The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Summary from GoodReads
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.
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The impulse to read Alexandra's first series came after I learnt about her latest upcoming release "The Passenger". When I was also making my first steps on the writing world I had also see her interview on Figment.
The Darkest Minds is a trilogy of unstopping action, romance which develops slowly and pops on the best moment and dystopia. Dystopia so hard (since we deal with small kids) which I would place on the aisle along with The Hunger Games.
Ruby is on of the many children who is taken to special camps in order 'to be saved' after a devastating virus killed almost all of America's children. What the parents do not know, and they are not told, is that the children have developed abilities and Ruby has a strong one. When she manages to escape she meets a group of kids, who have Liam as a leader and together they travel in order to find a safe haven for them. As the books progress we have many mysteries, truths horrible and almost mad revealed and Ruby has also the bad luck to make the hardest choices.
Moreover, when she finds herself into the League, she discovers that nothing is as it seemes and along with some new allies they will try to solve the mystery and fight the major ass-slash-worst villain ever!
I liked her relationship with Liam. He was funny, caring and not your so sexy perfect hotness. They all suffer and fight and that makes them stronger and despite their age too wise.
I liked the series and I am sure that I will read more of this author next year!
Don't miss the upcoming release of Alexandra Bracken's new series "The Passenger"!
Summary from GoodReads
Violin prodigy Etta Spencer had big plans for her future, but a tragedy has put her once-bright career at risk. Closely tied to her musical skill, however, is a mysterious power she doesn't even know she has. When her two talents collide during a stressful performance, Etta is drawn back hundreds of years through time.
Etta wakes, confused and terrified, in 1776, in the midst a fierce sea battle. Nicholas Carter, the handsome young prize master of a privateering ship, has been hired to retrieve Etta and deliver her unharmed to the Ironwoods, a powerful family in the Colonies--the very same one that orchestrated her jump back, and one Nicholas himself has ties to. But discovering she can time travel is nothing compared to the shock of discovering the true reason the Ironwoods have ensnared her in their web.
Another traveler has stolen an object of untold value from them, and, if Etta can find it, they will return her to her own time. Out of options, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the mysterious traveler. But as they draw closer to each other and the end of their search, the true nature of the object, and the dangerous game the Ironwoods are playing, comes to light -- threatening to separate her not only from Nicholas, but her path home... forever.
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