by Alexandra Bracken<3 (Yes those hearts were necessary.)
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ FIVE MARVELOUS TOTALLY DESERVED STARSS
Current Rating on Goodreads: 4.32 IT SHOULD BE HIGHER... But still, this is awesome!! :D
Synopsis: When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government "rehabilitation camp." She might have survived the mysterious disease that's killed most of America's children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.
Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.
When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she's on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her-East River. She joins a group of kids who 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 a life worth living.
Let's get straight to the point first- READ. IT. NOW. You won't regret it.
Okey doke now into ze detailllsssss<33 (Cassafrass here, btw ^.^)
This book has one of my most favouritesttt characters in ze whole wide woorrldd! *squeals and claps together excitedly like a child* XDD
Mah dear Liam.<3 First and only book hubby *winks* We've been together for *counts fingers* 5-6 monthss....cool. Oh oh I came up with a ship nameee: Caslie XD Strange? Or finee...*ponders* We'll get back to that.
As I probably mentioned before in another post, it's THE best dystopian book ever written. Well actually..it's not dystopian dystopian.. it's just a world with very few kids. It also has a mix of paranormal, fantasy, romance (although not overtaking, which is lovely to read), action, adventure, mystery..and the list goes on. It should be in a genre of it's own! (Like Harry Potter XD You know, I went to this bookstore once, and there were labels that said "CHILDRENS" "FANTASY" "SCI-FI" "ROMANCE" "HARRY POTTER" O.O!! *points* Living proof that HP is it's own genre. What did I tell ya ;) If I was in charge, I would also include THE DARKEST MINDS and THE BOOK THIEF, but sadly, I don't own a bookstore :( ..can you even read the books if you own a bookstore? Hm..probably not.. but still. Anyhoo, Back to reviewing/mostly fangirling and recommending this wonderfulness-filled book *clears throat* )
As told earlier, the romance was totally not overtaking. Not even a bit! That's whats so amazing about ittt... Most YA books these days... the characters know each other for 5 days maximum and they're all like trying to get each other's clothes off, which is kinda disturbing and really unrealistic. Ruby and Liam knew each other for two weeks, but the romance is slow and building..the mostly focusing on finding the Slip-Kid (You'll find out who he is when you read it). Plus hiding from the PSFs and the Children's League. o.O Such busyynesss
Ruby herself is one of my favourite YA heroines!! She's not dependent, she can take care of herself, and she's strong. Mentally and physically. I loved her! :D Actually ALL the characters were the best i've seen... Zu, our dear Japanese sister, is the cutest thing evaaaaa<333, Chubs feels like my older brother (and he could be, since I don't have any older siblings..sadly..), and Liam is perfection XD As mentioned. Hehe *grins*
Oh if you were wondering about the paranormal aspect of the book, it's that every child who survived the IAAN (the disease- epidemic thing that killed most the children/teenagers) inherited a some sort of super-human ability. These abilities are sorted into 5 colour coded categories. The Reds, Oranges, Yellows, Blues, and Greens. I put that in the most powerful/dangerous to the least. The Reds have the ability to control fire (But the Reds don't really come out at all here... Wait till Never Fade *winks*), the Oranges possess the ability to control/erase/manipulate the human mind. The things Oranges can do really depend on the person. Apparently they're all different...o.O The Yellows (ZU!) can do some fizzly pop thingy with electricity..anything related to electrical products. The Blues (LIAM and CHUBS) have telekinesis, something I've always wanteeddd....*pouts* So unfair. and the Greens are just puzzle solvers. Code crackers. They can't really do anything X-Menish....XD
I would be a Orange!! ^.^ Or a Blue. I dunno.. BUT I WANT A SUPERPOWER. WHY DON'T PEOPLE IN REAL LIFE HAVE SUPERPOWERS DX
The ending is heartbreaking, emotional, angercausing, and PLOT TWIST DUN DUN DUUUN!! Made me cryyyy a lott. So sad. *shakes head* You NEED Neverfade after this cliffhanger, or you'll go mad XD Not jokinggggg.
Whelp, that's it! I really hope I convinced you to read this or somewhat..at least put this on your to-read shelves? *puppy dog eyes* Pweaaaaaassseeee? PRETTY PLEASE WITH CHOCOLATE SPRINKLES ON TOP?? READ IT. NO MORE MISSY NICE GIRL. *grabs book and thrusts it in Reader's hands*....*pushes him/her out the door* GO.
NO WAIT!! XD I MUST TELL YOU THE AWESOMEFILLED THING I DISCOVERED EARLIER TODAY.
See, Liam and his crew travel on this lovely RV named Black Betty. Ruby and Liam bond over music that flows out of her radio. Mostly oldies, since those are the only songs allowed to be played in the radio station. GUESS WHAT I FOUND!! I DUNNO WHY I DIDN'T SEE THIS EARLIER!! If you go to this link: Darkest Minds Playlist , you can listen to a Black Betty playlist!! (the second playlist in the link) :D So whenever the book mentions that a song playin, try to scroll through the BB playlist. I'm not sure if they have everything, but yeah.. Liam's favourite song is the Ramblin' Man by the Allmen Brothers. It's really nice :D That's the official Darkest Minds site, by the way XD Thank you Alexandra Bracckkkennn for putting that up (if you did..I'm not sure who did) <33 I JUST finished rereading it, but now I kinda want to read it again with the music... If you close your eyes, you can imagine sitting in a old beat up RV, speeding along an empty highway..with three best friends beside you... Liam singing along really loudly..*eyes glaze over* XDD This is what I love about musicc...
Aaaand Now you may go. *resumes pushing and shoving*...*waves merrily and beams*
-MissOddball™ Over and Out. *salutes*