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review 2018-10-18 15:30
#53 - The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
The Darkest Minds - Alexandra Bracken

I FINALLY decided to read this book. Honestly it had been on my TBR for ages and with the movie coming out I decided to see if it was worth the hype. And IT IS (I immediately ordered the following book).

 

This is a post-apocalyptic book where teenagers are suffering from a kind of virus that killed most of them and the one surviving end up with strange powers. That is why there are locked in “rehabilitation camps”. Honestly, those are my favourite kind of books; I could never grow tired of this. We have seen thousands upon thousands of stories involving diseases and teenagers but I just LOVE that. Anyway, Ruby is among the one surviving and she is sent to Thurmond of which she will escape and run for her life.

 

Ruby is my favourite type of character. She is a normal teenager; she has her fears and she is no superhero. But she is also a real badass when faced with danger, I thought she was weak at the beginning but the more danger she faces, the angrier she gets and she is such a strong character. I loved everything about her.

 

The other characters were interesting as well, especially Zu who is one of my favourites. I hope we will get more of her in the coming books, but I am not so sure about it.

 

The relationships between those teenagers were interesting and particularly well developed. Even in their condition, they still are teenagers and so they behave like ones.

The middle of the book was a bit slower and I think it could have been a little bit shorter but honestely, it is just to find a flaw in the book!

 

I can’t wait to discover the rest of the series (and watch the movie as well!).

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text 2018-09-09 21:36
Halloween Bingo - Doomsday
The Darkest Minds - Alexandra Bracken

In The Darkest Minds, a disease hits the US that kills over 90% of all the kids. Those that survive develop powers and are locked up in internment camps by the government where they are abused or killed. Outside of those camps, the world falls to chaos as everyone divides into groups and fights over what to do. With almost all the country's children dead and the few left alive being targeted by the government, the future is looking pretty dire in the US. And the rest of the world seems to have cut off all contact as it destroys itself. I decided to go with the Doomsday square for this one.

 

 

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text 2018-05-02 21:04
The Darkest Minds - Alexandra Bracken
Passenger - Alexandra Bracken

"The darkest minds tend to hide behind the most unlikely faces" (Bracken 456).

I have finished reading the incredible dystopian novel that is The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken for my project. I was stunned by the events that lead to the end of the novel. I won't spoil it for you, but I guaranty that you'll want to read the next book with the cliff hanger it leaves you on. The quote above is clearly where the book title comes from. The passage it comes from is very interesting, and I invited you to guess who its directed toward. It's likely the intended target of the quote will surprise you. My partner has also finished her book, Passenger, by the same author. When comparing our novels, I found several similarities. The writing style was obviously very similar, with a lot of imagery and details. Both books also include lots of travel. In The Darkest Minds, Ruby and her friends travel around in Black Betty looking East River. In Passenger, the main characters Etta and Nicholas travel through time and place looking for an important artifact. To end this blog post, I would like to help you find some new books on this website. One way to do this is on your dashboard. Your dashboard is filled with your friend's review and your bookshelf updates. Make sure to check out these books, and not overlook them. And to get more books on your dash, simply make sure to follow more authors. I hope you liked my updates on The Darkest Minds and you find some great books.

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text 2018-04-29 18:29
Never Fade - Alexandra Bracken
Long Way Down - Jason Reynolds
When I Was the Greatest - Jason Reynolds,Michael Frost

      Currently, I am reading Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken. This is the second book in The Darkest Minds series. This book is about how girl named Ruby has a disease that almost killed her and killed most of America's children. She now has to track down a boy named Liam, who holds something that is very important, but to do that, she must break free from the Children's League, which is a very hard task in itself. While reading the first book, I predicted that Liam would be the one who stole the flash drive with all of the crucial disease information, so therefore, my prediction was correct. I also predict that in the second book, Ruby will come out on top and get the flash drive back. 

      My partner for this project was Maddie and we both read books by Jason Reynolds. She read the book When I Was the Greatest and I read Long Way Down. In these books, there were many clear connections to Reynolds's life and some similarities between the plot of each book. In both books, Jason Reynolds wrote about kids of color who didn't grow up in the best or safest neighborhood. This aspect of the novels was drawn from his own life because he felt that when he was growing up, he never saw himself as the character in a book. This was also part of his inspiration, to write books that had characters that looked different so that every child could see them self in a book. In my book, Will's brother was murdered and in Maddie's book, there were ideas that showed the neighborhood wasn't very safe, like town curfews and constant police patrol. This allows readers to draw a connection that he wanted his readers to realize that he didn't come from the best neighborhood, but he still did wonderful and admirable things with his life.

     There are many ways to find new books on the Booklikes website. One of those ways is by going to your dashboard and then clicking on the tab that says book catalog. By clicking on this, you can search for books based on genre. By using this method, I found other books that Alexandra Bracken has written, such as Passenger.

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text 2018-04-27 13:16
Passenger: The Final Post
Wayfarer (Passenger) - Alexandra Bracken

 

Hello everyone! If you couldn't already tell by the title, I finished Passenger and this will be my last post regarding it. The book as a whole was incredible, as each setting that emerged was as well crafted as the first. The ending was unexpected, and likely not pleasing to many readers. I myself was unhappy with the turn of events, and didn't want it to end, especially not like that! Luckily, however, there is a sequel, Wayfarer (pictured), that I plan on reading. Hopefully it will pick back up where Passenger left off and satisfy my reading needs!

 Since I myself need a new book to find now, I thought I would share a way of finding one, right here on BookLikes! he first thing you do is go to "Explore" on the drop down menu. Once pressed, you will see an option to the left that says "Book Catalog". Press on that, and a large list of genres will appear on the left again. Search for your favorite genre there, find it, and click! You will be shown many wonderful titles to choose from!

 

I hope you all will read Passenger or a book you found on BookLikes. Happy reading!

 

-Julia

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