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The Darkest Minds [Paperback]

Alexandra Bracken
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  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books; Reprint edition (22 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423159322
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423159322
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 15 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 Star Story, With a 5 Star Finish. 6 Aug 2013
By Sarah
(Source: I won a hardback copy of this book.)
16-year-old Ruby was taken from her parent's home on her 10th birthday, and taken to a camp for kids with psi abilities.
One of a small number of kids who actually survived a disease known as IAAN, Ruby had no idea that the American government was afraid of what she could do with her mind, and ended up in camp with around 3000 other kids and held there like a prisoner for 6 years.

After being busted out by a member of a terrorist group intent on using Ruby's abilities for harm, Ruby manages to get away, and ends up with another group of kids in a similar situation.
How long can they run from the government and bounty hunters though? Can Ruby learn to use her abilities to her advantage? And will she ever make it home?

This was a 3 star story, with a 5 star ending.

Ruby was an interesting character. She was strong even when she didn't think that she was, and she was resourceful when things mattered. I felt sorry for her over the way she had been treated by her parents, then by the PSF (people in charge at the camp), and then by plenty of other people. I liked how she became more confident though, and how she began to see the way forward, even when the way forward was hard.

I liked the storyline in this book, but I did feel that it was pretty slow in places. Maybe it was the lack of zombies or something, but I didn't feel the urgency or adrenalin in this story the way I expected to, and although stuff happened, it didn't make me desperate to keep reading, which was a shame.
There were some twists and turns in this story, but I felt like I saw a lot of them coming. The last 10-15% of the story was really good though, it was a shame that the rest of the book couldn't have been the same!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and brilliant! 6 Feb 2013
By IngaKS
My review:

I received The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken as an ARC during BEA 2012 and I have had it on my shelf waiting for me to pick it up. I did pick it up more than once, but decided to read it in the beginning of 2013. Boy, was I glad I did that!

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken is an intriguing novel which is amazingly well written. I loved the world and the characters which author created and I was literally stunned by it. I used to read Science Fiction books seldom, but now, after reading The Darkest Minds and few other YA Science Fiction books, it seems I have turned into the sci-fi fan. Let me rephrase it, I have turned into the fan of YA Sci-fi authors and that definitely includes Alexandra Bracken!


The opening scenes of The Darkest Minds take you to rehabilitation camp where you meet Ruby, a sixteen years old teenage girl working. Thurmond, a camp which gathers few thousands of kids who have survived the age ten. There is a virus which either kills you when 10 years old and if you survive this virus, you get abilities which the government is scared of and you are sent to the camps run by military.

Kids are divided into colors according to how dangerous their abilities are considered. Ruby has survived for 6 years by hiding who she really is and which abilities she has. When the leaders of the camp are getting suspicious about her, she is in severe danger. Ruby manages to escape with the help from the member of the League which is a rebellion movement saving the kids. At least that is what they want her to believe. What they don't know is, that Ruby can read minds.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 24 Feb 2013
This is one of the best books i ve read over the past few years.
The story is unique, nothing i ve read before. It a for teenagers but honestly i m older than that and i enjoyed it. I love get writing style too, very direct, easy going, elaborate at Times. The characters have very distinct personalities. There is a little humour l, a little drama and an ending you Will not expect.
The best part of it all is that bracken makes this dystopian story very real.
I won t go into details with the plot, but trust me when i say this is the new trilogy and i Would not be' surprised if there Will be' a movie about it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Darkest Minds 26 Feb 2013
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At the age of 10 Ruby was sent to the rehabilitation camp, Thurmond, along with all the other children who survived the mysterious which killed most of the children in America. However, the children that lived have developed powers which scare the people in power so they send them away. 6 years later Ruby and another child escape Thurmond, but she thinks the people who helped her have other motives, so she runs away from them and meets up with 3 other children who have escaped their own camp and are searching for the East River and the Skip Kid, who is said to help them find their families. However, as Ruby grows closer to the group, she fears that if they discover her secret they will but frightened of her just like everyone else.

The Darkest Minds is a YA dystopian novel set closer to modern day than most in this genre. The Darkest Minds is a really good story with lots of twists and turns which keep you guessing what will happen next. The pacing of this book is ok but I felt it was too long and could have done with 50 to 100 less pages.

I like Liam, Ruby and Chub but my favourite character is Zu as I just want to protect her and keep her safe. However, the main problem with this book is that I found it really hard to connect to any of the characters and I have no idea why.

The story is really enjoyable and I really look forward to reading the next book especially with what happened at the end of this book. I would recommend The Darkest Minds to people who like YA dystopian such as Matched or Crewel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant YA dystopian, and a promising start to the series.
I loved every second of this book by young and talented author Alexandra Bracken. The characters are down to earth, funny and relatable which straight away makes the book easy and... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Mrs Debbie Lane
5.0 out of 5 stars i love it
where do I start...
I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH! I picked it up through recommendation and was still reading at 2 in the morning the day I got it. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Ian
3.0 out of 5 stars I would like this on Kindle!!! - 3 stars just because i cant read it!!
I have read really good reviews of this book - and just hope they soon publish it on kindle as it would be added straight to my library !!
Published 1 month ago by Luci
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start
4.5 stars
I really did enjoy this book.
Although in the beginning of the book it started of really slow however toward the ending it blow me away. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Zey Zey Ah
5.0 out of 5 stars 'It’s so easy to get lost in the world created in The Darkest Minds.'
What can I say about The Darkest Minds that will sum up its total awesomeness? I was a little worried about starting it because of how much hype surrounds it, but I wasn’t let down... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lucy @ Queen of Contemporary
5.0 out of 5 stars i cried
I got this book today and i read it today i am walking around the house hugging it. That is how much i loved this book. Every time i think of it i tear up.

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Published 2 months ago by turtle
5.0 out of 5 stars Now THAT'S a book
The Darkest Minds jumps straight in with the action and we see Ruby in a Government-run rehabilitation camp, akin to concentration camps. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Allie Christo
5.0 out of 5 stars It will keep you wanting more!
The darkest minds tells the tragic story of a virus that's killing children and destroying families. The children that are not killed by the virus are still ruined by it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by sar1386
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This is such a good book!! It's very different but it's such a good read. I recommend it to everyone
Published 3 months ago by Beeeef99
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Good!
The book was well written and fast paced with an interesting story. I've given it 4 stars instead of 5 because there was just something missing that I can't put my finger on. Read more
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