Source: Borrowed Local Bookstore
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.
I was really excited when I got this book. I loved Brightly Woven and became really excited for The Darkest Mind, when I heard about it. Luckily this book lived up to the hype and I enjoyed it. Ruby isn't the most likable character. She has been through a lot and appears rather mysterious at time. So much, that is it hard to understand some of her actions. Liam also added to the story. He was such a sweet and caring person. I just loved him. I found the plot to be exciting and I just wanted to keep reading. I didn't find that it ever dragged and I kept on guessing what would happen next. I never felt overloaded as Bracken explained how the world became so dark and found it very intriguing. Her world slowly unraveled and I kept wanting to know more. Bracken's writing is just so gorgeous and helped me enjoy this book even more. This world, the characters, and the writing captured my attention and I really enjoyed this book. I can't wait to read the next book and I am excited to discover what happens next. If you are a fan of dystopic futures, you need to read this book as soon as possible. This is one of those books that just amazed me.