Epic and Emotional: A Review of THE DARKEST MINDS by Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds 
The Darkest Minds
Alexandra Bracken
496 pages
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: December 18th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

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 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.

  Overflowing with action, abilities, and brutal camps, THE DARKEST MINDS is a book that will leave you feeling the emotions you never knew you had.

   The world has changed. Kids are dying from a mysterious disease called IAAN. At first, it was utter chaos, but now the living youngsters are changing. Changing into something that gets them sent to rehabilitation camps. Something that makes the adults no longer feel afraid for their children – who might die next. Instead of feeling afraid for their children, the adults are now afraid of them.

   When Ruby was ten years old, she was sent to camp Thurmond. She lived in fear of the patrolling guards and of what she could do. Children were divided into five different color groups. Greens, the kids who are incredibly smart. Blues, who can move objects with their minds. Yellows, kids who can control electricity. Reds, who can make things go up in flames. And the ones that are feared the most: Oranges – the kids who can read your mind, and control you – make you do things you won’t want to do.

  When Ruby escapes camp Thurmond at the age of 16, she meets kind Liam, an annoyed Chubs, and sweet Zu. The three of them are looking for the East River, a safe home where kids with abilities are free to do what they want. All under the mysterious Slip Kid’s monitoring.

   INCREDIBLE. That’s the one word that kept repeating in my head, ever since I finished THE DARKEST MINDS. Before you read my review, I suggest you go pick up a copy and come back, because this book is a must-read. You have  to read it. Right now. Alexandra Bracken really knows how to make her characters stick out. Each and every single one of them is unique. You won’t be able to find any characters you’ll hate, except for the ones Ms. Bracken wants you to. The ending caught me off-guard. It. Was. Sad.

   The Darkest Minds is fast-paced and action-packed. When the story starts off, we don’t know much about Ruby, or why exactly she was sent to the camp. But the story unravels soon enough as we enter the darkness of her world. My only problem with this awesome book? The second one comes out December 2013 – that’s one year from now!

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Asma is a cat-loving co-blogger at IceyBooks. She's a 15 year old homeschooler who spends her time blogging (obviously), reading, and whatever else strikes her fancy. She's also a part time pirate and assassin.



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    December 17, 2012

    this was not on my wishlist yet . i know its hyped a lot but now i want it . gr8 review ashma

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    December 17, 2012

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    December 17, 2012

    I loved this book too and the ending killed me :)

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    December 17, 2012

    I heard SUCH good things….this immediately went on my TBR shelf. And it's a good thing to know going into it that the ending just kills!

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    Katie @ BlookGirl

    December 17, 2012

    Great review! I just received this for the blog tour and am even MORE excited to read it now! Your reviews are always so well-written. Keep up the good work :-)

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    Sara @ Forever 17 Books

    December 17, 2012

    That sounds like a camp I would not want to be at either! I am so curious about this ending I keep seeing everyone mention. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much! You got me all excited for my copy to arrive. :)

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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    December 18, 2012

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    December 18, 2012

    I have a copy of this one and now I can't wait to read it. It almost sounds like concentration camps mixed with the supernatural and dystopian. In other words it sounds pretty awesome.

    Thanks for the great review, I can't wait to read this one now!

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    Soma Rostam

    December 18, 2012

    WOW! Such an enthusiastic review, Asma!
    I love the idea of this novel and the synopsis and every blogger out there is raving about it. I NEED to add it to my TBR and hopefully, read it soon enough!
    GREAT review, as always
    Your constant reader,

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    December 20, 2012

    Great review! I was on the fence about reading this one, but I've heard so many great things about it, I will probably be picking it up soon!

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    December 21, 2012

    Thanks for the great review! This was already on my wishlist and now it's going to be moved to my desperately want list :)

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    January 7, 2013

    I think I might give this one another try. I just couldn't get past the beginning.

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    The Writer in the Background

    March 6, 2013

    I'll buy it, I'll buy it! I just need time (and lots of money)!