The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Series: The Darkest Minds #1
Published by Disney Hyperion on December 18, 2012
Source: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
“All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, I thought, and whenever they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you, digger, listener, runner, prince with the swift warning. Be swift and cunning and full of tricks, and your people shall never be destroyed.” ~The Darkest Minds
So, this was a wipe away a tear, throw the book across the room, and wipe that stupid grin off your face because you look silly, kind of book. Infuriating characters, a touch of instalove, but also a fascinating premise and heartbreaking scenes.
It was one of the better dystopian novels I’ve read in awhile. It didn’t have nearly as much gore as the hunger games, but wasn’t as sappy and environmental-activist-drunk as The Testing. There was a touch of instalove which annoyed me (as always). People can not fall in love so much that they can’t live without each other in less than 2 weeks. Please stop doing this to me YA authors. …Anyways, I wish that Ruby and Liam could have waited until at least book 2 start confessing their love to each other, but what can you do?
The setting was well done, as was the premise of the Red, Oranges, Yellows, Blues, and Greens (children that have mysteriously sprouted powers and are now housed in the concentration camps of this dystopian world). It was a very unique dystopian book in a world of new authors trying (and failing) to copy Suzanne Collins.
…Did I mention that the cover is gorgeous?
So honestly, I would buy this book again if I had the choice. It wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read, and it doesn’t really belong on the 5 star dystopian pedestal with The 5th wave and Midnight City, but it was well worth reading. ~The Red Queen