The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken
Published: December 18, 2012
Source/Edition: Bought, Hardcover
Summary provided by Goodreads:
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
Oh my goodness. Where do I even begin! All those gifs were me in the end. I literally could not breathe from all the crying. I just couldn’t. My heart hurt too much! How can something so beautiful, be so sad? Let’s face it, that ending was brutal! I thought it was beautiful, bittersweet, and painful. How can all of that describe the same thing? I don’t know, read The Darkest Minds and you’ll know. Just like with Shadow and Bone, I waited forever before I read this. I’m glad I did but at the same time I’m not. I’m happy because at least now, all the books have been published. I wouldn’t have had to wait (I still am, though, because I haven’t bought the rest of the trilogy yet). I’m sad because I’ve been deprived of the greatness coming from this book for the past two years!
I don’t think there’s much more for me to say other than get off your butt and read it if you have a copy sitting in your bookshelf or go buy one or borrow from the library or a friend. You just need to read this! Great science fiction. Great writing. Amazing characters! I loved the main characters so much! Ruby was a great protagonist. I think her demeanor through all of this was very realistic. Her character is very dynamic and you get to see her growing in strength and confidence throughout the book. Liam. Oh, Liam. You break my heart, you perfect little man. Okay, not perfect but he’s such an amazing person with a great heart — something that’s hard to find in this world. Chubs was the overprotective one in the book and he warms your heart in the end! Zu — the cutest character I’ve ever read! She’s so adorable with her gloves and shaved head, you can’t help but fall in love with her and her quirks.
It was a great world, really, but I felt it lacking on some of the explanation. I needed more information on the new world. Children were classified by their powers through colors — blue, green, yellow, orange, and red. What do the colors mean? You get the gist of it from what Ruby sees but there isn’t a solid definition and I really wanted that. I also wanted to know more about how this happened but we do have more books in the trilogy to explain that. Also, in the beginning, I was very confused about the tenses. I couldn’t tell if Ruby was in the present or if she was talking about the past. I think the writing confused me a bit but once I got used to it, the book really flowed. Hence rating down to a 4 because it was almost perfect but not there yet — if I did halves, it would be a 4.5 star rating.