What is The Darkest Minds about?
>>> Ruby is sixteen. She is dangerous. And she is alive. For now. <<<
A mysterious disease has killed most of America’s children. Ruby might have survived, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse than a virus: frightening abilities they cannot control.
Pressured by the government, Ruby’s parents send her to Thurmond, a brutal state rehabilitation camp, where she has learned to suppress her new power. But what if mastering it is a whole generation’s only chance for survival?
Source of blurb: Back cover of book
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
Series: The Darkest Minds Series (Book 1)
Other popular series by Alexandra Bracken: Passenger
This book first piqued my interest about a year ago. But it wasn’t until I heard that The Darkest Minds was being made into a movie that I decided it was time to drop everything and go read it. I had heard so many good things about this series so I really wanted to check it out for myself to see if it lived up to the hype before I got influenced by the movie. I knew that if I watched the movie first and it sucked, I would never end up giving the book series a chance.
I must say, when I first picked up this book at the library, the book’s size was quite intimidating. At 518 pages this is no quick read, and I knew it would have to be something special to keep me entertained for that long. Fortunately, this book did live up to the hype so it was a pleasure to read. The romance story in this book made me smile, and the protagonist’s love interest was sweet instead of the bad boy one often finds in YA romances.
In the last third of the book, I did start to feel like the pace of the story was slowing down and I was beginning to question whether this book really needed to be so long. But then a few chapters later the pace of the story picked up again, and all these new exciting things started happening toward the end. So, if you hit a slow patch in the story I hope you will press on until you hit the next big plot development.
To be honest, I wasn’t crazy about the way book one ended, although I will say it did end on a bang. It wasn’t a bad ending, it just didn’t end the way I wanted it to. But it is book one in the series so it does make me want to continue reading so that things can have a chance of being resolved.
After I finished reading The Darkest Minds, I was very excited to go check out the trailer for the movie. And I am sad to say that I was disappointed. I felt like the feel of the movie seemed very different from the book that I had just read. But to be fair, I knew it was going to be hard—who am I kidding— impossible for the actual movie to live up to the imaginary movie that was playing in my mind while I was reading the book.
I’ve watched many reaction videos to the trailer and it seems like most people are happy with the way the movie turned out. But if you happen to be one of those people who watched the trailer first and then got put off from reading the book, I would ask you to reconsider. Alexandra Bracken did a great job with this book and if you don’t read it you will be missing out. So go read the book, watch the movie, and then you can decide for yourself whether the movie did this book justice.
FAQ: What is the release date for The Darkest Minds movie?
3 August 2018
FAQ: What is The Darkest Legacy about?
The Darkest Legacy is the latest instalment in The Darkest Minds Series. This is a standalone story which is told from the perspective of Zu, and picks up five years after the events of the final book in the series.