Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Date Published: 18th December 2012
When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.
Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have 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 having a life worth living.
I cannot believe it has taken me this long to read this book… I mean seriously, am I the last person to read this? My first impression of this book was that this book reminded me so much of the movie Zombieland… minus the zombies. I mean, a group of misfits travelling in a car across America.
Ok, now let’s discuss the actual book…
Let’s start with the powers. The concept of colour coding the different powers the children were endowed with was one I had never come across before. It is a breath of fresh air. I liked the conflict of the camps that are motivation for the characters to get away.
The different powers are interesting too. I will not go into what these powers are, because I do not want to spoil anyone who hasn’t read the book yet. I liked that we were able to glimpse the wide array of powers through our very diverse cast of characters.
I found Ruby to be an excellent character. I found her experience of to be very realistic. She does not begin as a strong character. She is a typical teenage girl, and when the disease wipes out the teenage population and she is dragged to the camp, the experience is exactly what I think I would be like if I experienced it.
Personally, I am giving this book a rating of 4.5 / 5. A dark and gritty road trip book stuffed with supernatural powers. 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Have you read The Darkest Mind? What did you think of it?
Keep Calm and Read On,