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


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.


I loved this book! <<< That’s it, review over.
The unpredictable story, loveable characters, and simple writing style were all on point here!

Beginning with the characters: Ruby was a very likeable character who the audience is forced to sympathize with right from the beginning. Her life if revealed to us with the perfect combination of answers and tolerable mystery. As Ruby’s character evolves throughout the book, her mysterious past is slowly unraveled and presented to the audience, not only through narration but also during crucial plot turning points. Ruby was written in a way where she is easily understood and loved by the audience.

There are also Ruby’s companions to consider, Liam (Lee), Chubs, and Suzume (Zu), who are all loveable in their own ways. These characters are split up to play certain roles: the leader, the brains, and the innocent powerhouse. These differences really made each character stand out from one another. I was surprised at how much I sympathized with and felt a strong connection with each of them – especially considering that they are not the main character. Though I fell in love with Liam and Suzume right away, I was even more impressed with how much my opinion of Chubs had evolved over the course of the book to make me love him too.

Now, at a glance, the story itself seems very unoriginal: a teenage girl with special powers who is on the run from those who want to use her powers for evil. That sounds like every YA dystopian book I’ve ever read. BUT DON’T’ LET THAT DETER YOU, this story was made a lot more interesting with an epidemic thrown into a crumbling America, desperate bounty hunters, different powers, and (basically) concentration camps for “freak” children. I loved the story Alexandra Bracken created, and all the twists and turns that went with it. This is one of those books where you never really know what’s real or who to trust.

For those of you who’ve read this story already: NONONONO THE ENDING. I COULD FEEL MY HEART CRUMBLE WITH EVERY WORD. WHYYYYY! Any book that can give me this much enjoyment and pain at the same time deserves a full 5 stars!

Emotional, gripping, and unpredictable…

Rating: 5/5 Stars


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