Published December 18th 2012
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 had seen so many people reading and loving this book for years now and I only just now got around to reading it. I didn’t want to be influenced by the hype so I didn’t read any reviews before starting The Darkest Minds. I didn’t know what to expect and I think that made me like it more.
I didn’t fall in love with this book right away. It took me until around page 250 before I really started to get into it. It was slow and a little boring at first but the last half was really great. If the end wasn’t so good, I probably would have rated this book 3 stars but the end was really great.
I liked the characters but Ruby was frustrating to me at times. I understand why she did some of the things she did but I still didn’t like it.
The last 50 pages were amazing and I’m definitely going to pick up the next book soon.