Monday, February 9, 2015

[Review] Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

Title: Never Fade
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Series: The Darkest Minds #2
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Published: October 2013
ISBN: 9781423157519
Pages: 512


Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

The crook of my arm locked over the man’s throat, tightening as his boots’ rubber soles batted against the ground.

Really, whoever wrote the summary didn't know how to interest people without keeping the whole story hidden. I mean, gosh!

Okay, we'll continue from the ending of book one. Ruby finally joined The Children's League and deleting Liam's memories of her in the process (Why oh why) so not to let Liam being recruited again by The Children's League. Then one year passed, Ruby was assigned in saving an agent/prisoner 27. And God, I thought it was him. “Do I…look as pretty as I feel?”

After what happened in book one, Ruby learned that the more you care about someone the more you'd hurt when you lose them. So Ruby became a cold girl and less naive. She knew that not all agents in Children's League were good, so she never let herself close to anyone. Not even Jude, the only one kid who couldn't seem to stop speaking.

We have additional character in this book. . Jude, like I told you is a chatty kid. Vida however is kinda annoying at the beginning, but don't hate her, she's maturing. Vida just loves Cate too much. But you can hate Rob, he is the bad guy, I don't care much about what happened to him.

Compared to book one, the second book is full of action. Sneaking, Spying, Shooting, you name it. Ruby could control her abilities now, but she still had to touch her object. And she still hated herself for it. She never used it unless it was necessary, you know, to obey orders.

Anyway, she was assigned to retrieve a flaskdrive that contained the secrets of her disease and could shatter the whole US' government, which was currently in a hand of Liam Stewart.

But guys, what happened to Liam?

I lied before.
To Cate. To the others. To myself. Every day. Every single day.

After what he's been through in book one (having memory removed), Liam got a little bit moody (I don't blame him). He was confused (of course) and felt weird whenever he saw Ruby. He hated her for being with The Children's League, but couldn't take his worries of her off of him. Ruby said that she never regretted removing his memory, but did she? (Well, she should). And oh my, I love the kiss, so much.

“I look at you, and I just love you, and it terrifies me.” 

So, do I like this book? Hell yes! The second book is even better, the feels oh God the feels. The romance wasn't out of place. The plot and the conflict increased marvelously. The ending of this book was twisted, but not as much as the first book.

“Forgive yourself, but don't forget”

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