The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Publication date: December 18, 2012
This is the story of Ruby, a sixteen-year-old girl with special abilities living in a futuristic,
dysfunctional America. After escaping Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp” for
kids like her, she joins a group of kids who escaped from their own camp. Together they try to
find East River, a safe haven for kids like them, but East River just might not be what it seems.
THE DARKEST MINDS is not your typical dystopian. Alexandra Bracken reels us in by starting the
book off with a young, naive Ruby who grows and matures quickly throughout the first three
chapters. She captures us within her story using her detailed writing style that makes us feel as
if we are really there. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good dystopian series,
great for all fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent.