My name is Kate, I am an 18 year old college student majoring in English, I live in the Philippines. I am obsessed with reading books and with music; I play guitar and sing.
Trilogy: The Darkest Minds #1
Publication: December 18th 2012 by Disney Hyperion
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.
When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.
3.8 out of 5 stars!
This book was good. I enjoyed it but did not love it that much. But hey, it’s the first installment! This book was slow-paced for me but I pushed myself to finish it and I’m glad I did. I didn’t enjoy it that much until I was more than halfway, where all my emotions were beginning to heighten in a good way.
It gets better; you just have to push through it.
The characters were amazing! I loved how they met and how they developed their friendship and built trust towards each other.
Ruby, the narrator, was okay-ish. I was sort of annoyed with her about sharing her supposedly “dangerous ability”, when she would not tell her friends about it because they might get super scared of her. I think she exaggerated a bit about that. I didn’t like her that much but really enjoyed her relationship with other characters; Liam, Chubs, and Suzuma. I think she has potential and hopefully she’ll develop throughout the series.
But damn that ending. I can’t. My heart. My poor, fragile heart. Just there, on the floor, divided into pieces. I still get a little tear on my eye just thinking about it.
I have the second book and I cannot wait to see what happens next, but I need an hour or a day to stabilize myself before I begin reading that.
When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.