The Darkest Minds. Alexandra Bracken.


The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)The Darkest Minds
by Alexandra Bracken

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is unbelievably mind-blowing dystopia. I swear you feel so much, from fear, cowardice to happiness, friendship, love, to despair, anger, entrapment, to the final ending, which, has exactly the same feel as 1984. I loved, hated, felt like crying at the ending, but the ending, I have to say is perfect. THE perfect dystopian ending. Be prepared to be blown away!!!

Oh wait, there’s a second book – one, I’m so glad this isn’t the end, but two, if this ended like this, I’d still love it.

LOVED THIS> more review to come!

Okayyyyy, ah-hem, Right! Throat’s clear and now let me begin! Firstly, the plot is a complete understatement!

The Plot.

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.

The absolutely epicness was barely even touched by this lovely premise on the back of the cover. Not only did Bracken do it again, she did it with grace, style and poise. She went full hilt, non-stop, rollercoaster, bam! I cried, I laughed, I was like – whoa O.O and then I was, awwww. This has been one of the most amazing books I’ve read. It’s dystopian feel, feels soooo real.

The Characters.
One of the most important aspects of a good novel is well-written characters. Ruby was just that. She’s a coward, full of cowardice, dripping with fear. She has fears, and she’s afraid. She’s a push over unable to speak up, because she was afraid. But Ruby grows. Oh how she grew. From a quivering mass of fear, to a girl who makes the final deal. Ruby has to be one of my favourite heroine’s of all time because she’s not just little miss perfect, or little miss set-up for the hero role. Ruby is Ruby, not a hero, not a hero-in-waiting, she’s just Ruby.

Next up is Liam and omg, omg, omg, how did Bracken write him so sweetly? How is the not run of the mill love interest? Some have tried and some have failed. And some have succeeded. Bracken is one of those. Liam is the most wonderful love interest I’ve ever read. Liam is also very selfless. Sigh…he’s such a perfect imperfect person, and what happens between him and Ruby – this is not a spoiler, since I think you can tell something will happen between them by the looks of the premise – is just explosive, touching and sad all wrapped in one. I think they’re simply just perfect for each other.

As for the supporting characters. Chubs omg, he’s like one of the best supporting characters I’ve ever seen.

“Use the damn map,” Chubs groused behind him.
“I can figure it out without it,” Liam insisted. He kept swiveling his head back and forth, like he expected someone to appear and guide him in the right direction with road flares and fanfare.
Five minutes later, the map was spread over the steering wheel, and Chubs was gloating in the backseat.

See…? Isn’t he wonderful? Chubs is great! And he’s got a great character, just as great as Ruby and Liam. Zu, the last of the group that Ruby joins is adorable and pretty gutsy. I love that she hasn’t got that “typical” asianness about her. Just her name, and I love that!
For this perfect book, there is nothing about it that’s not perfect. Not the characters, not the plot, not the setting, nothing. It’s just soo perfect.

The Setting.
Since my geography of the USA is off, and also I’ve partly forgotten where one was heading and where they had gone, I’m pretty sure it’s set in Virginia. The beginning of the book is set in the rehabilitation centre for children, dubbed and called “Thurmond”. Then when Ruby runs, she’s heading for a place called “East River”.

The Writing.
Ohhhh mmyyyyy gooddddd~ this has probably the most perfect writing I’ve ever seen. It’s emotive (highly emotive), intense, well-thought out and well-written. Bracken knows how to write. She also knows how to tug at my heart strings whether it was about some decision she was going to make or for Liam or Zu or Chubs. It’s wonderful, delectable, edible even! It just makes anything else I read after look lacklustre and boring. Hell I just want another taste right now!

Overall…
Must read! Absolutely must be read and devoured. Having previously read her debut novel Brightly Woven I was hesitant in picking up another of her books. It’s generally the case whenever I hear a favourite author of mine has started writing something else. Because there are times when the next has not come up to scratch. But this one-this one matches up, smashes and takes the place of Brightly Woven. And my god, as a Dystopia, this is probably one of the best examples of it in YA. I swear when I read this, I felt the same as I felt after I read 1984 and Brave New World. I felt as though Ruby couldn’t escape fate at all. But then I found out there’s a sequel! And I got excited! Also a little disappointed that it wasn’t ending like that. Either way, I can’t wait for the sequel!

AND Soooooooooo verdict: Must read, absolutely!

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