Synopsis

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

So, let’s be honest. Alexandra Bracken definitely knows how to mend half the heart while crumbling the other half. Learning this from The Darkest Minds had definitely prepared me for tragic events in this book, making me slightly less sensitive to them. So no, I did not enjoy this as much as the first book – but then again, that tends to happen a lot in trilogies.

Going into this book, I was really excited for the continuing story from book one – to find out what happens with Ruby in the League. But I was slightly disappointed that we didn’t get to see Ruby’s initial time there. The story starts off with Ruby having been in the League for several months. And though I did love her newly combat trained, bad-ass self, I found that it took away from the excitement of the lingering danger everywhere. I mean, now everything is slightly less of a threat since she’s trained!

I feel like I’m making this book sound boring – which it really isn’t! Though the book started off a little too slow for my liking, it picked up momentum as it went. I started to love the story again when the new characters met the old characters. The familiarity form the first book brought the story completely back on track and delivered with plot twists and more twisted minds. The new twister minds completely make this book! The bigger picture of America begins to unravel just enough for you to be begging for more.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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