The Darkest Minds

The Darkest Minds
Alexandra Bracken
Star Rating
Reviewer's Rating
May 13, 2023

I decided to start reading this series after seeing the trailer for the movie that came out that was based on the first book in this series. I’m glad that I did, as I really enjoyed this book! It’s set in a dystopian setting where a mutation has broken out in the US, causing both younger and older children to either die or gain special powers. The government deems those with powers as dangerous and makes parents send the children to “rehabilitation camps” that are supposed to “train” the kids and make sure the kids aren’t dangerous. At the camps, the kids aren’t helped but are treated as freaks or monsters. In one of these camps is a girl named Ruby. She’s wrongly categorized as a ‘Green’ (they categorize the different kids by their powers using different colors. Green means that the child has super intellect) but this turns out to be in her favor later in the story. In this novel you read about her adventures in this corrupt world she lives in as she meets new friends who she will eventually run away with. Through these adventures she finds out about the secrets behind everything that has been going on with the government and with the camps.

I really, really enjoyed this book even though the whole “superpowered kids” concept was a bit cliché. I feel like it was kind of a mix of the Hunger Games, the Bloom Trilogy, and Percy Jackson. It wasn’t a bad read overall, and I would recommend it to people who enjoy supernatural, sci-fi novels. I’m very excited to read the next book!

Written by
Isobel P.

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