The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (*12 years and over)


Title: The Darkest Minds.

Author: Alexandra Bracken.

Year of Publication: 2012 (UK).

Publisher: Hyperion Books (UK).


Format: Available in paperback, an ebook, and an audiobook.

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £5.99 (UK)

Age Range: I suggest from about 12 up, if you’re younger than this I suggest asking your parents first.

This book is the first book in a series called The Darkest Minds.


This is the story of Ruby, a little girl who woke up on her 10th birthday, very different to when she went to sleep on her last night of being 9. So different in fact that even her parents are now scared of her, and lock her in the garage and call the police. She’s different because a). Most of the children in America have died from a mysterious disease, yet she survived. And b). More frighteningly for the adults, she has developed ‘magical’ powers she can’t control. Because of this, the government takes Ruby away to live in a camp with all the other children who’ve developed strange abilities.

At 16, after being considered highly dangerous, Ruby escapes from the camp and teams up with escapees from other camps, and they head for what they hope will be a safe haven called East River. Along the way Ruby finds herself falling Liam, the boy who finds himself leading the fugitives, but can Ruby dare let herself have feelings which could do so much damage?

When they reach East River, nothing; especially East River’s mysterious leader, is what it seems. Ruby is pulled in every direction by those who wish to control her for their own means, forcing her to make chooses she doesn’t want to make.

This is a great book, and I think there is going to be a film adaptation release next year. So go and read it before the film comes out.

The second book in the series is called In Time.


“All actions are judged by the motives prompting them.” Mohammad.



P.S.- This book was reviewed by a request from Demelza. If anyone else has a book they’d like me to post about let me know by posting a comment in the ‘Join In’ section of the blog and I’ll do my best. 🙂 Just be prepared that it might take me a few weeks because I have to first buy a copy, then find the time to read and write about it.


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