Author: Alexandra Bracken | Pages: 488 | Series: The Darkest Minds Trilogy (#1) | Rating: 4.5/5 stars
There has been a lot of hype around this series on the book blogs and BookTube community, and usually if I go into a book surrounded by so much hype I come out disappointed. So it was with some hesitation and a relatively open mind that I first picked up this series. All that being said, I’m very glad that I did.
The Darkest Minds is set sometime in the near future, wherein a strange neurological disease begins to affect America’s children. IAAN, as the disease is known, is fatal to most. Those who do manage to survive it find themselves exhibiting strange new powers, some of which are more dangerous than others. These children are then sent to government “rehabilitation camps”.
The story follows Ruby, a young girl who was sent to one of the camps on her tenth birthday. Now sixteen, she manages to escape and runs across a rag-tag trio who claim to be looking for the last safe place for children like them – East River. And through it all there are people who will never stop looking for them, people who would do anything to use them in their fight against the government.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. The plot line kept me interested, the writing seemed well thought out, and the main characters were all engaging. Ruby probably knew more than I might expect in someone with a fourth-grade education, but not so much so as to make it feel completely unrealistic. I enjoyed watching her character develop throughout the book as she slowly grew to gain better control over her powers. As for the trio, I liked the diversity in their personalities. From Chubs, who takes a lot longer to warm up to strangers, to Liam, who’s naturally friendly and just wants to see the good in everybody, I felt like there was a good mix.
And, oh, Liam. The stereotypically sweet, friendly Southern boy, but oh if it doesn’t work for him. I kind of just want to hug him and protect him forever. Besides, who can resist a well-placed “darlin’”?
68 pages into Never Fade, and it’s looking like this book will end up being just as gripping as its predecessor. But oh, why do we have to wait until October for the finale?