Monday, February 2, 2015

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Wow. Creepy much?

This read was weirdly realistic. It follows a girl named Ruby during the future, where a disease kills most of the kids of the US and gives weird powers to the surviving children. Obviously, the government descends into a lawless dictatorship that is not enforced very well. Except in the case of the special children.

They call them Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, and Blue. (Oddly, the first five colors of the rainbow.) Red have extreme super powers: explosions, flames, and whatnot. Orange have a sort of mind control, while Yellow can control anything electronic around them. Green are extremely intelligent and often have photographic memories. Blue can levitate things.

They place the children into camps and sort them by color. And then they take away the ones that are "dangerous" (Red, Orange, and Yellow). A lot more kids die, and most of them are turned in by their own parents, which is downright depressing.

The "camps" remind me of concentration camps. The children are under strict rules and support themselves and the people in charge of them.

I'm not going to spoil the ending, but it's a bit sad. And there are a lot of surprising parts in the book, where you quickly understand what's going on.

It's not all sad. There are some sweet, happy parts in it. My favorite is the scene with Ruby and Zu in the abandoned Wal-Mart.

A well-written, smooth, enticing read.

Favorite character: Chubs, all the way. He's so caring and tries to hide it. Adorable.

Least favorite character: Probably Ruby, actually. She's really gullible, and doesn't notice the things that are right in front of her. It's kind of annoying. And I disagree with about 75% of her decisions throughout the book, especially the last one she makes.

However, I couldn't put this book down. Definitely reading the next book in the series. :)

My rating: 4/5

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