Thursday, June 14, 2018

My Thoughts: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

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The Darkest Minds
(The Darkest Minds #1)
by Alexandra Bracken
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Publication Date: December 18th 2012
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 488
ISBN: 9781423157373
Genre: Young Adult | Sci-Fi
Source: Own

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When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have 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 having a life worth living. (Goodreads)


The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken has been on my TBR for way too long, but I was determined to finally read the book this year. I planned it so that if I read one book a month for the next few months, I would be completely caught up on the series when the newest book, The Darkest Legacy, is released in July, and that I would also have all the books read when the movie is released in August. I was super excited to finally read the books, because I seriously think I'm the only person who hasn't read them already, and I'm thrilled that I really enjoyed the book! I can't wait to read the second book in the series soon.

Can we start by talking about the characters in this story? These kids are pretty awesome, and I love that they can pretty much take care of themselves, and do what they have to do to survive. I don't know what I would do if I were ever in their situation, but these guys handled whatever came their way like pros. I enjoyed watching the bond form between the main characters throughout the story as well. It's not really like you could trust many people when you're in their situation, but that's exactly what happens, and watching these bonds form is one of my most favorite things ever. I don't want to go into too many details and spoil the story, so if you want to know more, go read the books!

The storyline for the book was interesting, and definitely addictive. I liked the idea that the kids had different kinds of powers, and I definitely hope to learn more about those characters and their powers as the series goes along. This book was a pretty quick read for me, mostly because once I started reading it I was hooked, and I really just needed to know what was going to happen next. I like that it had a few twists along the way that kept me guessing as well. The book ends in a way that will definitely leave you wanting to start the next book right away, and thank goodness I don't have to wait for it to be released before I can start it. It's on my TBR for this month, and I can't wait to dive into it.

Overall; I really enjoyed The Darkest Minds! Since I am a fan of Alexandra Bracken's more recent books, this shouldn't have been a surprise to me at all, but it was. I'm definitely looking forward to starting the second book in the series as soon as possible to see what happens next for Ruby, Liam, and the rest of the characters in the book. If you're a fan of Alexandra Bracken and haven't yet checked out this series, or if you're a fan of dystopian stories in general, I do recommend you check out The Darkest Minds! And I hope you enjoy it just as much as I did!
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