“When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.
Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.
When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who 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 a life worth living.”
– Taken from Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10576365-the-darkest-minds)
I was expecting more of this book, given the high ratings on Goodreads. But only the ending justifies those ratings, in my opinion.
The world building was very bleak, thanks to the camps, but it was also a bit confusing. I think too much emphasis was put on the disease issue, and not nearly enough on the country’s situation. Why did it go bankrupt? Maybe I missed the explanation, but I kept wondering what happened outside the camps. Of course, Ruby would not be able to tell us that, since she was incarcerated at the camp for six years.
It would have been nice to get an adult’s perspective on the issue. After all, adults were the ones that devised the camps and sent the kids there. Besides, I wanted some answers to a lot of questions, such as why the Thurmond camp was so much worse than the other ones?
As for the characters, I have to say my favorite ones were Zu and Chubs, and I kept yearning for more moments with them, to learn more of their history.
The storyline could have been better, in my opinion. At points, it was slow. At others, it was downright confusing. I found myself wanting to read other books instead of this one (and I did, I must confess). At this point, I’m not sure whether or not I’ll want to read the sequel, as I was surprised by the end, but am not entirely happy about it.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5