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The Darkest Minds: Darkest Minds, Book 1 | [Alexandra Bracken]

The Darkest Minds: Darkest Minds, Book 1

When Ruby woke up on her 10th birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.
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Publisher's Summary

When Ruby woke up on her 10th birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

Now 16, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her - East River. She joins a group of kids who have 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 having a life worth living.

©2012 Alexandra Bracken (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Sexy Bookworm Katy,TX 01-27-15
    Sexy Bookworm Katy,TX 01-27-15 Member Since 2014

    I didn't give myself this name.

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    "Wanted more."

    I liked this book; but I would have really liked it if, it had more of the kids usin their abilities. I wanted more action. I wanted everyone to use their abilities, especially when they were all at East River. The end did make me alil sad. Now I have to figure out if I'll buy the next Audiobook when it comes out. All these powers and no one used them. Smh

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    E. Draper 01-03-15
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    "FANTASTIC BOOK!!!"

    The darkest minds is a fantastic book I recommend it to everyone who loves YA.

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    Shelbey New Richmond 09-22-14
    Shelbey New Richmond 09-22-14 Member Since 2014

    Hey there! I like Teen novels and books with female leads.

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    "Great book!"
    Where does The Darkest Minds rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It definitely makes the top ten.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Darkest Minds?

    When Ruby and Zu were playing dress up in the store.


    Which character – as performed by Amy McFadden – was your favorite?

    Chubs.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Ruby removed her memory from Liam.


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    Scott 08-30-14
    Scott 08-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Complex, engaging, enjoyable"

    This series is extremely enjoyable. The characters are engaging, the plot is complex but understandable and the ideas covered are quite challenging.

    The author creates characters that we grow to care about, makes them flawed as to be human but not so flawed that we can't care about them.

    The narrator does an excellent job of handling female and male voices and making them believable characters.

    I'd highly recommend this series of books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KATHY 08-23-14
    KATHY 08-23-14 Member Since 2014

    I am dyslexic! If it wasn't audible I would not even be able to know what's in a book. I found out I love books.

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    "Love this book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've read the first books and they're really good. My question is will they get the third book. I've noticed audibles good about getting like the first two and then never getting the last one. I am dyslexic and I cannot read. So I use audible to listen to books. Case in point Julie Kagawa !


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I've read the first books and they're really good. My question is will they get the third book. I've noticed audibles good about getting like the first two and then never getting the last one. I am dyslexic and I cannot read. So I use audible to listen to books. Case in point Julie Kagawa !


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I've read the first books and they're really good. My question is will they get the third book. I've noticed audibles good about getting like the first two and then never getting the last one. I am dyslexic and I cannot read. So I use audible to listen to books. Case in point Julie Kagawa !


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I've read the first books and they're really good. My question is will they get the third book. I've noticed audibles good about getting like the first two and then never getting the last one. I am dyslexic and I cannot read. So I use audible to listen to books. Case in point Julie Kagawa !


    Any additional comments?

    I've read the first books and they're really good. My question is will they get the third book. I've noticed audibles good about getting like the first two and then never getting the last one. I am dyslexic and I cannot read. So I use audible to listen to books. Case in point Julie Kagawa !

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    Elizabeth 07-21-14
    Elizabeth 07-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing story, awkward reading"
    What did you love best about The Darkest Minds?

    The story was amazing! It started out a little slow and I'm soooo glad I listened to the audiobook or I probably would have ended up never going back to this book. Such a beautiful amazing story about survival and friendship and first love.


    What other book might you compare The Darkest Minds to and why?

    It's Dystopian genre so you could compare it to Divergent I guess.


    What three words best describe Amy McFadden’s performance?

    awkward, then it grows on you and you don't mind how odd her voice sounds.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me laugh sooo much! The characters are sarcastic and hilarious. I loved each and every one of them. Except Clancy, we are not team Clancy!


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    Abbie brisbane, Australia 07-01-14
    Abbie brisbane, Australia 07-01-14 Member Since 2013

    Love a good book with a great storyline, read by a captivating voice.

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    "X men Remastered"
    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book,i think it;s a great start to a very appealingly premised series. I am looking forward to hearing more about Ruby and Liam. I recommend this book if you like the x men story or are just sick of vampires and or supes.

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    Lauren Irvine, CA, United States 06-23-14
    Lauren Irvine, CA, United States 06-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Teens rave about these books, but the series is no"
    What would have made The Darkest Minds better?

    There was not enough suspense and danger in the series. The lead role seemed a little silly to be at times. Probably for a much younger audience.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I'm not sure I even finished listening to it. It just couldn't keep my attention.


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    thedarkk13 OCOEE, FL, United States 04-04-14
    thedarkk13 OCOEE, FL, United States 04-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Everything I Didn't Even Know I Wanted"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Darkest Minds to be better than the print version?

    While I have not experienced the print version of this book, I was beyond impressed with Amy McFadden's reading. She gave the characters voices so distinct that at times, it sounded as though more than one person were reading.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think Chubs and Vida are my favorite characters. They provide counterweights and levity to some of what goes on.


    Any additional comments?

    Being a fan of comic books, I was drawn to this book because it sounded very much like something I would find in one of the monthlies I read. It was that and more. Alexandra Bracken does an excellent job at defining her characters. So much to the point that when they make a leap to something that might seem otherwise illogical, it makes perfect sense based on what she had established for that character.

    There is nothing about this book I don't like-slash-love. I've already consumed both this and Never Fade and I'm eagerly awaiting the follow up.

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    Katrin Sweden 01-02-14
    Katrin Sweden 01-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Multilayered plot and a strong female protagonist"
    What made the experience of listening to The Darkest Minds the most enjoyable?

    The way Ruby's empathic personality is in conflict with what she is capable of as an Orange Psy makes the story more interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The part about Ruby's arrival in camp is powerfully described and engaging.


    What does Amy McFadden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She gives life to all characters throughout the book.


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  • T. D. Harvey
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    "I highly recommend this great read!"

    I bought this as an audio book and finished it in three days. I enjoyed every minute. It's an interesting tale of children developing powers that threaten society. They are locked up, experimented on, used and abused. The parallels to other stories both of fiction and reality are many, but rather than detracting from the story, they add to it.

    The main character, Ruby, is a gentle and fearful girl. Her love interest, Liam is a good fit for her and this element of the story feels natural and in no way forced into the plot.

    The social commentary inn this novel it's far from subtle and yet it doesn't preach. This is a fine line Alexandra Bracken balances on it perfectly. I highly recommend this story of a dystopian world where children are the perceived enemy. I don't think you have to be a fan of three gene to enjoy this book. Strong characters and stronger commentary make it a gripping and thought provoking read.

    The narrator is excellent and brings the story to life.

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  • Jane Campbell.
    kent, United Kingdom
    10/16/14
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    "narrater"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Maybe this book would become more interesting with a better narrator.
    Personally I find Amy McFadden too fast and very monotone.
    I barely got to 3 minutes, when I had to give up.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Alexandra Bracken again?

    Don't know


    What didn’t you like about Amy McFadden’s performance?

    Monotone and initially too fast.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    Merseyside, United Kingdom
    7/25/14
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    "Hard work"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I regretted downloading it. It was an exhausting drawn out listen.


    Would you recommend The Darkest Minds to your friends? Why or why not?

    No I wouldn't recommend to anyone unless they like sci fi ....


    Did Amy McFadden do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    To be fair, the narration was very good


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't even complete it.... really tried hard to go back to it from time to time but gave up in the end

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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