This review contains quotes from the novel.
*Special thanks to Hyperion for allowing us to read Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds.
With The Darkest Minds, Alexandra Bracken creates an addicting dystopian novel that I wish I would have read earlier.
When Ruby turned ten-years-old her world was turned upside down. She woke up that day and realized that something happened to her. When her parents saw this, they locked her in a garage and called the police. The police ended up taking her to a rehabilitation camp called Thurmond. She saw that she was not alone and that others kids had similar abilities. She and the others survived what was killing American children, but now they are considered to be high threats. The kids that have special abilities realized that the reason they are high threats is due to the fact that they cannot control these abilities.
“My body shook in time with the bursts of static, curling in on itself like an old, yellowing piece of paper. Someone’s hands were shaking my shoulders; I heard someone say my name–Ruby–but I was too far gone to respond. Gone, gone, gone, sinking until there was nothing, like the earth had swallowed me up in a single, deep breath. Then darkness.
-excerpt from Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds
The readers start off when Ruby is sixteen years old still at Thurmond. The truth comes out eventually about her and the others, and now they have to run for their lives. Now all she wants to do is find a place where she can be with other kids like her, and be safe from the government. She eventually finds this place, and it’s called East River. The kids that are already there had escaped from different camps. The leader of the group is a kid named Liam, and you see him fall in love with Ruby. And Ruby feels the same way but knows that she cannot get close because she hasn’t been close to anyone in a while. Her parents turned her away immediately after they saw what she could do. This leads her to not want to get close to anyone. Also, she doesn’t know what will happen to them in the future because they are being hunted. The future is uncertain for Ruby, but the people of East River want her to fight against the government. So Ruby has a choice to make.
I recommend this to anyone who likes dystopian novels, especially the Divergent series. I truly loved this book, and I cannot wait to read the rest of the series. After this novel ended, all I wanted to do was run to the bookstore and buy the rest. It was that good.