The Darkest Minds

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Disney-Hyperion, Dec 18, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 496 pages
23 Reviews
When Ruby wakes up on her tenth birthday, something about her has 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.

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The writing makes up for its lack of uniqueness. - Goodreads
As I said, Bracken's writing has improved dramatically. - Goodreads
On a brighter note, the writing redeemed the book. - Goodreads
I totally simplified the plot of this book. - Goodreads
The banter in that mini van was epic.. - Goodreads
Speaking of endings... - Goodreads

Review: The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1)

User Review  - Harriet - Goodreads

*5 ACTIONS PACKED STARS!* This is a very different story to anything I have read before. Its thrilling, intense, angsty and has the right amount of romance. The writing is absolutely beautiful and had ... Read full review

Review: The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1)

User Review  - Anila - Goodreads

Edit: Re-read in May 2014, but leaving original review standing because it still expresses my feelings perfectly. Ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow I don't know what to do with this book and all of these ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Alexandra Bracken was born and raised in Arizona, but moved east to study at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. She recently relocated to New York City, where she works in publishing and lives in a charming apartment overflowing with books. You can visit her online at or on Twitter (@alexbracken).