Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2) by Alexandra Bracken
Published: October 15, 2013
Source/Edition: Bought at Books-A-Million, Hardcover
Summary provided by Goodreads:
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?
**Spoilers for The Darkest Minds**
One word. Numb. That’s how I feel. What? How? Alexandra Bracken does it again with Never Fade. The first book in the trilogy, The Darkest Minds, ended painfully. I had hopes that this would end happier but alas it did not. I was crying and I couldn’t breathe — it was all so unfair but let’s start from the beginning. Several months have passed since Ruby made a deal with Cate to work with the Children’s League in exchange for Liam’s freedom without his knowledge. The book started off a little slow because we’re getting accustomed to a new setting and new characters. We have the same Ruby but now she’s trained, using her powers, and fighting men twice her size. I kind of wish we saw her training process but we see some flashbacks of her time there with her new roommates, Vida and Jude.
It started picking up when certain characters popped up. Cole Stewart, also known as Liam’s older brother, is rescued in the first Operation that we read. This not only surprises the readers but Ruby as well. They have similar mannerisms, looks, and even that southern drawl. Cole sends Ruby on a secret operation that could help save every Psi kid out there and reveal the truth about the rehabilitation camps. A plus in the operation — Ruby herself can see if Liam is safe because he is holding the information that Cole needs.
Don’t be tricked and don’t trust anyone here! You just never know who you can trust. When something good happens, be aware that something worse will happen afterwards. It was insane. So many things that could go wrong. There were times in this book where I was so frustrated with Ruby because she started reverting back to the old Ruby (not completely but just little glimpses). I can’t blame her though. Some of the things that she has to witness and all the pain and torture she’s gone through. This book is riveting and intense. You won’t be able to stop once you start it. There was action all throughout the novel and it just keeps coming at you. The new characters are fantastic and the plot twists are even better. The last few chapters will keep you on your feet and shaking. I hope you have In the Afterlight with you because this ends in a cliffhanger.