Summary: When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.
Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have 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 having a life worth living.
Review: 5 stars
This book is a hidden gem. There hasn’t been too much buzz about it, but I’m sure that will change soon with the movie coming out. This book sucked me in and held me hostage until I finished it. I can’t believe that it isn’t getting more attention, because this is an amazing read. The world building is great and the character development is incredible. This story will stick with you and you will wonder why you haven’t read it sooner.
This book is written in first person, from the point of view of the main character, Ruby. This is one of those books where first person makes the book come alive so much more than it would if it was written in third person. We see the world through Ruby’s eyes, which is an interesting point view, because we learn about things when she does. Since not much information is given to her, we only know what she figures out for herself, rather than getting a background on the world built in this novel. This way, the world building happens gradually, one realization at a time. There’s no information dumping and you stumble upon realizations as Ruby does. It really makes the world building feel so much more realistic.
The character development really grabbed me. I grew so attached to all of the characters in The Darkest Minds. I felt so connected to them. Emotionally, this book was a rollercoaster. There were times where I was yelling at the characters and other moments where I was near tears. Following Ruby, Liam, Chubs and Zu through the story was an adventure that I didn’t want to end. I felt like I grew so close the characters over the course of the book. I’m so glad that this is series, because I need to know what happens next.
I absolutely adore Ruby, she is so strong and courageous. Throughout the novel she became more sure of herself. Her character arc was incredible. She grew so much and I admire her strength to be so selfless. Liam is also an extremely compassionate character, but he does not grow as much as Ruby does throughout the novel. She remains strong and doesn’t lose hope through the darkest of times.
I am excited that they’re making this into a movie. I hope that it brings more attention to this book, because it really deserves it. I’m excited to see how it will come to life as a movie. To see the characters I have envisioned in my brain on the screen and to see how the different scenes will play out. I hope they do a good job, but you can guarantee that I’m gonna get tickets and see it in theaters.