Saturday, June 1, 2013

"The Darkest Minds" by Alexandra Bracken

Reading Hammock’s Rating:
5 out of 5
Fiction Genre: 
The Darkest Minds
Alexandra Bracken (@alexbracken)

Publication Date:
December 18, 2012
Hardback| Paperback | Digital | Audio


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.
When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp.  Liam, their brave leader, 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.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are 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, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

My Review

After finishing the book at three in the morning, I wanted to throw it across the room.  “The Darkest Minds” has one of the best endings because it is the worst kind of ending-- a cliffhanger.  The pace of the book is very fast and I knew that I was not savoring enough of the pages I was reading because the plot was just too exciting. Adding to this are characters with quirky personalities that you really care about which makes it even harder to put down the book.

Also, the storyline includes the perfect amount of an imaginative dystopian world.  Many dystopian books try to make the reader become accustomed to too many confusing words and details they have created for their imagined world.  Instead, Bracken incorporates both the world as we know it as well as the creation of her own dystopian reality, which allows the reader to dive into the plot.  Bracken maintains interest in the storyline because readers only know as much as the characters do, creating a bond between the readers and characters.

If you liked other dystopian stories (such as “Divergent” by Veronica Roth and “Legend” by Marie Lu) then I would definitely suggest reading “The Darkest Minds.”  Bracken’s approach to the dystopian genre is a breath of fresh air and I think that even those who do not typically enjoy these types of books would still be engaged by “The Darkest Minds.”