Series: The Darkest Minds
Rating: 5 stars
Synopsis (book 1): 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 government ′rehabilitation camp′. Ruby might have survived the mysterious disease that killed most of America′s children, but she and the others had 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. Now on the run, she is desperate to find East River, the only safe haven left for kids like her, and she joins a group of other runaways who have escaped their own camps. Liam, their brave leader, is falling for Ruby, but she 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 Liam. But there are also 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 – and one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.
How I got these books: Christmas presents
The Short Version:
Holy WOW! Absolutely amazing.
The Long Version:
What do I even say about this series? Like, seriously, what are words?
I JUST LOVED IT SO. VERY. MUCH!
The Darkest Minds
Right from the start, this book drew me in. Everything about it was just awesome. I loved Ruby, Liam, Chubs and Zu. I thought the premise was fantastic, and the writing was amazing.
I just loved it SO. VERY. MUCH. It was SO GOOD!!
Having finished The Darkest Minds, I was eager to see where the series was going. And it did not disappoint! Never Fade was just as good as The Darkest Minds, with new characters who were all fantastic.
Like with The Darkest Minds, I had no idea what was going to happen, but loved everything about it.
In The Afterlight
I was so glad that I had already gotten my hands on the entire series before reading them, especially after the ending of Never Fade. (Seriously, though…THAT ENDING).
This was everything I wanted from a series final. It finished the story while still allowing it to continue in the mind of the reader. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and it was just so excellent.
This was a truly amazing series and I can’t believe I waited so long to begin reading them…and I think it’s safe to say that Alexandra Bracken has made her way onto my auto-read/buy list. Forever.
Brett Michael Orr (@BrettMichaelOrr) said:
Oh dear. Seems like we’ve found another book we disagree with. *sigh* How do we keep doing this? Let’s just be happy and talk about Red Queen maybe?
I just…didn’t enjoy Darkest Minds at all. It’s of my only 2-star reviews, but I just – well, I pretty much disliked or hated all of it. From where it could have gone, it just didn’t, and I really, quite intensely, disliked Ruby…
WHAT ABOUT RED QUEEN HUH? YEAH. 😛
Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity said:
Okay, this is seriously one of the series that I NEED to start. Even if it makes me a little scared. Because I thought I would love Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and I had NO desire to pick up the second book because I was so let down. But hopefully this is different, because I love the sound of it AND people love it so much.
Besides, all the books are released and that means I can BINGE READ *dances*