Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Book Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

It's book review time; I finished reading this book on the 2nd of November and I have already started book 2.  Let's get to review?

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken


This is another dystopian book and OMG, I am so glad I picked this up.  I am going to stop rambling and start this review.

Ruby is our main character, the day after her 10th birthday she is taken to a camp where kids with abilities are been taken too for "rehabilitation".  The abilities are distinguished by colors, there are Red, Orange, Yellow, Green and Blue, each with different abilities.  Ruby is an Orange and without knowing she uses her abilities into making the doctor think that she is a Green and because of that she stays at the Thurmond Camp while all the Reds, Oranges and Yellows are taken away.

Ruby is now 16 years old and escapes Thurmond with the help of a doctor name Cassie who is part of a League that "helps" kids like Ruby.  However, Ruby doesn't trust her and when she gets the opportunity she runs away and while she does she meets a trio of kids that have abilities.  They at first don't trust her and don't want her to stay with them, but with time she wins them all and they all realize that they can trust her.  Liam a Blue, Chubs also a Blue and the youngest of them Zu who is a Yellow, they escaped their camp too and are looking for East River; a place where kids like them are welcome and live in a community.  Their leader an Orange himself helps kids communicate with their families.  

When they get there, East River is not what they were expecting, their leader is Clancy, the President's son who is supposed to be "cured", there they realize that he is not "cured" and is not what he portraits to be.  He is mean, manipulative and plays with everyone's minds.  Zu is given the okay to leave East River with a few of Yellows and a Blue kid, Liam, Chubs and Ruby are not happy but they respect her decision.  Chubs doesn't trust Clancy and he is right about it.

No spoilers, but while at East River something terrible happens; Liam, Chubs and Ruby hide and escapes the tragedy.  They all agree that first they should deliver the letter of one of the kids that escape Liam, Chubs and Zu's camp. Chubs is able to contact his parents and plan a meeting with them but when he goes to talk to his friend's father, his reaction and actions was not what they were expecting.

In a moment of despair Ruby activates Cassie's panic button and that's were the book 1 ends, with Ruby and Liam taken to the League.

I hope I didn't give too much out, but to finish it off, I totally recommend this book and give a 5 out of 5 starts, the writing was amazing, the kind of writing that anyone can follow including kids.  Once I was done reading I had to get the 2nd book right away and read to know what happens next.  So, if you haven't read The Darkest Minds series, go ahead and do because you will not regret.

That's it for this review...off to read Never Fade.

XOXO,

Nelia