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Never Fade

(The Darkest Minds #2)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  90,073 ratings  ·  7,307 reviews
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 mus
Hardcover, 507 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Disney-Hyperion
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Alexandra Bracken You'll find out a lot more about Clancy and why he is the way he is in book 3, IN THE AFTERLIGHT. …moreYou'll find out a lot more about Clancy and why he is the way he is in book 3, IN THE AFTERLIGHT. (less)

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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked this so much more than the first book! I can't wait to see how it comes to a close with the last book. ...more
Emma Giordano
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Update 8/11/2019

Dropping my rating to 4 stars to reflect my more recent thoughts. It did drag a bit more than the first installment and I was not *as* invested, but I adore the new characters and increased political intrigue. It's a satisfying sequel I managed to enjoy five years after the first time I read it :)
Christine Riccio
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down! Suspenseful action packed and full of wonderfully lovable characters. Can't wait to release a discussion video... in late october? November? WHENEVER this baby get's released =) ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: 99 cents Kindle US 5/19/19

This book surely ended on a cliffhanger!


But it was more of an in your face cliffhanger =)

Ruby has joined the Children's League and the others in the first book are out on their own. I should have re-read that one first but it's all good.

Some of the older characters do make their way back into this book. Along with some new ones that Ruby has met in the League. Vida, Jude, Nico and I liked Cate who was sort of their supervisor. I wasn't sure about Alban at fir
Me reading The Darkest Minds

Me reading all the Liam scenes

Me reaching the end of book 1

Me patiently waiting for Book 2



NOTE: Please check out my review for The Darkest Minds and tell me what you think of the book!
Nov 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5 Stars

After I finished reading Never Fade, I'm quite sure that if I read this trilogy back when I was 15-17 years old (well the books weren't out yet 10 years ago so it's impossible), it would've been included into my favorite shelves and received 5 stars from me, for both books so far. However, I'm 27 now and again I should state, Never Fade still doesn't provide anything new to the genre. I've seen everything here before in movies, video games and it's still the same teenage-survivor-dyst
In a word, disappointing.

I thought The Darkest Minds was awesome, I found the plot interesting and the supporting characters and their relationships with each other to be very well done. I had only 2 issues with that book -- the pacing and Ruby. Unfortunately, in this sequel, those 2 things still sucked and worse, the suckiness was actually magnified.

The thing is, I really liked how the first book ended. I didn’t like that it came about as a result of Ruby’s stupid decisions, and the cliffhanger
lauren ❀
“Sometimes you're the one speeding along in a panic, doing too much, not paying attention, wrecking things you don't mean to. And sometimes life just happens to you, and you can't dodge it. It crashes into you because it wants to see what you're made of.” 

This book is AMAZING!!!! I could not stop reading it and there were so many things happening so I was never bored. This is really one of the best books I’ve read. Everything was perfect and the plot was so so good and throughout this whole
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Abso-freaking-lutely amazing. Go figure why it took me 8 months to read this. I don't even know why. I'd loved the first book and I guess delay after delay, I forgot about it entirely. A grave mistake because this is a swoon-worthy sequel that had me hyperventilating from page one to page.

In case you're not familiar with the plot, then let me hook you up. Some years before, a disease that targets children spread. Some died but some didn't. Those who didn't die have powers. The government with th
Trina (Between Chapters)
Apr 29, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish
DNFed at page 140.

I liked The Darkest Minds, but it's been about a year since I read it. I thought that I remembered how things ended, but I felt so lost getting into Never Fade. I couldn't connect to the new characters and didn't know why Ruby was... doing... whatever... she was doing?? See, I really don't know?

I have learned that I just do not mesh with Bracken's writing style. I think she has amazing premises but I always get lost in the descriptions. I've struggled through 3 of her books and
Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)

Wow, you guys, just wow! Sometimes middle books have this thing called Second Book Syndrome – yeah, you know what I’m talking about – and you end up being totally disappointed. Such was NOT the case with this one! It was just as good as the first book. It blew me away!

As I mentioned in my review of the In Time novella, Alexandra’s prose is very engaging. She has a way with words! She’s also a pro at characterization. All of the characters felt so real. Actually, I kinda wish they were, so we
Drcong O '
2 1/2 stars. Enjoyed this a bit more than the previous one.

Wow, surprisingly, this book wasn't some fucked up road trip!

I really enjoyed this one and imo it was a little better than the previous one. Many people said that the first one was the best in the series - which I hated - and the next two books are worse - I liked the second book better, so I have hope that the third book can work out for me. I will definitely be reading it after this horrible cliffhanger for an ending.

◇I definitely didn
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Then he was stepping back, away, letting distance flood between us again. His voice was low, rough. "Give 'em hell, darlin'."
"And for the love of God, bitch, don't get stabbed this time!" Vida added.”

I LOVE THIS BOOK! Okay after this important announcement we can now start the review.
Buddy read with Sunshine

The story:

At the beginning of the book there is a time jump of six months which I always like because it gives the characters the opportunity to have experiences without us havi
Booknut 101
Expected publication: October 2013

October. October. OCTOBER?!

So...far...away!! *cries* How can I deal with the pain of the cliffhanger for a FULL YEAR?!

I will not be a bad person and ruin Never Fade, because that's not fair to Alexandra Bracken and all the anticipation she built and is still building leading up to the release of Never Fade, and also not fair to the people who actually don't like spoilers. (I have to say, I'm such a curious person that I sometimes look for spoilers. I know, it's a bad habit.)But also, WARNING. If you are really a spoiler-phobe you should keep away from this review and this page in general because I do glancingly ...more
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Never Fade was mind blowing. I've stared at my phone for so long trying to work out how to describe my feelings on the plot and the characters. My conclusion is I can honestly not write my feelings. I just loved this book. It didn't suffer from second book syndrome. I loved the characters. This book made me gasp, cry, laugh, and get mad along with the characters. That's all I can say, I don't know why I'm incapable of writing reviews for the books in this series -- especially considering I usual ...more
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-4
Wow, this was another non-stop adventure for our gang of super-powered survivors of the deadly disease that killed off most kids in the US. Ruby has left Liam, Charles and Zu behind in order to keep them safe and is now working with an anti-government group. But with any group of people you meet in this book, who canyou really trust? Just like in the first book in the series, Ruby is still working to harness her power to control other's minds, but here she's struggling much more with the moral d ...more
3 No regret ★'s

I used to dream about turning back time, about reclaiming the things I’d lost and the person I used to be. But not anymore.

Buddy read with Nancy

Never Fade was certainly better than The Darkest Minds but it still fell a bit flat to me. The first half dragged on and on and really it was kinda boring, then it would go really fast at others. It did make up for it in the last half but damn that was a lot of pages to get through in order for it to hold my attention. But once it did I w
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I thought this book was even BETTER than the first... It was so, SO good. Can't wait to pick up the next novella and then In the Afterlight!
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Jul 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
This was a pretty average read for me.

I spent the majority of the time being super bored or wondering how any person could possible travel as much as these characters did. The entire book was traveling. Traveling here, traveling there, traveling everywhere. By the middle I was legit begging the book to give me something more.

Every once in a while they would stop their traveling and I'd get irrationally excited that stuff was going to actually happen now. BUT NO. Something or someone was doing s
Andreea Pop
3.75 STARS (if such a rating actually exists...)

“Sometimes you’re the one speeding along in a panic, doing too much, not paying attention, wrecking things you don’t mean to. And sometimes life just happens to you, and you can’t dodge it. It crashes into you because it wants to see what you’re made of.”

Okay, I need to ramble.

Do you ever feel that you're somehow forced to continue reading a book just because you fell head over heels in love with its prequel? Like you need to finish the sequel
Helen 2.0
I have to go back and change my rating for the Darkest Minds because Never Fade was a solid four stars, but definitely better than its predecessor.

So guess what? MORE ROADTRIPS!

I love the spontaneous, emotional, on-the-run roadtrips Ruby and Co take to go find people. Last book they were trying to find the Slip Kid; this time it's Ruby & Chubs with some new kids looking for Liam.


Indeed there were less glaring inconsistencies in the story and the dystopian world this time aro
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
That was just so amazing, I WANT TO CRY!!!!!!!! I went through a roller-coaster of emotions. So much more questions and we got answers too!! I loved this so much it was an amazing sequel to The Darkest Minds!!!!!! I loved it even more and it was just so interesting. I couldn't help but cry at some parts because of all the feels. Why did I wait so long and why couldn't the book come faster? I was missing out on this trilogy and now I know why it's so good!

This is the second book in the Darkest
Nov 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken
Book Two of the Darkest Minds series
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: October 15, 2013
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC provided by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 Le
Holy great God! This book was amazing! I am speechless but I will still attempt to write a review. Man that was awesome, oh my God.

Never Fade was an epic and wild ride from beginning to end. Almost everything that happened in this book I never came close to guessing. This was even better than the first book. I was on edge the whole time reading it. Parts would make me literally laugh out loud or go "what?!" or put my hand over my mouth in shock or raise my eyebrows as I read. Multiple times aft
Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, dystopia, friends
My review

“I don't want to just see someone's face; I want to know his shadow, too.”

Ruby is with the League for 6 months now and she still hasn’t figured a way out. She forces herself to be cold and distant towards Cate and her teammates, doing everything they ask of her, operations and training while silently rebelling from within. Ruby’s team is sent on a mission of retrieving an agent in custody – who turns out to be Liam’s brother Cole. Things in the League aren’t as good as they seem and t
The obsession grows. And grows and grows and grows.
I enjoyed this book so much. There's no existent rating scale that explains how much I did.

I'm in love with the characters, the ships, the writing, the story. Everything is mind-blowing.

After the events in The Darkest Minds and the damn ending, we get to read how Ruby is doing with the Children's League. Everything was going how she needed to until a man strikingly similar to Liam tells her he needs her help to look for something which one perso
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book and series is just mind-blowing and truly amazing. Absolutely stunning. I recommend it to everyone!
2.5 stars - Spoilers

Better than the first book, which I didn't enjoy very much but because it had a cliffhanger ending I decided to read this one as well. Even though Never Fade was more entertaining than The Darkest Minds, I still had a number of issues with it.

What's what: Most children died after an outbreak of a weird disease, naturally remaining children developed powers, the president/government sent children to 'rehabilitation' camps, but the camps were more like prison, sad face. Wimpy s
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I finished this book at around 3 am and I thought sleeping would help me process the shit that went down. It did not help.

All in all this book deserves the whole night sky full of stars. So of course 5/5 stars without a shadow of a doubt.


Liam: oh sweet baby jesus I love this boy so freaking much he can call me darlin whenever he wants. I just want to cuddle up next to him and let him love me forever. UNLIKE RUBY WHO FREAKING TAKES HIS M
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