Book Review – The Darkest Minds Series by Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds

The Darkest Minds #1

‘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.’ (Goodreads) (488 pages, 18th December 2012, Disney Hyperion)


With the movie currently filming and on it’s way, I thought it was time to put out my review out there of the entire series by Alexandra Bracken. I love her writing style and the way she develops her stories and the twists and turns she puts in it. Following her on Instagram as well, she is really down to earth and so unlike any of her characters. She’s just such an interesting person and I’m so glad I got to read her books. And for me it all started with this series.

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The entire concept of this series appealed to me. I read these books for the first time when they just came out. I was in such a Dystopian period, that I devoured the first book in almost one sitting. I even had to wait until the third book came out before continuing, because I couldn’t wait another year between books. My mind was blown. And I needed to binge-read them. 


We meet Ruby when she wakes up in this camp, trying to live with these crazy powers that she can’t control at all. Yes, I know, this seems really familiar, but her voice is new. She keeps hiding her real powers, because she is one of the dangerous ones and if she comes out with her powers, she might be locked up for good and she will have none of that.


You could imagine that by hiding she’s not an interesting character to follow at all, but she is actually so strong. With a few flashbacks we get to know how she got there and how she turned out to be how she is now and why she makes these decisions. It’s quite a marvel to see how she can hide her powers from everybody. She off course tries to get out and from here I won’t continue, because you definitely need to pick this book up.


The entire book we follow her and a few other characters trying to survive this hard, cruel world. Everyone is so unique and has a distinct voice. The more interesting characters to me were Liam, who has a weak spot for Ruby despite her attempts to keep him far away from her; Cole, that we only meet in book 2 or 3 (?, I’m not sure anymore); and Clancy, who is crazy as hell but so entertaining to read about. These are, yes, the characters Ruby is closest to, but also the more interesting one because they are what drives her and her actions.


Needless to say that this series is full of twists and turns and most of the time you just don’t know where Alexandra will take you next. I just couldn’t put these books down and I marathoned the last two books one after the other. It’s really unique and even though sometimes you kind of feel what directions she’s heading to, but the way she writes just sucks you back into the story and never lets go.


If you can definitely read the three books one after the other. By waiting until all the books were out, I forgot a tiny bit of the details after reading book one. This is a bingeread-worthy series and if you can top it down with the novellas, it is even better. But these are not really necessary in my opinion.

3.5-4 / 5 stars.





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