The Darkest Minds

Alexandra Bracken

Shelfie Score: 53%

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Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 528


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...

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This book is sooo gooodd. Like WOW! Alexandra Bracken did an amzing job in executing this dystopian. The plot is very nice with very nice hint of romance in there.. and after reading this book i can't help but crush on liam so hard!! Fictional boyfriends!!!

Alesje McCoy

this book is definitly one of my very favorite's, it had a intresting and deep plot that luered me in from the first page

Eleanor Cooper

The main four characters (Ruby, Liam, Chubs, and Suzume) were well developed, and I particularly like Liam. He seems to have strong morals and determination but is extremely kind and thoughtful. However, the 'villian', Clancy, was pretty weak I thought. Straight away, it was obvious he was going to be the bad guy, and I know it's quite common in YA for the bad guy to be more obvious than intended, but still, could've been done better.

I liked how the Black Betty group grew closer, it was sweet. However, I found myself zoning out quite a lot (I was listening to the audiobook), but also discovered that I didn't feel a particular need to go back and recover the bits I missed. It did feel like it dragged a couple of times, and the action scenes felt rather disjointed and messy.

I did find the ending (when Ruby wiped Liam's memory) really heartbreaking, as I always do with memory wipes, but the bit when Liam was telling Ruby the story of how they would've met if the disease thing hadn't happened was particularly bitter sweet and I thought it was really well done.

Overall, I'm not sure if I'll continue with the series. I hate leaving a series partway, and I did really like the main characters, but I think it's one that I'd enjoyed more when I was a little younger, maybe more 14/15 years old.


Bookaxe Characteristics for The Darkest Minds

Character and Plot:

Characters in depth

Fast-paced plot

Language and Style:

Straight to the point

Language and style central

New Information:

Pure entertainment

Introduces you to new ideas


Explores the darker side of life
Light-hearted and optimistic


No swearing or violence etc
Frequent swearing and violence etc

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