“I loved this book. At first i thought that it was going to be boring. But instead i loved it! The story begins when Ruby the main character, is in her fourth grade class and then gradually goes to the present. She is an Orange which means that she is more powerful than: reds, yellows, greens, and...”see full review » see other reviews »
“I loved this book. At first i thought that it was going to be boring. But instead i loved it! The story begins when Ruby the main character, is in her fourth grade class and then gradually goes to the present. She is an Orange which means that she is more powerful than: reds, yellows, greens, and blues. She starts off living in Thurmound a place for special children with powers like Ruby. But then she escapes with the help of the Childrens League. The Chidrens League are people who rescue kids that are powerful. Ruby escapes them and meets Suzume, Liam, and Charles who take her in. They were also in captured but escaped. They go on a quest to find the Slip Kid who is rumored that he can help people control their abilities. Also because, Charles wants to find Jacks father because Jack helped them escape but died protecting him. When they find the Slip Kid he turns out to be the presidents son, Clancy. As the weeks went by he is nothing like what the rumors say he is. Clancy helps Ruby control her abilities and helps find Jacks father. When Charles tells Jacks dad he shots him. Ruby is forced to call the Childrens League because she didn`t know any hospitals around. When they get there they are separated. Ruby makes a deal with them that if they let Liam go she will stay with them. In the end of the story Ruby erasers Liam memory of her because she didn`t want him coming after her.”Erica Borba wrote this review Saturday, November 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“even though I love this book, I'm unsure if I can allow the author another chance. The deep emotional ache at the end of this book causes me to hesitate in being further drawn into this world. I do not envy Ruby, my heart aches for her.”Kayla K wrote this review Wednesday, November 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This story takes place sometime in the future in a dystopian United States, where most children are dying from a mysterious illness when they reach puberty. Those who survive find themselves suddenly and inexplicably with new powers that range from a Green (heightened intelligence) to Red (which appears to be some sort of control over fire and explosions).
On her 10th birthday, Ruby develops her powers and is taken away to one of the worst work camps for children: Camp Thurmond. The story begins when Ruby is 16-years-old and is hiding a secret from the camp administrators and even her friends. With help, Ruby is able to break out from the camp and finds herself running from various groups who want to capture her and use her for their own purposes.
Along the way, she joins up with another group of camp runaways and they begin to search for East River - a place imagined to be a safe refuge for children who managed to hide during the initial collections and those who have managed to escape like Ruby and her friends.
The story was interesting, if not that unique. However, some aspects of the story have their own special tint to them, such as the work camps and the spin on the color ranking system of abilities. The reason that I gave this book a 4th star is purely for the reason that the author managed to have some romance in the story without making it overly sentimental and angsty.”
It's been six years since Ruby had been taken from her old life to a rehabilitation camp when she was 12. The strange disease that had wiped out most of the children in America hadn't gotten to Ruby. She was one of the dangerous ones. One of the children with powers of the mind. Then she finds out about a way to a escape the camp. And her life changes. This book has 498 pages.”
“Heard this book was really good and want to read it. ”Margot wrote this review Wednesday, September 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“OH MY FREAKING GOSH!!!!!! BEST FREAKING BOOK EVER CREATED ON THIS BEAUTIFUL EARTH GOD CREATED!!!!!!!”Ashley M. wrote this review Monday, September 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Omg! This is the first book that made me want to cry. I need Ruby to find Chubs and find Liam. He needs to remember her.”Kobi wrote this review Wednesday, July 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Gr 7 up. They knew Ruby was different but thought if she kept it all under control everything would be alright. But in the end Ruby's parents turned her in. Now 16 she is living in a special camp with other children who survived the mysterious illness.
I liked it but didn't love it. It starts off well but I ended up skipping and scanning to the end.”
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Characters: Ruby was one of those protagonists that I neither disliked nor grew especially attached to. She's not cardboard, nor is she difficult to relate to; in fact, it's very easy to connect to her. She just didn't make much of an impression on me personally, because there was nothing unique about her, when comparing her to the thousands of the other female protagonists I've met over the years of reading. At the same time, though, I can see how some Readers might really like her. She doesn't have an attitude, but she is tough, she's loyal to her friends, and her personal struggles are relatable (minus the whole super power thing, of course). There's nothing to dislike about Ruby; I just didn't form much of an attachment. For a story like this, though, I was just glad that she was sensible. Liam, on the other hand, I really liked, even though like Ruby, there isn't really anything special to distinguish him from the thousands of male characters I've met in other books. He was kind and loyal and did everything he could to protect his friends, and he also blamed himself for pretty much every bad circumstance. He was an average nice guy, and I really did like him. Zu was the typical sweet, younger girl with surprising feistiness that all the older kids try to protect, and Chubs . . . Well, to be honest, Chubs kind of got on my nerves with his pessimism and paranoia, but somehow he completed the group. And as for Clancy, I didn't care for him right off the bat. He was too manipulative, a little creepy in his "pretty boy" appearance, and way too friendly with Ruby.
The Romance: There's a bit of a love triangle going on between Liam, Ruby, and Clancy, but it's amazingly slight. I'm all right with Ruby and Liam liking each other - at least, as far as I am all right with teen romances. Since I liked Liam and was okay with Ruby, and the romance wasn't ridiculously mushy, it didn't bother me all that much. Clancy's very brief moment in the love triangle did, though, because he creeped me out, and I didn't want to see Liam's feelings hurt.
Plot: A deadly disease has swept across America, taking kids at the ages of ten to early teenhood. But some kids survived, and they developed uncanny abilities: mind control, super intelligence, telekinesis, the ability to affect electronics. The government - and the kids' own parents - are terrified of what these kids can do, and they're sent to reeducation camps, where they are given colored classifications based on their abilities, separated, and then studied and experimented on like guinea pigs. Or sometimes they're just forgotten and abused by the camp guards. Ruby is an Orange - the most dangerous kind of kid there is, but if the people in charge of the camps find out, she'll be killed, so she lives out her days pretending to be a Green. But Ruby soon finds herself on the run, along with three other kids from another reeducation camp: Liam, Suzume, and Chubs. This is one of those plots where each character's objective changes as the story progresses. At first, Ruby wants to go home, but then she learns of another Orange who has set up a secret camp, where other kids with special abilities can come and hide. Ruby wants to find the Slip Kid - as the camp's leader is called - so he can help her learn how to control her own terrifying ability. Meanwhile, Liam wants the Slip Kid's help with liberating other camps, Chubs just wants to go home, and Zu just goes along with what the older kids want. At first. But as they avoid skip tracers and a rebel group intent on using the kids' special abilities, rather than helping them, as well as the government, they all begin to realize that things aren't as easy or simple as they first thought. The book really isn't always clear on what all of these different groups really want; it takes a lot of piecework on the part of the Reader to realize what everyone is after, and whose friends (or enemies) with who - and why. The why isn't explored much in The Darkest Minds, and I think that this will be explored more in later installments. But given the length of this novel, a little less time could have been spent on Ruby worrying over what Liam and Co. will think of her if they find out her true abilities, and a little more on the world's political situation. Because the Reader already knows how Liam and Co. are going to react when they discover the "truth" about Ruby, so she's the only one worried about it.
Believability: I will give the Author this: her reeducation camps are believably cruel. Some might question why the kids are treated so horribly, and my thought on that is: because they can be. People don't need a reason to treat other people badly, and there's no reason why that should be any different in a novel. The kids are beaten and starved and forced to work in factories and are subjected to very harsh punishment. What makes the camps even more convincing is: the dangerous kids - Oranges and Reds and Yellows - are all taken out of the camp to be "transferred," which is code for gunned down in a remote location, probably after digging their own graves. The other kids don't see this; the Oranges and Reds and Yellows are just suddenly no longer there one fine morning.
Writing Style: Like most books nowadays, the writing style is nothing special, and quite movie-ish a lot of the time. It's not bad writing, but it did nothing for me. For this type of story, it was appropriately action-y and all of that, so it worked well enough. I have to admit that I personally loved all of the references the Author made to Watership Down. It somehow lent a really eerie aspect to the story.
Content: 10 s-words, 7 g--damns, 4 f-words. There's a part where I think Ruby is raped, but there are no details, and none of the characters ever actually say what exactly happened - not even Ruby, though they certainly act like she was raped. But it is never made clear whether or not she was. The violence is at times a little graphic, but not ridiculously so.
Conclusion: Quite honestly, it was a little confusing. Baddies show up and wreck havoc, but I didn't catch if they rounded all the kids up and took them away, or gunned them all down. The baddies were just there, and then suddenly they and their helicopters were gone. And I missed what happened to Clancy exactly. So a bit of a convoluted end, though the very, very end was good. Extremely bittersweet, and if I had been more emotionally attached to Ruby, I would have cried. The Darkest Minds is a rather interesting story, definitely entertaining, though kind of slow at times (Ruby and Zu at one point do a shopping trip, which the Author finds necessary to relate in detail. I realize it's a bonding moment for Ruby and Zu, but a shopping trip really felt out of place). I'm curious to see how it all turns out, though.
Recommended Audience: Girl-read, seventeen-and-up, dystopian/futuristic/supernatural fans.”
“Wow. Ruby is taken from her home when she is 10 and put in a camp much like an internment camp or Nazi work camp. Kids have special psychic abilitys of which has adults scared. The US has turned into a police state and the economy has self destructed. Follow Ruby as she escapes and tries to figure out if her powers are good or evil. If you like romance, there is a love interest as well. ”Robin M wrote this review Thursday, May 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No