Speed Date with Ruby: THE DARKEST MINDS by Alexandra Bracken

Posted 24 January, 2013 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 12 Comments

THE DARKEST MINDS (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken
YA Science Fiction
496 pages, hardcover
Available now (December 2012)
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Review copy provided by publisher via BEA

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.

First date: I couldn’t put this book down. It was crazy-action-packed, never letting up and never letting go until the last breathless moment. Betrayal, murder, an on-the-run road trip and even love (insta-love but what did Ruby know about guys? Nothing. And Liam is a really good guy, easy to love so I’m forgiving it in this case).

Second date: After taking some time to think about it, I realized I had questions. Many, many questions. Why were the parents so quick to give their kids up? I can see it happening with some parents but everyone? Why did the government react by putting these kids in camps, killing the ones they considered dangerous? What about this disease? What are the adults thinking, abusing kids like this when there are no “normal” kids left? How will society survive without their children?

Third date: While I wouldn’t sleep with it, I still had a really good time with this book and its characters and will definitely be checking out the second installment.

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12 Responses to “Speed Date with Ruby: THE DARKEST MINDS by Alexandra Bracken”

  1. I’m almost halfway through this book. I like it and it’s hard to not read but I haven’t been totally hooked. I still need to feel out Liam and Chubs and Zu (I keep reading Suzume as Suzanne).

  2. I still have my copy sitting on my shelf… I never really got to pick it up! And Mary, after your review I#m still not sure… I’m not sure if I make it to the second date. But, I’m all about giving it a chance.

  3. “While I wouldn’t sleep with it, I still had a really good time with this book and its characters and will definitely be checking out the second installment.”

    HAHAHAHAHA MARY! I love it:) I’m glad this book was able to show you a good time 😉 I’ve heard great things and I’m hoping to make some time to pick it up soon. I’ve heard the ending is brutal though, so that has me a bit nervous. I might need to email you ahead of time and have you tell me everything:)

  4. Hahaha I love these Speed Dates that you do! Your last line cracked me up!! So glad that you loved The Darkest Minds! I’ll have to dig that one out of te TBR pile sooner rather than later it seems! 😀

  5. Wow this is the first speed date I’ve seen, and it is AWESOME. I think I feel the same way about this book. I adored it after reading it but I do have unanswered questions and concerns, many of which you listed here. I will stick around for book two though. 🙂

  6. I giggled like a preteen boy when I saw the title of this post! (Because, let’s face it, they’re as bad as actual teenage girls!)

    I went back and forth with Ruby. I liked her, but she was naive, but she grew up in a concentration camp just for girls, but on the other hand she grew up in a concentration camp. I also wondered about the quickness of parents to give up their children–though, of course–it makes sense in Ruby’s situation.

  7. Agreed: re the 2nd date questions. I did have some wonder about how the world got to be the way it is… very curious. Yet I still lovedddd this book, a lot because of the characters and the action.

  8. Great review! I really need to read The Darkest Minds, clearly. I also like how the author isn’t afraid to shy away from the darkness that should be present in a dystopian novel. And who doesn’t like to cheer for a group of kids against the world?