Sunday, 18 May 2014

The Darkest Minds - Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds
By Alexandra Bracken
Reviewed by Jamie
Published:December 18th 2012
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Pages: 488
ISBN: 1423157370

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. (Goodreads)
This book was unreal! I had pretty high expectations going into it considering all the hype it has gotten and I was afraid it would disappoint me but it didn't let me down at all! 

I loved the characters! All of them, and that rarely happens, even the characters you are meant to hate, were so good at being horrible that I liked that in them. Ruby was a great lead character, she seemed weak at first but she just got so strong and bold and I loved how she would always defend her friends. Liam was just adorable, so kind but still strong and very loveable. Zu was so cute, even though she never spoke I just really felt for her and she was so sweet. Chubs might have been my favourite character of all, he was so unique to the rest of the characters, I loved the way his character developed throughout the book.

There were so many feels that came along with this book, re-living Ruby's memories with her parents, just so heartbreaking. Reading about the kids in the camps was a bit crazy as well, they were essentially prisoners for having their abilities and tested, tortured or killed. Each of the kids abilities were separated into colour categories. At first i found the categories to be a bot confusing until I figured out what each meant. Greens for photographic memories, Blues could move things with their minds, Reds had the ability to control fire, Yellows to control electricity and finally Oranges to control the minds of others. I wish there had been some Red characters thrown in there to show their abilities more because I wasn't able to get a visual really of the things they could do, other then set things on fire. I am also thinking that Ruby, Martin and Clancy may not be the only oranges left, I just feel like they can't be!

I really enjoyed the writing style and the plot. Every time I thought things were getting better it was like BOOM NOPE! The twists and turns came at all the right moments. I also loved how you never fully knew who to trust outside of the main characters circle.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to continuing on with the series!

Finally... all I can say is the very ending of this book broke my heart and I just can't accept that things ended the way they did with Liam! I don't want to spoil anything so thats all I will say about that but if you read it you know what I mean!!

This is how I feel after reading this book

The ending of this book....
5/5 Albi Cats

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