The Darkest Minds

Bracken, Alexandra

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Darkest Minds
"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.
Publisher: New York :, Hyperion,, [2012], ©2012
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 1423157370
Branch Call Number: FICTION Bra
Characteristics: 488 pages ; 22 cm


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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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Nov 08, 2014
  • Whimsicals rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The Darkest Minds is a dark and emotionally captivating book. Near the last quarter of the book I could not stop turning the pages. I needed to see what happens next.
The main character, Ruby, starts of as a not so strong character. She is weak and afraid. However, as the story progresses, she goes through and emotional and mental transformation. We also have the very charismatic Liam, whom I find is an extremely likeable character.
Rather than being filled with action, this novel tells the story of Ruby coming to terms with who she is and what she can do.
The premise, a sickness that leaves survivers with unexplainable powers, was very interesting. I think that because Ruby has less of a physical power, the novel was lacking in a little action, and I also wish that more was explained about thier abilites. So I very much look forward to next two books.

Aug 25, 2014
  • Rox9300 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken is a unique dystopian novel set in a world where kids and teenagers develop a mysterious disease. Most of them resultantly die, but those who live begin to acquire strange abilities which pose a threat to the world and its leaders, and are therefore sent to brutal government rehabilitation camps. Sixteen year-old Ruby is one of them, but she’s holding a secret- one that could be the difference between life and death for her. When her secret begins to surface, she’s forced to escape the rehabilitation camp in which she’s lived for six years, and embark on a journey in a world in which everything and everyone poses a threat to her. Eventually, she joins a stray group of kids who’ve also escaped their camps, and they all set out for the one place where they’ll be safe- East River. Meanwhile, Ruby’s still struggling with her secret. How will she cope when she’s confronted with dangers, as well as difficult choices that could result in her losing those closest to her?

The Darkest Minds is an absolutely amazing book. It’s dark, thrilling, and it completely sucks you into the story from page one. The plot of the story itself is unique and very cool, but the actual characters are brilliantly written. They all had their little quirks and flaws, and they were just so real. They also had real chemistry with one another, and you would get to know them so well throughout the story. They would have me laughing one moment, and anxious the next. The character development had me in complete awe. Ruby, especially, grew so much throughout the story. She’s a strong character, very determined, and her internal conflict, as well as external conflict really changed and shaped her throughout the story, and it was absolutely beautiful to witness. The dialogue was fantastic. There was humour, wisdom, drama, and tension and it was all expressed so brilliantly. The story moved at a proper pace, not too slow or too quick, and it allowed me to really get to know the characters and their relationships effectively. The ending was shockingly beautiful and tragic, and left me horribly stuck on this series, eager to start the sequel.

Overall, Alexandra Bracken did a fabulous job on this novel. It was an excellent story, with fascinating characters, and a brilliant plot set in a very unique setting. It really hooked me, and I definitely recommend it.

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!

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Feb 14, 2015
  • vv1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

vv1 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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

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Jan 10, 2014
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Jul 04, 2013
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Jun 22, 2013
  • 26angel rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Oct 24, 2013
  • 26angel rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

In this bleak, action-packed book, 98 percent of the children in America have been killed by a virus - and the other two percent have developed frightening powers that they can't control, prompting the government to lock them up in "rehabilitation camps." Sixteen-year-old Ruby has escaped from one of these camps, along with a small group of others who, like her, are looking for the one secure haven they've heard about... but they'll have to make it there without being captured or killed first. This often violent novel's twists and turns will keep you guessing, and there's also plenty to pull fans of well-developed characters into its harsh, dark world


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Oct 24, 2013
  • 26angel rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Mild fantasy violence, not too bad. Still a great book.

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