Book Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Title: The Darkest Minds

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Number of Pages: 488

Genre: YA Dystopian

Overall Rating: 4/5

Summary From Cover: 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.

Discussion: I finished this book during our library time at school. When I read the last page and closed the book, I just kind of stared and told my friend sitting next to me, “I can’t believe it. I think I’m going to cry.” And some other stuff, but I might [accidentally] spoil the ending. But the gist was:

I thought of this exact quote.

If I hadn’t been in a library, I probably would’ve thrown it across the room. Let me do it now.

Done. It’s very satisfying. On with the review.


The beginning was kind of slow, and there were lots of flashbacks and moments [throughout the book] when I was just like, You could’ve done ________ and it would’ve been much easier/faster/better/safer/etc.

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I did, however, love Ruby, the MC, and the supporting characters, Chubs and Zu, and the love interest, Liam. Ruby is so kind and heroic, always doing things for the good of others, though I do think she should do more stuff thinking about herself. I facepalmed mentally a lot when she chose to keep secrets. [It actually really bugs me when characters keep secrets from people they know and love.] Chubs is so sweet, and very levelheaded. He seems like the kind of friend you could go to for sage advice. Although, he can be brutally honest. Zu is just so adorable and innocent, aside from her awesome powers. She’s so girly and cute, and reminded me of my friend Misa, who loves to laugh and joke. And Liam. Oh, Liam. He is going on to my OTP list. His only flaw? Not thinking through plans enough, resulting in bad consequences.

The writing is pretty spectacular. Bracken has you in this world so beautiful, yet so tragic. And the themes are quite amazing, somewhat parallel to our society today, putting people into boxes and labeling them.

Definitely read this book. It will hook you in!

P.S. I am posting a wrap-up today, too, but on a different post.


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