TITLE:  The Darkest Minds

AUTHOR: Alexandra Bracken

RATING: ★★★★★

TRIGGER WARNING: character deaths, simillar ideals to concentration camps, torture mentioned

WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS?: HarperCollinsNZ sent this to me in exchange for an honest review!

GENRE: Dystopian



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 got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

But when the truth about Ruby’s abilities-the truth she’s hidden from everyone, even the camp authorities-comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. On the run, she joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp: Zu, a young girl haunted by her past; Chubs, a standoffish brainiac; and Liam, their fearless leader, who 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.

While they journey to find the one safe haven left for kids like them-East River-they must evade their determined pursuers, including an organization that will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. But as they get closer to grasping the things they’ve dreamed of, Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

my thoughts
I didn’t walk into this novel expecting to find a new favourite book or series but I DID and that ending broke my heart and made me need the next book straight away.
The darkest minds is a dystopian novel that follows a girl named Ruby. In this world, people hve powers which are catoragized by colour. When the outbreak happened, the thing that caused children to develop these powers, the government made camps for them, where they would be tortured and trained to what the government wanted.
This was such a good dystopian novel as for me it had the key elements of any good dystopian, an intriguing political situation, a decrepit location, and something for the people to hope for. I found that out of the dystopians I’ve read, this was up there, tied with my current favourite one too.
I loved all the characters, from Ruby’s fear. To suzemes bright smile, Chubs wit, and Liam’s protectiveness. They felt like a real family and it killed me to see them ripped away from each other towards the end of the book.
The writing in this was pretty classic of YA novels, but that wasn’t a bad thing because it was super readable and made me keep turning the page which is important.
Overall this novel really was astounding and it left me with a broken heart but I was still so happy to have read this.
This was the story of Liam going to work with the league with his brother. I really enjoyed the insight into the relationship of these two, and the ending really hurt but told me so much about them. This is totally a nice read for anyone already interested in the series and a worthy addition
Until next time,


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