|The Darkest Minds|
|Release Date||December 18th, 2012|
|Series||The Darkest Minds Series|
|“||They were never scared of the kids who might die, or the empty spaces they would leave behind. They were scared of us - the ones who lived.||”|
When teens mysteriously develop powerful new abilities, they are declared a threat by the government and detained. One of the most powerful young people, Ruby, escapes from her camp and joins a group of runaways who are seeking a safe haven. In the novel, The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, Ruby and her friends Liam Stewart, Charles(Chubs) Meriweather, Suzume(Zu) face life and death situations and hardships.This intriguing novel is unique because it compels the reader to continue reading.
The night before Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, she accidentally erased herself from her parents' minds, causing them to lock her in the garage and call the police the following morning. PSF’s found her and brought her to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she andother survivors emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.
Ruby, now sixteen is one of the dangerous ones. She is an Orange who can control the minds of others. She pretends to be Green, in order to escape even harsher treatment in Thurmond. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life.
She joins Liam, Chubs and Suzume who were trying to find the only safe haven left for kids — East River.
Ruby quickly finds her place in the group. She and Zu develop a close, almost sister-like relationship and Ruby is very protective of her. Chubs is hostile towards Ruby at first, but later on he becomes very fond of her. Liam seems to be falling in love with Ruby. Although Ruby returns his feelings for her, she doesn’t admit it, as she’s scared to get to close to someone after erasing her parents’ memories of her.
Eventually, they find East River and at first everything seems paradise-like perfect. Clancy Gray (also called the Slip Kid), the leader of East River, teaches Ruby to control her abilities. But when Clancy paralyses Ruby and sexually assaults her, Ruby, Chubs and Liam try to leave East River (Zu already left with her cousin and a few others to find her uncle). Clancy stops them and East River is destroyed by members of Project Jamboree.
Ruby, Liam and Chubs survive and attempt to deliver a letter Chubs’ and Liam’s dead friend (Jack Fields) wrote to his father. But Jack’s father (George Fields) shoots Chubs in the shoulder when Chubs tries to give him the letter. Ruby shares their location with the Children’s League, as she thinks this is the only way to save Chubs. Ruby promises the League to work for them, if they let Liam go. Ruby erases herself from Liam’s memories, as this is the only way Liam would leave her behind.
While reading this intriguing book, the element that brings it to life are the characters. In this case Ruby Daly, Liam Stewart, Charles (Chubs) Meriweather, and Suzume (Zu) Kimura.
Ruby, a sixteen-year-old teenager with curly brown hair and green eyes, the main protagonist, is an alluring character in the book. Ruby was born in the state of Virginia and had very average first years of life. Eventually however, the first signs of IAAN appeared. Ruby was, for the most part, oblivious to it, very guarded by her parents and teachers. Her first true interaction with the disease was when she witnessed Grace, her classmate, die in fourth grade. After Grace, tons of kids followed, reaching a point where half her class had died, and she was the only living kid in her block.
Liam Stewart, a blond seventeen-year-old with vibrant blue eyes, the second protagonist. Liam is considered the leader of the runaway group that consists of Chubs and Zu. He was the mastermind behind the escape from Caledonia, the camp where he, Chubs and Zu were brought to. He is a Blue, meaning he has telekinetic powers that came in handy throughout the book. He is described as charming and handsome, and he is Ruby’s love interest throughout the book. He is a trustworthy person, and an older brother figure to his two younger companions.
Chubs, the third protagonist. Chubs was sent to the IAAN rehabilitation camp in Caledonia. Here he meets Liam and Zu. When Liam makes a plan to escape, Chubs and Zu are some of the only ones to make it out alive with him. The three friends band together and steal a minivan they name Black Betty. They stay together avoiding PSFs and skip tracers and eventually meet up with Ruby Daly. Chubs is a very loyal friend, but has a hard time with new people. He finds it difficult to trust people he just met, as is evidenced when he meets Ruby for the first time. His loyalty to his friends is very strong, as is shown in how he strives to protect Liam, Zu, and Ruby.
Lastly, Zu, a wonderful girl with black hair and brown eyes, our fourth protagonist. Zu was sent away by her parents after she short-circuited her dad’s car in the middle of a freeway. Zu is first seen in an abandoned gas station by Ruby, who pursues her to the van Zu, Liam and Chubs are traveling in. Through the entire book, Zu doesn't speak at any point. According to Liam, she hasn't said a word since they broke out of Caledonia because of her traumatic experience with the escape and her time spent at the camp. Ruby convinces Zu to let her in the van and Zu covers her in a blanket when Cate comes looking for her. She and Ruby form a close friendship in the time they travel together.
|Book Series||The Darkest Minds • Never Fade • In The Afterlight|
|Novellas||In Time • Liam's Story • Sparks Rise • Through the Dark|