December 18th 2012, Disney Hyperion
488 pages, E-book
First in The Darkest Minds series
Young Adult Fiction
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.
Beautiful and fitting with very little context to the story, just as it should be.
“The Darkest Minds tend to hide behind the most unlikely faces."
“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.”
OMG! Words fail me. Beautiful, heart wrenching, poetic, inspiring, and so many other feels this book gave me. Seriously, I'm in pieces. This book is one of my favorites of the year, if not my very favorite of the year. From the very first page to the first last sentence I was completely hooked.
In a world where children are dying by the masses and the rest are to be feared what hope is there? Throughout this book, I believe the hope was shown by the goodness in those willing to sacrifice everything in order to help those in need and those they love.
Ruby is protective. She is Goliath slaying the giant, she is the mother lifting a car off her toddler, she is everything that is good and right about this world where there are such great injustices committed daily throughout the world. To say that I liked Ruby would not come close to my feelings for this remarkable girl. She is astounding as a character. She is flawed and yet she is the epitome of perfection in my eyes, the eyes of a reader.
Liam is the type of guy I like to see as the hero. So often the Clancy's in this world get the recognition, but it's the Liam's that keep the world spinning. He is a great man even if he is only seventeen. This man is not a boy in any sense of the word. He is a responsible man who knows how to handle his obligations with nary a complaint.
I felt so protective over Zu from the moment we met her. It took me awhile to warm to Chubs, because he is such a guarded character. Both of them were well rounded secondary characters that pulled on the heart strings.
The plot was well balanced between action and character development, which made this book resonate with me on a deep level. This is a book that draws out explanations slowly and beautifully. One of the best timed books in my reading history.
This isn't a book that I'm likely going to forget anytime soon.If you haven't read this book yet, I would recommend you do so immediately. The sequel comes out in a few weeks, so this is a great time to read it in time to have the next one soon after.
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