The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken had sat on my shelf for a few months before it took it on holiday with me and finally got around to reading it.
It was absolutely gripping from the very first page and I loved this book.The plot was thrilling and Bracken built the story and characters beautifully.
Unlike many YA paranormal stories this is not mainly based around a romance. Although the relationships in this book are complicated and beautiful there is much more going on.The idea of children becoming these powerful but feared creatures that the government feels they need to lock them away is chilling but the world was very believable. I think that is part of the battle with any book, you have to be able to believe that this could happen. That one very bad day we could be in the situation going on inside the book.The idea is simple really unlike most other dystopia novels there isn't a complicated system that keeps things hidden. Basically the kids have dangerous powers and so they are locked away.
The life that the children lead inside these psy camps is horrid and scary. The adults in this book are vicious and they treat the kids worse than prisoners.
Ruby is our main girl she is sixteen and starts off the story in a camp. We go through a lot of Ruby;s childhood with her. She is ten when she gets carted off to the psy camp. I enjoyed (or not so much enjoyed but found it interesting) that we got to learn about Ruby's life without her telling us directly. I don't want to say to much more because I went into the story blind and I think that made it so much more enjoyable.
Liam is a complex character. He has abilities but has escaped the camps. He is a kind of leader of the pack kind of guy and he is a brilliant character. He is a good guy which is refreshing in a sea of bad boys in books but he isn't a wimpy, soppy good guy he is just a nice guy. Ruby and Liam just are! They just fit together. It isn't instant and it isn't clear cut but it seems more genuine than lots of inst love relationships.
I enjoyed the book and the writing style and the pacing. I loved this book
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