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When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged wiWhen Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have 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 having a life worth living....

Title : The Darkest Minds
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Number of Pages : 496 Pages
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The Darkest Minds Reviews

  • Sarah Maas
    2019-04-12 04:05

    THE DARKEST MINDS is one of the best books I have EVER read. No joke. I can't even properly express how much I love this book. It touched my soul--it's THAT incredible. It haunted me for days and days (and still does!). The world-building and plot are phenomenal (it leaves you absolutely breathless in spots!), and the characters are some of the most vivid I've encountered. When 2012 rolls around, DO NOT miss this book--it will stay with you long, long after you've finished reading it.

  • Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
    2019-03-22 07:57

    If The Hunger Games brought back my faith in YA dystopia, Darkest Minds made me an atheist. This book has a plot filled with more holes than a Dunkin Donuts. It is mind-boggling to me that the rating in this series is as high as Hunger Games when the supporting characters in this book are are without personality nor complexity, combined with a weak-ass, whiny wimp of a main character, not to mention the majority of a book is a pointless snoozefest of a roadtrip. Let's for 1 minute talk about The Hunger Games. The world is well-developed, well thought out, and honestly, the best thing about that series for me lies in Katniss' personality and strength of character (let's just forget Mockingjay ever happened *curls up into a ball and weeps*).The events in this book just plain don't make any damned sense. And not as in the whole "What?! There's no way hundreds of thousands of kids could just DIE out of nowhere and then some develop psychic powers!" No. Believing that that event could happen is a willing suspension of disbelief, one that every reader accepts. This book had me in disbelief.Take, for instance, the whole "Shit, our kids are either dying or turning into the X-Men (they're not mutants, but you get the point)" thing. Hundreds of thousands of kids are dying. The government's solution: LOCK UP THE SURVIVORS WHO COULD BE DANGEROUS.What the FUCK, why?!Granted, the government isn't the most rational of entities, but let's think of it this way. To be a little clichéd, the young is the future. There's a Social Security crisis right now because there are too many old people who need support and not enough of the working young giving tax dollars to support them. Same with developing countries. More young people = more workers.Therefore, my reasonable mind comes up with these few questions:1. Why the fuck is the government locking up the future? No kids means no population growth (unless you do mass test tube babies or something and we ain't that advanced yet) -> decline of a country. Yeah, I don't think our government is that stupid. Or at least, I hope not.2. Why the fuck is the government overreacting when they don't even know if these kids are dangerous? I mean some of the Oranges can read minds. I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT THAT'S PRETTY FUCKING USEFUL. THEY SHOULD BE TRAINING HER FOR THE FUCKING CIA, AM I RIGHT? Best spy ever! But noooooooooo, they ship them away and lock them up as dangerous. Doesn't make any fucking sense.Then, when the kids are in the camp. They just bend over and take it because they're poor little helpless kids.Not.Please. We saw one of the kids make a security guard shoot herself in the mouth. The kids are strong, they clearly have powers. Why just take the abuse when they can easily free themselves?!Makes no fucking sense.And then there's Ruby. I hate Ruby so much. Her level of whine in this book made Katniss in Mockingjay look strong and tough in comparison. Wah wah wah. Wah wah wah. I have strong superpowers. Wah wah wah I'm a monster. Wah wah wah I'm unnatural. Fuck you.Maybe it's just me, but wouldn't having mental powers be the coolest thing in the world? Imaging the evil and havoc I could wreak (I could do good, but that ain't my thing). I want a character who embraces her own strength. I want a character who matures through her weakness. All Ruby ever does is whine, whine, whine. I'm sick of her pitiful, maryred mewlings.The Bad Guys have no personality. They have no complexity. They're there to abuse and hurt and nothing else. There is nothing human in them, and that's just unbelievable. This book was a waste of time.

  • Emily May
    2019-04-13 09:11

    “They were never scared of the kids who might die, or the empty spaces they would leave behind. They were afraid of us-the ones who lived.”Ever since The Darkest Minds was released at the height of the dystopian craze in 2012, I think I've been subconsciously saving it to enjoy at a later date when the hype died down and I was no longer sick of reading YA dystopias. With an average rating of over 4.3, I was sure that I would enjoy it when I eventually gave in. But now, to be honest, I am clueless to where the hype stems from.The strongest part of the book is undoubtedly the first 20-25%. Bracken creates a frightening world where a plague tears through kids, killing most of them and leaving the survivors with weird powers. Psi powers, as they are soon called by the terrified adults. Ruby is just ten years old when her powers surface and she is sent to Thurmond - a "rehabilitation" camp for the Psi kids. For six years, though, she manages to keep the extent of her power secret, until one day the truth comes out and she must flee Thurmond in order to stay alive.This first part kept me hooked, hence the extra star. Thurmond is suitably dire and Ruby's fear suitably realistic enough to make it interesting. But after she escapes, what follows are three-hundred pages of an extended road trip. And, hell, it was so slooooowwwwww.Perhaps it would have been okay if I'd found Ruby more interesting, less irritating. I found her inner whining, cowardice, and reluctance to use her powers for anything (even when it would have been so freaking useful!) just plain annoying. I thought the romance was thrown in for no other reason than because people expect it from the genre. Liam was sweet enough, but I never felt any chemistry between them. In fact, Ruby's earlier comments about her being educated to 4th grade level and her obvious emotional immaturity made the romance seem kind of weird to me.But mostly, I just wished it would pick up. They rode around in a truck called "Black Betty", constantly running from someone or looking for something else. The author threw in a few car chases in an attempt to speed up this road trip, but it didn't work. I'm amazed I actually managed to struggle through those hundreds of pages in the middle, given that at least 200 pages could have been cut from The Darkest Minds and it still would have told the same story.And - not sure if this is considered a spoiler but just in case - (view spoiler)[the plot comes back to where we started before the road trip, anyway! The plot moves at a good pace until 20%, then there's a road trip where very little happens beyond the romance, then in the last part of the book we end up back at the 20% point. What a waste of time and paper. (hide spoiler)]The only consolation is that I'd heard the sequel wasn't as good as this anyway, so at least I'm not feeling the need to read it. So disappointing, though.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr | Youtube

  • Kaylee Magic
    2019-04-19 11:16

    OH. MY. GOD. Ohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygod!!This book was so damn beautiful, so damn heartbreaking, and so damn freaking AMAZING! I think it's one of the most in-depth books I've read since The Hunger Games -- and I mean that with my heart and soul. It's not just another fluffy mock-intense book; it's not just another dystopian knock-off that I could never see happening in real life; it's not another sweet romance without anything else of substance that makes for a good time passer but doesn't make me think. The Darkest Minds succeeds where I feel 99% of dystopian novels fail in creating a terrifyingly dark yet realistic world that could very much happen tomorrow. Not only was I extremely immersed in the world, but I believed in it. That isn't an easy thing to pull off! (Sorry Divergent, Wither, Delirium, etc. I love all of you but I never believed that any of your dystopian futures could possibly come true!) Alexandra Bracken's world takes place sometime in the future when more than half of the younger generation is infected with a diseased called IAAN. The rest of them are labeled as Psi -- psychic -- and are cursed with abilities that the adults don't know how to deal with. They're scared of these kids, so they lock the surviving Psi children up in concentration camps, force them to do laborious work, and basically condemn them to a prison-like life. It's dark, and gloomy, and heartbreaking what these kids go through, but it's also so damn GENIUS. I'm trying not to spoil any of the major twists, but let me warn you: Crying may overtake you. Heartache is inevitable. Enough with vampires and werewolves and faeries and witches. It's time to be scared of psychics, damn it!I love Ruby (our dangerous yet warm sixteen-year-old heroine) with a fierce, undeniable passion! She's so strong for someone who's been through so much, and it isn't just told to us. We figure that out ourselves when she's carted off to a concentration camp at only ten years old and somehow manages to maintain her sanity; we figure that out when she finally reveals what happened to her parents and when we watch her risk everything to protect those she loves. She pretends to be Green to avoid the terrible fate that awaits the ever-more-corrupted Oranges, but there's never a time when she's not in danger and that somehow makes our time with her precious. Then there's Liam -- and oh god, I want to cry again whenever I think of him. He's HANDS DOWN one of my favourite boys in literature! It's no secret that I'm in love with the badass bad boy types, but Liam (sweet, Southern, and gifted with a heart the size of the Empire State Building) has reminded me exactly why the genuinely good guys need to top. As the sort-of leader of a growing rebellion to break more kids out of concentration camps, Liam's first encounter with Ruby definitely isn't a cliche -- but hell, I smiled so widely and fell for him so hard that I'll bet other authors will be trying to make it one after they read this book. And their relationship just blooms from there. No insta-love, no awkwardly forced conversations, no questioning how they could possibly work out. The way they are together... God, they just fit and they realize it maybe only a few beats after we do. And it's so real and beautiful and perfect that I immediately pushed over boys like Jace Wayland and Travis Maddox on my Book Boy Wishlist and added Liam to the top 5! "God." He shook his head, mouth twisting into a shadow of a smile. "Did you know... you make me so happy that sometimes I actually forget to breathe? I'll be looking at you, and my chest will get so tight... and it's like, the only thought in my head is how much I want to reach over and kiss you."I LOVE HIM SO F*CKING MUCH. ♥COMMENT ON WRITING: (Please take note, future authors, because this is SO SO SO important!!!) As a teenage girl who plans to major in English and reads more books than should be legal, I can gratefully say that Alexandra Bracken can write. Like a goddess. Oftentimes, a book will have an amazing premise and storyline but writing that makes me want to pull my hair out or is so simplistic that a sixth grader could've written it. I was starting to get annoyed with YA books for that reason. With The Darkest Minds, that is not the case! Bracken finds a way to make Ruby's voice pure and beautiful and SO easy to connect with, all without the annoying whiny tone that a lot of author's give their heroines in their attempt to not sound flat. I can honestly say that it's probably one of the best written books I've ever read, not just this year!Alexandra Bracken not only doesn't treat her readers like they're stupid (because we DO have the capability to put two and two together, you know), but she also explores her world more as we go along. She doesn't info-dump all the world's details into one chapter that bores its readers to tears; she reveals everything piece by piece, gradually pulling apart mysteries all the while moving the pace along with a quick pace that kept my heart clenched the entire time. All of which certifies that Alexandra Bracken is a genius in hiding. In conclusion... Have you read my review at all? Do I even need a conclusion? All you need to know is that if you're stuck between deciding whether you should read this book or not, BUY IT. Even if you're unsure, BUY IT. Even if you hate me, BUY IT. That's because my love extends waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay beyond 5 stars here. And I'm trying to be generous around Christmastime, so just take my world on this, all right? You will LOVE this. ;) ♥

  • Christine Riccio
    2019-03-30 10:12

    MUST READ. FANTABULOUS BOOK. I just posted my booktalk ( ) which includes Review / Reaction / and Discussion on all the feelings it created.

  • Christine Delilah (Maramochabooks)
    2019-03-25 07:16

    I literally flipped to a random page, and these were the first words I found:"Don't be scared," she whispered. "Don't let them see."I introduce to you: Frozen, the dystopia edition. PLOT RUNDOWN:After a deadly virus hits killing a majority of children in the United States, our Snow Queen of the story is sent away for her powers. Every other child demonstrating unnatural abilities is also shipped to these camps. The Greens are the intelligent:You may be thinking: "wait... that's not a cool superpower? Why are they even sent to the bootcamp?Well don't worry, you'll get all those questions and more, unanswered as well!The Blues are the telekinetic, aka the power we all wanted as children:Now that's what I call a superpower. The Yellows are the electrokinetic:It seems cool... all the way until you break every electronic you find. The Reds are the fire manipulators:These guys are also known as, "the ones you don't meet, but are substantially more interesting than everything else."Who needs dragons when you can breathe fire?The Oranges, aka the Slytherin's, are the telepathic:Ruby Daly wakes up with Jean Grey superpowers, well only part of it. She can go into other peoples minds and communicate with them. Difference is, this mutant is even more oppressed. She must find a way to escape before her cover is blown and everyone finds out that she's not as harmless as she seems. With a power she can't control and world that fears her, life can never be easy.Watch as a band of Americas most wanted mutants go on a... on a... road trip?But wait, there's more I mean MORE car crashes! In all honestly I actually quite enjoyed this novel. I'm a huge sucker for anything regarding supernatural abilities, but good writing is always needed. The author did a beautiful job at creating the world and helping me sympathize with the characters. I even found myself mourning the deaths of characters I never met. The start is very captivating as we get a showcase of the powers off the bat. It's more slow paced, but at times you forget to notice while you focus on all the development. The main lacking component would probably be chemistry. I didn't feel any chemistry between the group of friends, yet alone the romantic interests. These characters were quite young, but I don't think that excuses a "you're a boy, I'm a girl, we have hormones, let's date!" romance. Overall I loved the theme, plot line, and main character. P.S. I've been frantically trying to interact with everyone today without leaving messages that are repetitive. Anyways, I'd love to thank all of you guys for being so supportive, I know I said it in my last review, but I wanted to say it again. Oh and who's going to watch the new Suicide Squad movie coming out in August?I know I am!

  • SerenaSmiles
    2019-03-27 09:57

    THE ROYAL REVIEW for...The Darkest MindsBy Alexandra BrackenWARNING: This review contains spoilers. no.NO!NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! LIAMM !![image error]Why? Why must you do this to me? There is only so much my heart can take…Alexandra Bracken you have managed to weave my heart full of glowing bright fibers of pure gold and happiness, then, just when I decide to blink, managed to crushed it with a giant sledge hammer over and over again into tiny pitiful particles in the form of tears… AND I LOVE YOU FOR IT![image error]Okay, Let’s rewind for a second for those who have yet to read this a-fricken-mazing novel. In short, this is a dystopia where kids are being infected by a disease known as IAAN. Basically it affects kids who have yet to reach, or in the process of going through, puberty. (Oh, yes, puberty. Yet another factor added to the fun of those good ol’ days.) Those kids who are infected either drop dead, or develop certain special powers which are categorized in colours. We are first introduced to our strong, very beautiful, and incredibly kick-ass protagonist named Ruby. Except, she doesn’t know that about herself just yet, which I love because Bracken managed to show not only the deepness of Ruby’s character, but also enabled her to develop both mentally and physically throughout the book. Ruby was obviously quite strong since the very beginning, and had a lot of potential however, it was that fear of being found out that held her back and was her Achilles heel. I enjoyed rooting for her throughout the book as she quickly became stronger as time progressed. I must admit, there were some parts where I really felt like ripping her head off or chaining her to a post or something that would stop her from doing whatever stupid thing she had decided was right (especially when it came to Clancy, whom I secretly have a major crush on), but she always managed to win me over again, so, Ruby, you can just go chill over there in my favorite heroines VIP corner while I move on to your oh-so-lovely counterpart… oh yeah. You know who I’m talkin’ bout. Readers, May I introduce the catch-me-before-I-faint gorgeous, and oh-so lovable southern gentleman, Liam Stewart! [image error][image error]Let me just say this: Liam, you have forever raised all expectation I now have of men in the real world. I don’t know if I should thank you for giving me so many incredible feels, or hate you for ensuring that I stay forever alone. [image error]What I loved about Liam was that his life did not revolve all around his love for Ruby. Instead he had so many other important aspects in his life that he held dear to his heart, like his need to help others, or his loyalty to his friends, and included Ruby as one of those most important aspects, while still, somehow, managing to stay a swoon-worthy romantic love interest that totally blew Clancy off his mysteriously-creepy, yet very hot, ass. I mean, let me just list some his good points (since listing all of them is not even possible):• He’s a family man. Not only when it comes to finding his parents, but how he took Chub, Zu, and Ruby in like with an open mind and heart and cared for them like family. His loyalty to them is strong and pure, and that, my friends, already hooks a hook deep into the heart by itself. • He’s the definition of gorgeous. Ash blonde hair, blue eyes, slight scruff. I kind of imagine a boy-next-door/cowboy in my mind when I picture him. I think it was mentioned that he was also quite lean and muscular or something (?). No surprise there. This is Liam, of course. • He has an accent. Southern drawl. Nuff said.• He’s smart. I mean, plan master who organized the first successful break out? COME ON! The boy’s a keeper. • He's soooo sweet. “Did you make me so happy that sometimes I actually forget to breath? I'll be looking at you, and my chest will get so tight...and it's like, the only thought in my head is how much I want to reach over and kiss you.” [image error]Ohh lordy...Now, I can go on for days listing everything good about him, but I’d probably need my own page or something or that. Anyways, MOVING ONTo the creepy guys...[image error]And yes, may I say they are creepy indeed. Yet, somehow, they managed to intrigue me and urged me to find out more. That’s a hard things to do when writing these types of characters cause usually I find that the “bad guys” end up turning out kind of flat, with no substance or appeal. And although Martin was definitely not appealing in any sense of the word, he still was able to tug at my curiosity. Pretty much all these guys need to learn a thing or two about personal space.For example, I whirled around and slapped that same clammy hand back down into his lap. My next breath caught in my throat. Do not touch me, I wanted to say; don’t think I won’t break every single finger on that hand. But he was still grinning at me, his tongue on his cold sore, his hand rising again. Only this time, he wagged his fingers in my direction, taunting. [image error]or how about this?Martin picked at the sore with grubby nails until blood appeared and he licked it off with his lips and the tip of his fingers. Watching me, like he expected me to ask for a taste. [image error]umm… no thank you. Don’t feel like catching Hep B today...In short, Bracken did an excellent job in making sure the creepy guys were either seriously messed up, or deep, or dark, or, well, creepy.[image error]Other details that helped pile on those golden stars:The slow, and a little rocky, build up on Ruby and Chub’s friendship was simple fantastic. We really get to see them grow in a way that showed a true and interconnected relationship that ended up quite strong. Throughout the course of their relationship there was tension, arguments, and suspicion, but eventual make-ups, sweet “i-got-your-back-ol-buddy-ol-pal” moments, and an unspoken understanding that tied everything up beautifully between these friends. And then near the last few pages of the book, while I was enjoying their happy mission-accomplished moment,(view spoiler)[ Chubs goes and gets shot (hide spoiler)] and I’m all like[image error][image error][image error]Mmmm Hm. Don’t mess with my Chubs, boy. Then there was The Ending. Cue the thunder and rain that will accompany my ocean of tears that aim to drown me in anguish. Yes, it was that depressing. Just as I was gushing and blushing over the most adorable Liam/Ruby scene ever where they are imagining a world where they ride off into the sunset together[image error]Ruby goes all Obliviate on his ass[image error]And Liam doesn’t remember her anymore[image error]And then…JustLeaves.…[image error][image error][image error][image error]I spent a few minutes considering therapy afterwards. Excuse me while I go and change the bandages around my heart. [image error]I also loved how this romance was not insta-love! Which totally gave this book at least an automatic three stars in my mind when I realized that from the beginning. Development, development, development! I cannot stress that enough! It’s clear that Bracken put a lot of deep thought into developing this novel. The world was incredibly created and strangely realistic, as far as world where kids are running around with powers can go, of course. The voices and dialogues stayed true to characters, and the pacing was perfect! There was hardly ever a dull moment, even when there were explanations about Psi powers and all that jazz, I was still sucked into the story because there was always something going on the kept my eyes glued to those pages. And let me tell you, it was not pretty when I was forced to part from this book in between breaks. [image error]Let's just say by the end I was a big blubbering mess[image error]It wasn't pretty.Anywhoozles, until the next book comes out I will be attempting to mend the huge gaping hole in my chest that I do not blame this book for producing one bit. I'd do it all over again if there was some way to read this one for the first time all over again. Sighhh, if only...OK! 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  • Mitch
    2019-04-08 04:48

    On the surface, The Darkest Minds has a lot more going for it than your typical dystopian. It's incredibly dark and disturbing, but more than that, there's a certain realism to Alexandra Bracken's writing that makes the plot believable in a way few other books in the genre are. Yeah I'm frustrated, but not because this book is a generic dystopian - it's not, not because the plot calls for kids being rounded up in concentration camps and shot in the back - though that happens, but because I feel like this is a book with massive potential derailed by piss poor execution.For one, the concentration camp angle really bothers me, but not for the reasons you might think. We've had internment camps in this country before, so I'm not going to question whether it's realistic the government can round up kids and lock them up - it's a stark reminder of what could happen, except to say, if all the kids are either dead or locked up, and having more is illegal for fear of more tiny terrors with psychic powers running around, yeah, the United States isn't going to survive once the last twenty something dies of old age, no? Just something I wish Bracken would’ve considered. But beyond that, it’s the way Bracken handles the concentration camps that really irks me, because I am not a fan of writing bad guys to be incredibly sadistic for no reason other than to score sympathy points for the victims. It just never works for me. And that’s exactly what happens here, we have adult guards rifle butting and mentally abusing little kids, and for what? So I can feel sorry for Ruby and the other child victims? It’s strange, because Bracken actually has an out - the Oranges, the kids with mind control powers, some of them really are mentally unstable and get the guards to shoot each other, and if I were a guard at a place like that I’d be scared like shit and might take my constant paranoia out on the kids. That psychological angle would’ve at least given a point to all the child abuse (besides as cheap emotional manipulation), but I don’t think Bracken worked that distinction into the story until too late - until my impression of a camp run by sociopaths for housing sociopaths made me want to fling my copy of the book across the room.Then Ruby manages to escape, and for one glorious moment I thought my frustration would be over - but turns out... not even close. Because this is a book with no end game, no direction, none of the characters, Ruby included, really knows what the heck they’re doing. So Ruby basically stumbles around from one ‘bad guy’ organization (the U.S. government) to another before she just happens to fall in with Liam, Chubs, and Zu and go on the lamest road trip ever. I think my eyes started glazing over as they’re driving around, because Liam is completely bland and not an interesting character in the slightest, Liam and Ruby together are a total fail, Chubs and Zu have their moments of brilliance but end up contributing very little to the overall plot, and the whole thing just meandered around until just when I thought I couldn’t take any more of it they get shot at by bounty hunters or somebody and my interest is briefly sparked until their pursuers are dealt with and I’m back to being bored. The whole time, none of them really has a plan for what they're going to do, it's mostly Ruby wanting to learn more about her powers while the others stick with her because they don't have anywhere better to go I guess? And this cycles three or four times as they’re going up and down the Eastern Seaboard looking for this supposed hiding place where they’d be safe and where Ruby can learn more about her powers, and the only thing it ultimately does for me is remind me that journeys which are just a string of random plot points assembled together usually aren’t very interesting unless you’re doing it Jumanji style by hitting the characters with various dangerous jungle obstacles at the roll of a dice.So finally, the three four of them make it to the sanctuary they were looking for. Interestingly enough, I’m not spoiling anything, this is all in the summary, but two thirds of the book has already gone by. Anyway, after being introduced to *two* evil organizations already, neither of which has been sufficiently developed to make them compelling enough for me to actually care whether they’re a threat or not, I’m introduced to another group that may or may not be evil and I’m trying to think what the heck Bracken’s trying to do with all these groups and... I have no clue. Something about using the kids to take control of the country, but how does group one figure with groups two and three? None of the groups really interact with each other, characters pop up, do stuff, then disappear again, and I'm really left with zero idea why Ruby would choose to work with any one of these groups over the others... well, besides the government, since they’ve been torturing her for years. Sure, there are a few reveals at the camp, but nothing I couldn't guess from before, and no real information that would actually tell me where the plot is going - how are Ruby and her friends going to take down the evil dystopian government? What's the point of the Children's League? What's their game? And was that just a rape scene I read and nobody really says anything? And you know, the ending, I supposed I should be shocked or outraged or something, but considering I never actually liked Liam, he didn’t do much of anything during the book, I don’t think I’ll miss him.In short, the best part of the book, writing wise at least, was the first couple of chapters describing the horrors of the camp, though the way it was done pissed me off completely. After that, it felt likes these characters just aimlessly wandered around waiting for the plot to find them rather than actually doing anything about their situation and nothing really happened. So thanks The Darkest Minds for the two hours of my life I’ll never get back.

  • Alexandra Bracken
    2019-03-26 09:15

    ETA--For those confused about the title change:, I like it a whole lot! Can't wait to hear what you guys think!

  • ♥ Becky22
    2019-04-13 04:47

    Everybody,everybody should go read this book. Like right now. The Darkest Minds is amazing. This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. 100% recommended. [image error]1) The writing = perfection. I felt like I was there. I could hear the music when Ruby and Liam were dancing by the fire. I felt the cold from the AC in the hotel room. I honestly felt like I was there. And the writing is beautiful. And also funny. "Use the damn map," Chubs groused behind him."I can figure it out without it," Liam insisted. He kept swiveling his head back and forth, like he expected someone to appear and guide him in the right direction with road flares and fanfare.Five minutes later, the map was spread over the steering wheel, and Chubs was gloating in the backseat.2) Liam. Liam is definitely NOT your typical YA love interest. You know how some authors feel the need to constantly point out how hot a character is? (Sometimes I feel like they do that to make up for the character's lack of personality...) And then those characters are all moody and mean to our protagonist and treat her crappy, but that's okay, because, look how hot they are. (Ugh.)With Liam that is definitely not the case. I'm not saying that he's not good-looking. I'm saying that he's SO KIND. He treats Ruby with nothing but respect and kindness. He's goodhearted and honest and a wanna-be-hero in the best possible sense. Don't think he's boring because he's no mysterious, brooding paranormal bad boy. (Well, he is paranormal!) He's awesome. I don't think I've ever read about a character like him. Absolutely love him.3) Chubs, Zu, Ruby and all the other charactersI loved ALL of the characters in this book, even the bad guys (though you guys figure out who they are for yourselves. Sometimes it's not that easy to tell right away.) Even when Chubs was being cruel, I still liked him, because I understood why he was acting the way he was. I also really liked Ruby, our protagonist. Even though I didn't agree with all of her choices (every time the panic button was mentioned, I wanted to scream at her to just get rid of it), I still felt for her, and I understood her actions, and I was impressed by how much she changed throughout the book.The plotPerfect. 'Nuff said.Fave quotes When a girl cries, few things are more worthless than a boy."This is Lee Stewart?" he demanded. "From Caledonia?""FromNorth Carolina"," Liam said with surprising venom. The thing about enthusiasm - especially Liam's particular brand - was that it was catching. "Did you know ... you make me so happy that sometimes I actually forgot to breathe?" Spoiler Stuff(view spoiler)[ Freaking Clancy. Didn't trust him from the beginning. Had to go all love triangle on our Ruby. Idiot. The ending. Goddamnit. Broke my heart. Ruby better find a way to give Liam his memories back in the sequel. That was horrible. I was scared throughout the book that this would happen, but I hadn't expected her to do it intentionally. Although I do understand why she did it and I don't blame her. But damn, that was sad.(hide spoiler)] Basically, this was one of those books where, whenever you're not reading it and you remember that it's waiting for you at home, you smile. ★★★★★/★★★★★ ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Raeleen Lemay
    2019-04-10 09:04

    OH MY GOD THIS BOOK WAS SO BORING.I also felt like the world and all of the powers weren't explained very well, and you're constantly in the dark! It's ok to leave some things unanswered until later, but basic things should be explained early on, and I didn't feel like they were in this book.Highly disappointing.

  • lolo'
    2019-04-21 09:58

    I JUST LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH. MY HEART ACHESSSSSS FOR LIAM I NEED HIM IN MY LIFE. Thank youuuu literary gods for making me love this book.I LOVE IT.Passenger is nooooooothing compared to this.I love everything about it.The writing I love it. The powers are so awesome.The characters AHHHHH.Liam my sweet cinnamon roll I love you forever and always.CHUBS IS MY FAVORITE AND IS MY NEW FICTIONAL BESTFRIEND!!Zu i just want to wrap her in a blanket and keep her safe. RUBY IS AWESOME AND THE CHARACTER GROWTH OMG.Clancy? Hmm... Martin? Weirdo.I JUST LOVE EVERYTHING AND I KNOW BOOK TWO WILL BREAK MY SOUL.Wow just WOW.

  • Lauren
    2019-04-12 04:08

    "That girl was gone forever, and all that was left was a product of the place that had taught her to fear the bright things inside of her heart."For once I understand why a book has so much hype. So many books are overrated and others are so underrated. The Darkest Minds deserves the 4.28 average stars it has. It deserves much more than that. This book destroyed me and if I wasn’t in public when I was reading the ending I probably would have done more than tear up. I would have starting crying even though the ending wasn’t so so sad but I always cry in books. This book was one of the best I've ever read. I wasn’t that excited to read this book. I was a little hesitant. I've been utterly disappointed in the past when I read a book that is so popular but then I can’t fathom why. I thought ‘Oh it's just another dystopian/fantasy book that is probably just like the rest’. BUT NO. This book was better than I possibly could have imagined. From the beginning, I was already drawn into the book. One of the reasons I wasn't that excited was because I didn’t really know what the book was about. I just skimmed the blurb and dove in hoping I wasn’t going to be disappointed. The plot was just so intriguing. Sometimes I think all dystopian books are the same. The world is in chaos and then some heroine comes in the saves the day. This book was unique and I’m so glad I picked it up. This is going to be a book I will never forget. In some reviews, people say that they only started liking it half way through but I loved it from the beginning. As soon as we learn about whats going on the world Ruby lives in I was engrossed in the book. I don't even have the proper worlds to express my love for this book. Right now I need to go lower the ratings of some of my other books because this book made me realise that some other books don't deserve to have the same rating as this one. Everyone needs to read this book because it is REMARKABLE!

  • Montzalee Wittmann
    2019-03-30 05:00

    The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken is one creepy, but good book! Something happened to the kids when mistake happened. The white noise buffer they always hear stopped. A strange loud noise pierced the air and the ears of the kids. Many kids died right away, others slowly, and others changed. Some slowly, others quickly. The government took all the kids to a brutal camp. One of the camp "doctors" save her and got her out of the camp, but she knows this doctor is going to use her. Very intense story. These kids have 'gifts' they use. Very cool book! Loved it. I got this at the library.

  • Etnik
    2019-03-31 05:14

    All of my friends seem to have read this series,and I have heard nothing but amazing things about it.Any feedback?

  • Anja
    2019-03-21 06:48

    *5 DARKEST STARS*Sobbing. That's all I can do right now. That ending was so heartbreaking I can't even get my thoughts straight. I'm still wondering why it took me so long to decide to read this absolute gem of a book. I would give this evey star in the galaxy if I could!I'm really sad I still haven't been able to get my hands on the sequel, since I really NEED to read how this continues asap!Full review coming soon!

  • Regan
    2019-04-19 10:52

    Absolutely fantastic, it feels like its been a long time since I've read a book so good. The characters had depth, the story was engrossing and action packed, I honestly could not put this book down. Easily in my top for this year ALREADY.

  • Kogiopsis
    2019-04-13 05:02

    Edit: Re-read in May 2014, but leaving original review standing because it still expresses my feelings perfectly.Edit x2, January 2016: Having read some negative reviews, I'm thinking I might need to reread again and re-write this - not because I have doubts, but because I'm a little pissed off at the way people react to a traumatized teen by calling her whiny. I've had friends say it, I've seen reviews complaining about it, and it infuriates me. Come at me, bros; I'll fight you for Ruby Daly's honor.Owow ow owow ow ow ow owI don'tknow what to do with this bookand all of these feelings ow ow owObviously it's been too long since I last re-read Brightly Woven because I remembered that Alexandra Bracken was a good writer but I seem to have forgotten HOW good until this book punched me in the gut.God.How do I talk about this?I don't even know. I finished it at about 8:30 last night and the ending basically rendered me nonfunctional for an hour. I vacuumed my room because I couldn't get my brain to cooperate on anything else.Let me count the ways in which this book was stupendous:1. An absolutely chilling dystopia. Plague diseases are basically my biggest fear, so that aspect had me freaked out from the very beginning, but what was even scarier were the camps. I've seen some reviews mentioning that they didn't think the U.S. government really would have locked kids with freaky powers up in internment camps, and to them I say: obviously you aren't familiar with the shit our government pulls on a regular basis. That is exactly what would happen, and that's what makes it scary.Honestly, this dystopia struck me as markedly closer to classics of dystopian literature - 1984, Brave New World, The Handmaid's Tale - than pretty much anything else I've read in this current faddish YA craze. Yes, even more so than The Hunger Games (though I'm sure fans will disagree with me). I've been trying to figure out why, and I think what it is is that the world of The Darkest Minds is incredibly harsh in a way a lot of YA authors seem to shy away from. LOTS of people die (again, something I've seen other reviewers complain about but stridently disagree with them about) and in incredibly brutal ways. There are multiple factions and every single one of them is dangerous and vicious. This world is horrifying and that is what makes it work.2. Genuinely scary characters. This gets its own category because I CANNOT BELIEVE HOW TERRIFYING THESE KIDS WERE??? Friggin' Martin, holy shit. And the villain - not to spoil anything but AAAAAAAAAAAAAAH. Again, totally believable - bunch of kids who have been ripped from or thrown out of their homes and treated as less than animals for years and have these potentially horrifying powers - of course they're going to lash out at everything and anything. Of course they turn around and treat anyone who isn't them as worthless. These poor broken terrifying children were just... chilling.3. Relationships. GIRL FRIENDSHIPS AND SWEET SUPPORTIVE ROMANCE AND RUBY AND CHUBS BEING BUDDIES AND PEOPLE CALLING EACH OTHER ON THEIR SHIT AND WOW THE BLACK BETTY GANG IS EXCELLENT. I love them all, and I love the way they interact. They are a bastion of humanity in a world gone mad. And I honestly think one of my favorite moments was Chubs getting mad at Ruby for not fulfilling a promise, because real friends can and should bring that up and it made their relationship feel so real. I also loved how Ruby and Liam didn't just exist in this romantic bubble - they both had unique friendships and histories and they did things apart from each other and they were INDEPENDENT PEOPLE. (dear almost every other YA writer ever, are you taking notes?)4. Liam.can we have more love interests like this? Who are flawed, sweet, caring; who fall head over heels as much or more than the girls do, who make mistakes that have consequences and react to them realistically, WHO AREN'T CREEPY AS HELL, who do this: "Liam's only response was to move back a few paces. Giving me space."He's not perfect. He's not some hormone-triggering sex god. He's not dark and mysterious - he's just a well-meaning guy who is good for Ruby in every way and I enjoyed their relationship so much.5. The ending. Obviously I can't say much but ow ow ow ow ow ow. I assume this book will have a sequel and I will wait for it as patiently as possible. (view spoiler)[ also can we talk about what happened to Ruby's parents because OH MY GOD. I got to that bit about midnight and almost started crying and then had to quell the urge to go wake my parents up and hug them. The idea of the people who are closest to you not remembering you is so heartwrenching aaaaaagh. And even though I was pretty sure that's what had happened to them, reading the actual scene hurt so damn much. (hide spoiler)]A couple of quotes/aspects that stuck out to me under this spoiler cut; pages from the ARC:(view spoiler)["I would come in after training all day, and I'd look at it and think, how many of those people had families? and how many of those people had people who needed them like we needed Claire? And that's just it - they all did, Ruby, I'm sure of it. People don't live like islands." - Liam, p. 272'When a girl cries, few things are more worthless than a boy. Having two of them just meant that they stared at each other helplessly instead of at me.' - Ruby, p. 303 (side note: Ruby cries a lot, especially near the end, but considering what she's been through I think it's justified.)'Oh God, I couldn't even talk about it. I physically could not speak. Not about the hundreds of mind games I watched them play on the PSFs. Nothing about the memory of having to scrub the floors of the Mess Hall after an Orange told a PSF to walk in and open fire on every other soldier he saw there.' - Ruby, p. 309"Sorry about that." He smiled, extending a hand toward me. "Hey - I don't think we've had the chance to meet. I'm Liam." - P. 392 (I SWEAR MY HEART STOPPED HOLY SHIT NOT COOL LIAM NOT COOL) (hide spoiler)](not actually spoilery, really, but hidden anyway just to be sure.)I wish I could talk about the villain, because he was honestly one of the best aspects of the book - so subtle and scary, and even though I mistrusted him from before he appeared, there were times when I wondered if he was genuine.Anyhow, hopefully this scatterbrained and emotional review will convince you that you need to read this book, because you probably do. It's extraordinary.

  • sana°¤°
    2019-04-13 08:15

    I have finally finished this almost 500 page boring crap, thanks to my cousin. Expectations, expectations, I should seriously start lowering them. I went into this book expecting some badass, kickass action scenes with a strong heroine, but what I got was a boring ass long as fuck road trip story with some dun dun dun. When I think Dystopian, this is what comes to my mind:•Evil government•Some sort of plague/disease•Group of teens that must take down the government•SOME ACTION•Butt kicking female characters•Some good romanceSo I was expecting this book to be like extremely fucking epic, but it was a huge let-down. The story:On the morning of her tenth birthday, Ruby has changed. She survived some sort of disease??? that killed like most of the kids, but she survived and other people like her have some "super powers" and the government is afraid of them so they get sent to some sort of camp. Six years later, Ruby escapes, finds 3 other kids and has some fun on a road trip. Okay they don't exactly have fun on a road trip, but that's the idea I got while reading this book.Now that actually sounds interesting, but it was boring as fuck. Like about 80% of the story was just Ruby, Liam, Zu, and Chubs in some fucking car running away and shit. It was boring, just not catching my attention. At some point I didn't even want to fucking read this, but I my cousin forced myself me to. There was no action, no awesome ass fighting scenes, no butt kicking heroine and it was just hella long and boring. Ruby:What a weak heroine. Like I get it you've been through some traumatic shit???? but like shouldn't you be mad at people and like use your "abilities" to kill them??? All she did was cry and lie and depend on Liam and pity herself. LIKE GET YO FUCKING SHIT TOGETHER WOMAN AND GO KICK SOME PSI ASS!The romance:Jesus shit Mary fuck the romance was so what-the-fuck I think my brain just died. At one point Ruby is trying to put as much as distance between herself and Liam, then she starts to slowly let him touch her and then, like 50 pages later they kiss. Like how??? When did we confess feelings here?? Did my eyeballs miss something?? Like HOW THE FUCK DID THIS HAPPEN?Overall:Waste of my time. Disappointment.I'm going to read the next book because I have it so why not?

  • Dannii Elle
    2019-03-29 10:00

    Well, wow! Now I know what all the hype was about!This is the first installment in a high-action dystopian YA trilogy by best-selling author, Alexandra Bracken. The children of America have been somehow mentally transformed and, from their early teens, begin to exhibit mysterious abilities that cause the adult population to create a series of rehabilitation centers, in an attempt to control them. Sixteen-year-old Ruby has lived for the last six years of her life in Thurmond, one of the largest and most brutal of the centers. That is until a doctor in disguise manages to break her out, and into the world she had tried to forget about ever hoping to see again.This is a book that never lets up! There is no preamble or explanation provided, and the reader has to assimilate to the high-action plot that emerges from the very first page. This plot-focused narrative leaves little room for character description or world-building, but that did not bother me in the slightest. The futuristic setting might have only been suggested at, but the dynamics of the plot provided more than enough to fill my imagination.A multitude of questions followed me as I tore through this book in a matter of hours, and not all were answered as the book closed. In fact, more were created than were solved! I am glad I have the second book to hand as I am already clamoring to delve back into this insane and brilliant world and attempt to assuage my imagination!

  • Petrik
    2019-04-18 11:14

    3.5/5 StarsI bought The Darkest Minds trilogy because I was in need of some Dystopia books to read once in a while as a break from reading my favorite genre, high-fantasy. Hey, everyone need a break once in a while from their favorite genre right? ;) and this doesn't disappoint me!My review will be quite short this time as I'm going to read the next novella and sequel after this but as a start, let me say this. I'm not a fan of the YA genre. In fact, it's one of the genre that I avoid the most. It's not that the genre itself is bad, it's just it seems like there's nothing new anymore in the genre and this holds true even for this book. I probably only have one more YA series after this trilogy in my TBR list (Raven boys). I'll start my review with the cons first!One of the biggest cons of the book is as I mentioned before, there's nothing new here. Whether it's from the world-building, powers, story, almost every thing in the book have been done before and there's really little actions here contrary to my expectation. I also find that the plot took quite a while to progress, the book itself got strong premises and the story starts and ends strong but falls quite a bit in the middle section.Now on to the pros. Let me tell you two factors that make this book really good for me. Characters and the writings.The characters in this book are very endearing except for maybe the main character Ruby, I'm so-so about her but I can clearly see a lot of people will or hated her already. I find the interactions between every main characters, Ruby, Liam, Chubs and Zu to be really interesting as their characteristic are well established and we keep on learning new things about each characters as we progressed. However all of this are futile if it's not because of the great writings Bracken's did here, I really love how Alexandra Bracken wrote her story and characters. I heard from an interview that each main characters possessed her characteristic which I really believed cause every single characters are realistic and their decisions are believable. Not only the good ones but the bad ones also. Oh, I have a bit of prediction, I'm 99% sure that Liam is created based on Bracken's imagination of a perfect guy. I mean this dude is just insanely kind, brave and sweet. I'm surprised he didn't kill anyone by giving them diabetes. (He's still a great character though along with Chubs!)Overall, I conclude this by saying there's no way a book with bad writings could pull me to read 300 pages in one sitting. This means that even though the story doesn't progress much in the middle, Bracken's writing will still pull you into the book and with her focus on great character developments and relationships, this book became a page turner. If you're looking into reading some good dystopia novel and if you're also a YA fans, then there's more reason why you should try reading this :)(Unrelated note: I just saw the author and imo she's really beautiful. If you ladies have Pierce Brown to droll upon, I have Alexandra Bracken to cure my eyes from bad sight! :p)

  • Marnie
    2019-03-30 08:09

    The darkest minds tend to hide behind the most unlikely faces.This book definitely lived up to the hype surrounding it.I think I speak for many when I say this book was an emotional rollercoaster. It's one of those books that you just want to binge read, yet, you never want it to finish. Do I read all of it at once so I can begin to read the next two books? Or do I savour each beautifully written word so that it will never end? The answer to both of these questions is yes. I can say, I'm a fan of this utter contradiction.The characters were so well developed, and I loved how complex they were. I feel like it was a tad bit difficult to dislike any of the characters, because they were just so likeable. At times, the narration of Ruby became annoying, as she left out parts of the situation. However, I do think Bracken made the perfect choice of writing in first person. Being inside of Ruby's head was incredible, as we got to see on what she thought on everything. I can't wait to see the character development of everyone (especially Ruby), by the 3rd book!I did think there was action on every single page, however, the middle dragged on a bit. I didn't really mind as I liked reading about it, but it's worth a mention!Overall, the author does an amazing job t captivating you into the story, and keeping you on the edge of your seat. The only reason this book didn't get five stars, is because of that ending. (view spoiler)[I don't know how to feel about Ruby removing Liam's memories of her, when she knew that he wouldn't approve. After all, they are HIS memories, making it his choice. Not hers. (hide spoiler)]

  • Zoë
    2019-04-01 11:08

    I enjoyed this book!I love stories about people with special powers so this book was perfect. I had a few problems with this book, some due to the fact that I had to read it really slowly since I had limited free time this month. I didn't really enjoy any of the romance in this book which is upsetting for someone who loves romance and I didn't get very attached to any of the characters.

  • Amber Robertson
    2019-04-08 09:02

    4.5I can't even write a proper review for this book, oh my lord. I loved it. I loved Ruby, Liam, Chubs, Zu and Betty so much omg. I'm totally having grabby hands over the next book and all you need to know is I loved this book and I'm so happy it met every expectation I had.

  • Andreea Pop
    2019-04-12 09:54

    “Time to carpe the hell out of this diem.”Holy shit. What to do with my life now that I finished this beauty of a book? I am late to the party, as always, but better late than never. By a few years but I picked The Darkest Minds up because I've had enough of not having a clue about this "beautiful series" (like I also do with Delirium, The Raven Circle and Mara Dyer -- don't worry, you're next). Well let me tell you something: OHMYGOD THE FEELS. That pretty much sums up this book. And I'm sooo grateful I finally read it, because now I can binge-read the whole series and I don't have to bear the usual miserable waiting. I loved everything about it. The original concept, the action-driven plot, the complex characters and the lovely writing style. Now that I really think about it, it reminded me (just a bit) of The Young Elites, because in both books the story is centered on a group of kids who survived a disease and got the honor of obtaining incredible abilities. That's the end of it though, since the execution is totally different and one is a fantasy while the other is a dystopia. “We had to find a way to amuse ourselves because we had no stories—no dreams, no future—other than the ones we created for ourselves.”The main character, Ruby, is a kick-ass girl. Ruby completely bewildered me, since in the beginning I thought she's gonna be one of those shy, insipid heroines. Fortunately, I was wrong -- she's brave, smart, rational and strong-willed, not to mention ambitious and protective. Maybe naive on the edges, but regardless of her flaws, she'll win your hearts over in no time.Ah, and the love interest is swoon-worthy! Liam Steward will have you gushing and sighing from the get-go and it's not because he's a macho, stuck-up hottie, but because he's heart achingly humble, kind, funny and honest. Okay, his looks don't hurt either, but that's beside the point. *wink* “He's so busy looking inside people to find the good that he misses the knife they're holding in their hand.”But by far my favorite aspect of the whole story was the romance between Ruby and Liam. It astounded me how natural it felt, how easily it developed and how meant to be it was. These two just clicked and I honestly believe that they're better together than they are alone and that they triggered the character-development in one another. I loved that they first developed a friendship and I loved that they earned each other's thrust before moving on to more serious stuff. And I absolutely adored the fact that the author didn't skip over the hand-holding, cuddling and kiss on the cheek milestones that people often ignore (truly cuteness overall, I'm telling you). “Never, never, never. I am never going to forget you.”I bet you experienced lots of times when an author forces two characters together, but not Alexandra Bracken, because she created these two so flawlessly. It's been a time since I could use words such as "adorable", "cute" and "asdfghjkl" to describe a couple, not to mention a couple based in a book filled with dire situations like this one. But they did give me butterflies; they did plaster a goofy smile on my face and they did make my heart thump nervously whenever they were entering romantic territory -- and this is all because Bracken gave them the value they deserved and she transformed them into the beacon of light this story needed in order to feel complete. “Did you make me so happy that sometimes I actually forget to breath? I'll be looking at you, and my chest will get so tight...and it's like, the only thought in my head is how much I want to reach over and kiss you.”The rest of the characters were equally intriguing. I especially loved Suzume (who is just precious) and Chubs, but who wouldn't, really? They're awesome. There was another character (I'm not gonna say who it is if by some miracle I'm not the last human being on Earth to have not read this story) I found quite complex, but my black heart was broken a bit by "it" in the end; it wouldn't hurt to see some redemption in the next books regarding this character, I'd probably admire the author even more. “It feels like we should do something,” he said. “Like, send her off on a barge out to sea and set her on fire. Let her go out in a blaze of glory.”Chubs raised an eyebrow. “It’s a minivan, not a Viking.”I'll be honest with you, for three quarters of the book I said I'll rate The Darkest Minds as a 4 stars read. I was enjoying it very much, I fell in love with the characters, but still. Something was missing. That last part though made the freaking difference. So many stuff happened. So many guy-wrenching scenes. SO MANY FEELS. *wipes away tears* And that's the moment when I got why everyone's in love with the series -- because this book, despite its SF and dystopian traits, somehow feels real. The relationships, the characters, the fears, the dreams -- I could connect to every single thing. There is blood-pumping action that keeps you on the edge of your seat. There's a toe-curling romance. There are heartwarming friendships and wannabe rivalries. There's a strong, well-developed plot and a believable world-building. There's truly anything you could possibly want.I don't know what else to say that the other thousands of reviews haven't already said. I'm possibly starstruck by The Darkest Minds and I can assure you that Alexandra Bracken is officially on my automatic wishlist. I suggest you read this book -- if it's for your first time, you'll be hooked; if it's the nth time, I think you won't mind a lovely re-read. Blood-pumping, heartwarming and bittersweet, The Darkest Minds is a gorgeous read. “The darkest minds tend to hide behind the most unlikely faces.”ENJOY! <3

  • Booknut
    2019-03-24 08:07

    Dear Alexandra Bracken:Seriously. Because nothing could possibly be more painful than the cliffhanger that rears its horrid head at the end of this book! Especially since it catches you unawares. One minute you're enjoying a good dose of kick-ass heroism and Ruby/Liam cuteness, thinking:But just like Bilbo was slightly mistaken, so was I. So was I. 'The Darkest Minds' is the latest masterpiece of Bracken's. After reading her novel 'Brightly Woven' I was expecting something along the same lines, something a lot more fantasy based. But I couldn't have been more wrong, nor more pleased at what I discovered. 'The Darkest Minds' is a YA rollercoaster, giving the paranormal a slight dystopian edge that creates something altogether magical and mind blowing.Children are dying - fast. The government, trying to keep order in a society that is quickly falling apart, announce that the deaths are caused from some kind of disease that strikes around the age of ten. Parents frantically try to protect their children, to keep them safe, to keep them alive...but how can you keep a child safe from what you can't cure, see or fight?Worse, is the small thought that finds its way into young Ruby's mind: that the government aren't worried about the children that die. It's the ones that don't die, that are the issue.For six years Ruby is forced to live in Thurmond, a government rehabilitation camp where children are put to work, live in disastrous conditions and live in fear. Ruby, upon entry is labelled an Orange...meaning that she, upon reaching puberty, has become dangerous. She is a threat. Using her abilities she manages to be branded a Green. A normal, unthreatening Green. But Ruby is shaken from the experience, scared to death of using her powers.Powers that got her sent to Thurmond in the first place. Powers that made her lose, not only her parents, but the normal life she knew. The safety she wishes she had.Escaping from Thurmond is no small feat - but once out, Ruby quickly realises that there is no distinct line separating the good guys from the bad guys. Unsure of whether to run, fight or hide, Ruby's only goal is to survive. Which just so happens to be the same goal as the one followed by a 'merry' group of fellow runaways. Crossing paths with them, Ruby is accepted - if somewhat grudgingly (*cough* Chub) - into their group. The group's members - Chub, Zu and Liam - are searching for the 'Slip Kid' who apparently holds the answers to controlling their abilities, finding their families and finding safety. Ruby agrees to go with them. Yet, she holds back her past and her secrets. She's afraid of what they will think of her when they find out what she can do. What she is. A dark mind. A monster. A threat.My thoughts:Chub: holds a grudge, sews like a pro (sorry - 'stitches') and has a good heart underneath the tough guy act he likes to put on. Zu: I want to cuddle her like a plush toy she is JUST SO CUTE!!Liam: Mine. I am officially in love with Liam and after that ending...all the emotions...I think I have used up my allotted fangirl emotions for today.Ruby is also one of the strongest, most kick-ass heroines I have ever come across. I love her. I love her strength, her feelings for others, her big heart and even in her fragility she has this amazing personality that makes you tear up when you discover her past. Six years is a short span of time, but she was forced into growing up far too early and too quickly. As were the rest of the gang - Zu especially. Her story broke my heart!'The Darkest Minds' is a must-read. As in "you must read it or I will find an Orange to use their powers to mentally persuade you into doing so". Seriously. It's an amazing book and I loved every second of it :D

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    2019-04-09 10:06

    I really enjoyed this book! It didn't necessarily blow me away, but it definitely held my attention.

  • Kai
    2019-04-06 07:08

    “The Darkest Minds tend to hide behind the most unlikely faces.”I expected something better than this. The Goodreads rating is incredibly high, so I was excited to finally be able to read it. But it was a let-down: I found the Darkest Minds to be nothing special and even a little boring. For me, this is just another average dystopian novel. The main character was plain, the big plot twist very obvious. And it took so long until Ruby, Chub, Zu and Liam finally arrived at camp.Don't get me wrong, this was not a bad read. Alexandra Bracken has great ideas and created some interesting characters but in the end I'm not even sure if I want to read the sequels.Find more of my books on Instagram

  • Ninoska Goris
    2019-04-18 05:04

    Español - English Esta serie tiene una muy buena puntuación (4.26) y es una distopía, así que TENIA que leerla. Las primeras 100 páginas son excelentes, donde nos enteramos de la plaga que afecta a los niños, matando a la mayoría y dejando a los sobrevivientes con extraños poderes. Son llamados ¨Psi¨ y son tan temidos que son enviados a campamentos para ¨rehabilitarlos¨, pero es solo una forma de decir quitarlos del medio.Los niños son catalogados por colores, según sus poderes: azules, verdes, amarillos, naranjas y rojos (de menor a mayor poderes).Nuestra protagonista principal, Ruby, tiene seis años en el campamento Thurmond cuando es rescatada junto a Martin por una asociación que se hacen llamar La liga de los niños. Ruby y Martin en el tiempo que duran en el campamento logran esconder que no son verdes, sino naranjas. Ruby pronto se da cuenta que los de La liga de los niños en realidad tienen planes para usar sus poderes contra el gobierno.Logra escapar con la ayuda de Zusume, Liam y Chubs. Obviamente, como toda distopía, tiene que haber un romance. En este caso entre Ruby y Liam, pero me pareció forzado y poco creíble. Sí, tienen momentos de conección, pero aún así no conecté con ellos como pareja.A partir de este punto el libro se pone aburrido porque, a pesar de que pasan algunos contratiempos, no son tan emocionantes. Me parece que tiene demasiadas páginas en trance entre la salida de Ruby de Thurmond y de la llegada donde el Huidizo.A pesar de que obviamente Clancy Gray es uno de los malos de la historia, si conecté con lo que pudo ser un romance entre el y Ruby (solo momentáneamente claro).Aunque la mayoría de las personas se quejan del final, a mi me pareció de lo mas acertado.Este libro pudo haber sido mucho mejor con solo 350 páginas.✨✨✨This series has a very good score (4.26) and is a dystopia, so I HAD to read it.The first 100 pages are excellent, we learn of the plague affecting the children, killing the majority and leaving the survivors with strange powers. They are called "Psi" and are so feared that they are sent to camps to "disable" them, but it is just a way of saying take them out of the way.The children are cataloged by colors, according to their powers: blue, green, yellow, orange and red (from lower to higher powers).Our main character, Ruby, has six years at Camp Thurmond when she is rescued along with Martin by an association called The Children's League. Ruby and Martin in the time that they last in the camp manage to hide that they are not green, but oranges. Ruby soon realizes that the Children's League actually plans to use their powers against the government.She escapes with the help of Zusume, Liam and Chubs. Obviously, like all dystopia, there has to be a romance. In this case between Ruby and Liam, but it seemed forced and unbelievable. Yes, they have moments of connection, but I still did not connect with them as a couple.From this point the book gets boring because, despite some setbacks, they are not so exciting. It seems to me that it has too many pages in trance between the departure of Ruby of Thurmond and the arrival to The Huidizo.Although obviously Clancy Gray is one of the bad guys in the story, I connected with what might have been a romance between him and Ruby (only momentarily).Although most people complain about the end, I thought it was the right thing to do.This book could have been much better with only 350 pages.

  • Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
    2019-04-10 07:57

    “All the the world will be your enemy, prince with a thousand enemies, and whenever they catch you, they will kill you.”Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️At Ruby’s 10th birthday her parents forget her and she is send to Thurmond, a camp for IAAN-survivors that developed special powers. Six years later she flees only to meet three special kids that search for someone.I really enjoyed this story, even the second time around. Sometimes it felt a bit slow, but it was still really brilliant.And the ending really broke my heart 💔😭Characters ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Obviously the four main characters (plus one in the end) are the most interesting ones. Ruby’s thoughts about herself and the way she reacts to certain things made her really sympathetic. Liam was the cutest one of them. I would’ve probably fallen in love with him too.Chubs is like an old man trapped in a young body, but if you just wait long enough you see how much he really cares about everyone.“God help me, that only made me cry harder. When a girl cries, few things are more worthless than a boy. Having two of them just meant that they stared at each other helplessly instead of at me.”Zu is just the sweetest little kid with the power to blow up every electric thing around her. I loved the four of them. ♥️And Clancy... he had a big role at the end of the book and he reminded me so much of the Darkling in Leigh Bardugos Shadow and Bone series. And he was so interesting, he had such a twisted personality and was confusing and sometimes horrifying. But he was different and I really liked that. He fascinated me.World ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️When IAAN breaks out most of the kids in the country die. The ones that survive develop powers and are separated into colors. Red - for fire 🔥 Orange - for mind 🤯Blue - for telekinesis 😎Green - for a photographic memory 🤓Yellow - for electricity ⚡️They’re kept in camps by the psi who control and capture them. Relationships ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️First time reading this I wasn’t really sure if I liked this romance or not. But reading it the second time around I see all the little things - the looks, the light touches, the words spoken and unspoken. It was lovely and heartwarming and I loved every minute of it.“Did you know... you make me so happy that sometimes I actually forget to breathe? I’ll be looking at you, and my chest will get so tight... and It’s like, the only thought in my head is how much I want to reach over and kiss you.”I also loved the friendship between the four main characters. They were loyal, they protected each other and stayed by each other’s side no matter what. If I would life in this world I would definitely want to be part of this group. Writing style ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I loved Alexandra Brackens writing when I first read the series and immediately read the whole series in just a few days. Reading the story again didn’t change my opinion about her writing. I really loved it, especially the poetic sometimes really true words from her. Absolutely perfect ♥️