Title: The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1)
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Release Date: December 18, 2012
If you plan on reading The Darkest Minds, it'd be a good idea to read it during the weekend because you'll most likely be so glued to the romance, action, and pure awesomeness that you'll completely forget about getting your healthy 8 hours. Of course, getting an adequate amount of sleep always seems to be a reoccurring problem with bookworms.
Ruby is trapped in a world filled with monsters. Monsters that can manipulate with a brush of their hand, move entire cars with the sweep of a fingertip, and wash a person's mind completely blank with a sharp glance. Ruby is one of these monsters.
The "Psi" - dangerous kids - are kept in facilities run by the government, used to contain them for fear of their powers. But when Ruby escapes one of these camps and meets up with three runaways, her luck changes. She's thrust into a world filled with adrenaline and fear - fear of being captured and thrown to the wolves. Ruby discovers a love she never thought she could have for someone else. Will she be captured along with her friends, or will they escape the grip of "the darkest mind?"
I really, really enjoyed this book! I had uber high expectations for The Darkest Minds because of all the praise it's received from other bloggers, and I am now proud to say I'm an official Darkest Minds fan!
I'm a huge fans of dystopia novels, like Shatter Me and Through the Ever Night, which TDM felt like a combination of the two. This is a dark dsytopia; there's a lot, lot, lot of violence and smashing bones and pouring blood, and....well, you get my drift. Remember, violence. Although, the violence was a major factor in keeping the book interesting, what with the Ruby and the gang getting ambushed around 3 or 4 times.
I am Team Liam! Oh my gosh, I loved Liam and all of his sweet Southern glory. In my mind, his character actually had Liam Hemsworth's face. I mean, their descriptions matched up; light blue eyes and blond hair. It's a perfect match! Now, I had the exact opposite feelings when it came to Clancy, and I don't want to be all spoilery, so I'll just leave it at this: DOUCHE.
The ending. *Sniff sniff* The ending made me bawl like a two-year old toddler having an explosive tantrum. Just, why? It's pretty darn heart breaking, if you ask me. It's also sort of a cliff hanger... I mean, it's a perfect ending to pick back up on in the sequel, but it was too sad and complicated and ugh.
The second book in the trilogy, Never Fade, is out now, so I'm jumping in my seat and very eager to get my hands on it as soon as possible!
Overall, I'm giving The Darkest Minds a 5/5 because it's served with a plate of happiness and a side of wow.