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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 870L (What's this?)
  • Series: A Darkest Minds Novel
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423157516
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423157519
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 7 Up—Ruby is a member of the Children's League, a group of young people who survived the catastrophic illness that has killed most children in America. The survivors are blessed-or cursed-with a variety of supernatural powers, from great physical strength to Ruby's ability to invade and control the minds of others. These talents make the children valuable to the corrupt government. However, the adults controlling the League turn out to be corrupt themselves. When Ruby realizes that the latest mission she has been sent on was designed to eliminate some members of her team, she decides to circumvent the League. The teen sets out with one of her friends, Jude, in search of a flash drive that holds information that may offer a cure for the disease that killed so many children. They are soon joined by other members of the League. Struggling to survive winter in a lawless country with minimal supplies is difficult enough. Trying to keep everyone focused on the same goal when the team members aren't sure if they can trust one another is harder. When they finally find the boy with the flash drive, he is so ill that it's not clear if he will survive-or help them if he does. This fast-paced, suspenseful dystopian novel moves back and forth through time, jumping from one crisis to another, but frustratingly fails to completely fill in the backstory, which would have helped readers understand the characters' motivations.—Nancy Silverrod, San Francisco Public Library

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Gr 7 Up Ruby is a member of the Children's League, a group of young people who survived the catastrophic illness that has killed most children in America. The survivors are blessed or cursed with a variety of supernatural powers, from great physical strength to Ruby's ability to invade and control the minds of others. These talents make the children valuable to the corrupt government. However, the adults controlling the League turn out to be corrupt themselves. When Ruby realizes that the latest mission she has been sent on was designed to eliminate some members of her team, she decides to circumvent the League. The teen sets out with one of her friends, Jude, in search of a flash drive that holds information that may offer a cure for the disease that killed so many children. They are soon joined by other members of the League. Struggling to survive winter in a lawless country with minimal supplies is difficult enough. Trying to keep everyone focused on the same goal when the team members aren't sure if they can trust one another is harder. When they finally find the boy with the flash drive, he is so ill that it's not clear if he will survive or help them if he does. This fast-paced, suspenseful dystopian novel moves back and forth through time, jumping from one crisis to another, but frustratingly fails to completely fill in the backstory, which would have helped readers understand the characters' motivations. Nancy Silverrod, San Francisco Public Library—SLJ

In the follow-up to Bracken's The Darkest Minds (2012), readers jonesing for an adrenaline fix will delight in 16-year-old Ruby's return as a reluctant resistance fighter. Having erased every trace of herself from Liam's mind and abandoned her friends in order to protect them, Ruby throws herself into mission after dangerous mission for the Children's League. Though purportedly fighting to save a generation of children stolen from their families and locked away in camps for possessing powers they barely understand, it quickly becomes clear to Ruby that the good guys may not be so good after all. A Hail Mary mission to recover a flash drive containing secrets about the origin of the disease that killed most American children and left survivors a persecuted and feared band of misfits forces Ruby on a perilous cross-country journey. It's a ride worth taking with her, particularly as Ruby collects a small posse of sidekicks who again become the beating heart at the center of this dark, dystopian series. Ruby is a wonderfully flawed heroine: fiercely loyal to the ones she loves and refreshingly conflicted about the enormous power she possesses. The intricate plot and diverse cast of recurring and new characters make this book difficult to fully appreciate as a stand-alone. But after reading the first two books, readers will be left clamoring for the third. (Dystopian thriller. 14 & up)—Kirkus

Customer Reviews

I loved the new characters that were introduced.
Rebecca
It was fast pace, there were twists and turns, and had a beautiful balance of love and action.
Marcey Reads
This book started off where Darkest Minds ended and it did not disappoint!!!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By The Book Runner on October 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
What an excellent sequel to Darkest Minds: full of hostility, friendships, deception, misplaced loyalties, missed loves, anxiety, and choices that hurt. This was a fantastic follow-up book that added a host of colorful (pun intended) characters and lots of action and vile behavior!

In the last book, Ruby “erased” Liam’s memories of her and left him to join the Children’s League to save him. After training for months, this book starts off with an assignment she and the foul mouthed, sarcastic and rude Vida are on. Vida is a blue (strong fighter) and they are being handled by hostile, former military agents who resent working with them and wouldn’t mind them dead.

“Cate had told me once that the only way to survive your past was to find a way to close it off behind you. I was afraid and terrified of the guilt and shame that would come flooding in when I retraced my steps, turned the lock and found the girl I had abandoned. I didn’t want to know what the darkness there had done to her if she would even recognize herself in my face.”

Cate is Ruby’s new councilor and Minder at the League and an older sister type confident – eventually. Vida is Cate’s biggest fan and loyal to her above everyone else. Vida is jealous and cautious of Ruby’s Orange status and never warms up to anyone. Ruby feels most responsible for Jude a small sunshine of PSI that is a yellow (energy) and reminded me of Charlie in Taps or Chuck in The Maze Runner. Alban is the leader of the League a Children’s Group and who was the President’s good friend and who wants respect, money and the promise of a place in the new government that will be set up once President Gray has been taken care of. Vile Clancy also is in this book causing grief and needing to be shot, once again!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By D. Taylor on October 28, 2013
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4.75 stars ....Ok I wanted SO bad to give this 2nd book 5 stars because it was a true whirlwind of a ride, BUT to me it had one single flaw that the first book didn't carry as strongly ... "Distracting" profanity... The first book had it here and there to carry the strong emphasis I know the author was trying to convey to the situation or moment, yet during this novel it was so prevalent and so redundant that it distracted from the character doing the speaking and for me as the reader, it created that disappointment of needing to skim a few lines every few pages so I could stay in the moment of the journey and not let it affect or mar the character itself...... Truly the writing is so great that saying God's name in vain over and over and over and yes, over, simply lowered the writing's ingeniousness down a few notches ... That being said, I absolutely love this awesome over-the-top plot line that keeps you guessing and staying so intrigued in the journey page after page... The author created a story so well written that your heart breaks when their's get broken, and you're as angry as they get when things go wrong, yet oh so hopeful along with them as the tides appear to turn in their direction ... I love Liam, Chubs, Vida. Jude and amazing Roo.... Story weaving better than I've read in a very long time ... I am still excited for the 3rd installment that is hopefully close to being finished so we have a release date to look forward to. :) I know it's gonna be even better than these 2 even though I can't imagine what could possibly occur next!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa on October 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken
Book Two of the Darkest Minds series
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: October 15, 2013
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC provided by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children's League call Ruby "Leader", but she knows what she really is: a monster.

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children's League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America's children--and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts--has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future--and who now wouldn't recognize her.

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam--and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart--she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

What I Liked:

****POSSIBLE BOOK ONE SPOILERS. THOU ART WARNED****

Ahh, I have no idea how to write this review. I just read this book Monday morning (today is Tuesday), and my head is still whirling from everything that happened. Like book one, this book is jam-packed with nonstop action!
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More About the Author

Alexandra Bracken was born and raised in Arizona, but moved east to study at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. She recently relocated to New York City, where she lives in a charming apartment overflowing with books. You can visit her online at www.alexandrabracken.com or on Twitter (@alexbracken).

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