Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Rachel Rambles About The Darkest Minds

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
From Goodreads:
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.


This book has gotten so much hype since it was released, and I heard such amazing things about it, but I never had that much interest in it. But with all the buzz about the sequel lately, I finally decided that I needed to check it out for myself.



Ahem. *stops screaming*

The most impressive thing about this book is that it's a million different things all mixed together. I would have thought that trying to combine so many different genres and tones would make the story way too busy, but it totally works. I would classify The Darkest Minds as part dystopian, part science fiction, part supernatural. It's dark and depressing and humorous and action-packed all at the same time. I think that everyone would be able to find something to love about this book.

The world of The Darkest Minds seems frighteningly real, and it sort of scared me how easy it was to imagine living in this world. I mean, WOW. I haven't seen such amazing world-building in awhile. I was also impressed by the feeling of constant paranoia and the way the main characters are never sure who they can trust. It seems like Ruby and her friends never get a chance to just relax. They are always on their guard, and it creates a suspenseful story that had me on the edge of my seat.

The characters in this book took a little while to get used to, but they all eventually grew on me. Well, I mean, the good guys grew on me. The bad guys? Not so much. (You know who you are Mister [SPOILERS].) I started off unsure if I would like Ruby as a main character or not, but by the end of the book, I had become so used to her narration that I ended up loving her. Liam is my new Book Boyfriend, Chubs is one of the best platonic friends I've encountered in YA, and Zu is impossible to dislike because SHE'S JUST SO ADORABLE. :D I really like the relationship between all four of these kids. They're thrown into a situation where they have to rely on each other to survive, and as a result, they all become so close that they're almost like a family.

The Darkest Minds is one of the best books I've ever read. I devoured this book in just a few sittings, despite the fact that it's pretty large at almost 500 pages. This book has no dull moments. Something exciting is always happening, and just like the characters never seem to slow down, as a reader, it felt like I was thrown into one action-packed/scary/suspenseful/intense situation after another, with no time to relax in between.

I'm so glad I finally gave into the hype and read this because IT'S SO AWESOME. If you haven't read The Darkest Minds yet, JUST DO IT. You will not regret it.

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