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Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest MindsThe Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken completely blew my mind. I believe it was released in December 2012, and I just got around to reading it this. I’m slightly embarrassed it took me this long. Too many books not enough time seems to be my personal mantra.  Regardless of how long it took, I do have Never Fade and In The After Light patiently waiting to be devoured.

“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.” (Amazon.com)

From the first few pages the emerging new dystopian world drew me in. Government controlled “rehabilitations camps”, mysterious powers, and a band of characters that you’ll fall in love with. It’s disturbing how realistic this world becomes. Alexandra spins a tale in such a crafty way you’re dying to find out what happened and what will happen next. While the plot was very interesting there were moments that seems to drag on, but those moments didn’t last long because again she used every bit of space to develop the world, the characters, and the relationships.

My emotions were all over the place and I am sure yours will be too.

Characters – 5     Setting – 5     Plot – 5     Conflict/Purpose – 5     Resolution/Outcome – 5

I rate The Darkest Minds 5/5 Stars!!

xoxo Gwen

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