The Darkest Minds (A Darkest Minds Novel)


Ruby is not your average teenage girl. She may not live with her parents, but this does not mean she is free to do what she pleases. Due to new laws, Ruby is sent to a camp at the age of 10. It is a place for for children with special abilities. It took six years, but when she finally escapes the prison, Ruby meets a group of runaways from a different state. Together, Ruby, Liam, Zu, and Chubs travel in search of a rumored Promise Land – where children with special abilities are welcome – and Ruby tries to learn how to control her abilities before it hurts those she love the most.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

With its well-paced narrative, authentic characters, and strong story, teens AND adults will enjoy this provocative YA novel.

Content Awareness Factors:

The biggest warning would be for violence, though it is not graphically detailed. There is also mild sexual themes and language.

Young Reader Reaction

The most lovable feature of this book for me is the diverse group of characters. The group we follow through the book develops into a close-knit community of friends by the end; friends you come to love and cherish. The way the author eases you into the idea of these different categories of super abilities is very well done. She does not patronize the reader, and she doesn't get ahead of herself in the narrative. I also really enjoyed the society the author created and the way the people handle the children with these abilities. It seems very well thought out and convincing. Though I won’t give anything away, I have to say that the ending will definitely keep me around for the second book! There is not much to dislike about this one.

Note: Because this book explores darker themes, I would only recommend giving this a a gift to someone who has said they want to read it, or someone who likes "heavier" Dystopian fantasies.

Type of Book:
This young adult dystopian fantasy can be a high interest / low readability selection for teens.
Educational Themes:

Lots of interesting discussions are generated from The Darkest Minds. From societal norms and practices, personal values, self esteem, survival, and being "different."

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
13 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
12 and Up
Age of child:
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Purchase Recommendation:
Definitely borrow! If you love Dystopian fantasy, you'll want to buy this and have the whole series.

Title The Darkest Minds

A Darkest Minds Novel

Author Alexandra Bracken
Publisher Disney-Hyperion © 2013
ISBN 9781423159322
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
Genres Fantasy, Science Fiction
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