Review: The Darkest Minds

March 2, 2013 Review 18 ★★★★

Review: The Darkest Minds
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
(Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository)

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 488
Release Date: December 18th 2012
Series: Darkest Minds #1
Genres: Dystopia
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.
Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

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.


Hey, you know what I liked? This book. You know what I didn’t like? This book ending. In that way. And some slow parts, but we’ll get to that.Ruby Daly ends up in a rehabilitation camp that is not totally unlike camps from the Holocaust. Children are taken away from their families-just because they were survivors of an awful disease. At only ten years old, she is taken away and sent off. She is a survivor, but it had consequences, her and the others possess unimaginable abilities.

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.

18 Responses to “Review: The Darkest Minds”

  1. Bec

    I have this on my Kindle to read… Eventually. I will get there! It’s good to know you liked it! Hopefully I will too :D

  2. Delaney

    The color separation thingie sounds very interesting! But some things I was like ehh about. I read some other reviews about this, i just can’t remember but there was something i was ehh about just like how you were. In any case, Wonderful review, Alise! I think I’ll wait awhile until I feel like picking this one up. Dystopias just don’t treat me nicely. XD

  3. Kelly

    I really like how you couldn’t say too much in your review, for fear of spoilers – that always speaks to a convoluted plot and I LOVE that! The color separation thing sounds interesting too; I’m trying to figure out what someone would have that would be orange…


    That book (kinda-ish) Reminded me of the hunger games! Especially the “people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government.” and the whole child containment camp. I’m glad you liked Darkest Minds! The ending was unfortunate…

  5. Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)

    I actually never took the time to read a review of this book or even know the summary. I don’t know why. I guess sometimes I’m not in the mood to read about dark books which is what I got the impression because of the cover. It sounds so sad that her parents actually locked her in the garage. It feels like child abuse. And when you mention Holocaust and those concentration camps! I feel like this book will make me feel outraged. I know these kids don’t have control of their dangerous powers but still! Hmmm… this book even if it was slow sometimes I think I will like despite my initial thinking. The color coding thing sounds interesting. I’m kind of worried about how I will feel about what happens to the kids for them to come back out with scars. I worry someone’s going to die :O I will definitely be adding this to my TBR list. Thanks for changing my mind about this book!

    • Alise (Readers In Wonderland)

      It’s not too dark, just the beginning, which seems like a hopeless situation. Well there was a reason they put her in the garage, and she was only in there for a little awhile. (I sound like I am justifying this haha) It’s a dystopian, so stakes are high, but this is an amazing read!

Leave a Reply

CommentLuv badge