Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader", but she knows what she really is: a monster.
When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children - and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts - has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is saved in only one place: a flash drive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future - and who now wouldn’t recognize her.
As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam - and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart - she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?
©2013 Alexandra Bracken (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
For a middle book, this one blows that "middle book syndrome" idea right out of the water. Wow! Every bit as action packed and drama driven as the first book, Alexandra Bracken has delivered a whopper of a sequel. The audio by Amy McFadden is superb. Every voice was distinct, every emotion appropriate. I am getting spoiled by all these voice actors and highly impatient with those who just narrate. This book is amazing. Just get it and listen to it - you're welcome.
Ok it was a good book, exciting, action packed all the way through but Ruby has gotten on my last nerve. She is almost as dumb as Bella Swan in Twilight. She has the powers but afraid to use them even to save her own neck then if she does use them she starts feeling all guilty and it is just pathetic. People are dying! And Liam, oh my goodness Liam. The boy loves you for goodness sake. Ruby is constantly putting her friends in danger by being too scared to act and is unable to help them due to her incompetence and all the issues going on in her head about being a "monster". She really literally worked my nerves. I listened to it on audio book and I wanted to just fast forward it. I actually turned it off at one time cause she was being so dumb. I did like the ending and I am ready for book 3 but if you can stomach Ruby's "I can't speak, it's stuck in my throat, I don't want to be a monster, I should be locked away" attitude then you will love this book. It is frustrating but a good read and the story line in my opinion is very interesting.
I am loving this series!! The writing is fresh and gorgeous, the characters are so well fleshed out and the plot is gripping. Can't wait to read the next one!!
Avid reader who hates it when editors or writers butcher the English language. Honest reviewer.
Ruby rocks! She is so determined to protect her friends & do what's right even though she messes up a lot. Great story.
Haven't seen the printed version...
Yes, would have been nice to sit and listen to entire book, but long enough and to many interuptions to do so.
This would be a great listen for children 10 and up. I did not realize that it was in the teen list till I looked. I liked the suspence and the anticipation book by book. Kept you thinking and kept it pretty much real. I could imagine this might or could actually happen.
I loved the book, but the Narrator took some time to grow on me. She didn't do poorly by any means, however I'm picky about voices and she wasn't my mental image of Ruby's voice. I, everything was grand.
Alexandra Bracken has created a detailed, broken world with complex, damaged characters. The story drew me in; I found myself tearing up when the characters started to cry. I found myself smiling when they achieved a victory. Alexendra is my new favorite author.
I enjoyed the introduction of the new characters in this book. Ruby got on my nerves with her self pity, but Chubs and Liam didn't disappoint. Feel in love with Vida and all want to learn more about her.
"Fantastic yet again"
I had to download this as soon as I finished listening to The Darkest Minds (the first book in the series) Never Fade starts of where the last ended and once again I was gripped by the characters and the further evolution of the world they liv. Once again the book is so well paced and the morality of the decisions the characters make is handled so well you will not want this story to end. Great great books a must listen.
I'd recommend this series. I really enjoyed all 3 books from begining to end. well worth a credit. great narrator too.
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