Sunday, May 4, 2014

Teen review: Dystopia!

Title: The Darkest Minds
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Number of Pages: 496
Genre: Dystopian
Part of a Series? Yes
Reading Level: Grade 9+
Reviewed by: G. R., grade 9

The Darkest Minds takes place in a dystopian future in which an epidemic has taken over all of America, leaving children either dead, or with strange abilities. The abilities are categorized into colors; Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, and Blue. All of the children were taken to "rehabilitation camps" that claimed to help the children get better, but actually they were labor camps. The Reds, Oranges, and Yellows were all taken away (whether they were executed or transferred is unknown), which left Greens and Blues in the majority of the camps. The main character, Ruby, is an Orange, the most dangerous power, living under the pretext that she is a Green. After barely escaping with her life from one of the most horrible camps, she runs into a group of teenagers her age, and they attempt to survive with just each other.

This is one of my favorite books. I am absolutely in love with it, and have read it numerous times. The plot was interesting, and I very much enjoyed the dystopian future they were in (kind of like The Hunger Games or Divergent). I really liked the aspect of the kids having powers. I also fell in love with the other kids (technically teenagers plus a 10-year-old) that Ruby found. The characters were extremely well developed, and all of their back stories were so intriguing that I wanted separate books for each one! I really loved the humor that the author added into the story as well. Even in the most serious situations, the characters would crack jokes to lighten the mood (even though it made the situations worse, and usually ended up with them being attacked or almost killed). The ending was SO sad I cried for over two hours straight--but it's still my favorite book. The cover relates to the story, and is the symbol used for the children with the powers, and surrounding it is barbed wire, representing the camps they were in. I rate this book 5/5, and would definitely recommend this to anyone willing to read it, because it’s amazing.

Editor's note: We also can offer you the sequel, Never Fade, at either the Central or Buena Vista libraries!

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