Author: Alexandra Bracken
Series: (The Darkest Minds #1)
Published: December 18th 2012
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Categories: Dystopia, Fantasy, Science Fiction,
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Synopsis: 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.
Review: I feel like the story is just groundwork of things to come. Normally, the first book of a series is like that and I get that. And while there were definitely engaging moments, it still feel incomplete, like it is purposely holding back some things. The story even if it’s a part of a series should be solid enough to stand on its own. Still at any rate, The Darkest Mind still came out very strong.
At the age of ten, Ruby experienced horrible tragedy happening in her community. Children are dying and because of the fear that she might catch the disease that plaguing the children her parents are strict on her. From the food she eats to the restriction of watching television, everything about her was under control. Until one day her parents decided to send her to some rehabilitation camp. But this isn’t any ordinary camp. It was a cruel environment; children like her are treated harshly. So she must escape.
The story was anything but predictable. It was hard to second guess things that were happening in there. Ruby was locked up what I think is more of a prison camp than rehab for years but that place isn’t an ordinary place nor the people inside of it. The rehabilitation camp was such a cruel environment. And how they treated these kids are just disturbing and downright cruel. I don’t know if it’s for the shock factor or to show the true nature of the facility but it was one hell one scary place. Kids were tested and from the result were sorted by colors. Colors represent their abilities. Ruby has some mental abilities which I’d rather not name. I don’t know if you good people like it or I’m just again being nitpicky but I’m not big fan of the pacing. It was little slow to me. Like I said at the beginning, it was working on a momentum. It doesn’t want to swing yet. It was waiting for the proper time to give me the full blast of those shocking events. So for the mean time (at least three fourths of the book) the events unfolded rather gradually. If I think about it, it does make sense that the author did it since Ruby was just only gaining it as the story progress. But it is just a little slow for me.
When Liam was finally introduced I wasn’t that impressed. And I even thought that the story will work fine without the romance. It’s not about the lack of chemistry because they do have it (though not sizzling enough for me) because I feel like Ruby should focus on herself first than engaging herself romantically to another person. She came to me very lost, very vulnerable, like she is still not herself yet. Liam looked to me like Ruby as well and it will feel like forcing them together when they are too unsure of themselves. Well, that is just me and my over analyzing on things.
It was really unpredictable and that’s really a huge compliment because that’s what this book is good at. It has me on its hook begging for mercy. When things are starting peeling layer after layer and you can see the entire picture, it just shocked me. Like I didn’t see that this person has connection to this person. Or when Ruby finally stands on her own and decides what to do about the situation. It’s just overall surprising. And that my friend, is how you motivate the readers to read the sequel. I am so glad to have the sequel on my hands right now! *does the evil laugh*
Preview Quote: “There are some people like that, you know? The darkest minds tend to hide behind the most unlikely faces.” — Chubs