Book Review – The Darkest Minds

Book Review - The Darkest Minds by Casey CarlisleFrom Goodreads:

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.

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.

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I picked up this trilogy on recommendations of some of my friends on Goodreads – they raved about it. Now I am seriously doubting if they were drunk, or skipped their A.D.D. medication because it did not live up to the five star rating they awarded The Darkest Minds for me. Lucky they’re too cool for school and I’ll overlook this little clash of opinion ;p

The premise of the book had me engrossed – a concentration camp for children with X-Men like abilities fighting for their freedom. It certainly stands out amongst its peers with storyline and an interesting dystopian world. I admit to having a little *squee* cracking the spine on this edition.

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Screenshot from I Am Number Four Motion Picture

Overall I enjoyed the book immensely. But there were parts in this novel where my compulsion to read on waned. I can’t quite put my finger on why my interest faltered, because I thought the story to be fantastic – maybe it was the writing style, or maybe the narrative could have been tighter and removed more of the unnecessary scenes…I feel uncomfortable saying that because I would rather have a definitive opinion on what it was that had me putting the book down for days on end. I’m usually a quick read – especially in the YA paranormal genre. But the pacing in The Darkest Minds was the biggest let down.

I also have a rocky relationship with the main cast. While interesting, and exhibiting moments  of strength, they also fell flat. Maybe due to the pacing of the story, but I failed to connect and cheer them on. There is interesting character development which I will give high praise for, and I am definitely going to be reading the second book in the series, Never Fade, as I want to see where the story is taking our mutant band… and hopefully the pacing will pick up somewhat.

If you liked The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy , then you’ll enjoy this book…

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Screenshot from Chronicle Motion Picture

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