July 02, 2018

#BookReview: The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken

Reviewed By: Jessica P. 
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Recommended Age: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
About the Book:

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.

About the Author: 
Alexandra Bracken was born and raised in Arizona, but moved east to study at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. She recently relocated to New York City, where she works in publishing and lives in a charming apartment overflowing with books. You can visit her online at alexandrabracken.com, thedarkestminds.com, or on Twitter @alexbracken.

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: I really tried with this book and really wanted to love it and I will be watching the movie. But the book just wasn't for me. 

Do I Recommend this book? If you like things that get dragged out then this is the book for you. 

Notes and Opinions: This time around I got just over 200 pages before I had to call it quits. I really wanted to get to the end but I couldn't see myself going another 200+ pages to get to the end of this story. Then, of course, going through 4 more books to get the entire story.  I just couldn't!! This one starts off so well but so much of the story slows down the plot. There is just so much filler with this one. I wish that some of the filler parts would have been taken out which would have made this book so much better! 

For me the characters in this one were great! I can't wait to see everyone on the big screen! My issue with this one was all about the story itself!  

Go Into This One Knowing: If you don't mind slower plots with a lot of filler parts then check this one out. 

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