In The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, Ruby Daly is almost ten years old when children across the United States begin dying at an alarming rate. Then, the government discovers that the children who are the survivors of this epidemic have abnormal and dangerous super powers. When Ruby’s parents observed her syndromes, they sent Ruby to Camp Thurmond for children similar to herself. Later on, the main character discovers that her peers are separated by their abilities. Ruby is an orange which means she owns a highly unique and useful super power among this generation. When she is rescued, he continues to navigate through dangerous situations and difficult decisions.
This book is set in a dystopian world that is most likely futuristic. The predominant problem within this society are the “Psi” children who are capable of causing considerable damage. However, the people in this society have mixed attitudes and perceptions about the treatment of these children.
The story is written in first person from Ruby Daly’s perspective. The limited point of view means that the reader cannot perceive other characters’ motives until Ruby discovers them. The language in this book is very simplistic which gave the book a chunky flow.
I did not enjoy this book at all. I spent one of the longest times finishing this book. I constantly felt like I was forcing myself to pick the book up. Firstly, this book was not written in an elegant nor sophisticated fashion. In fact, the sentence structures and word choices reminded me of a young child’s writing. Secondly, while the action speeds up, the problems in this book remain very similar and repetitive. Thirdly, this book was cliché as many aspects of it are very similar to some other dystopian novels. While I wouldn’t recommend this book, it is important for the readers of my review to keep in mind that I intended to read this book a few years ago, and have read many acclaimed dystopian novels.
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