The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

official blurb

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control. Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have 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 having a life worth living.

my blurb!

Shatter me (without the out of this world writing) meets the 5th wave (without the aliens)
2.75 out of 5

Is there a point when you age out of a genre? Because I think I may have aged out of the young adult dystopian tales.  Nothing about this book was awful. It just wasn’t original.  And seriously, another helpless heroine? SOMEONE PLEASE WRITE BETTER FEMALE PROTAGONISTS!  That being said- I remember the rush of first reading Divergent and LOVING it.  I’m convinced if I read it now, I wouldn’t love it still! Why is that?  Something about the dystopian genre has become lost on me, I guess.  Who knew this day would come?!

SO, I picked this book up because I read that it recently cast its rolls for an upcoming movie.  I always want to read a good book to movie so I couldn’t resist. Like I said, not awful, but I didn’t get any twists in this book.  I actually got a little bored reading it.  I was never shocked, and never impressed.  But I think that if you’re in the mood for a dystopian tale- this one is still a valid one to pick up. (It does have a 4 star rating on goodreads – so you know a lot of people out there loved it)


What I liked-
camaraderie of the crew our leading lady ends up with

What I didn’t like-
the leading lady
the twists or surprises that were never surprising

It should be noted that this is the first in a trilogy that have all been published.  It should also be noted that this book does feature sexual assault (it’s not graphic but it is present)

while reading you should

eat: fruit (in the post apocalyptic world- there is never much fruit)
listen to: the inception soundtrack
wear: combat boots

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