Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Release Date: January 1st, 2012
Series: The Darkest Minds #1
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
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 government ‘rehabilitation camp’. Ruby might have survived the mysterious disease that killed most of America’s children, but she and the others had 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. Now on the run, she is desperate to find East River, the only safe haven left for kids like her, and she joins a group of other runaways who have escaped their own camps. Liam, their brave leader, is falling for Ruby, but she 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 Liam. But there are also 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 – and one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.
There are not many things I regret doing in this world, but one of them is not reading THE DARKEST MINDS earlier. Seriously, why didn’t I? This is my type of book and I’m an idiot for letting it sit on my kindle unread for so long. Don’t make the same mistake I did, people, go read it now.
Why did I like it so much? I don’t know if I can pinpoint exactly what I loved because it really was everything. Ruby is a great, loyal, compassionate character who was easy to connect to. Other side characters were equally as great and distinct and awesome. The psychic powers in this book are insane, and I wish we had gotten to learn a little more about them. Most of the plot is a journey, as the gang tries to find the elusive East River and Slip Kid that could help them with all there troubles. There was action and moments where I didn’t know if characters were going to make it back alive. And THE ROMANCE. Slow building and filled with chemistry, but heart breaking at the end when one of the characters makes an incredibly hard decision that I think might have made me cry.
I only really have two complaints that stopped THE DARKEST MINDS from being absolutely amazing. 1) It started off a little slow. You have the prologue which leaves you
And then you get a few chapters of a history lesson on how the character came to be there and why the government is suddenly scared of all kids which could be a little slow. Thing 2) was some parts were a little predictable. Just a tad. There’s still a tonne of things that will surprise you.
THE DARKEST MINDS was really good and this terrible, short review is bad at explaining why (I read it a month ago, okay, and had exams after. I cant remember all of my feelings). I just know it’s’ good and you shouldn’t wait as long as I did to read it. I bought NEVER FADE almost immediately after I finished THE DARKEST MINDS and it’s so hard not to read it RIGHT NOW. So you should go start the series if you haven’t already because I think this is going to be a good one.