The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken 

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken; 488 pages


A disease is sweeping across the United States. It only affects children and there are only two outcomes: death or the development of abilities, abilities that no human should possess. Ruby was 10 when she was taken to a “rehabilitation camp”. Six years later, with her true abilities about to be discovered, she is broken out. But the people who broke her out aren’t quite who they seemed. Now, stuck in a world that considers her a freak, Ruby must join with the only people she can, other kids like her. 

My thoughts: 

I love it when authors write about characters that are teenagers and they actually act like teenagers. The main characters in this book are kids that have developed unnatural abilities and were taken away from their families. They actually acted like scared kids who have gone through a tragedy and don’t know what to do.

Ruby was taken from her family when she was 10 and then was told how awful she was for the next 6 years which makes her timid and terrified. Liam tries to act like a leader but you can tell he’s just as clueless as the rest of them. It is what makes reading this book so good. 

It also got off to such a fast start and it didn’t feel like a total info dump. I thought the story developed at such a great pace! This is how you should write the first book in a series. Get to know the characters, set the scene, set up the major plot line. I honestly loved everything about this book. I really can’t wait to read the next book in the series! 

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Goodreads Challenge: 33/105

Next review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher 

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