The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken
Title: The Darkest Minds
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Publication Date: December 18, 2012
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Series: The Darkest Minds
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.
I loved everything about The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken and found the book impossible to put down. It starts off on Ruby’s tenth birthday. Her parents decide a party would be in poor taste because of the few children who remain. A terrible accident occurs and Ruby finds herself being taken away from the life she knew and placed in a rehabilitation camp with other children like her.
At sixteen, Ruby is able to escape and learns about the outside world. A world where adults are frightened of children and the US society is on the brink. Ruby eventually finds a group of kids who also escaped and joins in their search for a safe place.
So many amazing things about The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. The world building is very strong, it is easy to imagine this version of the US where poverty is rampant and the government is lying to the people. The group that Ruby travels with for most of the book is full of fully fleshed out characters who are all damaged in some way but learning to function in this insane world. The love story is quite swoon-worthy. I do not want to give anything away, but the ending will make you want to read book two right now.
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken is a standout dystopian in a sea of mediocre books. Her take is unique and it is a strong start to what I can only hope will be an excellent series (trilogy?). I highly recommend The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken and think you should move it to the very top of your to-be-read pile.
What You Will Find Here
- Swoon worthy love story
- Kick ass female lead
- Lots of heart
- Action and violence
Summary and cover image from goodreads.