Book one in the blockbuster Darkest Minds series —now with key art from the major motion picture that's hitting theaters September 2018! 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 got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government "rehabilitation camp." She might have survived the mysterious disease that killed most of America's children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control. Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. But when the truth about Ruby's abilities—the truth she's hidden from everyone, even the camp authorities—comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. On the run, she joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp: Zu, a young girl haunted by her past; Chubs, a standoffish brainiac; and Liam, their fearless leader, who 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. While they journey to find the one safe haven left for kids like them—East River—they must evade their determined pursuers, including an organization that will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. But as they get closer to grasping the things they've dreamed of, Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.
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 demonization 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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I loved this book. It made me laugh and cry and at some points even had to stop reading all together to cool down from the plot twists and the amazing character development. Finished it in a day cover to cover and I do not regret it one bit!
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The writing flows well and the characters are unique and interesting! 10/10 would recommend.
This is a gripping tale that had my eyes glued to the screen during every spare second I had. The characters are relatable and the storyline is wonderful. It’s really refreshing not to read your average ‘lost princes fights to reclaim their throne’ or ‘random main character is thrust into the upper class where magic, secrets, and betrayal lies around every corner’ book. The way Ruby views the world and her time at her camp changes her perspective. Each character has a backstory that gets filled in throughout the book, even Ruby’s wasn’t revealed until pretty close to the end. Her love interest isn’t over worked and isn’t some mysterious stranger which is something that can happen in many other fictional tales. Overall, it is a fantastic read.