The Darkest Minds

The Darkest Minds

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: Sydney, NSW : 2013. HarperCollins,
2012. ,
ISBN: 9780732294588
9780732298074
Branch Call Number: YF BRAC

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2% of the population remain and develop superpowers after a disease kills most of the population of America.


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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Nov 23, 2017

I made the mistake of reading this after the second and third book, which I do not recommend. It was hard to focus on the plot when I did, but this book clarified a lot. For instance, I finally understood what happened between Ruby and her friends that caused the second book to create all the drama it did. The plot was actually pretty great in this book, and I would say it was more interesting than the second. This author has written other great works, all of which I enjoy to a great extent. Read on for a tale of dystopian adventure!
- @Siri of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

A very good book! As the reader you go on the journey with Ruby and feel everything that she does. A capturing story with a really cool futuristic world. I totally understand why the book is being made into a movie. EF

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goddessbeth
May 02, 2017

This was one of those books I had a difficult time putting down. The concept is not entirely new (dystopian future as a result of biochemical sudden evolution and catastrophic decisions made by a panicked populace), and though it bothered me that no one questioned WHY or HOW the psi powers could have happened, it was entirely understandable that they didn't, given everything else going on. Except Chubs. Why didn't Chubs mull it over?

Ruby is the MC and narrator, but by the end of the novel it's an ensemble cast. She's the kind of heroine you like but not the kind who is universally liked- she's vulnerable and persistent and can think on her feet, but she's also spiky and naive. I had no problem coming along for the ride, with her perspective. Zu is the least-developed, primarily because her backstory is an intentional mystery. I'm really hoping that means we see more of her in later books, although the way this one ended....*ahem*
Liam is, as he's meant to be, amazing and swoonworthy. And Chubs goes from over-the-top snide to understandable and sweet throughout the course of the book. Everyone else serves as a plot point, but it works.

Although I was invested in the book, I wasn't emotionally torn open by it (as I am with Patrick Ness' books, and a few others). Which is fine- I don't have the energy for that kind of literary evisceration. But I have to say, the ending was surprisingly brutal. No spoilers, but don't think you'll be putting the book down with three chapters to go, I don't care how late it is.

Overall, I recommend it for fans of dystopian, especially if you like some science fiction in there (think X-Men), fast-paced YA, realistic romance (even though Liam was maybe *too* perfect, the pace of the romance was sweet, realistic, and well-balanced with the peril), and flawed heroines. Now to get my grubby paws on book 2!

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mightyminnie
Apr 26, 2017

Enjoyed this book!! That ending though oh my goodness! On to the next I go.

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lb9034367
Feb 26, 2017

Really enjoyed this book! I just hope there will be a sequel that brings more to the story. The ending kinda leaves us hanging'.

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Reyaah
Nov 28, 2016

Had a hard time finishing it but still enjoyed it.

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WesleyZeng
Sep 02, 2016

Bad ending, otherwise its a good book.

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staue
May 22, 2016

This book blew me away. I was in such a reading slump before this book and I couldn't bring myself to read anything basically and when I started The Darkest Minds I could not put it down! This is a book full of awesome characters, kick-ass action, and hilarious moments!

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green_snake_744
May 20, 2016

i did not no this is series till now i'm very glad that this is a series

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Nymeria23
Jan 17, 2016

Everything has changed. The children across the nation are dying left and right, but that is not the greatest threat facing the world. The true thing to fear, are the survivors.
Stuck in what are pretty much concentration camps, forced into complacency, silence, and hard labor with the daily threat of punishment, Ruby is not living. She is only wading through the days in constant fear, not of the PSFs, but of herself. She's not what she seems. She's an impostor. She's an Orange living as a Green. And she's dangerous. With the ability to mess with people's minds, she's seen the affects of what people like her can do. Before they were taken away and presumably killed, she would witness the cruel jokes and plans the Yellows, Reds and Oranges would play on the guards, some being fatal. But she's not like that. She isn't crazy and determined to hurt people for her own amusement. No, nothing like that. She can see people's memories, have them think what she wants them to think, and can erase herself completely from their minds. The problem is, she can't control it. When her life and identity in the camps is threatened, and the opportunity to escape arises, Ruby suddenly finds herself thrown into the outside world, unsure of who to trust and what to do. Until, that is, she finds her own tribe. This is the story of Ruby's heartbreaking, mind-blowing journey to find out more about herself and learn to grow closer to people. Or at least it was until everything went to hell in a hand basket.

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Tamiku
Jul 27, 2015

“Don’t be scared. Don’t let them see.”

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julietteferrars
Jul 07, 2014

“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.”

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julietteferrars
Jul 07, 2014

“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.”

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julietteferrars
Jul 07, 2014

“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.”

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julietteferrars
Jul 07, 2014

“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..”

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julietteferrars
Jul 07, 2014

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

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julietteferrars
Jul 07, 2014

“...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.”

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julietteferrars
Jul 07, 2014

“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.”

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julietteferrars
Jul 07, 2014

“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.”

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julietteferrars
Jul 07, 2014

“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.”

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26angel
Oct 24, 2013

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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whdn
Apr 21, 2013

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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26angel
Oct 24, 2013

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

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