Mini Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
The Darkest Minds #1
Genre: YA Dystopia(?), SciFi
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.
That was perhaps one of the most beautiful and the saddest endings I have ever read, especially the part where Liam was telling the "amazing story of us". I could have cried then. It was utterly, utterly perfect. And then, Ruby's decision. I asked myself if I'd be as brave as she was or would I be selfish.
Ruby didn't start out as brave. She wanted to blend in, for no one to take notice. She didn't even come to the aid of her only friend at Thurmond. She was imperfect and broken and that was what made her journey all the more interesting. The moment she took the pills to get herself out of Thurmond, I thought This is going to get more interesting. She's no Katniss nor Cassie by any means, but her character had that quality about her that reflected her upbringing (including an education of a ten-year-old), her beliefs and the events that are (since there's still the second book and the third book) shaping her. But that last, that last act... A culmination of what happened to her so far and perhaps the real beginning of her.
Did you know that I hesitated before I read this? I didn't have that much confidence that I would like it. However, What do you know? I finally find something post-apocalyptic/dystopian since The 5th Wave that's worth praises. Although, I'm not sure I'd classify this as post-apocalyptic/dystopian. Sci-fi then?