Author: Alexandra Bracken
Publisher:: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: 12/18/12
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.
I was in a reading slump until I read this book. The feeling of reading this was basically equivalent to finding five dollars in a wallet you haven’t used in a while. Meaning: I felt rich and lucky at the same time. After reading The Darkest Minds, I was super refreshed and ready to read more. Going with the money theme, if emotions were dollar bills this book would be hanging out on a yacht docked in its own private beach.
It was an emotional roller coaster and the novel was absolutely gripping. It was very empowering as well, which I loved.
I would recommend this for fans of dystopian books as well as newbies to the YA scene.
Have a lovely day,