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- Publisher: Disney Hyperion (December 18, 2012)
- Publication Date: December 18, 2012
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"Haunting. . . Bracken creates a gripping and terrifying dystopian world."―Kirkus Reviews
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"A riveting, emotional read that kept me on the edge!"―New York Times best-selling author Melissa Marr
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"Bracken's latest maintains constant tension A new twist on dystopia, this is one not to miss."―Romantic Times
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"The story's quick-paced action leads to a heartbreaking cliffhanger that will have readers eager for the next book."―Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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If you want an excellent read, by a wonderful writer, this is the book. It definitely keeps your attention, has great character depth, and is a unique story. I'm on book two now.
I'd recommend this because of Chubs, who was the only character I felt got the attention deserved to turn him into a really well-rounded, real, relatable and likable character. Even when he was rude or mean it was all for a reason and a really deep one that you could feel on so many levels. Oh, and the plot. Do it for the plot. Would I read the rest of the series? No, but I'm glad I did read this, because I met Chubs.
The MC, and sole POV, Ruby was a tad annoying. This detracted immensely from my personal need for a kick @$$ heroine whom is also beautifully, yet not classically beautiful, humanly flawed. Her constant referring to herself as "a monster" and going along, falling in love so easily after being tortured for 6 of her most formative years was disconcerting (to say the least).
All in all this was a good read and what appears to be an excellent start to a much beloved series. Will I continue on to book #2 even though there is an extreme abundance of highly anticipated books on the scene right now, heck yeah?! I recommend you follow suit. This is fanatically revered and cherished by MANY of the Goodreads population. Go for it!!
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The dystopian depiction of the US is also very interesting to read about, and it fits it so well with the plot. Which is synonymous of the entire book; everything works, it flows really well, it's written beautifully.
Moving forward; there are some really strong characters in this book and they all serve a purpose. They all have their own quirks and drive the plot forward and it's refreshing because too many books are full of 'fillers' only to provide a 'Deus ex machina'. You'll find yourself falling for them, and sometimes i found myself rushing to read through certain parts so i could get back to seeing them communicate with eachother.
Even so, for all that, something about this book just didn’t sit right with me. I read the book in a few hours so you would assume id thoroughly enjoyed it, but after reading the final page I just wasn’t sure. I wasn't rushing to purchase the next.
After a little thought, I think it has to do with the book being quite slow at times and also Ruby, the lead protagonist. I don't think I like her? ..let me explain; I think it's because she started off so timid, meek and feeble and when the book ended I don’t think there was much improvement.
She has this amazing gift and rightly so, after all she’s been through she’s scared of it, but I was just waiting for her to become this badass and it just never happened. I think because the book is so beautifully written and immersive I began to see myself as Ruby and got frustrated when she made decisions I personally wouldn’t have made or felt sorry in a situation I would have owned. I think our personalities clashed a little, as she's perhaps too docile a character that I'm used to. AND she's 16 I have to keep reminding myself she's a child lol
Nevertheless I will be purchasing the next instalment because this book read beautifully and I'm pretty sure it's my own doing why I didn't enjoy it as much. I'm willing to give Ruby another chance this is only the first book, she has plenty of time to develop as a character and become the badass those little glimpses showed us she can be.
Would recommend to any dystopian/fantasy reader
I also liked the gradual way that the world unfurled to the reader. Although the opening chapters were a bit confusing in places, the novel avoids exposition by slowly revealing the state of things. Due to this, it felt like a very immersive world. Ruby's narrative assumes that the reader is part of the story, and therefore does not need the distinction between the different "colours" explaining to them. The distinctions between reds, oranges, yellows, greens and blues slowly becomes apparent to the reader as the story progresses, as does the slow reveal of the state of things.
Ruby's narrative also has a lot of heart in it - a naive optimism that her life can go back to the way it was that is slowly squashed as she discovers what the world has become. The Darkest Minds is not a happy novel. While always age appropriate, there is not a lot of hope to be found for the characters. The world for kids is dark and unwelcoming, filled with danger and potential death. Throughout the novel, Ruby and her friends are constantly hunted by adults and in constant danger from attacks by other suspicious tribes of kids. Any hope that is to be found within the tale is usually quickly squashed.
Yet my first issues came in the story in terms of its pacing. For its length, not a lot actually happens within the story. While there are exciting moments, such as Ruby's early escape from the camp, there are long stretches of the protagonists just travelling or sitting around in conversation. When action does happen, its often hard to follow due to the way that the perspective is firmly fixed with Ruby (who generally has no idea of what is going on). Often, I found myself confused by what had happened until Ruby surveyed the aftermath.
The novel ultimately did not really go anywhere. While Ruby flees from her "rescuers" early in the novel, she takes with her a panic button that can summon these people if she gets in trouble. From the way that the novel reminded the reader of this button's existence at key points, it was very clear that the story from that point was a bit of a cul-de-sac that would lead back to an obvious reunion. The ending of the novel was sad, but very open. There is no closure to be had in the story as it is clearly just intended to be the introduction to a longer series.
In terms of characterisation, I also had several problems. Ruby is a likeable and sympathetic protagonist, but seemed far too mature and savvy for someone who had spent six years in a camp and received no education (or interacted with any boys) since she was ten. While I did like her a lot, her insta-love relationship with Liam really came out of nowhere and was reciprocated almost instantly. I was also disappointed that we did not see more of her learning to use her powers. Her time spent with Clancy was largely off page and occurred over a non-specified time period.
The other protagonists also had varying degrees of development. While we do learn more about Liam, Chubs and Zu as the story progresses, the story seemed to have some gaping holes that were not explored. When did Zu lose her voice? Why was Chubs so reluctant to lose his power? Why were the characters so painfully unaware of Jack's situation? What did the flashes that Ruby saw in Cate's mind mean? Hopefully, these are things that will be addressed in a future novel.
I also felt that Clancy was introduced far too late in the novel to build any true sense of threat. The danger that he poses in the story feels very small potatoes, and is only really felt in the novel's final quarter. Again, this is something that I am sure will be focused on in future novels but was not felt much here.
So, all in all, I was left feeling unimpressed. I did not dislike this story, but I was not blow away either. However, it does show potential and I will certainly be reading on to see if things pick up in the next volume.
The moment you fall in love with a fictional character. Yep it happened. Liam is completely mine. Every time he called Ruby darlin I got little butterflies in my tummy. Why did I wait so long to read The Darkest Mind?? It gripped me from the beginning, and that ending WTF Ruby why would you do that!!!!! I need book two now.
Wow wow wow!! I can't even process what has just happened. This book has had me all over the place but it certainly did not disappoint! I felt so many emotions and literally cried real tears at the end.. I loved it! So I guess you are wondering why not 5 stars? I feel at the start it took forever to get into but I am so glad I stuck with it.
Ruby is nearing 10 years old, she's living the best life out a bad situation. She has loving parents, a good home, loads of friends, well the ones she hasn't lost yet. What happens when a sickness unravels the country? A sickness that scares the nation, a sickness they cannot find a cure for? What if suddenly no one remembers you.. you are alone.. forced to a camp with kids who all have a "sickness".
I absolutely adored the concept of this book, the characters were all so likeable, loveable and extremely unique. I had read over half way through the book and the film came out at the cinema, in true Amanda ways I rushed to go see it and while I thought the film was ok I was disappointed they missed out so much of the book and thought damn now I've ruined the rest of the book for myself, boy was I wrong! It is completely different, the book is way better and I did not expect any of it.
Our characters were so strong, first, we have Ruby, just when you think she is going to be a complete pushover she pulls it out the bag. She is so likeable, and I usually hate leading ladies!! There was no insta love she was just trying to find her way like any normal teenager. I loved her. We had Zu, Oh my god my heart melted with her!! I absolutely adored her from the start. Chubs had me giggling all the way through the book because he was just hilarious, once again like a normal teen. Then we had Liam, our swoon-worthy knight in shining armour who you instantly like (and can I just say Harris Dickinson who plays him in the movie does not disappoint either!). Lastly, we have Charles.. oh I have a love-hate relationship with him!! I like a good but bad guy.. who doesn't?!
I loved how everyone had their own unique abilities even though they were all bundled into colours - it was really cool. It set the bar as you thought they were all going to be the same with the same powers yadda yadda yadda but it wasn't. It was fresh and I liked it a lot! I feel there was plenty of growth in the story and it all tied up nicely- what wasn't to like?! (well except the non-consensual kissing part.. creepy jumps at you).
I feel the book is like x-men but kids.. kinda like what New Mutants is going to be like next year. I think if the film stuck to more like the book it would have been a major hit like The Hunger Games and Maze Runner, such a shame they changed it so much like they did with Divergent! Give it a read you won't be disappointed.
"Did you know... you make me so happy that sometimes I actually forget to breathe? I'll be looking at you, and my chest will get so tight... and it's like, the only thought in my head is how much I want to reach over and kiss you."
Holy crap bags Batman this book is sooo good.
I mean this is actually a bump into someone on purpose, just to be able to talk to someone about it good.
So this is a normal little girls story. We shall call her Ruby.
Now Ruby is just about to have her 10th birthday and dang it, she manages to wipe her parents memories just by giving them a kiss on their cheeks as they are sleeping.
Ruby is an Orange! !!
Kids are basically dropping dead around about 10yrs old and up, not all of them do though and they develop these powers that range from electricity to mind control.
So, after they report a stranger ( but not really ) in their kitchen, Rubys parents ship her off to a camp to "help" her to get better.
The camps are supposed to be a good thing and parents willingly send their children however the kids are treated like cattle.
Depending on the power they are put into groups green, yellow, orange blue and red.
After escaping from the camp Ruby meets up with Chubs, Zu and Liam (swoon).
These guys are amazing and their friendship blooms before our eyes.
This book is filled with everything, friendship, love, loss and betrayal.
DROP WHAT EVER YOU ARE DOING AND READ THIS BOOK NOW
The story was quite good and definitely presented a very interesting vision for a near future.
In some ways the story was pretty typical dystopian fiction. It was a thrilling ride, don’t get me wrong, but for the most part yeah it was exactly what you’d be looking for within the realm of a good dystopian novel. The story didn’t draw me in immediately, it actually took a bit for me to sink into and what triggered that were the characters. The story was good of course, but the thing I genuinely came to care about were the characters in it. I really don’t care what happened, I don’t care how all these warring tribes, terrorist groups, and government troops choose to battle things out, I don’t care how freedom is won (assuming that it will be in the end), I just care about Ruby, Liam, Chubs, and Zu.
THE DARKEST MINDS is a non-stop rush of chaos as the children of America run until they can’t run any further. Filled with characters that lift off the pages and a story that pounds with ruthless durability, this book marks the beginning of an intense series roaring with sacrifice, betrayal, lost childhood, and freedom. A must read for any dystopian fiction fan.
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RATED 4.5/5 STARS!
Since this was a reread for me, going back into this book all I could remember was how much I loved it the first time. And now the second time round, I feel like I love it even more.
I really like the backstory behind the book. As the synopsis tells us, it starts off as a disease, and once children hit the age of 10, they will most likely die. But the problem is if they don’t die. These kids end up with abilities, and the government becomes scared about what they can do, so they all get locked away in rehabilitation camps. From the beginning you can really see how Thurmond (one of the camps) has affected our main character, Ruby. She has no confidence and is afraid. It really does show how bad this place must have been.
As the story goes on, you see more of the world as it is. Although the descriptions didn’t blow me away, there were quite a lot of comparisons between the past and present that were hard-hitting. The happy memories from the time before everything went wrong overshadowed by the events of this dark world. But it was scarily realistic. The idea behind it was explained so well that I had no problem believing it could happen.
I loved the characters in this book. Loved them. They developed so well through the story, and each of their personalities were different but genuine. I especially liked how the friendships developed. each of the characters had to adapt to the world, and deal with anything that came their way. Gradually they all became braver and tougher, but still had their weaknesses that made them seem like real people.
The story really was addictive to read. The pacing was even, switching between action, the journey and finding out information. I read 300 pages of this book without even realizing it – and that’s saying something, since I usually read about 100 pages a day. It was a very clever story. There were so many different sides to it, and you never quite knew who were “the good guys” of the story.
"The darkest minds tend to hind behind the most unlikely faces."
I became really attached to the story. I sobbed at the ending, even though I’ve read it before and knew what was coming. I don’t understand how I didn’t buy the second book immediately after reading this one the first time! I feel like I need the second book right now…but I am getting it soon, so not to worry. I’m really looking forward to continuing this series!
Rated 4.5//5 stars!
The story revolves around Ruby, a girl kept apart from society in a labor camp like all the other kids her age - the ones that survived a deadly disease and were left with abilities like mind control, electrokinesis, telekinesis. When Ruby is broken out of her camp, she ends up joining a trio of kids that are on the run from their own camp and in search of a utopian haven, and a whole heck of dangerous shenanigans ensue.
It's your standard dystopia, but there's so much about it that stands out. The characters are awesome, for one. Ruby is shy and quiet and small, in and of herself. I like her evolution throughout the story, and can't actually wait to see how she'll progress. She's pretty tough, but completely ordinary despite her power. She could easily be your best friend or your neighbour or cousin. She doesn't feel fictional at all. The other characters as much the same, and I loved all of them. Minus Clancy, who I will violently beat to death with a rusted pole :)! Not to mention the relationships are just so heartwarming (thus, with the potential to be heartbreaking) to read and experience. Throw away your emotions, basically.
In short: an outstanding dystopia with hyper-real characters who will tear our your heart.
The story was fast paced and gripping, with an interesting plot plus an ending that left me with quite a few questions - I ordered the sequel straight away!
Overall I loved this book and can't wait to continue the series. Good job, Alex! :)
Bracken's world building seemed very scattered and it was quite difficult for me to fit together a complete picture in my head of this society she was trying to show. There were so many aspects that needed to be conveyed, the origins of the kid's abilities, the different colors, the multiple organizations trying to gain control, the psi's and the Children's League and it took about half the book for all of these things to have been clearly displayed (and it wasn't a 'not knowing enhances the story' kind of situation but a 'who are they again and why are they doing that?' kind of situation). The prose and transitions also tended to be a bit scattered/incomplete.
Some of the basic conclusions the society had made didn't make sense. Why were Oranges in chains but not Blues? I mean, Blues could throw all the guards into a brick wall with just their minds and easily escape a camp this way and yet no-one at all seems to have considered the possibility of this being a threat. Also why is no-one questioning the origins of the powers more? Why aren't scientists performing tests?
There were a lot of good parts to this book. Most dystopians now are getting quite similar but Bracken managed to bring a new idea to the table and it really paid off. And THAT ENDING. That is the exact kind of ending I like. The characters were were really great. I particularly loved Chubs and Zu. I just found it hard to enjoy it as much as everyone else seemed to, especially considering it's a story containing superpowered humans, which I generally love.
I found this book on one of my many Amazon browses for new reads and added it to my wish list. It was only a few weeks later that I read reviews on the book that spurred me on to actually purchase it. I am so glad I did!
This is one of the best books I have read this year (and I have read a lot of books) from the first page I loved it, it was different, and it felt completely fresh and new. The main female protagonist Ruby is introduced straight away and you are quickly absorbed into her heart breaking story. I am going to contain a portion of the blurb just so you get the concept of the book:
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.
Straight away from reading this I had to know what was happening, where the story would go. This book is written so well, the detail, description and the pull into the pages is incredible. You really feel for Ruby and all the other characters, you cannot believe something so horrific is happening to these children, and how parents are willingly handing their children over like this. There is almost a feel of horror throughout the book, but not the scary sort of horror, but shock at the treatment of these children, and how they are perceived and locked up.
Ruby is the main protagonist and we follow her journey right from the start, before she got her abilities, straight up to her first day at ‘rehabilitation camp’ . The fear radiates off Ruby for the entirety off this book, the fear of what she could do, the fear of hurting those around her, and the fear of the situation she is in. Her character grows stronger the more she starts to understand her powers, not quite controlling them, but having a better awareness of the feelings generated from it. Ruby is a great character, hearing the story of how she ended up sent to Thurmond was truly heart breaking.
We also follow the characters Liam, Chubs and Zu, three escapees from another rehabilitation camp. Liam being the leader of the group, Chubs the knowledgeable medical one who is increasingly annoying throughout the book, and little Zu, a young girl put through some terrifying experiences, leaving her mute and afraid of her own shadow. I loved the development between Ruby and Zu’s character, it was incredibly sweet and reassuring that even within these dark times, it hadn't crushed their spirits or want, to take care and help Zu be as normal a child she could possibly be in the current situation. Chubs, was an incredibly annoying character, who never took to Ruby, he saw her as a danger to the group, bringing trouble with her wherever she goes. However with gradual development you see another side to him, and you soften to his characters, understanding the good intentions he really has. A true credit to Alexandra’s writing with these characters.
Liam was another great character; he took to the role of a leader amazingly. Yet was forever full of turmoil, protecting the group, feeling guilty at being the ring leader of the mass breakout and with so many losing their lives because of it, and generally because he couldn't quite give them what he promised them yet. The development between him and Ruby was amazing, it wasn't in your face, it was a subtle and slow burn, it left you uncertain of how it would pan out. But you loved it all the same. I really felt his guilt and anguish throughout and Alexandra Bracken really enabled us to understand this character whilst viewing him from Ruby’s POV.
Finally the character to save for last. Clancy Gray....i really feel like i shouldn't say too much about him for those who may actually want to read this book and decide for themselves first hand on what they think of him. But i have never hated a character as much as this...This guy makes Draco Malfoy look like a saint! A glorified angelic saint at that! Alexandra Bracken was very clever in the development and twist with this character and i am intrigued as to how she will continue it throughout the rest of the series.
The Darkest Minds is truly an amazing book; it creates a detailed dystopian world of complete chaos and fear. The book is beautifully written, bringing in that slightest bit of humour and sarcasm to help lighten the many darker moments in it. However the ending left me heartbroken; I have never finished a book, put it down and wailed ‘No!! I need to know what happens!’ as drastically as i did when I finished this. Safe to say the next book, Never Fade is in the post and on its way to me as we speak and I really cannot wait!
I thoroughly recommend this book if you like action, adventure and dystopian novels. Alexandra Bracken is a remarkable author and i just cannot wait to see what she brings in the next book. I need to know now!!!!!