THE DARKEST MINDS by Alexandra Bracken REVIEW

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The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Release Date: December 18th, 2012
Published by: Hyperion
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardback
Pages: 488
Buy it: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository

“There's this word. Nothing like it exist in the english language. It's Portuguese. Saudade. Do you know that one?... there's no perfect definition. It's more of an expression of feeling––of terrible sadness. It's the feeling you get when you realize something you once lost is lost forever, and you can never get it back again... Because the lives you had before––that we all had before––we can never get them back."













I don't even know where to begin with this book. At certain points of reading it I had to close the book and take a break because my heart was full of too many emotions. I had the pleasure of meeting Alexandra Bracken at BEA/BookCon in May of 2014 and she was so sweet and adorable. She has accomplished so much for such a young author and she is still just exceptionally polite and joyful. She created this world that is so beautifully built and is so unique. She brought every single character to life. You grew to love these characters as if they were your own flesh and blood. You felt their emotions, their pain and their passion.

In the Darkest Minds, one by one children of all ages being to die of Idiopathic Adolescent Acute Neurodegeneration disease (IAAN). The government starts to put restrictions on the entire United States, but they were not scared of the children that might die. They were scared of the ones who lived. They discovered that the ones that lived had a rainbow of specific powers that ranged from being extremely smart to mind control and telepathy. When Ruby wakes up on her tenth birthday her parents ship her off to a “rehabilitation camp” named Thurmond where each child is classified by color. Ruby spends six years in that camp without speaking a word when one day she escapes. She finds Liam, Chubs and Zu who escaped from another camp nearby and together hope to find East River; a place were everything is supposed to be better for these kids with special powers.
This book had everything from action to romance to comedy! It pulled at my heart strings in so many different ways, but the one thing that really got me was the friendship Ruby, Liam, Chubs and Zu shared.
Liam, the group's daring leader, is one of the most lovable male characters who cares for everyone as if they were his family. That boy was perfection bottled up into one cute blonde boy. And the Southern accent made my heart melt every time. Like when Zu had a nightmare and he comforted her in the middle of the night. OH LORD!
Chubs is just a bowl of sarcasm. He acts like he does not care about Ruby, but towards the end you can see how grateful he is that she found them. He is so wise and yet you see those venerable childish moments that remind you that he is still just a kid. He goes from saying things like, "The darkest minds tend to hide in the most unlikely faces." to doing something like this, "When a girl cries, few things are more worthless than a boy. Having two of them just meant that they stared at each other helplessly instead of at me. Chubs and Liam stood, up to their ears in awkward, until Chubs finally reached out and patted my head like he would have patted a dog."
And Zu. Just so cute and innocent, until she electrocutes everything. But yet still she is a child and Liam, Chubs and Ruby all take care of her and love her so much. She does not even need to say a word and she is still the cutest thing on the planet.

The romance is so beautiful and slow. It was not rushed at all and it made my heart melt. 
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.
And then came the last 30 pages of the book. The last 30 pages had me crying for days after I read the book. That ending just ripped my heart out of my rib cage and shattered it into a million pieces. I did not expect it at all and it just made me cry because I could not believe that is how it ended. I kept looking to see if pages were ripped out, but no. It just left me with heartbreak.

Overall I thought this book was phenomenal. Beyond brilliance. I rated it 5 Million out of 5 stars if that is possible. This dystopian had me laughing, crying and in suspense. So amazing and there are just no words to describe my love for this book.



Let me know what you think!
Lee Chand

Just a little bonus these are the faces I pictured for the main characters
Ruby: Danielle Campbell






Liam: Mason Dye








Chubs: 












Zu:

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8 comments

  1. I have never heard of this book but it sounds really good.

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  2. I just finished this yesterday and oh my gosh!!!! I did not expect that ending. I can't believe this book got me laughing to crying in just a few hours.

    Thanks to your review I have discovered this amazing book. Plus, your casting is on point... I love Mason Dye from flowers in the attic and I think he is perfect for the cute, funny and loveable Liam.

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    1. This book hit me hard!! It is so good though!! I first saw Mason on Teen Wolf and I just suddenly saw Liam!! Aww I am so glad you decided to read this book!!! It is one of my favorites!!

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  3. This quote is so romantic and sweet! “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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  4. The cover is so beautiful. I like the symbol looks like a trident...

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  5. I love the plotline and the superpowers!

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  6. I love the cover and the title sounds so cool!

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