Book: The Darkest Minds
Series: The Darkest Minds #1
Author: Alexandra Bracken
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.-Goodreads
Review: While I was reading the 'Throne of Glass' series, I saw the author's (Sarah J. Maas) review of this book and she mentioned it was one of her favorite books ever. Since I overall enjoyed her ToG books, I figured I would give this a try and I'm glad I did. This was a dark, gritty read with a compelling main character and strong world building. Children are dying in mass amounts and those who survive only do so because there is something 'wrong with them.' They are sent to camps and segregated by their abilities (red, orange, yellow, blue and green). Ruby is able to hide her true abilities for years until she finds herself rescued from the camp and before long, she is on the run again. Strong secondary characters round out the cast and the 'big bad' (I'll avoid spoilers but I'd say there are technically two) was pretty intriguing. I was shocked that I actually teared up a little at the end of the book.
I can't wait to read the next two books in this series and see where Bracken takes this-at this point, I cannot imagine a happy ending for any of the characters. Strong start to a series.