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The Darkest Minds

Bracken, Alexandra (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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"Sixteen-year-old Ruby breaks out of a government-run 'rehabilitation camp' for teens who acquired dangerous powers after surviving a virus that wiped out most American children"--Provided by publisher.
Authors: Bracken, Alexandra
Title: The darkest minds
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 488 p. ; 22 cm
Summary: "Sixteen-year-old Ruby breaks out of a government-run 'rehabilitation camp' for teens who acquired dangerous powers after surviving a virus that wiped out most American children"--Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 1423157370
9781423157373
Branch Call Number: FICTION Bra
Statement of Responsibility: Alexandra Bracken
Subject Headings: Interpersonal relations Fiction Prisoners Fiction Psychic ability Fiction
Genre/Form: Science fiction
Topical Term: Interpersonal relations
Prisoners
Psychic ability
LCCN: 2012008661
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Jul 14, 2014
  • JCLElainaF rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Imagine waking up on your 10th birthday and your parents have no idea who you are, then fast forward 6 years into the future, and you have the story of Ruby. That faithful morning of her 10th birthday, her world was riped from her by this genetic virus that in just months before, nearly wiped out children in the U.S. from ages 8-18. Now 16, Ruby lives in a "camp" with other quarrantined children and teens where you get a color rank, and thus far, she has stayed hidden in her ranking. But the children don't know why they're there or how they got categorized by a specific color. Also, why is one group gone and haven't been seen in a while? Ruby realizes that escape is vital if she ever wants to see her family ever again and you follow her tale of plotting, escaping and her account of the group of escape teens she meets on her journey.

Jul 12, 2014
  • kmlangton rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Really enjoyed this story and the intermingled flashbacks into Ruby's childhood. I like how they parceled out what happened in little bites - kept me wondering. Can't wait to read the sequel!

Jul 07, 2014
  • julietteferrars rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This series is so different compared to most dystopias. Since it's in our time, you really feel like its a possibility for the disease to happen to kids. I feel like it could happen tomorrow you know? Ruby has gone through so much and you can totally relate to everything thats happening (besides the disease of course) I love books with kids on the run from things and theres just so much action in this book and it sucks when you have to put it down.

May 28, 2014
  • pinky0203 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a bleak world she has created. In our time, something like this disease, which kills most of the children it infects, is a real possibility. Some psychopaths somewhere are tinkering with things they shouldn't be, which can have real consequences. The way the children who survive are treated breaks my heart. Unfortunately, this is also a possible scenario, a knee jerk reaction to something that most in power don't understand. And what those in power don't understand and can't control, they are afraid of.........

May 14, 2014
  • rachelsp rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Alexandra Bracken blew me away with the first title in her trilogy. Amazing writing and storytelling ability. It's not often that you can find books that make you grow so emotionally attached to the characters. Ruby and all of her friends are extremely well developed. Spending five years in a camp organized by the government, Ruby starts off the novel in a vulnerable and fearful place. She's not immediately strong and badass like most YA female protoganists are but she grows into that role and skin as the novel goes on. I found this admirable in Bracken's writing. Readers will also adore Liam and Ruby's blossoming romance as well as their hilarious banter with friends Chubs and Zu.

May 07, 2014
  • Dolphin66 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Probably my favourite book!!! It was a bit sad so I hope Never Fade is happy!!

Apr 16, 2014
  • samdog123 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Ruby is a victim of a childhood disease that turns her into a dangerous telepath. Existing in a government camp for other "freaks" she escapes from camp. Meeting Jake, Chubs and Zu bring a whole new meaning as she begins to care about these new friends. But, between the "league" and the "slip kid" its hard to know who to trust. Quite a good book for anyone who enjoyed "Hunger Games" or "Divergent."

Feb 07, 2014
  • bgs2001 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I think this is one of the best books ever. I loved the writing, loved the characters, and I loved the idea. At first it's confusing, same with Never Fade, but if you push through everything makes sense. I got so absolutely attached I found myself laughing and crying at every turn. Because this isn't a review, but a comment, I won't go into too much depth. But, I loved this book, so much it actually hurts. Ugh. So good, and well planned. And because it's not as popular as, per say, Divergent, it's kinda like our little secret. I'm dying for the next book.

I give it fifty stars!!!

Okay fine.

Fifty million!

Jan 23, 2014
  • Kyanite rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was really good! Lots of angst, very emotionally-engaging. So glad book 2 is already in transit ^_^

Jul 09, 2013
  • kmaples rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

this book was great:) the ending was sad and I cant wait to read the second book!

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Feb 07, 2014
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Jan 10, 2014
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Jul 04, 2013
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Apr 21, 2013
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Apr 21, 2013
  • whdn rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sixteen-year-old Ruby wakes up on the morning of her tenth birthday only to discover that her parents don't know who she is. She is brought to a camp for people like her and barely escapes with her life. On the run, she meets a group of kids from another camp, and soon she finds herself a part of their band as well. Now she is searching for the rumored East River,and at the same time Ruby is falling for Liam, her group's new leader. Knowing what a monster she is, she cannot afford to get close. But can she really learn to stay away? And will Ruby ever learn to control her power? The same power that made her parents forget her and send her to the place where it all started? Read "The Darkest Minds" to find out...

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Jul 07, 2014
  • julietteferrars rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Dreaming led to disappointment, and disappointment to a kind of depressed funk that wasn’t easy to shake. Better to stay in the gray than get eaten by the dark.”

Jul 07, 2014
  • julietteferrars rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“But hey, what's life without a little adversity?"
That had to have been the fakest attempt at optimism since my fourth grade teacher tried reasoning that we were better off without the dead kids in our class because it'd mean more turns on the playground swings for the rest of us.”

Jul 07, 2014
  • julietteferrars rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Where did she come from, and where can I find one?"

"Picked this one up at a gas station in West Virginia, bargain price. Last one on the shelf, sorry.”

Jul 07, 2014
  • julietteferrars rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“I pulled myself from his mind, day by day, piece by piece, memory by memory, until there was nothing of Ruby left to weigh him down or keep him bound to my side..”

Jul 07, 2014
  • julietteferrars rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Maybe nothing will ever change for us,” he said. “But don’t you want to be around just in case it does?”

Jul 07, 2014
  • julietteferrars rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“...crackers..." a voice breathed out nehind us, "yesss..."
Both of us turned, watching as Chubs twisted around in his seat and settled back down, still fast asleep.
I pressed a hand over my mouth to keep from laughing. Liam rolled his eyes, smiling.
"He dreams about food," he said. "A lot.”

Jul 07, 2014
  • julietteferrars rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“They were never scared of the kids who might die, or the empty spaces they would leave behind. They were afraid of us-the ones who lived.”

Jul 07, 2014
  • julietteferrars rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Ruby, give me one reason why we can’t be together, and I’ll give you a hundred why we can. We can go anywhere you want. I’m not your parents. I’m not going to abandon you or send you away, not ever.”

Jul 07, 2014
  • julietteferrars rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“It feels like we should do something," he said. "Like, send her off on a barge out to sea and set her on fire. Let her go out in a blaze of glory."
Chubs raised an eyebrow. "It's a minivan, not a Viking.”

Jul 07, 2014
  • julietteferrars rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“He's so busy looking inside people to find the good that he misses the knife they're holding in their hand.”

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Feb 07, 2014
  • bgs2001 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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