Release Date: December 18th 2012
Series: Darkest Minds #1
Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.
When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby 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 its mysterious leader. But there are 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, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.
Boys and girls are separated, then divided again into colors: green, blue, yellow, orange, and red-each being more dangerous than the last. Each color has their own unique ability. Ruby spends more than half a decade in the camp, until one day, a chance comes to escape.
I had very few issues with THE DARKEST MINDS. It was a pretty entertaining dystopian, and the twists with “abilities” was intriguing, if not a little underused. I hope to see much more what each color is capable of in the sequel.
The were about four distinct settings in my opinion, and the longest one unfortunately happens to be the most tiring and repetitive. There is little going on, and I feel like it was there to more or less establish relationships and loyalty. Definite character development, but it lasted a little too long for my taste.
Almost every character gets chewed up and spit out by the plot and events that happen to them, and nearly everyone comes out with scars. There was an unexpected twist in the climax that involved someone that was probably one of my favorite characters, and a shocking ending.
I will be eagerly anticipating the next book.