The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Goodreads 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…


I cut off part of the synopsis because it summarized the entire book.

I was looking forward to reading The Darkest Minds but I kept putting it off and reading other books until my friend practically begged me to read it saying it was the best book they’ve ever read. It just so happened to be that it was free on Amazon, so I downloaded it.

A disease called Idiopathic Adolescent Acute Neurodegeneration (IAAN) has killed off children, those who survived developed powers. The government’s solution was to put all the children into “rehabilitation” camps, which are in fact concentration camps where the kids get abused and killed. The children are sorted into colors: red, orange, yellow, green, and blue. Red and orange are “dangerous” powers, and yellow, green, and blue are “safe” powers.

Ruby has been locked up in Thurmond since she was ten-years old, six years later an organization wanting to use her powers helps her escape. Ruby breaks away from her rescuers and runs into three escapees- Liam, Chubs and Zu- from another camp, the four of them seek out East River thinking it’s a safe haven.

This book started out great! At the beginning everything was so frightening and unique, it held a lot of potential… Then after Ruby escaped it got cliché, predictable, and incredibly boring until the last 2/3rds when they finally got to East River…

The world and powers weren’t explained very well and it was frustrating. Ruby is very foolish and gets herself into some pretty avoidable situations, but she does become confident and less annoying towards the end. The romance with Liam felt unrealistic and forced. Chubs had his moments and started to grow on me towards the end. Zu was precious and hands down my favorite character.

The ending is the only reason this book got a three instead of a two, it caught me so off guard and made my heart hurt. I dont even want to put a spoilers section in case someone accidentally reads over the warning.

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3 thoughts on “The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

  1. I felt the same about the ending. It kept me from giving it a 2, and it was an event I didn’t forsee happening. I thought it could happen, but I didn’t think Bracken would actually do it. It definitely provided an interesting segway into Book 2, though.


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