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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