Book Review: The Darkest Minds

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Book Review: The Darkest Minds

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The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken has formed a quickly-growing fan base as a result of the movie that premiered in August of 2018. The book features main character, Ruby Elizabeth Daly as a child that survived an incurable disease dubbed IAAN. The government is quick to gather all of the children that have avoided the outcome of the disease and relocate them all to “rehabilitation camps.”

Throughout the trilogy, Ruby meets new people, joins new groups, and reconnects with people she thought she lost. However, is this book really worth the read?

I myself am a rather avid reader, reading about 20 books per year in my spare time. However, when I received The Darkest Minds for Christmas, I didn’t think twice about it. After reading in a few pages, I learned the main characters were all teenagers that felt the world was treating them unfairly. Seeing as that seems a bit typical, the book may seem a bit cliche. However, when you add in scientific superpowers and a reason to fight, you’ve suddenly found yourself with a real cliffhanger.

Personally, I would give this book about an 8.7 out of 10 simply because of these few reasons:

  1. The first book ends with a huge cliffhanger and a bit of a tear-jerker which entices you to spend more money buying the next book.
  2. The two main characters develop well, but many of the others don’t develop as much as Bracken had room for them to grow.
  3. It’s slightly unrealistic (superpowers, duh) but it’s still entertaining overall.

Although the book is pretty good overall, I must say the movie does not follow the book as closely as the fans had hoped for. The main character seems to suddenly control her powers a bit too easily in the movie, and the three books are supposedly wrapped all into one singular movie. However, I’ll leave the movie review up to you.

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