Friday, January 24, 2014

The Darkest Minds

Title: The Darkest Minds
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Published: 2012
ISBN: 9781423159322

The Darkest Minds the story of Ruby and other children with special abilities that have been collected by the government and placed in special camps. In this book, Ruby has escaped from the camp and run into other escapees who are looking for the mysterious "Slip Kid" who can supposedly help them all to get back in touch with their loved ones.

Ruby is the main character and the abilities she possesses are rare and she does not completely understand or control them. She is afraid of the harm she can do to others and this prevents her from completely opening up to other people. After she meets Liam, Su, and Chubs things begin to change.

For the most part, Ruby is an easy to follow protagonist who is understandably hurt and afraid, but from time to time her worries and concerns become redundant. After hearing the same thing repeatedly, it becomes a little difficult to sympathize.

Overall, my feelings for this novel were just kind of "ehh". This was an interesting and new approach to the dystopian YA genre. There are interesting and likable characters, specifically Liam. But, at times, the story itself becomes a little tedious. I think I may have had too high of expectations and had built up this book in my mind. After hearing rave reviews of this series for months now, I was expecting this book to knock my socks off. And, sadly, they are still comfortably on my feet.

 I think that this is a story that can appeal to lots of people, but specifically the people that are entirely into dystopian books and series. Also, YA fans would probably enjoy this series as well. There is a romantic element to the story, but this is not what drives the plot forward.

So, have you guys read this book or this series? Thoughts, comments, opinions....please share in the comments.

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