Sunday, February 3, 2013

Review: The Darkest Minds

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Published: December 18th 2012
Pages: 496
Source: Library
Genre: Paranormal, Apocalyptic, Romance

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.

I heard about The Darkest Minds just a little before it released, and I knew from the moment I heard about it that I would love this book. The Darkest Minds is one of the most twisted versions of Apocalyptic YA I have ever heard about or read. This is such an addicting, loveable book I cannot recommend it enough.

The first thing I fell in love with in this book was the beautiful writing style. The book, especially in the beginning, is filled with intricate, beautiful imagery that dove right into the scene. There could not have been a better style used to write this book.

The main character in the story, Ruby, is an amazingly well done character. From the very beginning Ruby is a very guarded, anxious, broken character because of everything she had gone through and despite that being sad, it was done very well and realistically.

Some of the other characters in this story include Liam- I loved Liam, he was kind and understanding and patient. Just perfect. Zu- Zu is adorable. She excepts Ruby from the very start and loves her unconditionally. Chubs- I really don't know what to think of Chubs, he was quite whiny and wasn't exactly the nicest guy, but then he would do something over-the-top nice. I don't know.

The romance. Oh the romance was just perfect but then... Oh I can't tell you. I can't.

THAT ENDING. That ending just kills me. Cliff hanger... just... I can't speak words at how much I did not want that ending to happen. Nope.


  1. Wow, okay, yeah, I must read this immediately. It sounds awesome. Also the romance?! WHAT ABOUT THE ROMANCE?!

  2. I'm certainly going to have to push this up on my TBR pile. I have had a copy for a little while now and keep putting it off.

    Thanks for the great review, I'm glad you enjoyed this book :)

  3. I started reading this one via Netgalley but stopped after five chapters. I KNEW I wanted to read this in person, not staring at a computer screen. This is one of those books that need to be read in one sitting. It begs it, actually. So, for now I'm waiting for the paperback release, to match my pb of Brightly Woven. Great review!

  4. Ever since I heard about this book, I knew that I would love it as well! But, I have yet to pick up a copy. It will happen soon, after your glowing review! It seems like everything is done fantastically in this book, honestly, from the writing to the romance, which you've gotten me SO curious about. ;)

    Fabulous review, Erika! I'm going to have to get a copy of this book soon. =)

  5. Gah! I'm so glad I bought this at ALA (even though I had an ARC before that I never read :P) because I've heard nothing but good things. Hopefully I'll be able to work it into my TBR soon.