YA Book Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken


Title: The Darkest Minds
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Published: December 18th 2012 by Disney Hyperion
Type: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Paranormal
Source: Amazon

add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: 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.


The book starts off with Ruby when she was ten. Depending on you power you where put into groups of color: Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange and Red. Red being the most dangerous of them all. Ruby is an Orange hidden away as green. She uses her power to trick them. The thing about Ruby is she could never control her power ..well more like never tried. She was more scared of her self then anything else. She can read peoples minds and even take away their memory’s. She tries her best to never touch people. To her if she just listens to the rules and does what she is told she will be fine.

six years later. these people break her out with warning that she was caught and they will kill her. Not having any choice, she escapes out of the camp. Ruby soon after realizes that they are lying to her and keeping something from her. so she runs from them.

Ruby comes across a little girl name Zue and two boys named Liam and Chubs. They set off to East River to find the Slip Kid, a place rumored to be a save zone for kids like them. On there adventure she tries to keep her power a secret and lies to them even tho she is slowly falling in love with Liam. The book tricks you into thinking there is a love triangle but no..oh no far from a love triangle. Ruby learns she can’t trust the people in East Rivers and lets just say the other guys is a huge A-Hole.

The ending of the book was really sad. You watch Ruby grow more towards the end. In the beginning she was more stand off-ish but when you get towards the end you see that she becomes more brave and strong. She does what ever she can to keep the people she cares for save even it meant to make them forget.

I really enjoyed the book a lot. Another book this week that i couldn’t find much flaws. The writing was really good and so is the characters. I highly recommend this book. I don’t know if its cause i just really like dystopian’s or what but this week has been a good week of reading. I hope you guys enjoy this book like i did. The book is good from the beginning to the shocking ending. I really can not wait to get my hands on the 2nd book. Like i want it not i just might sell my soul.





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