Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Warnings: Mature themes
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.
I’d heard a lot of buzz surrounding this book lately on BookTube and on other blogging sites, and admittedly, I was a bit hesitant about picking it up. I had been disappointed with my last dystopian (Allegiant, understandably), but I decided to do it anyway, and I’m glad I did. The writing was great. I give Ms. Bracken a lot of props for engaging prose. However, I began to dread the first 100 pages or so. It took a lot from me, personally, to get through them. I also found the main character slightly tiresome in that span. After that, the plot smooths out very nicely (main character included) and gives way to a great story. The worldbuilding in this novel is really nice as well, and though some points might be a little foreseeable, it doesn’t take from the story as a whole at all. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and for the last 2/3 of it I couldn’t put it down. Also, can we talk about Liam, Zu, and Chubs? Oh, those three. Chubs is especially dear to my heart.
I ended up giving this book a 4/5 stars on goodreads.