As of last night I have finished the first book in The Darkest Minds trilogy that I planned to finish by the end of summer. I gave this book a 3/5 star review on Goodreads. It was a good read and I got through it pretty quickly but I expected a little more from it.
In the first couple of chapters we are introduced into the main character Ruby, she has survived the IAAN disease and (as every other teenager) emerged with special powers. We are told that the government has put these kids with special abilities into camps and organized their abilities by color. Green = Really Smart (still don’t understand why these kids are seen as a threat), blue = Can move things, yellow = can create or effect electricity, orange = Minds (reading and manipulating), and red = fire. Ruby escaped the camp Thurmond and is now on the run from the government and the Children’s League when we meet Liam, Chubs, and Zu.
I loved the character dynamic between them all from the very beginning, as soon as Ruby got into Betty they were on a car chase, with them it was always filled with action. They are all on the run after Liam just staged the first successful camp breakout ever, so they are just as wanted as ruby. So they all are trying to find “slip kid”, through rumors they know that he has escaped the officials several times, has a camp for kids to live away from getting caught, and a way for the kids to get into contact with their parents.
The world so far has made all parents take two sides, either you hate the Psi(kids with abilities who are also your children), or, you try to protect them at all costs. which in my opinion is so sad, because either the children are faced with going to camp knowing their parents don’t want them and got rid of them, or they are now hiding for the rest of their lives so they don’t go to camp. The leader is barely in control and (I wasn’t so surprised by this) his son, who is an orange and has gone to camp and managed to leave, has manipulated him into doing whatever he wants. The camps have killed off almost all children and any who are red and orange if they refused to join their secret army.
I loved all the bonding scenes between Ruby and Liam slowly bonding, my favorite of them though was when they first found Slip Kid and were sitting by the fire together, it was so peaceful and just made my heart happy. But my favorite scene throughout the ENTIRE book must have been when Ruby took Zu “shopping” in the abandoned Wal-Mart, Just reading how happy those pink gloves made Zu made me take a step back from this whole situation and realize how hard life must be for these kids. They are literally on the run by themselves, escaping the camps, escaping the officials of the government trying to kill them, all while trying to just find sanctuary just to live. Near the end of the book we really got to see how far Ruby and Chub’s relationship has come, but I almost started crying when he got shot, I really hope hes okay.
There was so much character development with Ruby, at the beginning of the story she was cowering when a solider dumped over the bin of shoes she couldn’t lace fast enough. At the end she is standing up and using her powers against Clancy(aka “slip kid”, let me tell you, that was a surprise), the kid who secretly runs the world and is the most powerful person in the united states.
I hated Clancy, like with a capital ‘H’. Everyone acted like he was amazing, and I’ll give it to him, he was a pretty good leader, but he almost NEVER did something if he didn’t get something out of it. Like lets just think about this, if you were trying to keep a whole camp on your side WHY WOUDLN’T YOU LET CHUBS GET INTO CONTACT WITH HIS FAMILY. Everytime I read the sections where he is teaching Ruby how to use her abilities made me feel so gross, like he was always so close and touchy, and she clearly didn’t like him, but somehow he got into his maniac brain that it would be okay to force Ruby to fall in love with him. NEWSFLASH it didn’t work. I would go so far as to say that he is almost as crazy as Martin.
Can we just take a moment to think about the last chapter. Throughout this entire book Ruby has been afraid of touching people because she didn’t want to accidently mess with their head, this ENTIRE book she was training not to do that. But with her selfless act she decided to erase herself entirely from Liams mind, and what made it even worse is that she is now stuck with the Childrens League and Crazy Martin.
Overall I really enjoyed this book even if it was the second time reading it. I didn’t give it four or five stars though because I didn’t like how slow it was at times, Like eighty-five percent of the book was good, but the other fifteen percent was soooooooo slow. And I took another star off because it just wasn’t amazing, like it was a good book and I’m totally going to finish up the series, but it seemed just like any other dystopian book out there. Order Here