Author: Alexandra Bracken
Published: December 18 2012, by Disney Hyperion
Series: The Darkest Minds book #1
Genre: Dystopian, YA
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.
This review is going to be pretty short and simple.
Yes, it’s another YA, dystopian book and this time, children are either dropping dead from a young age from an illness or have supernatural powers that automatically make them freaks in society, feared by the adults and shipped to ‘rehabilitation camps’ to turn back to normal. However, little do they know, these children are slowly being killed off (depending on your colour. Orange and Red’s are the most dangerous and therefore are made to disappear of the face of the earth) or being used as part of an army for various societies/clubs.
Seriously, there are about four or five societies that all have different political goals. We have the Government, we have the Children’s League (whose aim is to eradicate the Government and use the children as a weapon in order to do so), we have the Psi camp run by children and we have various tribal groups, which are also run by children.
The main character here is Ruby. I was ambivalent about Ruby. There were some instances where I liked her and I thought her personality really shined through but there were other times where I thought she was just a really boring character. There wasn’t anything really unique about her or her story.
I really liked Liam, Zu and Chubs. I thought they had a really good friendship between the three and it was nice how they just left Ruby fit in. I thought Liam was an interesting character and I liked how he interacted with Ruby, Zu and Chubs.
All in this entire book is okay. I wouldn’t say it’s one of the best I’ve written, nor is it the worst. I just think the story line was not really original and there really wasn’t any main plot line to this book, aside from the group running around from one place to another. However, I did like the section about the Psi camp with Clancy as their leader. But he is a bit of a creep in order to satisfy my appetite for a love triangle between him, Ruby and Liam.