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Author: Alexandra Bracken

Series: The Darkest Minds

Rating: 5 stars

Genre: Dystopian

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?


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!!


Never Fade

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.

In Conclusion:

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.