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The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Ruby is 16 and lives at Camp Thurmond, a government-run work camp with harsh restrictions and brutal punishments in The Darkest Minds, by Alexandra Bracken. She has been there since she was 10, shortly after a deadly virus appeared and proved fatal to most of Ruby’s classmates. Survivors of the virus developed psychic abilities of varying levels, and they were grouped into five classifications that indicate their power/danger level: Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, and Red, with red being the most dangerous. Ruby is secretly an Orange who has tricked the officials (her power is entering other people’s minds) into believing she is a Green, which has kept her safe until now. But the officials are aware that there are some hiding Yellows, Oranges, and Reds, and they are using new tactics to ferret them out.

When a member of the renegade group called the Children’s League smuggles her out of camp, Ruby starts out on a wild, terrifying trip during which she finds true friendship, a little romance, and a huge amount of danger. A lot of the action takes place in Virginia, so many of our CRRL customers will recognize the places that Ruby and her ragtag bunch of psychic heroes visit.

If you’re not sick of dystopian novels, you may find that The Darkest Minds offers some interesting twists in the genre and a genuinely good read. Like most dystopian novels, it does offer a rather depressing landscape and a plot sprinkled with violent encounters.

If you enjoy The Darkest Minds, you may also like Divergent by Veronica Roth and Legend by Marie Lu.