Wednesday, February 4, 2015

[Review] The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Title: The Darkest Minds
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Series: The Darkest Minds #1
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Published: December 2012
ISBN: 9781423157373
Pages: 488

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.


Grace Somerfield was the first to die.

Really, there is nothing more I could tell you about the story. The summary above really beats me. It tells you from the beginning to the end of the book, damn it!

Anyway, the first thing in my mind when I read the summary was "Muttan? Why the hell not?". X-Man wasn't really my favorite movie -I always slept through it- but the concept of evolution in human always intrigued me -not that I believe in Darwin-. You see, I always believe that human, whether you like it or not, changes. In my religion, Adam-the first human ever sent to earth- was huge. His clothes are shown in one of the museums in Arab and it's huge. Extremely huge, 8 meters huge.

Now tell me how tall you are, six five? six eight? See the differences? Yes, there is a huge difference between the first human and another million human born on earth. We keep shrinking, don't we? There are even the smallest man in the world who barely catch a meter. And I've even heard that scientist have concluded that one atom or cell or molecule -whatever- human DNA indeed died each generation is born. So yes, we keep shrinking.

Now do you grasp the concept of this changing? And think about the future, how small can one human being be?

Human body is fascinating right? Now how about we could use 100 percent of our brain? Research proved that people only use around 10 percents of their brain capacity, even Einstein only used around 20 percent. And if 20 percents could invent lots of things, think about what could we do with another 80 percents?

And that is when the muttant come into the picture. In my concept, muttant you know now is not muttant, they're normal human being, only more capable of using their brains better than us. They could do telekinesis, telepathy, and other tele-things possible.

And this evolution of human started in Ruby's generation.

“The Darkest Minds tend to hide behind the most unlikely faces.” 

Ruby Elizabeth Daly, she came to the camp when she was ten. She was so small but she already saw the death of her friends, a man shot himself after one kid whisper something to him, and the knowledge of what she could do with other people's mind.

Six years passed. She became a fair-dirty teenager. She was broken to the deep of her mind. She was alone. And when she heard that the PSFs could detect the lie beneath her skin, she had to take whatever chances she got. She but little did she know, she jumped from an alien to a predator, so she escaped, again. She met one of her kind in her escapades and together they began their search to psi's safe haven -East River.

This story was told by one person only, Ruby, so the reader would know her much better than other characters. Though we didn't go deep with the others, it was amazing reading an improvement of a scaredy-cat-little-girl to a determined-brave-but-still-a-little-bit-naive-teenage-girl. As a kid who's been shoved to a very dark side of the world, she learned that normal people, adults, are not to be trusted. She learned that she had to protect herself, from  government, bad kids, and her own abilities.

That's one of the big reasons why she wanted to searched this safe haven anyway, protect others and herself from herself. Mind is a strong part of human that can do more than other part could, but mind is also the most delicate part of them all.

We've talked about lots of things, but let's talk about my favorite talk ever, ROMANCE!. The summary above already told you that Liam fell hard on her. So let me give you this part.

My fingers brushed against his hair, trying to smooth it down. I realized what I was doing a full minute after Liam had closed his eyes and leaned into my touch. Embarrassment flared up in my chest, but he grabbed my hand before I could pull back and tucked it under his chin.“Nope,” he whispered, when I tried to tug it away. “Mine now.”

Oh swoon!
The romance came slowly at first, no, it was slow from the very beginning to the end. I mean there was always something between them. Her abilities, other people. Sigh. But they got together at some point eventually.

The other characters left are Chubs and Zu. While Lee was a very positive-always-seeing-good-in-a-bad-person, Chubs was the negative one. He always, always, shoved Ruby out of the van. “We don’t know anything about her—hell, we don’t know that what she has told us is even true!”. And Zu was a cute little girl who, like Ruby, scared of using her abilities too. But weird as it is, they were a lot closer than your own best friend. They protect, understand, and taking care of each other.

So, what do I like about this book? Everything. How they grew up to adulthood. How they learned who to trust and who not to. And the plot, it's a little bit twisted but that's the good one. But people, if you want to read this book, prepare yourself to cringe for a whole five or six first chapters. Oh my god! Those kids!

“Don’t be scared. Don’t let them see.” 

This review is submitted for:
* COYER Winter 2014-2015
* NARC RC 2015
* New To You RC 2015 | New Author
* Color Coded Challenge | Black
* Alphabeth Soup RC 2015 | D
* Lucky No. 15 | Super Series

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