Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

My summary: Ruby lives, at some future point of time, in the United States. Most children are mysteriously dying. Those that are left living have special abilities. When Ruby turns 10 years old, her parents turn her into the government after she uses her ability without even realizing what she is doing. She is sent to a camp where kids are supposedly rehabilitated, but that is a lie the government tells. She faces unspeakable horrors for six years at the camp until one day an organization who wants to use her for her ability sneaks her out. However, she doesn't trust them and runs away. She gets taken in by a small mis-fit group of kids with various abilities who are looking for a place that is rumored to be safe for their kind. There is no telling if it is or if their group will make it alive.

What I thought: I loved this book! I didn't know exactly what to expect since this book is vastly different from the author's first book, Brightly Woven, which I also enjoyed. The Darkest Mind is definitely dystopian, but there were a lot of funny and bright spots amidst all the doom and gloom. Take great characters, a plot and writing style that really worked for me, and a realistic feeling and you have a very enjoyable read. That being said, it was also a very stressful read and had a challenging ending. I understood the ending, but it was hard to deal with. I loved seeing how each character dealt with their circumstances and the challenges they each faced. I also really appreciated that the relationship between the hero and heroine wasn't forced in any way, but felt natural and realistic to me. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series!

Content: There are no language or scenes, but there is quite a bit of non-descriptive and some descriptive violence, and some sexual tension/innuendo and possible rape because of what is going on in the story.
Genre: YA Dystopian
Publication date: December 1, 2012 by Disney Hyperion
Source: Library
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  1. That ending -- I kind of saw it coming, but it killed me all the same!

    1. I know. So heartbreaking, but inevitable. I know that it will work out in the end - at least it better. ;)

  2. I have seen this on some other blogs, but I have never actually seen what it was about or a review for it. It sounds like a good book though. Thanks for the review!

    1. It was really good! I would recommend it if you like dystopians with a paranormal aspect.


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