THE DARKEST MINDS – Alexandra Bracken (Honest Review)

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The first book in the The Darkest Minds series.

Bracken - The Darkest Minds

Genre: Young Adult – Science Fiction – Dystopian
Target Audience: 12+ 
Rating: 
B+ (82%)
Goodreads Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Description:
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.
 

What an adventure!

This book has a slow start, but when it does get into the nitty gritty, it sure knows how to kick off! I love books that take me somewhere. I don’t just mean take me away from reality and put me into the book, but rather, properly  take me on an adventure. I enjoy travelling in books, visiting new places and things in the characters’ and author’s perspective. This book did exactly that!

The Darkest Minds has brilliant characterisation with the ability to make you hate and love the same people the lovely protagonist does. It gives you that same conflicted emotions and wavering trust that Ruby, our leading lady has. I found that it made me properly consider the consequences if the characters did something wrong or a little risky.

All of the characters were so different. I could tell them apart by something they said without it having to mention a name. Just by their actions or the way something is worded. It’s easy to see who said what. I really appreciated this, I have read many books, even good books, where the characters can get confusing with one another. So this was one of my favourite elements about this novel.

Maybe I missed something in the novel, but I have one particular concern about the plot. Why weren’t there more powers than the five given? If there was fire and electricity, why couldn’t there be water or air? I also have confusion about the parents, why weren’t they doing more? If my parents hadn’t heard from me in a few days, let alone months to years, they would be knocking down the parliament door demanding answers.

I just, I feel like I’m missing something. Like I didn’t read a vital piece of information. It could be my fault, perhaps I missed it and if I have, can someone fill me in?

Otherwise, the plotting was excellent! I love, love, loved it!!

Great book, just had a few flaws 🙂

The break down of my rating:
Plot: 6/10
Characterisation: 9/10
Development:
 9/10
Style & Tone: 9/10
Enjoyment Factor: 8/10

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