Monday, 24 March 2014

Book Review - The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken





More Information and Excerpt: 

Rating: 4 Stars Out of 5 Stars



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.


(Spoiler Alert)

I really really enjoyed this book. Nowadays, with the trend of dystopian books, there are many not-as-well written dystopian books. And sometimes the dystopian books focus more about romance and then leaves many loopholes and stuff. I think that a good dystopian book has a balance between character development, journey and relationship between characters, regardless of whether it is a romantic relationship or just friendship. 

This book starts off immediately with a very well-developed well-written first few chapters. You get what you need to know for the story and what the main character has gone through and blah. Then, it progresses to when the main character, Ruby, becomes 16. Meaning she has spent 6 years in the 'camp' she was sent into. 

Technically, because of who she is, she is supposed to be an 'Orange', one of the more dangerous categories that the government puts them other. However, she manages to survive by being a Green. This story talks about Ruby's journey from the killer camp she is at to a safe heaven where people like her with special abilities are supposed to be safe. Along the way, she will meet companions, and other people whatsoever and will eventually reach the camp.

Personally I feel that the camp part is the most exciting. The most twists happen there. Its a pretty short part of the book for action. But for the first book to have a longer setting development is okay because the author needs to put down the necessary platforms for him or herself to continue. During this setting development/world development, the characters go through personal growth and relationship growth. On the whole, there is a really ideal balance between the three aspects of personal growth, relationship growth and plot/journey/action.

The author knows when to insert different scenarios and teaches the characters important lessons of the facts that 'You are never safe' and 'Never trust anyone'.

If you want to read a good dystopian-ish, original book, READ THIS BOOK!

Crack-Pot Theories: 

So I haven't read the second book. And the title for the third and final book is not out as of the 24th of March 2014. Or at least I know not of the title. As such, I was thinking what could be the title, right?

Titles usually match in some ways. Example, ahemahem Mortal Instruments ahemahem Daughter of Smoke and Bone ahemahem Divergent ahemahem. Somehow it fits.

However, the first book, this book, The Darkest Minds and the second book, Never Fade don't seem to match so I was thinking.

WHAT IF!!!!!




CrAcKpOt ThEoRiEs! <3

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