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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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    Annicke 07-01-15
    Annicke 07-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Tears, laughter, anger and disbelief😍 "

    second best book ever after The 5th Wave😍As much as I loved the story and the characters, i loved the narrator and the way the book was written😍

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    Scott United States 06-29-15
    Scott United States 06-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Highly Enjoyable"

    Was a little hesitant about buying this one. Decided to give it a try and I've now got the whole series.

    Ruby is never truly the character you want her to be, but that's okay. She fills the role when she needs too and rarely lets you down. Liam is a head in the clouds kid who never grew up no matter what he sees happen in front of him. And Chubbs is the best character in the book.

    As for the story. It's a good rounded story. I admit to having trouble believing the idea behind it. That even with millions of kids dying off that people would allow the government to abduct the kids, but I didn't live through anything like that so what do I know.

    I'd highly suggest the series as a whole as well. Give this a chance, you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daron Dickens Atlanta, GA 06-28-15
    Daron Dickens Atlanta, GA 06-28-15 Member Since 2008

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    "Good read"

    Good. Wish it had been developed just a little more. Still, good book good concept

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    James 06-07-15
    James 06-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story"

    Other than the language, I found this book fantastic. Ruby is still in her cocoon so to speak. I can't wait to see her break free in the next two books

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    Amacniel 06-05-15
    Amacniel 06-05-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story"
    Would you listen to The Darkest Minds again? Why?

    Yes, it was a great story, kept me intrigued the whole time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Ruby, Liam, Zo, and Chubs!


    What about Amy McFadden’s performance did you like?

    Her timing was great and her voices kept the story interesting!


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

    Yes, when Chubs comes to the rescue, when Liam is found and when Ruby is forced to call in the league to hopefully save the life a friend... Wish I knew what happened to said friend... But hopefully the next book will give us a favorable answer!


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    Heather 05-17-15
    Heather 05-17-15 Member Since 2012
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    "great listen!"

    engaging sorry with a great narrator. really enjoyed it and considering getting the next two

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    Emily Vermont, USA 05-14-15
    Emily Vermont, USA 05-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Intense"

    This book from the beginning is pretty intense and its a book I was told to read so I got it on here and listened to it.

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    Amazon Customer 05-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "i love this book!"

    such an ear catcher. i couldn't stop listening to it. so entertaining and enjoyable. i have listened to it 3 times in 1 year, and each time I adore it.

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    Christina DENVER, CO, United States 04-01-15
    Christina DENVER, CO, United States 04-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    "WOW! A story as good as Hunger Games and Divergent"
    Where does The Darkest Minds rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is probably in my top 5 favorite books and I listen to a new book every two weeks. I love the following series: Hunger Games, Divergent, Enclave, Shatter Me, and Legend. If you too like these books then you will LOVE the Darkest Minds!


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

    This book is most like Shatter Me because it involves "mutant powers" but it's written very differently. Shatter Me is poetic and this book is more straight forward. It is dystopian but the female character isn't as strong as Katniss or Tris, but her heart is in the right place like them.


    Any additional comments?

    I never got bored, I was always excited until the next time I got to listen.

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    Amazon Customer 03-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "it was great"

    I loved it. Couldn't put it down. I can't wait to start the next one.

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    "Strong Story"
    If you could sum up The Darkest Minds in three words, what would they be?

    Dystopia Adventure & Friendship


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well written YA adventure novel with interesting characters I'd like to know.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Do you trust someone enough to hold their hand?


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoyed The Hunger Games & Divergent you'll love this. Similar but not the same!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
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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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