Friday, February 22, 2013

Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.. Great for Hunger Games fans!

So, in my searches for new books on Amazon I came across this book, Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.. I thought the cover was awesome.. so I read the book.. and thought it was phenomenal. 


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.

Breakdown: So all of a sudden kids start falling dead when Ruby was ten years old. In the middle of class, in the middle of riding their bike across the street, etc. Which is horrific for a kid that age.  The ones who didn't fall dead ended up having "super powers".. Things that normal people couldn't do. So these kids are shipped off to, essentially, concentration camps. They eat, sleep, work. They aren't allowed to talk, and they are color coded by their level of power. They are not allowed to use their powers, of course. Ruby's power is she can push her thoughts and make people do what she wants. She hates this, of course, and does not abuse it, except when she is being "sorted" into her color. The higher levels are of course being wiped out, so she has the examiner believe she is less than she is.  Part of her power is also she can wipe a persons memory. Catch your attention? This book  was really, really good. Okay, I won't give away any more information.. Just.. read it!

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