BOOK REVIEW: The Darkest Minds – by Alexandra Bracken

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Title: The Darkest Minds
(The Darkest Minds #1)
Author: Alexandra Bracken

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Dystopia
First published: December 18th 2012
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Finished reading: January 21st 2017
Pages: 499
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“The darkest minds tend to hide behind the most unlikely faces.”

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I still can’t believe it took me more than TWO years to finally pick up my copy of The Darkest Minds. I’ve been wanting to start this series for ages, but somehow I always ended up picking up a different title instead. But no longer. Now I’ve finally read the first book of this series Alexandra Bracken has me hooked. No more escape for the sequels, because I will be reading them VERY soon for another dose of my favorite Psi characters. I can definitely undestand what all the hype is about now… Sure, the plot isn’t all that original with its dystopian world where kids and teenagers develop a ‘superbrain’ and special powers. But it WAS written back in 2012 so I definitely kept that in mind. And more importantly, this story was just way too entertaining to worry about  the originality in the first place. I liked the main characters and their development, although little Zu is probably my absolute favorite. Ruby on the other hand can come over as a bit whiney at points, but I guess she did have some complicated memories to deal with… Another great feature of The Darkest Minds is without doubt the writing style and pace. The prose was so enjoyable to read and the story itself reads like a train. All in all a promising start of what has all the signs of being a great series!

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When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed even though she didn’t realize it at first. She found out soon enough when her parents locked her up in the garage and called the police instead of celebrating Ruby’s birthday with her. Instead, she was sent to the Thurmond camp along with all the other children who survived the mysterious disease and showed signs of having the new frightening abilities they could not control… And life at Thurmond is tough. Ruby is now sixteen and one of the dangerous ones. They put her in the wrong group when she arrived, saving her life at first but putting her in danger if the truth comes out. She has to escape, but that will only be possible with help from the inside…

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Like I said before, I feel really bad about not picking up this series earlier. As I already suspected, I really enjoyed reading The Darkest Minds and I will be reading the sequels (or at least the second book) next month without fail. Both the writing style and character are easy to like and even though the plot might not be all that original, I enjoyed diving into this dystopian world anyway. Recommended for YA dystopian fans!


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26 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW: The Darkest Minds – by Alexandra Bracken

    • I can definitely relate to that… It’s why I’m going to try and read both sequels soon so I won’t be having another unfinished series collecting dust. 😉

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  1. I liked Ruby and Liam, and Chubs grew on me but my heart belonged to Zu. I wanted nothing more than to hold and protect her. I read the series back in March 2015 so it may be due for a re-read. Glad you enjoyed this.

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    • Me too! I loved Zu and she was by far my favorite character… I’m going to keep my fingers crossed she will reappear in the sequels. So far it’s definitely ‘rereading-worthy’!

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  2. I read ‘The Darkest Minds’ not long after it came out, but have yet to continue the series – I keep getting distracted by other titles. But I’m determined to finish it this year. Your great review has given me yet another prompt. I think 2017 is going to be a year long ‘slay that series.’ Looking forward to see what you think of the sequels. Happy reading.

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    • I know the feeling… I have literally a mountain of unfinished series I have to get back to haha. I hope you will be able to return to this series soon! I’ll be trying to read the next books in February or March… ‘Slay that series’ is just the right motto for 2017; I might borrow it. 😉 Happy reading!

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  3. Great review. I have to admit I haven’t read this either and it hasn’t even been on my radar. I might need to look out for it.

    It’s funny isn’t it when you read older books (I know 2012 isn’t really that old) and think it’s all been done before and realize that actually when it came out it hadn’t been 🙂

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    • Exactly! First I was like, hmmm I’ve seen the plot before… But it’s not exactly fair to judge originality of a story if it’s written a few years ago and surely there were a lot less books out there with the same idea. Probably quite a few of the later published books are actually based on this popular series in the first place haha.

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    • Same here! Although I have so many unfinished series just sitting on my shelves that it’s getting hard to decide which one to read first haha. This one is pretty great though.

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