Title: The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1)
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Published: Dec 18, 2012
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Format: Hardcover; 488pg
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.
“Don’t be scared. Don’t let them see.”
These are the words that Ruby has been trying to live by for the last 6 years. The character of Ruby is introduced to us at age 10 after her strange abilities begin to manifest. After the horrible accident with her parents, Ruby is terrified to let anyone close to her. Ruby is one of the few children of her generation to survive IAAN (Idiopathic Adolescent Acute Neurodegeneration.) This disease gripped the nation and many children died. Those left have special abilities and have been shipped to “rehabilitation camps” where they are divided into certain groups. Greens and Blues are the least likely to do any harm. Yellows, Oranges and Reds are the more powerful groups. At Thurmond, the rehabilitation camp Ruby has lived in since being taken at age 10, she is one of the last known Oranges. She is also hiding as a Green and constantly terrified of being caught.
Ruby is a very interesting character. She has so many walls built up, yet still has so much empathy for people. Ruby follows her gut and her heart. I loved the other character as well, especially Chubs.
And who couldn’t love Zu! Liam is the leader of their little group and feels responsible for all of them. He is a genuinely nice guy and that works against him sometimes. The group dynamics and interactions had me completely pulled into this novel. I can't wait to read Never Fade now!!
Overall, this book did an excellent job of keeping me interested and on my toes. I enjoyed reading it immensely!
5 stars to The Darkest Minds!