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Review for 'Never Fade'
on 24 August 2014
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The first word that comes to mind to describe this book is amazing. This book totally blew my mind, it broke my heart, made me giggle like crazy and laugh out loud, it made me yell at the characters and stay up WAY too late on a school night. I was a little hesitant, or unsure as to how I would manage to read this book, especially because of the thing Ruby did to Liam in the end of The Darkest Minds. I was really mad at her for erasing his memories of her, and I will admit, the first few chapters were hard to read. They were a little confusing, since the book starts when Ruby’s already been with the League for a time. It picked up really quickly though, and I was so excited that we finally got to meet Liam’s brother. We also get introduced to a lot of new characters, some mean bastards and some kick-ass wonderful ones.
“So a thought crossed my mind,” Liam said suddenly.
“That must have been a lonely journey,” Chubs said, flipping the page of his book.
If you ask me, saying that Liam and Ruby meet again is not a spoiler. Yes, it is telling you about something important that happens in the book, but really anyone could have figured out that they would. Now, saying what happened after they met, would be a spoiler. I’m not going to tell you anything more about what happened, just that it was heartbreaking and mind-blowing at once. I was THIS close to crying, because they’re both such wonderful characters and have their beautiful flaws. Liam is so helpless in a way, broken on the inside, but still really determined. Ruby, as well, is very broken. She is often looked on as a leader, and where this might be flattering, I think she feels bad about it and very responsible for everything that happens. Because if or when Ruby makes a mistake, she always takes time to forgive herself, which is really sad but understandable.
“I don’t want to just see someone’s face; I want to know his shadow, too.”
I can’t name just one character that was my favorite, because one moment it was Ruby. Then it was Chubs, and a second later Vida. Then Jude, Liam, Cole and Cate. They are all so amazing, and different. Chubs and Vida pretty much hate each other, but I’m not sure… Do I sense some romance there…? Cole is just hilarious, and the way he reminds me of Liam is just adorable. There was a scene in the end of the book that really showed us their relationship as brothers, because it is a very special one.
“Has anyone ever told you that your head is shaped like a pencil?”
“That is physically impossible,” Chubs groused. “He’d be-“
“Actually,” Liam began, ” Cole once did try to – what?”
“Oh, I’m sorry,” Chubs said, “apparently the middle of my sentence interrupted the beginning of yours. Do continue.”
Never Fade is what I can honestly call a quality book. There are books where the author is very good with describing the action stuff, then there are books that do well in the world building, some have brilliant characters, and others amazing plot twists and scenes. Alexandra Bracken is one of the very, very few authors I have come across that does ALL THE THINGS! I am not kidding, because I do think she is really good at what she does, and that it reflects very well in her choice of words and scenes in her books.
My eyes drifted up to his, and it was over.
I recommend this book to pretty much anyone over 14 years, especially if you like fantasy, mystery and all kinds of kick-ass stuff. I also have to mention, the ending of this book… It was pretty awesome, especially what we find out about Cole and the research stuff! I also think the title and the cover are perfect for the book and plot.