Review: The darkest minds by Alexandra Bracken

the darkest minds Description: 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

Rating: 5/5 stars

Cover: It is eye capturing.

Review: I had high expectations for this book thanks to the person who recommended it to me. I wasn’t disappointed at all.

It is well written (although I think I’ve got one of the earlier versions? A sentence was repeated, but come on. That’s no reason to take a star away (still shouldn’t happen) ) and while it was at first a little bit confusing, it wasn’t confusing in a bad way. More in a ‘I need to know what happened. I need to know now!’ way. I could hardly put it down.

This has to do with the way the characters were written. I liked Ruby from the start as well as her love interest and their friends too. All the characters were extremely real and thought through, no lazy stereotypes here. You could guess some things that were happening but it wasn’t bad in my eyes. More like evil foreshadowing.

Aaand guess what? No insta-love! And Liam isn’t breathtakingly gorgeous or something like that. I really liked their developing relationship and I wanted them to develop one. Most of the time that is not the case.

There was one situation in which I wanted to shake Ruby but it was understandable why she was doing it. I wanted to throw the book through the room too, but all in good fun. It just makes you feel a lot sometimes. And that’s a very good thing if you ask me.

I want to add triggers: sexual assault, violence (of course, given the way the world is in this book).

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