Sash: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra BrackenThe Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Release Date: December 18th, 2012
Disney Hyperion, 488 Pages
Sub-genre: Supernatural
Source: Bought the Audiobook
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: The Darkest Minds #1
Voice Actor: Amy McFadden
Other Books by Alexandra Bracken: Brightly Woven
Recommended by: Anna Reads

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.

Kids who have superpowers isn’t exactly a new concept in Young Adult (or in books in general for that matter) – but wow – was I pretty impressed with the execution of this book. I feel as thought Alexandra Bracken took the whole “superpowers are bad and the government is locking us away” and worked it into something that felt fresh. I was completely consumed in almost every single moment of this book – and that my friends, is a great thing – to be able to lose yourself in a book. I can’t quite put my finger on what it was about The Darkest Minds that made me love it so much but I think that the snarky dialogue had something to do with it. I love me some electric dialouge.

One thing that irked me though was the way that Ruby would describe some things. I can’t remember exact examples but sometimes when she would describe something, she would liken it to something that had me thinking “Hey wait a minute, if she’s been locked up since she was 10 years old with no interaction in the outside world plus she’s not really allowed to talk to anyone, how would she know about that?” Those kinds of thoughts pulled me out of the book and reminded me that I was actually reading a book – but thankfully it only happened 2-3 times.

For me, the most interesting thing about this book is how it shows both good and bad sides of human nature. We see people who are so selfless even in such a dire situation and we see people who are willing to sellout others in a heartbeat if it means surviving another day. It makes you think – what would you do? How far would you be willing to go to survive? And even, would you lead a revolution if it meant being killed? Thought provoking questions that make you take a look at yourself and wonder if your mind would be one of the darkest.

Overall, I really enjoyed this thrilling book and can’t wait to read its sequel, Never Fade.

  • August 5, 2013 - 11:18 am

    Pam@YAEscapefromReality - I absolutely loved this book. And the ending killed me, I was so excited to read Never Fade just to find out what happens next. I thought the characters really made the book–Ruby, Liam (I could just cry right now thinking about Liam), Chubs. Loved them! ~PamReplyCancel

  • August 5, 2013 - 3:20 pm

    Janita @ Book, Interrupted - This has been on my TBR list for sooo long! For shame. I’m really looking forward to reading it, and this review has just made me even MORE excited! XD Great review!ReplyCancel

  • August 5, 2013 - 10:29 pm

    Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - I’d really like to read this one, particularly since I somehow ended up with the second book at BEA this year. Somehow last year it flew under my radar, but it actually sounds pretty good. Nice review, Sash. Thanks!ReplyCancel

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