In the future, a mysterious and deadly disease, Idiopathic Adolescent Acute Neurodegeneration, also know as IAAN, has wiped out most of America's children. The children that have survived IAAN are left with mysterious powers and the adults in the country fear the surviving children.
The children that survived are sent to what the government calls rehabilitation camps, but are really concentration camps. The kids that are sent there are marked with colours based on their abilities; Greens are exceptionally intelligent, Blues are telekinetic, Yellows can control electricity, Oranges can control people's minds and Reds can control fire. The main character, Ruby, is sent to one of the rehabilitation camps when she is ten after she accidentally erases her parents memory of her. At the camp, Ruby is marked as a Green, but she is really an Orange.
Six years later, the camp is on the verge of finding out that Ruby is really one of the dangerous ones. So with the help of the Children's League, Ruby is able to escape the camp. But Ruby doesn't trust the people at the Children's League, so she decides to run from them as well. Ruby stumbles across some other kids on the run that have escaped from another camp, Liam, Chubs and Zu. She joins them on their quest to find East River, a safe haven for kids like them, and the Slip Kid, the kid who runs the camp, and is supposedly an Orange. Ruby hopes to find the Slip Kid so that maybe, just maybe, the Slip Kid can help her control her powers so that she doesn't erase herself from Liam's memory, or anyone else she cares about.
Rate: 5 stars
The Darkest Minds is one of my favourite, if not my favourite, books right now. I loved the characters, the plot, all the action, everything. And it also wasn't a short book, which I was very glad about since I whip through books. It was nice to have something that took me a bit longer to read. If you haven't picked up this book, pick it up NOW. It is definitely worth your time and money. ,
Like I said above, I loved the characters. I don't have a favourite since they are all so amazing. I thought Ruby was an amazing protagonist and she showed some great character development. In the beginning, she was very shy, and couldn't stand up for herself, but as the book progressed, she became less shy and more brave. Chubs, is at first wary of Ruby, not wanting her to come with them. But as the book continues, he becomes friends with Ruby. And even though he is high-strung and grumpy, we see that Chubs can be a loyal friend. Zu and Liam on the other hand, welcome Ruby and are all for her traveling with them. I thought Zu was really sweet. Even though she didn't talk, you could tell that she really cared about her Liam, Ruby and Chubs. Liam always tried to find the good in people and would do almost anything to protect the people he cares about.
SPOILER ALERT, there are spoilers ahead, so if you haven't read the book, do not read the rest of this article.
However, there was one character I absolutely hated, Clancy. You would think that he would be a nice character and not an absolute jerk since he runs East River and a bunch of kids love him. I found it kind of weird that he was watching Ruby in the beginning, but then he offers to help her control her powers, just like Ruby wanted. But he ends up just manipulating Ruby. Hopefully, we won't see him in Never Fade, the sequel.
Oh, and let me just talk about the ending. I can't believe Chubs got shot! And I really wish Ruby hadn't pressed the panic button the Children's League gave her. It may have all been for nothing, because Chubs might not live. And I also can't believe that Ruby erased Liam's memory of her, purposely, while throughout this whole book she tried not to do that. Such a cliff hanger!
I hope that we get to see Zu in the next book, since she took off with her cousin to find her aunt and uncle. I also really hope that we she Chubs alive and that Ruby restores Liam's memory. I can't wait to read Never Fade!