Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Title: The Darkest Minds
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Publish Date:
Hardcover, 488 pages

Barnes and Noble


I have been waiting to sit down and be absorbed in a book from page 1 to the end and I LOVE THIS BOOK!

Oddly enough this book was never on my radar. I had no idea what it was about or that it even existed. I spent about 20 minutes after work, looking a t books trying to find ONE book to check out and take home to read. It was murder. But the moment I read this blurb, I knew! Okay, I didn't know, but I hoped.

The plot is incredible. This society figures out that puberty brings on special powers. There are five special powers you can attain - everything from telekinesis to mind take-over. To prevent these kids taking over the earth (I guess) they begin to bus children to reform camps. Only they aren't really reforming these kids. They are segregating them into special powers to control and watch them.

Ruby was taken from her home on her 10th birthday to a camp and without realizing it gets the scientist to mark her as green (telekinesis). Meanwhile the kids with the very cool, very dangerous powers are disappearing. After a test shows Ruby to be Orange (mind bender), she is taken to be "protected" only her protectors may not be what they profess.

She runs in to a group of kids, also special, they become her new family of sorts. Liam, Zu and Chubs are the ones who may be the ones to save Ruby, and she may save them.

I absolutely fell in love with the Black Betty kids who roam around trying to survive. Liam, Zu and Chubs are so uniquely wonderful. They truly become a basis for Ruby to learn, survive and have a relationship with, even though she is afraid to touch anyone. These kids were so much fun and to see their powers come out and protect them was incredible.

Summary -
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.

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