Children start being psychic, the US government reacts badly.
Interesting teen fiction.
I think lately dystopian novels about tyrannical and crazy governments targeting a group of its citizens for being different and a "threat"....is just a bit too real for me. I finished this book and I was depressed....impressed with the story and the characters and how it all came together, but still depressed by the realness. When faced with tragedy and fear...many people don't live up to their better natures. When we need them to the most. And that ends up being a disaster for everyone.
The basic story of this book: a mysterious disease hits the world and targets only children under 18. Most die, but the ones that survive obtain abilities. Some which are VERY scary. So of course in order to "protect" and public and "find a cure" for this affliction the US government, led by a questionable President, decides to remove these children from their homes and put them in "facilities" that will protect the public from them and of course...protect them as well. Cause they care for these poor children and are trying to "fix them" Huh huh. Needless to say...putting young kids, in basically concentration camps surrounded by guards who fear them, goes about as well as one would expect. Our heroine is one of these kids locked away...who has been hiding her real ability for years, because it is the most dangerous one of all, and she knows she would be "disappeared" if anyone found out. When we meet her, she is about to be found out....
Despite being depressed at the end...I did enjoy the book a lot. The characters and relationships were believable, and you rooted for them from start to finish. You feel their disappear and hopelessness and you hope they can dig out some happiness in the hellscape that is their reality. I look forward to reading more...but maybe when I’m in a better mood. I'll give it 4 years. lol
WOW!! This bleak yet secretly, against all sorts of odds hopeful dystopian gem has been hyped to the umpteenth degree and frankly does not (completely) disappoint. Yes, the writing is not poetic (for the most part) and the Dystopian genre has been done...fried, refried, charred well done, over hard almost to the point of disgust. This opinion might be skewed a bit. My love-hate relationship with this genre is public knowledge, making me the unbiased, best suited person to review this....ANYWAY... the most stunningly poignant character development has been created here! It stands up and DEMANDS the plot not only acknowledge but revolve almost exclusively around these uncommonly rich/dynamic, three dimensional characters. These characters are so deep that they, along with some seriously interesting and creatively unique world development, are what makes this undertaking anything more than a generic YA Dystopian knockoff. I know that that observation sounds a bit obvious but I cannot stress enough how the interconnectedness of these characters coupled with their complexity made this novel. The unique and uncharacteristically immersive world development was, of course, necessary yet merely an accompaniment. Otherwise, Darkest Minds is one big road trip with damaged/misunderstood, subversive yet winning against all odds teenagers versus bad guy adults/corrupt government ad nauseum trope after trope chase scene on loop. I am tempted to give this less stars but I fell in love (hate where compelled), attached and fiercely invested in each and every character (secondary, tertiary and all).
The MC, and sole POV, Ruby was a tad annoying. This detracted immensely from my personal need for a kick @$$ heroine whom is also beautifully, yet not classically beautiful, humanly flawed. Her constant referring to herself as "a monster" and going along, falling in love so easily after being tortured for 6 of her most formative years was disconcerting (to say the least).
All in all this was a good read and what appears to be an excellent start to a much beloved series. Will I continue on to book #2 even though there is an extreme abundance of highly anticipated books on the scene right now, heck yeah?! I recommend you follow suit. This is fanatically revered and cherished by MANY of the Goodreads population. Go for it!!
Because this is the third and final book in this trilogy, I won't show you the summary of this book. Click here for the summary of the first book and my review of the first book. Click here for my review of the second book.
I don't know why, but I didn't like this book and this series so much. I gave the first book 3 stars, the second one 3.5 stars and the third one aka this one 2. Even though I really like the premise and the storyline, I just wasn't hooked. It took me again way too long to read it and when I put it down I wasn't thinking about it. Maybe it's because I'm done with YA dystopian (I have nothing against YA in general, but I think it's because I've read too many dystopians already and because I've also already read some classic dystopians), because I like more culture stories and this series hasn't much culture in it.. I don't know. I'm a bit sad about the fact that I didn't like this series as much, but I know many people do so if you want to pick up this series, don't let this review hold you back. It's not bad at all, just not my cup of tea anymore.
What is your opinion about In The Afterlight/The Darkest Minds trilogy?
Good hello everyone and how's it going? I know I'm here now, because I didn't want to write another post on Monday, because one I didn't want to be on my laptop and two I wanted to give it a break! But, anyways I am here to bring to you all a review! That's right an actual book review, how awesome is that?! As you can tell by the title I will be reviewing The Darkest Mind by Alexandra Bracken. So, let us all dive right in.
Plot: (brought to you by Barnes and Noble)
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 with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.
Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.
So, this book...this book was a hard one to get through last month and into this month! I wanted to give up on it so many time, but I didn't, I kept on reading it a little here and there, and of course finished it this past Sunday. At first I found it to be slow and Ruby to be just a little bit annoying, because of how she reacted to things. Then as the story went on and I started to understand why Ruby acted the way she did. I found myself liking it more and more and she grew on me and she is starting to get into her own!
Along the way she meets three kids about her age: Liam, Chubs, and Zu. They all seemed a bit suspicious to me at first, but again as the story went a long they all grew on me. Liam the leader of the little group is sweet, charming, and is perfect for Ruby. His story just grew sad and heartbreaking. Chubs is the know it all and to be honest I didn't like him at first, but I grew to like him and he just wants to be normal and go to college. Zu is just adorable right off the bat, she doesn't talk, only communicates by writing and her body language. She is shy and again adorable! Then there is Clancy he is charming, handsome, and has the same ability as Ruby. He is not part of the group they found him and known him to be called the "slip" kid. I wasn't sure how to feel about him and I'm sticking to that.
All and all this turned out to be a really good book and I'm glad I stuck with it. Now, I need to know what is happening, because the ending had a "what the what" situation and I was a little heartbroken. I would recommend this to someone.
Well, that's it from me for today, I'll be back on Monday for sure with a new post. I hope you all have a great day/night where ever you are and til Monday!
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