The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

A 60 Second Review by Anne Brees

★★★★★ (5.00)
Genre – Young Adult Science Fiction10576365

Summary 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 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.

Initial Thoughts – I am glad I finally read this book because it was so amazing. It was a whirlwind of action and me sobbing. 
Plot – ★★★★★ I was never bored while reading this book. It never ceased to surprise me.
Characters – ★★★★★ I loved all of these characters so much. I can’t express how much I connected with all of them.
Story world – ★★★★★ I loved the story of what led to the ruin of the United States. It combined many components that I had never thought about before.
Style – ★★★★★ I loved Alexandra Bracken’s style. It was smooth and perfectly paced.
Closing Thoughts – I’m already reading Never Fade. I can’t wait to dive into the rest of the series.
Recommendation – Recommended for those who love dystopians, but not cliches. Also recommended for those that enjoy having their hearts ripped out of their chests.

(summary and cover from GoodReads)

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