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The Darkest Minds Never Fade (A Darkest Minds Novel) Hardcover – October 15, 2013
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From School Library Journal
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
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"
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"
Top customer reviews
*Spoilers Ahead* The Darkest Minds series is everything that I would hope a Young Adult Dystopian novel would be. It truly captures that end-of-the-world vibe that a lot of Dystopians tend to gloss over and sometimes even glorify. In Never Fade you truly get to see the turmoil, the panic, and the absolute upheaval in these character’s lives.
And speaking of characters, Bracken truly outdid herself with the characters in this novel. The emotions that Ruby, Liam, and Chubs experience are believable and raw and really help you empathize with the situations they’re all facing.
There are also a couple of new characters that I ADORED, Vita and Jude. They are both such unique, dynamic characters. I could not get enough of them. They livened up every single scene they appeared in.
There is also a major character death in this book, and it’s handled just exactly right. It probably makes me some kind of masochist or something, but I LOVE it when an author can execute a major character death in a way that makes me really FEEL something, makes me cry, makes me actually mourn that character! That is something that has to be handled with extreme skill and delicacy, and I was truly FLOORED by how well-written this particular death scene was.
One thing that is so interesting to me is how different The Darkest Minds and the Passenger series feel. If I didn’t already know they were written by the same author, I truly don’t think I would have been able to tell, which shows how diverse a writer Bracken is.
I highly recommend this book for all readers who enjoy YA Dystopian novels. This will definitely be right up your alley.
Cover Rating : FIVE STARS
I love, love, LOVE this cover. It is symbolic of one of the characters in this story that I absolutely fell in love with. It also continues the beautiful noir theme from The Darkest Minds with its broken barbed wire look. Just STUNNING.
Swoon Worthiness: FIVE STARS
*Spoilers Ahead* If you’ve read any of my previous review, you know that I love me some romantic tension, and Bracken absolutely knocked it out of the park! The reunion between Ruby and Liam is EVERYTHING I hoped it would be. Liam’s so confused and so incredibly angry with Ruby, and justifiably so, yet they are still so beautifully, perfectly in love despite EVERYTHING. But their relationship is still so wonderfully complicated and has so much friction, and is just swoon-worthy times about 1,000! Perfection!
This book is like Insurgent meets X-Men with its need to infiltrate enemy territory and the super-human abilities that these incredible kids have. Just so cool!
Rating: 5 Stars
You’ve been warned. We left off with Chubs being shot and the only option to save them Ruby brings the Children’s League to them to save him and offers herself for Chubs and Liam to be free. Knowing Liam would never leave her in their hands she used her gift on him to wipe herself from his mind and keep him safe. She now works for the League as a team leader using her powers and becoming the monster she’d feared she could become breaking the minds of enemies. Now she is thrust into a new mission, one with a huge secret that could change everything. The only problem is her mission will take her to the one person she thought she’d never see again, Liam. Pushed back into a world of old friends and the promises she’s made she is torn. One thing she will do is everything in her power to protect those she loves.
Never Fade, for me had lots happening in it. There was the overall mission but also so much growth with the characters. Ruby has really grown into her power and while that could make her a horrible monster thrilled on her power she hates having to use it and that keeps her very human and relatable even as she tries to shut out all emotion. Her struggle doing what she does working with the League and her knowing that she feels she made the right call saving her friends even when she misses them. We also get to know some new characters, some we just love from the start and others…let's say a bit less so. Still the new dynamic of the League and getting to know more about them from the inside was great. While they were one of the bad guys in the previous book, we learn there is more than one side to things.
When Ruby is reunited with Chubs I was just beside myself. I missed him so much. I was happy to have his huge brain full of facts and comments around. He's grown some as well and we get to see more of him and how he's progressed on his own, both having been through some things since last they were together. Then Liam. I was so terrified of that moment because…well honestly just him not knowing her was hard. To know how cute and sweet they were and how much love was between them before she took it away to save him expecting to never see him again and to see him look at her and not know who she is. Heartbreaking. And poor Chubs is in the middle of it all as well.
This book moves along pretty steady as there is never a shortage of things happening. The world is not their friend and that leads to danger around most turns which keeps pace well with the emotional growth of our characters. It also gives insight slowly into the overall big picture of things. In book one we focused more on staying free and away from the government and the League, Never Fade focuses more on the bigger picture of the broken US and possible solutions, oh and staying alive of course. I can't wait to see how the series wraps up because this one grew the story and I have high hopes for what will happen as it concludes.
Again my own negative really was the same in the other book and I expect it will be in the next, long chapters. Just my personal preference is all and in no way detracted from the book. I did take longer to read with life getting in the way but I was able to dive back in where ever I'd leave off without issue which I always think is a positive.
I ended up skimming through large unnecessary sections because it was getting old to read overly descriptive sections filled with the same thing rehashed again. Also, the language was obnoxious & I could've gone without all that. The first book was better, this one was kind of pointless & I wish I had just read a summary of it to get to the last book.
I'm hoping the last one wraps it all up in a better way like the first book did. I'm not feeling too hopeful though, but I'm going to give it a try. In some trilogy's- it seems like the author uses the second book to just be able to call it a trilogy. It becomes a useless book, in the middle of three, that could've just been done as a chapter of a sequel.
This book just had too much going on & really only the main points of a few things were necessary, the rest was just filler.