Wednesday, 19 June 2013

The Darkest minds- Alexandra Bracken

Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Published: Dec 18, 2012
488 Pages
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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.

Going into this book i kind of assumed it was going to be like every other dystopian that is going around at the moment and didn't have super high hopes for it. This book however has new and fresh ideas, with strange abilities and diseases and with every turn you don't know who you can trust.

This book was a little confusing for me at first because its not all put out there for you right off the bat and you have to continue reading to get more pieces of the story and a better understanding of the abilities. I love that we are giving the chance to work some things out ourselves, because it can get a bit old when authors throw everything out there at once assuming we wouldn't be able to figure it out ourselves.

The story is told from Ruby's point of view and throughout the book we learn bits and pieces of her story and the story of those she encounters.
Ruby is such a great character to read as she is kind of a mystery and doesn't quite know herself, so to read and discover her abilities just as she does is really great.

We see the way the adults have tried to deal with this disease and the horrible things they will do to keep it contained. Nothing is what it seems.

I loved every part of this, and i highly recommend giving it a go even if you are somewhat over the dystopian genre.

Five stars

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