Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken Review

Title: The Darkest Minds
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Dystopian Fiction/Science Fiction
Series: The Darkest Minds, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A lovely, frightening dystopian thriller among many, The Darkest Minds stands out for me because of the heroine, Ruby, and the struggle to stay true to herself amidst adversity and chaos--I can't wait for the next novel!

Ruby lives in a fragmented world where most of the world's children are dead, or infected with a strange disease that manifests in supernatural powers. Locked in a camp for most of her young life, Ruby escapes with the help of a doctor--and discovers three other children, just like her, who want to make it to the mythical East River compound, safe from the units chasing them. Once there, the little ragtag family of misfits finds that the danger may not just be on the outside..

What I enjoyed:
-the cinematic style of the writing that reminded me of the movie Push, or the novel Shatter Me
-the terrifying and dark world that Ruby and the other characters live in, especially the soldiers
-Ruby, and the way that she grows as a person and a hero throughout the novel
-Liam, and the way he leads, and the way he was so caring for others
-Chubs, resident doctor and cynic but with a heart of gold underneath
-Little Zu--she was one of my favorite characters in the novel
-Clancy, and the way Ruby figures it all out at the end
-The cliffhanger in the ending

What I didn't enjoy:
-it took a while to get into, I wasn't hooked until about one hundred pages in
-at times the narration was kind of hard to follow and got too jumbled for my taste
-The ending itself

Despite its flaws, I loved The Darkest Minds and can't wait for its sequel! Next on deck: Unnatural by Michael Griffo!

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