Review: The Darkest Minds

I love Alex Bracken. Passenger was the first book by her that I read, and I loved it so much, but besides loving her books, I also love her as a person. I’ve never actually met her (but I hope we cross paths at one of the book events that I go to in the next year!), but just based on her social presence (which, yes, I know isn’t a full person, but still) and her videos and TENNY, I’m obsessed. I had been meaning to read The Darkest Minds for a while now, but just never got around to it, so when I got a Scribd membership and saw that the audiobook for the Darkest Minds was on there, I had to start listening to it.

The Darkest Minds 5 star 5/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads: 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.

OMG the Darkest Minds 100% lived up to the hype. It was soooo good and now I’m even more excited to watch the movie! I loved all of the characters and man, Liam really is as amazing as everyone said he was. The ending absolutely crushed me (and of course made me pick up book 2 right away). The whole camp system, while not 100% unique was portrayed really well, and I definitely would not have wanted to be in Thurmond for an hour, let alone the 6 years that Ruby was stuck in it. The way that Alex Bracken wrote her characters and built her world was some of the best character work and world building that I have read (and let’s be real, I’ve read a lot). I could really picture a future like that and I could definitely see people like Ruby, Zu, Liam, and Chubs existing in that world.

Have y’all read the Darkest Minds? Are you planning on watching the movie when it comes out?

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