Friday, 12 February 2016

Series Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

First Book’s Synopsis:
When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who 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 a life worth living.

Review: (written 8th January 2015 because apparently I just take that long to post!):
The Darkest Minds isn’t just another dystopian series attempting to follow in the footsteps of The Hunger Games. It is unique in a way that all authors, not just writers of dystopian, aim for. Which is something that immediately caught my attention.

However what kept me turning the pages were the amazing characters. They all had their purpose: whether it was to make you love or hate them, help the plot move along or f*** everything up, is for you to decide… I have to say though that I ended up loving every single one, just in different ways because some I simply loved to hate.

There were plenty of instances where their decisions surprised me and took the plot in directions I couldn’t have expected but that’s exactly what made it interesting. I loved the mix of full-blown action with time for reflection, both for the characters and you as a reader. Like with any good dystopia it makes you think. About the world, your life, and the battles people go through for peace and equality.

So if you’re simply looking for an entertaining read that can take you away for the number of hours it takes to read the books, this is the series for you. If you’re a fan of dystopia, this is the series for you. If you’re a fan of YA, this is the series for you. And if you’re a fan of reading... well you get my point.
Favourite Quotes:
“The Darkest Minds tend to hide behind the most unlikely faces.”

"Now isn't the time to change yourself to fit into the world," Clancey said his voice raw with whatever thoughts were storming beneath his skin. "You should be changing the world to accept you. To let you exist as you are, without bing cut open and damaged."

"Dreaming led to disappointment, and disappointment to a kind of depressed funk that wasn't easy to shake. Better to stay in the gray than get eaten by the dark."

"Ghosts don't haunt people - their memories do."

"Black is the color of memory.
It is our color.
The only one they'll use to tell out story."

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