Wednesday, October 10

Review: The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1)

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1)
Alexandra Bracken

Published By: Quercus
Publication Date: November 17, 2016
Date Read: August 2, 2018
Genre: YA - Dystopia
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 528

From Goodreads:
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.

"They were never scared of the kids who might die, or the empty spaces they would leave behind. They were afraid of us-the ones who lived."

The Darkest Minds is a book that has been on my radar for so long. I have tried listening to the audio edition of this book about three times in the past few years and never made it past the first few chapters. Not because the book wasn't good or I didn't like the narrator just because I end up listening for a little while and then not finding much time to listen. After seeing the movie advertised I decided it was time for me to finally read this book and I am really glad that I did. I really enjoyed reading The Darkest Minds.

The Darkest Minds follows the story of Ruby, one of the few children that have survived the IAAN disease. The children that survived have powers, and they are put into camps and worked to the bone in order to stop them from using their powers. After 6 years in the worst camp of them all, Thurmond, Ruby finds herself on the outside and not knowing who to trust. Ruby finds herself on the run with a group of other kids searching for East River, the only place kids can live safe and free.

I loved the storyline of The Darkest Minds. I am a huge fan of YA Dystopia series so this one was definitely a good book for me. I loved the background of the disease that killed the kids and how the government responded to the dangerous kids that were left. I have read so many dystopia series that are set a few years after the apocolyptic thing has happened so I really enjoyed being able to see what and how things had happened first-hand.

I loved so many of the characters in this series. Ruby is our narrator and I really enjoyed experiencing all the goings-on through her eyes. I've seen a lot of people complain about Ruby as a character and state that she was too naive and stupid and too trusting to people but I loved her. I mean, yes she is naive and believes people when she probably shouldn't but in my eyes she was 10 years old when she was put into Thurmond and she didn't really grow up much in her time there. So although she is 16 when everything starts happening I see her more like a 10 year old in a 16 year olds body.

I loved some of the secondary characters too. Chubs is probably my favourite, he was just amazing and I loved how much he changed in this book. From the untrusting companion to the one who believed in Ruby the most by the end. Chubs' best friend Liam gives us the romance element of the novel and I was so on board with this. Liam is just adorable and sweet and I just loved him and Ruby together.

The Darkest Minds was a fast-paced, non-stop journey and I really enjoyed every single moment. I couldn't read this book fast enough. I loved the world building, the characters and the writing style. My one complaint isn't actually anything to do with the story itself but more so the UK edition has so many spelling and grammar errors in it. Now usually I can read past these fine but there was so many of them and I found them so distracting. It really affected my enjoyment of this book.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Darkest Minds and I can't wait to see what is going to happen. The ending is so sad and really tugged on my heart-strings. I can't wait to read Never Fade and see what is going to happen to these characters that I love.

"Ruby, give me one reason why we can’t be together, and I’ll give you a hundred why we can. We can go anywhere you want. I’m not your parents. I’m not going to abandon you or send you away, not ever."

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