Review: The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1)

Alexandra Bracken - The Darkest Minds

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.

This book was just amazing. I honestly have no idea how I’m going to review it, but I’ll give it a go. The Darkest Minds tells the story of Ruby, a sixteen year-old with some crazy, terrifying powers that she hates having. Right from the start, this book dives into some really creepy and strange action and I just had to know more about what was going on. Also, the amount of times this book deceived me into thinking one thing and then throwing a plot twist in was ridiculous. I mean, I had no idea who the villain in the story was the whole time, and I had a hard time trusting any of the characters that turned up.

Well, any of the characters apart from the main four:- Ruby, Liam, Chubbs and Zuzume. Ruby was a very believable character, who always tried to do the right thing, and I liked seeing her conflicted thoughts about what to do in some situations. I really enjoyed seeing her learn to use her powers and how to control them, and her relationships with other people were really interesting. Especially her relationship with Liam. Because he was one very adorable character. Basically, he was one of the nicest guys ever and I loved him to bits.

The other two character that they were friends with, Chubbs and Zuzume, were great. Chubbs was probably my favourite character in the book because he was such a grumpy sweetheart who was also very sensible. And Zuzume was just an adorable little girl who’d had a terrible life and who just needed a hug. Her friendship with Ruby was so cute, and the Ruby/Chubbs banter just made me laugh a lot.

Although I loved the characters and the story, there were some things that annoyed me, and the main thing was the chapter lengths. I always find it hard to get through books with long chapters, and this book really liked its long chapters. However, there weren’t many things I didn’t like, and I would recommend this book to people who like a mix of dystopian and fantasy books.

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3 thoughts on “Review: The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1)

  1. Sounds like a cool book. It has been on my TBR pile for a while but I still haven’t gotten around to it (and the more books I discover, the bigger my TBR pile gets..)
    What do you consider to be a long chapter, in terms of pages?

    1. I have exactly the same problem with my TBR pile – it never seems to get smaller. It might be that I keep buying books though… 🙂

      Well, it depends on the type of book, because I’ll happily read really long chapters in fantasy books. In this book though, some of the chapters were about 20 pages long which seems quite long for a YA book. And for some reason, I ended up reading this book really slowly because the chapters were longer than the usual YA chapters.

      1. I see. That makes sense. In the fantasy books I read nowadays I’m pretty used to reading longer chapters, but I guess it also depends on whether the author’s writing style makes it feel like you’re reading it faster. XD

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