East River was a would-be safe-haven for kids with psionic abilities. It's situated on an abandoned camping ground in Virginia. Clancy Gray founded it along with Hayes and Olivia. He claimed that his father, the president, wouldn't touch the kids because he was there. In The Darkest Minds, Ruby, Liam, Chubs, and Zu's main goal is to find it so they can finally find some peace from the outside world. When they get to East River, at first they are delighted, but it soon becomes clear that Clancy is a threat to all psionic kids. Their last night there, Clancy calls in his father's team and his Reds burn the camp to the ground.

In Never Fade, a tribe of Blues attempts to make a new East River, but it quickly goes south as well.

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