Never Fade By Alexandra Bracken A Review

Never Fade Book Cover Never Fade
The Darkest Minds
Alexandra Bracken
Young Adult, Science Fiction
Disney-Hyperion
October 15, 2013
eARC
512
NetGalley

Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

Review

I loved The Darkest Minds and when I was approved to read an early copy of Never Fade, I was ecstatic. The Darkest Minds ends in such a  heartbreaking way, where Ruby chooses to give herself up to save Liam. She actually erases every trace of her from Liam’s mind, so he has a chance to be free. Obviously after an ending like that, I couldn’t get my hands on Never Fade fast enough.

Never Fade jumps right back in where The Darkest Minds left off. Ruby is working with the Children’s League and learning how to control her power. Even with this new control, she is uncomfortable using her powers. Ruby continues to struggle, as she did in The Darkest Minds, as to what her power says about her as a person. Does it make you a monster to use your power for the good of others? Is there a way to use it that is less damaging? At this point, Ruby knows that she has to continue working with the league in order to make a difference in the world around her. Of course, things aren’t always as they seem and there is a rift in the league. There are two dueling factions and one wants to murder the kids working in the organization.

Never Fade is darker than The Darkest Minds and we are given more of the overarching story of where the virus that infected the kids came from. We also learn of new people pulling the strings and about the politics of this world. I am so glad Alexandra Bracken decided to get more in depth with the governmental fracture and history behind the league, this information really takes the story to a new level.

Without giving anything away, Never Fade is a good balance of continuing the stories of characters we already know and introducing new ones. Ruby continues to demonstrate strength and selflessness with a determination to see things through in the face of terrible odds. She is loyal, almost to a fault, and strives to save those she loves. 

The world created by Alexandra Bracken is dark and full of unsavory characters, making it impossible to know who to trust. I love that the story is so full of shades of gray and there are times when terrible people may have to be trusted or kept around for the information they know. The internal struggle that Ruby faces, how using her power to delve and shape the minds of others is such an internal conflict. It gives such an added dimension because there aren’t any right answers here. Ruby can only do what she thinks is right and hope she makes the right choices. 

Never Fade is full of so many layers that it draws you right in. As in The Darkest Minds, there is a love story here. At times tragic and sad, it is so well written. The passion jumps off the page and is such a bright spot in an otherwise dark world.

Never Fade is a second book that is as strong as the first. The characters have grown and changed in reaction to living in a world with little hope. I highly recommend Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken and am already feeling desperate for book three. 

Cover image and summary from goodreads.

 

My Top Ten Books Of 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they pick a fun topic for a top ten list. This weeks list is Top Ten Books Read In 2013.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Lives up to all the hype and I might sell my first born for a copy of book two.

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

The Lost Hero (The Heroes Of Olympus Book 1) by Rick Riordan

I love all of Rick Riordan’s books. Check back in 2014 and I am sure there will be another book written by Riordan on my list.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Haunting, inventive, and a non-stop thrill. Code Name Verity is amazing.

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

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

Gritty and inventive with an ending that left me in tears.

Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Through The Ever Night (Under The Never Sky #2) by Veronica Rossi

The world Rossi creates is really cinematic and the love story between Perry and Aria is pitch-perfect.

The Cadet Of Tildor by Alex Lidell

The Cadet Of Tildor by Alex Lidell

I love High Fantasy and the political aspects of The Cadet Of Tildor drew me in. This is a strong debut and I am anxiously awaiting book two.

Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

This book is so funny and clever. The perfect vacation read.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Me, Earl, And The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

A laugh-out-loud read about a boy, his friend Earl, and a girl with cancer. It is a strange book but I loved every minute of it.

Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu

Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu

I loved every second of both books in the Legend series. Day and June just slay me.

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy #1) by Jennifer A. Nielsen

I am such a sucker for Middle Grade books that when you through in a High Fantasy element, I will have to read it.

What are your favorite books of 2013?

 

Cover images from goodreads

 

In The Stacks (15)

What I added to my stacks (and stacks and stacks) this week. I am linking up with Stacking The Shelves by Tynga’s Reviews.

Another slow week for me! I am doing well getting through quite a few books. Now, I just need to sit down and write down the reviews that are circling around my head.

Netgalley

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

Never Fade (Darkest Minds #2) by Alexandra Bracken

Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

When I saw the approval email, I couldn’t believe it. The Darkest Minds is an amazing book and I cannot wait to see where the story goes. I can just tell by the summary, that it is going to be awesome.  

Purchased

Where It Began by Ann Redisch Stampler

Where It Began by Ann Redisch Stampler

A teen’s world comes crashing down in this compulsively readable YA debut that’s as literary as it is commercial.Gabby Gardiner wakes up in a hospital bed looking like a cautionary ad for drunk driving—and without a single memory of the accident that landed her there. But what she can recall, in frank and sardonic detail, is the year leading up to the crash.

As Gabby describes her transformation from Invisible Girl to Trendy Girl Who Dates Billy Nash (aka Most Desirable Boy Ever), she is left wondering: Why is Billy suddenly distancing himself from her? What do her classmates know that Gabby does not? Who exactly was in the car that night? And why has Gabby been left to take the fall?

As she peels back the layers of her life, Gabby begins to realize that her climb up the status ladder has been as intoxicating as it has been morally complex…and that nothing about her life is what she has imagined it to be.

Lately, introspective contemporary books are really appealing to me. Not sure if it is because I have a lot going on in my life or maybe it’s the summery weather. Just enjoying reading books about people facing their problems.

Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Under The Never Sky (Under The Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi

Since she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered.

This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland—known as The Death Shop—are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent energy storms will. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild—a savage—and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile—everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria’s help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must come together to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

I originally read this as a library book but know I will want to reread, so needed to purchase it. Love the whole series and cannot wait for book three.

Legend by Marie Lu

Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Another book I read as a library book, I know this will be a reread for me. Love everything about Legend and am dying for book three.

 

What did you add to your stacks this week?

 

All summaries and cover images from goodreads.

Waiting On Wednesday–Never Fade By Alexandra Bracken

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights new releases that you are eagerly anticipating. This week I am waiting on Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2) by Alexandra Bracken.

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

Title: Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2)

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Expected Publishing Date: October 15, 2013

Goodreads

Summary

Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

Why I’m Waiting

The Darkest Minds is an amazing book that I could not put down and it ends in a crazy way. I need to know the rest of the story. EW recently announced the cover of Never Fade and published an excerpt found hereNever Fade will be a dropping everything I am doing to read it kind of book and the excerpt only confirmed it.

Summary and cover image from goodreads.