Title of the book: The Darkest Minds
Author: Alexandra Bracken
I tend to write reviews on books that I love and can’t put down. To me, it’s a way of spreading the word and letting others that are in search of another good book, to look for this one the next time they’re in the book store or library.
I found this book at the library about a week ago. I loved it to the point that I found it hard to put down. It’s one of those ‘stay up late reading, because it’s that good’ type of book. It’s set in the modern day, in America. A certain disease has hit all of the children to the point that they either die or they inherit psi powers. The stronger their powers, the more danger they’re in with the adults, mostly the government. They receive a number and are categorized by color depending on their strength and level of power; Green being very low, Blue, Yellow, Orange, and finally the worse being Red.
They are gathered up and taken to these camps to be monitored. There are a few camps spread out across the US. Some of the kids have escaped these camps in search of a person called the ‘Slip Kid’. The main character, Ruby, nicknamed Green by a small group of her friends, is one of the children that has managed to escape her camp and is in search of the Slip Kid.
Along the way her and three of her friends escape bounty hunters, called Skip Tracers, and also escape the PSF’s, which are the newly formed Army of Psi Enforcers. The PSF’s are in charge of the encampments. They also roam the streets in search of escapees to bring back to the camps. They also escape and Anti Psi Group, called The Children’s League. The Children’s League is in search of children that have very powerful psi powers; Ruby just so happens to be one of these children, she just doesn’t know it…yet.
This book is packed full of adventure, action, and a little bit of teen romance. It also leaves you wanting more. I would definitely read this one again, but first I’m going to pick up the next one in the series, Never Fade.
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