The Darkest Minds

Author: Alexandra Bracken 
Pages: 488 
Publisher: Disney Hyperion 
Format: Hardcover 
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): 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.

My Summary: Ruby was taken from her family at the age of ten and placed in a government-run 'rehabilitation camp' for kids like her - kids who, for whatever reason, began to show signs of extraordinary abilities. Trapped at camp for six years, Ruby believes she is exactly where she belongs after what she did to her parents.

But when a group of rebel agents takes a risk and breaks Ruby out of camp, the only thing she can think to do is run - as far and as fast as she can. Because these agents want her to become something she promised herself she'd never be: a weapon. 

My Thoughts: I adored every second of this book. I know I've said this before, but it needs repeating: I am seriously jealous of Alex Bracken's world-building skills. And they are skills, my friends: mad skillz. She weaves together a believable world complete with its own set of issues and dangers, and the reader barely notices that this idea of a world has been built in their heads until the story is over. 

The characters are amazing. I loved every single one, but I have to say, Chubs was my favourite. Poor guy just couldn't catch a break! Ruby was a great main character - she had that perfect mix of badass and good person, and even though she didn't always make the right choices, her slip-ups were forgivable. I really liked the premise of the book: I can't really describe the atmosphere in any other way than it reminded me a little of WW2. The idea of colours corresponding to powers was great as well.

But that ending. My heart, seriously. They were just -- and then -- gah, I can't talk about it yet. And I won't ruin it for the rest of you. Go have your hearts broken in your own terms!

Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys dystopian novels, as well as a little romance and paranormal YA. 


  1. I can't wait to read this book, because I've heard so many good things about it. The idea of a camp with gifted kids sounds great. Nice review! :)


  2. Thank you! Let me know what you think when you've read it :)


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