The Darkest Minds

AUTHOR: ALEXANDRA BRACKEN • GENRE: DYSTOPIAN YA • PAGES: 576 • RRP: $17.99 • RELEASE DATE: 23 April 2018 (this edition) • PUBLISHER: HARPER COLLINS AUSTRALIA


Synopsis

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming 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 killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

But when the truth about Ruby’s abilities-the truth she’s hidden from everyone, even the camp authorities-comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. On the run, she joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp: Zu, a young girl haunted by her past; Chubs, a standoffish brainiac; and Liam, their fearless leader, who 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.

While they journey to find the one safe haven left for kids like them-East River-they must evade their determined pursuers, including an organization that will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. But as they get closer to grasping the things they’ve dreamed of, Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

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My Review

What in interesting premise for a book. So basically kids either die, or live and develop super powers for which they are kept imprisoned for. Sounds like awesome fun… 🙄

Ruby the protagonist for me didn’t quite have enough of her own personality. I understand that she was trying to guard people so they didn’t get hurt but I felt that some of her actions really conflicted with what she told us her emotions were. Clearly she liked Liam but the amount of time she spent with the Slip Kid was just confusing. Yes, she was trying to learn about her ability but she hardly saw Liam and she was training with the Slip Kid all day (and on his bed no less). For all the emotion she was telling us she had it didn’t show in her actions.

This is a solid story and has set the scene for the rest of the series (which has already been released) to be quite epic I am sure. I only hope that I get a better sense of who Ruby is because as the protagonist I definitely should have felt more emotion toward her than what I did.

Overall Rating:   3.5/5 teacups

Where to buy a copy:

📗 Booktopia
📗 Book Depository

This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. 

Happy reading x

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