The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken

Hello bookish friends,

Synopsis (goodreads): 

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.


Well what can I say, I was recommended this book to read by my best friend who certainly has good reading tastes. I picked this book up and it sat on my shelf for a few months because I, in all honesty, was scared to pick it up. It was an actual full sized book, not a quick children’s or YA book that I could easily pick up and read in a few days on my lunch break at work. For the last few months, I haven’t had the time to properly read a long book and enjoy it. However, I had a week off from work and I am so happy I decided to pick this up.

This book certainly has Divergent/ The hunger games vibes but I enjoyed it all the same. I fell in love with the characters and their development within the story. It did take me a little while to actually sit down and read the book. Although when I did it was for a long stint of time. I read the last 200 pages in one sitting because I was so hooked on the outcome of this first story. The love/romance aspect of this is not the central point to this story which I enjoyed and it’s more about finding a family in a world that has been ripped apart.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and gave it 5 stars on Goodreads. It is also my 100th book I’ve read this year which is amazing for me!

as always, happy reading

Korie xx


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