Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

November 29, 2013 Review 37 ★★★★½

Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
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Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Source: Publisher
Pages: 496
Release Date: January 1st, 2012
Series: The Darkest Minds #1
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
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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.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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.

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Overall: 4.7

37 Responses to “Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken”

    • Bec

      They are the best ones. It’s so hard to put into words how it effected you, so it must have been great.

      Hope your copy arrives soon!

    • Bec

      I try to stick through slow books, and for the most part they usually pick up. There’s not too many books I DNF.

      I’m so glad it did live up to the hype :D

    • Bec

      Thanks! That’s great to hear! Why do you hate it? I personally prefer it to the random person face with colours. And there’s symbols on it that relate to the book.

  1. Jess

    I think your review has officially swayed me to read the book. I was kind of iffy on whether

  2. Lectus

    Glad you liked it. I waited for this book for soooo long! When I finally read it (part of if, that is) I DNF. My issue was that Ruby was too weak, scared, and afraid of everything. Also, Ruby was taken to the camp when she was 10 and now she was 16. She had barely talked in her time there. She’s had no glance of the outside world: no books, no music, no tv, no nothing. Yet, the night she is “rescued” she recognized “the ebb and flow of Pink Floyd synthesizers” on the radio. How was that?
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    • Bec

      Shame you didn’t enjoy it :(

      I think that, because all the new generation was locked away, new music was never really introduced. So everyone is listening to the old songs from the 80s and 90s (Pink Floyd has been around for yonks, and with their mask thing they could basically be immortal), and maybe it was her parents’ type of music too. She’d have memories of the music she grew up with.

      I also thought Ruby was weak/scared was because if she didn’t cooperate, didn’t follow the rules she’d be beaten/tortured/whatever horrible things they did to the kids. And also, with her powers, she didn’t ever want to touch anyone and potentially ruin her life all over again.

  3. Cait

    I want to read this one soooo bad. I should just go on and get it! Every time I see the blurb…aahh, I just want it more. :)

  4. Sydney

    Oooo, this sounds like something I would enjoy! I think I might have to see if my library has this. I’m glad you mentioned the slow beginning that eventually becomes a well-paced ending. Slow-paced beginnings usually leave me sending books back to the library. :B
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    • Bec

      Yes, yes you must. The writing is good enough to stick around for the slow paced beginning. Try to stick through it though :)

  5. Tanja

    And here I’m neglecting this book more than ever. It sounds like my type of read as much as it sounds like yours. I love the sound of the main character and the story in general. I hope I’ll get to read this one. Great review, Bec :)
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  6. Kayla @ The Thousand Lives

    I just bought The Darkest Minds a few weeks ago, but still haven’t gotten around to reading it! And now I’m kind of kicking myself, because I bought the paperback version. Now when I buy Never Fade they won’t match!!! I’ve heard they’re both so good… I really need to pull myself together and read them.
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    • Bec

      I don’t have the hardback/paperback problem in AUS because most things are only released in paperback. They just like to change the covers midseries though.

      Definitely read them soon!

    • Bec

      The ending was just so shocking and hslsahaklshfask. I really liked it because it caused me pain.

      I haven’t picked up Never Fade yet either… But will. Soon…ish

  7. H

    omg, I don’t suppose you have ANY way of tracking down this version/cover of the book do you? I’m in Canada and only discovering this series and have found books 2 & 3 in the redesigned cover but the first is IMPOSSIBLE to find. I’m desperate!

    • Bec

      This is the Australian cover, which I haven’t been able to hunt down myself. I do have the Never Fade with this style of design. Your best bet may be finding an Australian online store that ships internationally.

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