The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken | Review

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Title: The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, Book 1)
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Publisher: Disney Hyperion, December 2012
Genre: Young Adult – Dystopian
Page Count: 488
My Rating: 3.5 stars
Where to Purchase: Amazon, The Book Depository, Barnes and Noble

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 Thoughts:

I really wanted to be blown away by this book, but I was left disappointed. I’m not sure what exactly I was looking for, but I just wanted more.

There were so many aspects I feel very neutral about. The concept and back story was interesting, but it’s something we have all seen before. The plot was extremely slow paced. I found the ending to be very fast, but overall pretty predictable. The characters were believable, but I didn’t find myself getting attached to them until the very end. The romance elements felt a little off. Overall, this book just left me feeling “meh.” I have no strong feelings either way about it.

I would categorize this book as more of a “survivalist” story than a dystopian. The world feels more post-apocalyptic than anything else, so fans of that kind of storyline will probably enjoy this. The characters felt very realistic as well, so if you prefer character driven stories, I would recommend this.

I do plan on continuing with the series, but as of right now, I am in no rush to do so. I hope the next book picks up the pace a little more and is less predictable.

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