The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken is a YA Dystopian series that I has been waiting patiently on my shelves for months now, and with the release of the movie and the new addition to the original series, I finally dusted it off the shelf!
“When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening 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 had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.
Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have 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 having a life worth living.“
After hearing the hype over the years, and with the movie’s release, I thought it was time to give this series a shot.
I was really surprised with this book.
One of my favorite parts of this book is the dialogue. There were so many times where I felt connected with the characters and was laughing along with them. I can’t quite put my finger on why but this book was written in a unique way. Maybe it was the realness of the relationships without being overpowered by the typical YA vibes or just the laid-back style of the writing. Either way, I highly enjoyed getting to know more about the characters and the tragic world they are fighting to live in.
The world building is slowly introduced to us. I felt like this first installment focused more on what was happening in the moment while the rest of the series could branch out into the country-wide view of what is happening in their world. But that is a complete guess. For now, especially with the exit of one of the main characters, I think the series may venture to include the other side of the country as we are introduced to their regions by the end of the book.
The ending was a bit of a surprise for me, there is a relationship in this book, but it isn’t the main factor driving the plot. Overall, the connection felt real and the southern gentleman take to the character was a unique bonus for me (as I am not a huge fan of the typical YA romantic flings). The heartbreaking moment at the end literally had my jaw to the floor and my brain screaming NO, WHY! It really had me on edge, and now I can’t wait to see what happens next.
I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. There were a few scenes where I felt like the story dragged a little, but overall, I really enjoyed myself with this one. There were so many funny moments and tragic realities for the characters that I was intrigued the entire time. The concept behind the disease was very unique, and the different powers were fun to explore.
Personally, I can’t tell which one is my favorite.. maybe Blue..
If you love reading dystopian novels, kids with unique powers, and a little comical relief, this book is for you.
After only reading a small portion of the book before sitting in the theater, I had a very general idea of what was going to happen. So after the first 20 minutes of so of the movie, I was hitting all new content.
But going into it, I was very surprised on how similar the movie was to the book. I was very pleased in how the script kept a lot of the original dialogue. Since the book itself keeps a tragic yet comical taste to it. And you can probably guess which character had the entire room laughing..
So for those who don’t enjoy seeing a book-to-movie adaptation, you won’t have to worry with this one. Of course, there are changes from page to screen (such as character traits and a few scenes were altered to fit the shorter length), but overall the major concepts of the plot stayed. After finally finishing the book, I will say that the ending took a different side road, but again, the major concept was the same as the book. It still ends with the huge plot twist and a heartbreaking moment.
So I highly recommend that if you liked this book, you will want to see the movie IN THEATERS. Especially with the intense sound and visual effects, the movie brings the book to life!
Published: 18 December 2012
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
How I Read It: Paperback
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