Friday, September 21, 2012

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Expected publication: January 2013
Pages: 488
Rating: didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing

When Ruby wakes up on her tenth birthday, something about her has 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.

So... I have a bit of mixed feeling..
I am not so sure that I don't like or like it.. It was in the middle..

It was Dystopian story where all kids have some kind of powers that caused the Government to issue a kind of security policy to capture all of those kids and put them in a special rehabilitation camp.. As what all dystopian-theme-stories, there were some belligerent/resistance movements.. The heroine was a girl named Ruby who was a girl with a-very-special-power, the dangerous kind.. She was prisoned for six years and by some accidents got help from a certain belligerent group to get out from the camp.. But then she found out that the group was not what it seemed.. so she ran away and stumbled to another runaway group consisted of three other kids with power who also escaped from other similar camp in other area..

Actually the story was pretty much fast-built.. at first it was quite interesting, but then at some point it was gone downhill..

There was some moments where I felt like my heart-racing and then there was other moments where I didn't feel amuse/intrigue.. I guess it was kinda happen in the middle towards the end..

There was indeed some elements of surprise that kept me reading it till the end.. But it did not really help to pick up the mood..

The character.... as for the heroine, at first I felt there was a gap on her character. Her character changed quite drastically once she was gone out from the camp. But then it was answered in other chapters and it gave some kind of understanding why she was behaving like that. But unfortunately, for others there was not so much developments.

However, I really liked a certain faked goodie-toe-shoes/hero/bad boy named Clancy Gray. He was a mystery and definitely not-in-the-good-side, and that what made his character really interesting. I felt there was more about him than what I read. I think his story deserved to be made into a novella. :D

But, it was pretty interesting dystopian story. Thou I believe it can be better and hopefully the second book would have "more-elements" that can hypnotize its readers ;)

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