'A RIVETING EMOTIONAL READ THAT KEPT ME ON THE EDGE!'
-- Melissa Marr, author of the bestselling Wicked Lovely series
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 government 'rehabilitation camp'. Ruby might have survived the mysterious disease that killed most of America's children, but she and the others had 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. Now on the run, she is desperate to find East River, the only safe haven left for kids like her, and she joins a group of other runaways who have escaped their own camps. Liam, their brave leader, is falling for Ruby, but she 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 Liam. But there are also 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 - and one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.
The first book in the NYT bestselling series that is soon to become a major motion picture.
MORE PRAISE FOR THE DARKEST MINDS
'The story's quick-paced action leads to a heartbreaking cliffhanger that will have readers eager for the next book ...' -- Publishers Weekly
'Haunting ... Bracken creates a gripping and terrifying dystopian world.' -- Kirkus Reviews
'HELL TO THE YES, I love this story and these characters so much!!' -- Goodreads review
'The Darkest Minds was, without a doubt, one of the best books I have read!' -- Goodreads review
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Childhood is snuffed out in Alexandra Bracken’s frightening series-starter. After a mysterious illness kills most of America’s youngsters, survivors under 13 are rounded up into prison camps in an attempt to curb their freakish powers. Ruby—a sympathetic heroine with paranormal abilities—escapes captivity and joins the fight against the brutal ruling regime. The first book in the Darkest Minds series sets up a compellingly bleak dystopia that toys with the age-old rift between generations and the demonisation of youth.
Ruby was nine years old when the IAAN virus struck, killing an estimated 98% of adolescents across the U.S. Many of those who survived developed psychic abilities and face a perilous future, locked in brutal work camps. There are five categories of survivors, ranging from the less threatening Greens and Blues, with photographic memories and telekinetic powers, to the more powerful and dangerous Oranges and Reds. Ruby, now 16, is an Orange who has posed as a Green, and struggles to control her ability to see into others minds. When an antigovernment group breaks Ruby out of her camp, it s the first step on a violent, unpredictable journey during which she forms a family of sorts with a group of fellow runaways. Bracken (Brightly Woven) has created a gritty, economically devastated near-future America where children are hunted and feared, and danger lurks even in the aisles of an abandoned Wal-Mart. Ruby is a strong and sympathetic heroine, and the story s quick-paced action leads to a heartbreaking cliffhanger that will have readers eager for the next book in this planned trilogy. Ages 12 up.
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