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The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Sunday, February 03, 2013 Geraldine Lee 0 Comments

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 government ‘rehabilitation camp’. Ruby might have survived the mysterious disease that killed most of America’s children, but she and the others had 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. Now on the run, she is desperate to find East River, the only safe haven left for kids like her, and she joins a group of other runaways who have escaped their own camps. Liam, their brave leader, is falling for Ruby, but she 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 Liam. But there are also 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 - and one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.

This book was a thriller of a book to read alright! I was constantly on edge, wondering if Ruby, Liam, Zu and Chubs would be safe, whether or not any PSF guards would come out to get them! The start was a bit slow to begin with though, for me. I persisted with it though, and got rewarded, big time.

Nothing has been left out in this book. The action parts of the novel are highly detailed, which could be good in some parts of the story, but highly irritating in other parts. The detail made me form very vivid metal pictures of what was happening, which was good, but there were some parts where I wanted to skip by the action and get to what would happen at the end of the fight; like, would anyone be hurt? I even skim read a few pages chocked with action, because I just wasn't interested in how the fight would play out; I was only interested in the ending.

For me, each and everyone of the characters were likable. I loved Zu, she was so innocent, in her own way. Bracken  really highlights how innocent Zu was, by showing that she didn't want to harm anyone, but had to, in order to survive. It showed how vulnerable Zu was and how she was forced into situations she didn't necessarily want to be in. Chubs was one character I did not like at all, when I first started reading the book, purely because he was so mean to Ruby. He grew on me though when I got to see his humanity, and I was devastated at the ending when Chubs is placed in a difficult situation. I guess what I'm trying to put through, is that all these characters, they were likable because they were human, and I could relate to them, at points in the story.

This book has twists and turns like you would not imagine. Some plot twists are fairly predictable (You'll know what I'm talking about if you've read the book), but for the most part, this book was a surprise. Bracken leads you to believe one fact is true, then she introduces a new concept that proves the previous fact wrong. For example, the Children's League is introduced to be a children-saving group, but then turns out to be a terrorist group against the government. Ruby does have inklings of this, but the true shocker doesn't come until later.

I rate this book 4 our of 5 stars. It was simply magnificent. When the next book comes out, I will definitely be queuing in line for it. This is one book for fans of the Hunger Games, dystopian novels... in fact this book is for anyone!

Keep reading and loving books,

Geraldine

(I got a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review)

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