Book Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Posted July 31, 2015 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Book Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra BrackenThe Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Series: Darkest Minds #1
Published by Disney Electronic Content on December 18th 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 496
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
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When Ruby woke up on her 10th 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 16, 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.

I almost gave up on “The Darkest Minds” by Alexandra Bracken. It started out so slow. I was having a hard time staying focus on the characters and the story line because I just could not get into the story. I couldn’t connect with anything or fall in love with the characters. Then something changed and I was falling in love with the story, the characters, and the world.

Bracken creates a horribly wonderful world. Children are dying and the ones that survive are viewed as a threat to the adults. These children are discovered to have abilities or powers. The world building in this story is definitely interesting. The world is so depressed and it is very different world where the adults are afraid of the children. The world is pretty much destroyed and children are hiding from adults and trying to find a way to survive.

Ruby became a very loveable character. The whole time I was wondering why Ruby ended up in the camp that she was in. The children are separated into groups based on what type of abilities they have.

Green: Mentally advanced and photographic memories
Blue: Telekinesis
Yellow: Electricity
Orange: Mind Control
Red: Ability to create and use Fire

Ruby was completely afraid of her powers. Her parents sent her away and she has been in camp for a long time. She seems to be scared of her own shadow. Ruby doesn’t even know what she is capable of. She has an idea of what she is able to do or how to control it. I think Ruby is a great character because she isn’t afraid to fight back. I was so proud of when Ruby came into her own that she was able to not only stick up for herself but also for others. I was extremely proud of her.

“The Darkest Minds” has amazing supporting characters. The had so much depth to them. I loved the characters. I thought Bracken did such a great job writing each and every one of them. Chubs was one of my favorites. He always stood up for what he believed was right. He treated everyone well if they deserved it. I loved when him and Ruby interacted together.

Once I started really getting into the story then I really enjoyed it. It took a few chapters but I thought it turned out really well. I look forward to reading the next book. I really want to see how Ruby’s story continues.

Since I listened to this story on tape, I thought that McFadden was a great narrator. She was very fun to listen too. I thought she did a really good job narrating the story. I still think that it is good to have an entertaining narrator that is able to keep a reader interested in listening to the story and McFadden does exactly yet. I will be looking forward to more of McFadden’s narrations.


About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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