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.
Interesting, exciting, original
This book was a nonstop action packed, nicely paced, fun book! It was funny, heartbreaking, and had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I couldn't stop listening to it! I found myself wishing for some traffic on my way home, so that I could listen to this book longer. I actually took the long way home one day so I could keep listening to it. The narrator did an excellent job of reading this book. I'm really looking forward to getting the second one.
This book was compelling, masterfully written and beautifully narrated. Amy McFadden did an artful job of making the characters believable. I was inwardly cheering for the main characters as they tried desperately to find home.
If you are looking for a feel-good book, this is not the one for you. While it has moments, this book is a series of struggles and would not be the book I would choose for a lite read. With that said, it is well worth the credit.
Rarely do I find a book that evokes such a power emotion from me as the end of this book. While I did not agree with all the decisions that were made, I did find them all believable based on the characters development. And most importantly (to me), the author never dumbed down or over explained anything. As a reader, it is a pet peeve of mind to read something and assume, "this author thinks I am a moron." It was refreshing not to have one instance of that in this book.
Hopefully, there will be a sequel. I grew attached to the characters and would love to know what would happen next.
Avid reader who hates it when editors or writers butcher the English language. Honest reviewer.
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
The darkest minds is my favorite series, and that says a lot since I'm a total book worm. Amy McFadden does an excellent job telling this wonderful masterpiece. The best part is Liam Stewart's accent. She puts her whole heart into this book and the reader can tell, the storyline is amazing and no matter how many times you read it (this is my 11th) The plot always amazes me. Alexandra Bracken is a true genus and I highly recommend this series. (If only it would go on forever.)
Yes, the story was great and Amy McFadden does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life with believable voices that never take me out of the book like other narrators so often do.
It was simply enjoyable and I felt like I was with the characters and felt their emotions along with them. When a book makes your heart actually ache with pain, you know it's a good story.
Yes, The Guards of the Shadowlands Series. All of the books that she has performed are fantastic as she truly narrates exactly how I would envision myself reading a book to someone. I've listened to other narrators who have such a difficult time narrating in a voice of the opposite sex, which genuinely makes it hard to listen through to the end. Amy's voice is believable as both female and male characters and she gives many characters the perfect voice and attitude. So far, she is flawless - keep it up Amy!
I had seen this book around quite a lot and was never really interested in the story line. I can't say what made me finally give it a chance but I'm glad I did. I found Rudy to be delightful and realistic. there was enough action to keep it fast pace and also a good amount of character discovery I could connect with everyone. the plot twist I thought was a nice touch even though it wasn't completely unpredictable. however I was pleasantly taken back by the ending of the book. I was left feeling both proud as a mother for how far ruby as gone but my heart ache knowing how much it killed her. I'm looking forward to diving Better into this world with the next book.
Please take time and a credit to listen to the first part of this very emotional and thought provoking, wonderful and intelligent work of fiction. I suspect some people will say it is like The Hunger Games or Divergent, well although they are all based in a post apocalyptic America and are put in the young adult range of literature, they are all very, very different and I give credit where it is due and The Darkest Minds is well up to standard with these other great titles and defiantly has its own unique agenda. I am a 34 year old woman and I read or listen to many books of various classifications, this is not just a book for teenagers in my opinion, it is a book for all and not only that it leaves you begging for more. In fact I liked it so much that I ordered the hardback version of book two as it is not available on audio yet, and I just can not wait to see what happens...guess I am a bit of a teenager after all!! x
"Will keep you wanting more!"
This was one of my favourites, the storyline was great and the performers voice really suited the characters.
I loved the action throughout and that the twists and turns kept you guessing.
Ruby was my favourite, her determination and will really inspired me.
There was several occasions that I laughed throughout the book. I was also worried towards the ending when one of the characters lives was in danger.
The darkest minds tells the tragic story of a virus that's killing children and destroying families. The children that are not killed by the virus are still ruined by it. The virus gives the surviving children disastrous powers which can be fatal in the wrong hands.
The main character Ruby's life is turned upside down by one simple loving action that changes everything and leaves her with nothing.
The story follows Ruby as she is sent to a 'rehabilitation camp', well this is what it is advertised as, little does Ruby know life just got even worse the moment she steps onto the camp grounds. From the first day at camp Ruby has a secret and the only way Ruby can survive is by keeping it hidden, but when her secret is suspected she must escape and once she's out of camp she must be cautious with who she trusts.
The story grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let you go. I thoroughly enjoyed the immense amount of action that kept me wanting more, there's twists throughout the story that keep you on your toes in suspense.
The character development was amazing in both Ruby and the side characters, we see romance blossom and friendships made, we see goodies turn baddies and much more, so much so that every chapter you will have a new question that will keep you reading to get the answers. I lost so much sleep reading this book but it was worth every minute.
I would recommend this to everyone as there is something for all book lovers to enjoy throughout the story. I loved this book so much I had to restrain myself from diving head first into the second book, but trust me I will be reading it soon:)
I hope this review has helped you, can you please rate it positively if you liked it as it really means a lot to me, Many Thanks for reading:)
"Grows on you!"
They both have their charms, but the narrator does an excellent job!
the atmosphere that makes you believe how families could give up their children in this way, and the general idea that this easily could happen tomorrow!
Where the parents have forgotten everyting!
Yes indeed! did the dishes, cleaned and scrubbed like never before to get every little bit of the book "done" as fast as possible!
This book impressed me in a way that none of the other dystopian books have done. Much in the same way as the hunger games swept me, the darkest minds have swept me again.
Buy it if you feel for something dark, but easy, with drama and action, with young hearts in constant dilemma as only seen though the eyes of a teenage girl, bent on saving everyone!
"Great paranormal/dystopian story"
This book took me by surprise. And very positively so.
The story is very intriguing and the main character Ruby is loveable. I liked the concept of these kids having specific powers and how to deal with them. In addition the world building was done extremely well. Especially as an audio book I could follow the story effortless and create the settings in my mind. I can't wait for the next book in this series.
This book is great, it’s chock full of well-developed and engaging characters who you really find yourself caring about. With a story line that moves at pace with enough engaging moments for the dangerous world Ruby and the others inhabit to develop in a very realistic way. With power plays from various adults and others affecting the lives of all children in a country that is falling apart at the seams and an ending that will have you shocked to your boots. As for the narration I found Amy McFadden did take a little time to get used to but she did a fine job.
"Best Dystopian YA Book"
This story is genuinely the best dystopian book I've ever read, though that may or may not have to do with my undying love for Black Betty. The characters were probably the best thing about this book and definitely roped me in so that before I knew it I was rooting for them. LOVE IT
I think this would appeal mainly to teenagers. It was quite childish and frankly ridiculous in parts but very American. It made me wonder how old the author is. I did get to the end eventually but it took me several attempts and I did fall asleep a few times and didn't feel the need to rewind. I didn't know there was a follow up book but I definitely won't be bothering with it.
"Young Adult's novel"
Be warned - you will feel it's for audience of teenagers. I'm 29 but I felt it.
It's a good book but simple and predictable. Feels like the writer herself could be young and inexperienced.
But - it's easy to listen to, pace is fast enough and action is there. Can be in the background of anything you do.
But again - I don't feel like continuing listening to the series.
"different but worth a listen."
decent story although it took a while to get used to the accent and sound/style of the narrators voice but did get into it and lookin forward to finding and listening to the other books in the series.
mind blowing children
an 11 year old losing the love of her parents, worst, she never existed :(
hmmmm, tricky. All of it?
The entire series was!
Go the full hog and listen to all 3. They just get better and better
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