Book Review: The Darkest Minds

Posted May 9, 2016 by Maryam in book review, Maryam / 3 Comments

Book Review: The Darkest MindsThe Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Published by Disney Hyperion on December 18th 2012
Genres: young adult, romance, science fiction
Pages: 488
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

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.

HOOOLY CRAP, I lovelovelovelove this book.

Okay, that’s it, this is my new favorite fantasy series for this year HAHAH I mean, guys, it’s reaaaally good. If you have not read it, you need to do it NOW. Though, I do have to admit that this book has certain aspects that are similar to the Shatter Me trilogy, but trust me, it’s still pretty amazing.

I love that The Darkest Minds started off with the backstory of this whole plot. Like, I actually dived into the book understanding how or why some things were happening. Unfortunately, the only thing that was confusing for me was the color-coded thing. I mean, we definitely know that there’s different kinds of color for certain types of abilities. Orange, Green, Blue and Yellow are what I understood. But I still couldn’t figure out what is Red for, and for some reason, I have a feeling that the author will address that in the next book, WHICH I CANNOT WAIT EEEEEEK.


It took me awhile to like Ruby, because I was unsure about who or WHAT she was, and honestly, she scared me at the start. And then there were all the secrets and the lies, and I just didn’t want anything bad to happen to her, and that’s when I started loving her. I started rooting for Ruby the moment she cared about others more than she cared about herself.

Let’s carpe the hell out of this diem.

The side characters were amazing and I wished they would have stories of their own. There was Chubs, who I adored from the start, despite his hostile attitude. He’s like that annoying friend who would always have your back no matter what. And then there was Zu. Okay, this girl, I love her since the first time I met her. I mean, she was just so darn adoooorable, and I wanna adopt her. I want her to be my lil sibling HAHAHA.

The Darkest Minds has one of the cutest romance I’ve ever read about. It wasn’t too romantic-sickening, but it was still cute as hell. I totally ship ship them, because man, Ruby and Liam were so good together.

READ IT, OKAY? Or have you read it?


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