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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 w...more
Hardcover, 488 pages
Published December 18th 2012 by Disney Hyperion (first published December 11th 2012)
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Sarah Maas
Dec 04, 2013 Sarah Maas rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
THE DARKEST MINDS is one of the best books I have EVER read. No joke. I can't even properly express how much I love this book. It touched my soul--it's THAT incredible. It haunted me for days and days (and still does!). The world-building and plot are phenomenal (it leaves you absolutely breathless in spots!), and the characters are some of the most vivid I've encountered.

When 2012 rolls around, DO NOT miss this book--it will stay with you long, long after you've finished reading it.
Kaylee Magic
OH. MY. GOD. Ohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygod!!

This book was so damn beautiful, so damn heartbreaking, and so damn freaking AMAZING! I think it's one of the most in-depth books I've read since The Hunger Games -- and I mean that with my heart and soul. It's not just another fluffy mock-intense book; it's not just another dystopian knock-off that I could never see happening in real life; it's not another sweet romance without anything else of substance that makes for a good time passer but doesn't m...more
SerenaSmiles
Apr 06, 2014 SerenaSmiles rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: I hereby sentence EVERYONE to read this NOW.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Christine Riccio
MUST READ. FANTABULOUS BOOK. I just posted my booktalk ( http://youtu.be/90NS3uB8LxI ) which includes Review / Reaction / and Discussion on all the feelings it created.
♥ Becky  22
Everybody, everybody should go read this book. Like right now.
The Darkest Minds is amazing. This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. 100% recommended.




1) The writing = perfection.
I felt like I was there. I could hear the music when Ruby and Liam were dancing by the fire. I felt the cold from the AC in the hotel room. I honestly felt like I was there. And the writing is beautiful. And also funny.

"Use the damn map," Chubs groused behind him.
"I can figure it out without it," Lia
...more
Mitch
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Alexandra Bracken
Jan 24, 2012 Alexandra Bracken rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
ETA--For those confused about the title change: http://www.alexandrabracken.com/?p=1121

Well, I like it a whole lot! Can't wait to hear what you guys think!
Anila
Edit: Re-read in May 2014, but leaving original review standing because it still expresses my feelings perfectly.

Ow
ow ow ow
ow ow ow ow ow

I don't
know what to do with this book
and all of these feelings ow ow ow

Obviously it's been too long since I last re-read Brightly Woven because I remembered that Alexandra Bracken was a good writer but I seem to have forgotten HOW good until this book punched me in the gut.

God.
How do I talk about this?
I don't even know. I finished it at about 8:30 last night an...more
Giselle
Going into the Darkest Minds, I didn't really know what to expect. With so many dystopians out there there are quite a few that simply don't live up to the genre. However, Alexandra brings in a new and exciting dystopian novel with mysterious diseases, abilities, merciless camps; basically the apocalypse with a Heroes-like flare that becomes quite exhilarating.

Mind reading, mind control, memory manipulation, telekinesis; these are the powers that teenagers are suddenly capable of in this world,...more
Booknut
Dear Alexandra Bracken:


Seriously. Because nothing could possibly be more painful than the cliffhanger that rears its horrid head at the end of this book! Especially since it catches you unawares. One minute you're enjoying a good dose of kick-ass heroism and Ruby/Liam cuteness, thinking:


But just like Bilbo was slightly mistaken, so was I. So was I.

'The Darkest Minds' is the latest masterpiece of Bracken's. After reading her novel 'Brightly Woven' I was expecting something along the same lines...more
Alyssa
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Book One of the Darkest Minds series
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: December 18, 2012
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Finished copy won from a giveaway

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 “rehabilita...more
Kat Kennedy
Steph, baby, honey-munchkin. You are going to love this one. I usually don’t do Dystopians much anymore. Steph still loves them though, so I’m kind of excited to see how she’ll feel about it. I didn’t know what to expect because I hadn’t loved Bracken’s previous work, Brightly Woven. Yet this book was getting rave reviews. All I can say is, my god that writer’s done her work. This was a massive improvement on both a technical level and story-telling level.

Ruby lives in a world where an entire ge...more
Ashley
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken - Corruption, Telekinesis, Mind Control

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My journey with The Darkest Minds was a strange and complex one. My enjoyment was all over the place: up, down, and everywhere in between. Since I'm a nerd, I don't have funny GIFs for you; instead, I have a graph:

My Enjoyment Levels — Monitored
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken - Enjoyment Graph

The book started out pretty awesome. It put us right into the midst of things, it held back details to keep me interested.. it was great. But somewhere at the end of the beginning, my interest dropped off pretty hard....more
Regan
Absolutely fantastic, it feels like its been a long time since I've read a book so good. The characters had depth, the story was engrossing and action packed, I honestly could not put this book down. Easily in my top for this year ALREADY.

Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
Oh my gosh. OH MY GOSH.
I loved this book so much!
I am slightly conflicted about the ending though - it annoyed me because of the stupidity and then it all went cray AND THEN I WAS LEFT HEARTBROKEN.
What am I supposed to do now? *wails*
Zuleeza
DNF. Stopped at 20%.

What's written on the page;

His eyes darted over me, from my haggard face down my forest green uniform to my mud-stained shoes. To the Psi number that had been written on their canvas toes in permanent marker. A look of horror flickered over his face. "Did you just come from a camp?"

What's actually in my head;

Psi....

Wait, that can't be right. He is Psy not Psi. *Chuckles* *Looks at the cover* That's the symbol of Psi! (Duh!) I think I saw the symbol before. In math? Or was it...more
Kelli Lee
2.5 stars

I was left utterly confuzzled with the world inside The Darkest Minds.

Novel deconstructed- All American kids were stricken with X-men powers out of the blue. A virus of the kick-ass variety, methinks. All kids were shipped away to concentration-esque camps and/or killed depending on what ability emerged. Scientists even named said virus a nifty science-y name (the name has escaped me), but then didn't do likewise for the kids' abilities themselves. Instead scientists cataloged kids in...more
Eugenia (Genie In A Book)
Me immediately after finishing the book

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***Review***

An absolutely spectacular dystopian novel that has the ability to captivate the reader on so many levels.

The darkest minds tend to hide behind the most unlikely faces

Ruby had lived a perfectly normal 10 years of her life, with a caring family and a reason to feel safe. This blissful time ended when she, as well as thousands of other children were labeled as 'dangerous' because of their unique abilities. Finally managing to escape the grueling...more
Bobbie
I'll....I'll....I'll review this when I pick up the scattered pieces of my heart.......

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Woah. Where do I even begin? This book was just.......I did not expect to read the sheer brilliance that I was just treated to reading. I expected a typical dystopian. Weak characters, insta-love, boring vomit inducing plot-line. And I was so wrong.

The Darkest Minds was simply genius. Simply freakin genius. The beginning had me on the edge of my seat and half hating Ruby, the middle had me torn between...more
Kassidy
What a beautiful beautiful book..

The story and characters are so complex and well thought out. I want to re-read it right now, so that I can really appreciate the complexity and pick up on some things that I didn't catch the first time. There are so many layers! I am left pretty much speechless..

Everything is just wonderful. I loved Ruby and all of the side characters. It was so great because I had no idea who to trust and at times who was even the villain. There's a perfect amount of mystery,...more
Elizabeth
best book. oh my gosh It's perfect!
Ferdy
Spoilers

I was expecting great things from The Darkest Minds. Alas, I was disappointed. I mean, what could possibly go wrong with a combination of dystopia, teenagers with x men-esque powers, romance (of course), a corrupt government and a promise of non stop action? Apparently, a lot could go wrong.

-The ridiculous science was well… ridiculous. I don't need it to be 100% accurate but I do require it to make some sense and be somewhat plausible. The driving force behind the story was that a diseas...more
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
I really enjoyed this book! It didn't necessarily blow me away, but it definitely held my attention.
TheBookofJules
I feel like I was deceived before even opening this book.

I was reassured that this book is dark, very dark, and I was excited to read a YA novel that isn't afraid to test the boundaries of creepy, scary and evil. It's one of the reasons I can really appreciate Kresley Cole's YA novels. I like dark things because they show the nature of reality. I've been told often that I'm an idealist, but that's only partly true. I like to consider myself an idealistic realist which I am positively, kind of su...more
Harriet
*5 ACTIONS PACKED STARS!*

This is a very different story to anything I have read before. Its thrilling, intense, angsty and has the right amount of romance. The writing is absolutely beautiful and had me addicted straight away. I must say the first 50ish pages was a tad confusing and at times I thought.. Am I being dumb or is this not making sense? But after that it all comes together and you understand what is happening and the rest is very easy to read. So if you are thinking of reading this ke...more
Merna *Finally back*
DNF.

The Darkest minds reminds me too much of Dark Vision by L.J. Smith, minus the whole Dystopian and government plot. Actually TDM reminded me of a lot of books and movies especially x-men, but then again the Darkest minds is dystopian. And that’s basically what sets TDM from other very similar concepts. It was a dystopian. And a bad one at that.

I gave up after 300 pages in. I just can't continue. Kids who gain superpower in distant time in future is just not a compelling dystopian. And the wh...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Jan 27, 2014 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Divergent fans, possibly?
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: Buddy read with YA-MA group
3.5 stars I don't have time to write up an in-depth review for this book because I have overdue stuff on-deck.

Fast rundown : There were some great characters and an interesting world concept (superpowers make everything better), but something didn't fully click for me. I can't even put my finger on what it was.

Even so, I liked the book enough that I'll continue with the series. I hear the second installment is even better.
Lyanna
OFFICIAL RATING: 4 STARS

DO I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK?



It's not really an entirely unique idea… evil-government regime, disease it's like the plague all over again, super-power mutants, surviving on your own. Where have I heard it before? *taps chin* It's a little bit of all those apocalypse-theories minus the aliens, zombies, and mother nature disasters merged into one. But that doesn't make it any less spectacular.

The writing makes up for its lack of uniqueness. I really enjoyed this book. I'm a s...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
“They were never scared of the kids who might die, or the empty spaces they would leave behind. They were afraid of us––the ones who lived.”

A mysterious plague that only affects children has spread throughout America, killing a majority of the country's kids. Ruby is one of the few who survived the disease––but now it seems that she and the other survivors are developing strange abilities. On Ruby's tenth birthday, she develops a power of her own––one that makes her own parents lock her in the g...more
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