Wayland North. I'VE GOT to read my ARC TODAY. Or sometime this week. WHATEVS.

  2. I've been pretty much dying for this book, so it's a bit disappointing to hear that the beginning is a bit slow and predictable. However, I still think I'd enjoy the book, since it seems to get much faster after 250 pages. =) And I LOVE those endings that tear your heart out! Those are always the best kinds. 😉

    Lovely review Emily! <3

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