Darkest Minds, The - Alexandra Bracken

Darkest Minds, The

By Alexandra Bracken

  • Release Date: 2012-12-18
  • Genre: Dystopian
Darkest Minds, The book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 652 Ratings)

Darkest Minds, The Alexandra Bracken Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

Book one in the hit series that's soon to be a major motion picture starring Amandla Stenberg and Mandy Moore--now with a stunning new look and an exclusive bonus short story featuring Liam and his brother, Cole. 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 got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government "rehabilitation camp." She might have survived the mysterious disease that killed most of America's children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control. Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. But when the truth about Ruby's abilities--the truth she's hidden from everyone, even the camp authorities--comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. On the run, she joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp: Zu, a young girl haunted by her past; Chubs, a standoffish brainiac; and Liam, their fearless leader, who 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. While they journey to find the one safe haven left for kids like them--East River--they must evade their determined pursuers, including an organization that will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. But as they get closer to grasping the things they've dreamed of, Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

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User reviews about this book

  • Worth the read

    By c6c2c0
    I’m going to be honest here- getting through the beginning of this book is a struggle. It is evident early on that Bracken’s writing has room for improvement, almost written as a mediocre fan fiction. However, as the story progresses, her writing becomes stronger and more compelling, causing a can’t-put-the-book-down sort of experience. By the time I was about a third of the way through, I was hooked and finished the remainder the next day. Each character has their own perfectly woven storyline, with both physical and emotional obstacles to overcome. Our protagonist, Ruby, is relatable despite her abilities, which are a cleverly written metaphor for so many fears that we face in real life. This book- along with the rest of the series- is absolutely worth the read, and I’m sure you’ll find yourself agreeing.
  • NO

    By RomanogersInfinty
    No. Just no.
  • Great start to a trilogy!

    By dervin29
    Fantastic book! I haven’t read in a few years and this has got me back into reading!
  • MUST READ!!!

    By elijah_bottomley
    I was skeptical about this book at first given the strange nature of the storyline, but I quickly grew to love the depth of the novel and the development of different characters. Ruby is a powerful and strong female-main in the book, striking an a weak tone in the beginning but later coming into herself. Anyone who loves recent dystopian fiction will love this book. Or anyone who likes romance that comes out of trauma and fear. Lol. It left me begging for more. I can’t wait to keep reading the next books and to enjoy the film adaptation that comes out this summer! :)
  • Can’t wait to see the movie

    By Nicfehr
    Amazing, read the first 10 chapters so far and can’t put it down !! Great for young adults
  • Amazing

    By Cjhfbdcbsndmvmfsvvsbnd
    IT IS SO AMAZING OH MY GOD! I didn’t expect to like it much when I bought it, but I really enjoyed this book and the rest in the series.
  • Eyes Opened. And Closed!

    By Gus pacho
    I absolutely devoured this book, read it in a matter of hours. I won’t say I’m patient, that would be lying, and I won’t say I’m big on reading, I hardly prioritize well. I will say one thing, though, I sat down with this book between my legs and as soon as I was introduced to the characters I accepted my fate. Finally, I was in the final chapter and my eyes were red because of my sheer effort to keep from blinking, lest I lose a fraction of a second god forbid. The ending, after digging in it’s heels and accelerating still to the finish, ended. So, here I am. I feel stolen from, but I love it. I see no other choice than to pick up the next in the series. That book made me feel so much, and like a roller coaster ride I am itching to hop on for the next ride Alexandra Bracken may have in store for me. She really has a way with words, I’ve never appreciated the delicacy of a phrase until she taught me. And now I know exactly what rabbits are thinking, sweet. p.s. I can’t wait for the movie
  • Mixed Feelings

    By Pizzaparty2
    This book chewed me up and spit me out like I was poison in it’s mouth. But I still love it. *BEWARE OF THE EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER
  • Darkest Minds is Amazing

    By C.n.k.
    This book pulled me in from the start. It connects you to the main character throughout the entire book. You never stop rooting for Ruby and her friends or despising the corrupt, evil system that put them there.
  • Completely breathtaking

    By 4fandomsandcounting
    This story has so many twists and turns. It's unlike anything else and you won't be able to put it down.

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