Dystopia (YA) | Fantasy (YA) | Science fiction (YA) | Young Adult fiction

Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (#1 The Darkest Minds)

19. August 2018


Young Adult/Science Fiction/Dystopia/Fantasy

When Ruby woke up on her tenth 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 sixteen, 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.

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I went into The Darkest Minds with somewhat of a closed mind. I have, for the last couple of years, felt like YA dystopia has the same “ring” to it. The young girl who is special someway (either she’s just chosen or she’s got extra powerful powers), goes against the government or whatever, and eventually ends up starting a revolution or joining one – and then all goes to shit. In between there’s a love-story.

I liked our main character to some extent, and I liked Ruby’s relationship to the other kids she joins after the camp, but I did not like Liam and I did not like the love-story between them. It was just too rushed and weird. I also hated the fact that it had all the YA cliche’s: girl meets boy, insta-love, sort of a love triangle, miscommunication between the lovers, then immediate “everything is fine” when shit goes down. I didn’t like it that much, but it’s not a bad book, just too similar to earlier books (The Hunger Games, Divergent, Shatter Me, Legend and so on).

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