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The Darkest Minds - Pikiran Terkelam by Alexandra Bracken
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"Tetapi bukan berarti aku tidak ingin, atau tidak perlu, menemukan Slip Kid ini. Keinginanku sama besarnya dengan mereka. Tetapi aku tidak berani bertanya. Aku tidak berani bertanya. Aku tidak sanggup menjerumuskan mereka ke dalam cengkeraman jari-jari tak terlihat yang sepertinya mengubrak-abrik setiap hubungan yang berhasil kubangun." – halaman 168

Sebuah penyakit yang diberi nama Idiopathic Adolescent Acute Neurodegeneration (IAAN) – Degenerasi Saraf Akut Remaja membunuh sebagian besar anak di Amerika. Anak-anak yang tidak terpengaruh dengan penyakit tersebut ternyata mempunyai kemampuan menakutkan yang tidak bisa mereka kendalikan. Dibangunlah sebuah kamp rehabilitasi kejam bernama Thurmond di Virginia. Anak-anak dikelompokan dalam lima warna, Merah (mampu mengendalikan api), Oranye (mampu mengendalikan pikiran), Biru (telekenesis), Kuning (mampu mengendalikan listrik) dan Hijau (genius). Mereka disebut Psi. Banyak keluarga yang menyembunyikan anak mereka, tapi tidak sedikit pula yang menyerahkan anaknya dengan sukarela. Presiden Gray juga memasukan anaknya, Clancy Gray.

Ruby Elizabeth Daly, anak yang baru mencapai usia sepuluh, melakukan sesuatu yang membuat kedua orangtuanya panik dan memanggil Psi Special Forces (PSF) – Pasukan Khusus Psi. Ruby dimasukan ke kamp dan diklasifikasikan sebagai seorang Hijau. Di kamp, Ruby dan anak lainnya hidup dalam aturan yang sangat ketat. Mereka diperlakukan semena-mena dan dipekerjakan secara paksa. Jika ada pelanggaran, PSF menghukum mereka dengan Kendali Tenang/Dengung Statis, gelombang suara yang hanya bisa didengar Psi. Kebanyakan Psi Merah, Oranye dan Kuning dibunuh karena terlalu berbahaya dan sulit dikendalikan. Di tahun ke enam, suara Kendali Tenang/Dengung Statis itu terdengar sedikit berbeda, membuat Ruby kesakitan dan mengalami pendarahan hebat. Seorang dokter bernama Cate Begbie menjelaskan bahwa pihak PSF mengubah gelombangnya untuk menyaring Psi Merah, Oranye dan Kuning yang tidak terdeteksi. Ruby terpengaruh karena dia sebenarnya Oranye.

Cate menawarkan bantuan untuk mengeluarkan Ruby dari Thurmond dan bergabung dalam Liga Anak, sebuah perkumpulan untuk melawan pemerintah dan program kamp ini. Ruby menerimanya dan berhasil keluar bersama Martin, Oranye lainnya. Ruby mempercayai semua ucapan Cate sampai dia masuk ke pikiran partner Cate, Rob, dan menemukan kejanggalan. Dia segera melarikan diri. Dalam perlariannya, Ruby bertemu dengan geng kecil Psi yang terdiri dari Liam ‘Lee’ Stewart (Biru), Charles ‘Chubs’ Carrington Meriwether IV (Biru) dan Suzume ‘Zu’ (Kuning). Mereka berasal dari kamp di wilayah lain. Mereka dalam misi mencari East River, tempat aman untuk Psi yang dipimpin oleh Oranye yang diberi julukan Slip Kid. Slip Kid dipercaya bisa melindungi dan membantu Psi untuk pulang ke keluarga mereka. Ruby ikut serta karena dia ingin meminta Slip Kip mengajarinya mengendalikan kemampuan Oranye-nya. Perjalanan yang diwarnai dengan kemunculan PSF, Liga Anak dan geng Psi lainnya, mendekatkan Ruby dengan ketiga teman barunya. Dia mulai menghargai kemampuannya dan berhenti menganggap dirinya sendiri sebagai ‘monster’.

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The Darkest Minds – Pikiran Terkelam adalah novel dystopian menakutkan, mengejutkan dan mencekam. Ceritanya di setiap babnya begitu intens, jarang sekali bisa melewatinya tanpa melihat salah satu tokohnya berdarah-darah. Tokoh-tokohnya menarik dan hubungan mereka diceritakan begitu baik. Menjelang bagian akhir, ada ‘kejutan-kejutan’ kecil yang bikin aku super sedih (, mengucapkan nama Liam beberapa kali) dan pengen baca buku keduanya, secepatnya! By the way, maaf untuk sinopsis yang sangat panjang. Aku tidak bisa menulisnya lebih pendek karena banyak hal yang harus dijelaskan. Cerita dystopian selalu rumit pada awalnya. Banyak hal baru, ‘aneh’, dan ‘unik’. Tenang saja, banyak bagian-bagian kecil yang lumayan penting terlewatkan. Sinopsis di atas juga belum mengungkapkan, bahkan menyentuh bagian-bagian yang ramenya hehehe.

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“The Darkest Minds tend to hide behind the most unlikely faces.”
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“I'm a monster, you know. I'm one of the dangerous ones.
No you aren't, he promised. Your one of us.”
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“Did you know...you make me so happy that sometimes I actually forget to breath? I'll be looking at you, and my chest will get so tight...and it's like, the only thought in my head is how much I want to reach over and kiss you.”
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“Never, never, never. I am never going to forget you.”
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“I hugged him without any kind of fear or self-consciousness, fiercely, with a rush of emotion that almost brought tears to my eyes.
"I could kiss you!" Chubs cried.
"Please don't!" I gasp out, feeling his arms tighten around my ribs to the point of cracking them.”
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“I pulled myself from his mind, day by day, piece by piece, memory by memory, until there was nothing of Ruby left to weigh him down or keep him bound to my side..”
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tags: sad

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Don’t be scared. Don’t let them see.
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Alexandra Bracken
“Ruby, give me one reason why we can’t be together, and I’ll give you a hundred why we can. We can go anywhere you want. I’m not your parents. I’m not going to abandon you or send you away, not ever.”
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“He's so busy looking inside people to find the good that he misses the knife they're holding in their hand.”
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“...crackers..." a voice breathed out nehind us, "yesss..."
Both of us turned, watching as Chubs twisted around in his seat and settled back down, still fast asleep.
I pressed a hand over my mouth to keep from laughing. Liam rolled his eyes, smiling.
"He dreams about food," he said. "A lot.”
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“That was not like riding a bike, you asshole!”
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Alexandra Bracken
“I can't do this anymore," I cried, "Why won't you just leave me alone?"
Because you would never leave me.”
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Alexandra Bracken
“Where in the world did you get that dress?"

"Present from Zu."

"You look like you want to throw it in a fire."

"I can't promise there won't be an unfortunate accident later on.”
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Alexandra Bracken
“We want you. We wanted you yesterday, we want you today and we'll want you tomorrow. There's nothing you could do to change that.”
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Alexandra Bracken
“Ruby,
I lied before. I would have run.
—CG”
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“Thank you,” he was whispering, “thank you, thank you.…” And then he was kissing my face, every inch of it he could find, wiping away the tears and soot, chanting my name.”
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Alexandra Bracken
“Liam cleared his throat again and turned to fully face me. “So, it’s the summer and you’re in Salem, suffering through another boring, hot July, and working part-time at an ice cream parlor. Naturally, you’re completely oblivious to the fact that all of the boys from your high school who visit daily are more interested in you than the thirty-one flavors. You’re focused on school and all your dozens of clubs, because you want to go to a good college and save the world. And just when you think you’re going to die if you have to take another practice SAT, your dad asks if you want to go visit your grandmother in Virginia Beach.”
“Yeah?” I leaned my forehead against his chest. “What about you?”
“Me?” Liam said, tucking a strand of hair behind my ear. “I’m in Wilmington, suffering through another boring, hot summer, working one last time in Harry’s repair shop before going off to some fancy university—where, I might add, my roommate will be a stuck-up-know-it-all-with-a-heart-of-gold named Charles Carrington Meriwether IV—but he’s not part of this story, not yet.” His fingers curled around my hip, and I could feel him trembling, even as his voice was steady. “To celebrate, Mom decides to take us up to Virginia Beach for a week. We’re only there for a day when I start catching glimpses of this girl with dark hair walking around town, her nose stuck in a book, earbuds in and blasting music. But no matter how hard I try, I never get to talk to her.
“Then, as our friend Fate would have it, on our very last day at the beach I spot her. You. I’m in the middle of playing a volleyball game with Harry, but it feels like everyone else disappears. You’re walking toward me, big sunglasses on, wearing this light green dress, and I somehow know that it matches your eyes. And then, because, let’s face it, I’m basically an Olympic god when it comes to sports, I manage to volley the ball right into your face.”
“Ouch,” I said with a light laugh. “Sounds painful.”
“Well, you can probably guess how I’d react to that situation. I offer to carry you to the lifeguard station, but you look like you want to murder me at just the suggestion. Eventually, thanks to my sparkling charm and wit—and because I’m so pathetic you take pity on me—you let me buy you ice cream. And then you start telling me how you work in an ice cream shop in Salem, and how frustrated you feel that you still have two years before college. And somehow, somehow, I get your e-mail or screen name or maybe, if I’m really lucky, your phone number. Then we talk. I go to college and you go back to Salem, but we talk all the time, about everything, and sometimes we do that stupid thing where we run out of things to say and just stop talking and listen to one another breathing until one of us falls asleep—”
“—and Chubs makes fun of you for it,” I added.
“Oh, ruthlessly,” he agreed. “And your dad hates me because he thinks I’m corrupting his beautiful, sweet daughter, but still lets me visit from time to time. That’s when you tell me about tutoring a girl named Suzume, who lives a few cities away—”
“—but who’s the coolest little girl on the planet,” I manage to squeeze out.”
Alexandra Bracken, The Darkest Minds

Alexandra Bracken
“Breathing him in wasn't enough, I wanted to inhale him. The leather, the smoke, the sweetness.”
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Alexandra Bracken
“A moment later, Liam's bright blue eyes opened, and he was seeing me. He just wasn't seeing Ruby.”
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Alexandra Bracken
“—I don't want to lose you
—Then why are you the one that keeps letting go?”
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Alexandra Bracken
“And, in that moment, the person that needed me most was the one walking away.”
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“What?" he whispered. "What are you smiling about?"
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 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."
Dangerous. This is dangerous. The warning was fleeting, banished to the back corners of my mind, where it wouldn't interrupt how good it felt to touch him - how right.
"I'm going to need it back eventually," I said, letting him run it along the stubble on his chin.
"Too bad."
"...crackers..." a voice breathed out behind us, "yessss..."
Both of us turned, watching as Chubs twisted around in his seat and settled back down, still fast asleep.
I pressed a hand over my mouth to keep from laughing. Liam rolled his eyes, smiling.
"He dreams about food," he said. "A lot."
"At least they're good dreams."
"Yeah," Liam agreed. "I guess he's lucky.”
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Reading Progress

November 17, 2014 – Shelved
November 17, 2014 – Shelved as: wishlist
December 5, 2014 – Started Reading
December 5, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
December 5, 2014 – Shelved as: meunang-minjem
December 5, 2014 – Shelved as: novel-to-movie
December 5, 2014 –
page 26
4.45%
December 5, 2014 –
page 136
23.29%
December 7, 2014 –
page 244
41.78%
December 7, 2014 –
page 328
56.16%
December 8, 2014 –
page 438
75.0%
December 8, 2014 –
page 510
87.33%
December 8, 2014 – Finished Reading
February 24, 2015 – Shelved as: recommended
March 5, 2015 – Shelved as: favorites
November 9, 2018 – Shelved as: tomes

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Dhia Citrahayi lah, malah hampir kena spoiler di sini. tapi penjelasannya bikin saya akhirnya paham sama prolognya :D


Dhyn Hanarun Aduuuh, maaf X(


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