The Darkest Minds

The Darkest Minds

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"Sixteen-year-old Ruby breaks out of a government-run 'rehabilitation camp' for teens who acquired dangerous powers after surviving a virus that wiped out most American children"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781423157373
1423157370
Branch Call Number: YA BRA
Characteristics: 488 p. ; 22 cm

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indigo_wolf_391
Nov 05, 2020

A disease known as IAAN has killed 92% of America’s children leaving the remaining 8% with strange abilities. This series follows Ruby Daly, who wakes up on her tenth birthday to find that her parents dont know who she is. Unable to run she is shipped off to thermund, one of the many abusive rehabilitation camps. She is able to slip through processing and get labeled as a green which allows her to survive for the next six years. But after being offered escape by the children's league(an undercover organisation trying to free all the kids) she has to choose, run or stay with the girls from her cabin and hope they dont discover her.
This book series is the most well thought out trilogy I have ever read. Bracken writes as if the setting is happening in our current world, making this series much more gripping and relatable. With a diverse group of characters and uncalled for twists this book and trilogy are sure to be a favorite. I originally picked up this series after watching the 2018 movie and was blown away by how much better the books are. I don't think I could recommend or love this series more.

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pink_chicken_94
Nov 03, 2020

Honestly, not as good as people make it. Most of the book was boring with few exciting parts.

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KaylaScott
Oct 14, 2020

I just love this book and series, and it's captivating once you start it. I finished it in a day, and couldn't wait to move on to the second book. It can be a little descriptive at times, but I found it could also be quite humorous. Overall, though, this is one of my favourite series of all time.

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red_dog_1711
Jun 29, 2020

In the pandemic and I watched the movie a year ago. Looks so cool. Now I am going to read it.

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IndigoDragon77
Jun 20, 2020

I really really enjoyed this book. I am a little obsessed with pandemics right now, and I love a bit of fantasy, so this was a perfect combination for me. I found it easy to relate to Ruby even though she makes several poor decisions. I did actually feel satisfied with the ending as it did tie up most of the threads in the story, but it felt a little rushed. Highly recommend!

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BookDragon07
May 14, 2020

so so so so so good. I highly recommend.

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Banna25
Nov 10, 2019

I started reading this book at friends house a few months ago. I had been thinking about this book, and decided to read the whole book this time. It was so good! I just had one small problem... there are two Liams, and a Ruby in my grade. Still an amazing book!

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Anna Beyer
Jun 25, 2019

so touching. sometimes I'm crying, others i feel like the book grabbed my insides and was shaking them up. Liam is my favorite character, by far. Clancy was a bully, he liked Ruby then he hurt her. what is up with that? My friend recommended it for me, it was amazing!!!!! I totally suggest any one to read this book. there are a few swears, but the book it's self was a great read. And it ends with a cliffhanger,( when do they not?!) so I'm soo exited to read Never Fade.

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pink_horse_867
May 19, 2019

it was an ok book, the movie was better though

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Kaelynmcintyre
Apr 01, 2019

A friend of mine suggested this book to me and I read it in two days!! I love the plot and how Ruby stays somwhat strong in the worst of times. YOU HAVE TO READ THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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indigo_wolf_391
Nov 05, 2020

“He's so busy looking inside people to find the good that he misses the knife they're holding in their hand.”
Alexandra Bracken

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Hannah Acabal
Sep 11, 2020

"It feels like we should do something. Like, send her off on a barge out to sea and set her on fire. Let her go out in a blaze of glory."

"Its a minivan, not a Viking."

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Kaelynmcintyre
Jun 02, 2019

“I pulled myself from his mind, day by day, piece by piece, memory by memory, until there was nothing of Ruby left to weigh him down or keep him bound to my side"

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Tamiku
Jul 27, 2015

“Don’t be scared. Don’t let them see.”

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julietteferrars
Jul 07, 2014

“Dreaming led to disappointment, and disappointment to a kind of depressed funk that wasn’t easy to shake. Better to stay in the gray than get eaten by the dark.”

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julietteferrars
Jul 07, 2014

“But hey, what's life without a little adversity?"
That had to have been the fakest attempt at optimism since my fourth grade teacher tried reasoning that we were better off without the dead kids in our class because it'd mean more turns on the playground swings for the rest of us.”

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julietteferrars
Jul 07, 2014

“Where did she come from, and where can I find one?"

"Picked this one up at a gas station in West Virginia, bargain price. Last one on the shelf, sorry.”

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julietteferrars
Jul 07, 2014

“I pulled myself from his mind, day by day, piece by piece, memory by memory, until there was nothing of Ruby left to weigh him down or keep him bound to my side..”

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julietteferrars
Jul 07, 2014

“Maybe nothing will ever change for us,” he said. “But don’t you want to be around just in case it does?”

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julietteferrars
Jul 07, 2014

“...crackers..." a voice breathed out nehind us, "yesss..."
Both of us turned, watching as Chubs twisted around in his seat and settled back down, still fast asleep.
I pressed a hand over my mouth to keep from laughing. Liam rolled his eyes, smiling.
"He dreams about food," he said. "A lot.”

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indigo_wolf_391
Nov 05, 2020

indigo_wolf_391 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Hannah Acabal
Sep 11, 2020

Hannah Acabal thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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olive_cat_258
Jun 03, 2020

olive_cat_258 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Crowfeather77
Aug 16, 2019

Crowfeather77 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Anna Beyer
Jun 25, 2019

Anna Beyer thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Kaelynmcintyre
Jun 02, 2019

Kaelynmcintyre thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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TheRandomBoi
Apr 18, 2019

TheRandomBoi thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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Ravindersidhu
Apr 13, 2019

Ravindersidhu thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Gwen904
Sep 15, 2018

Gwen904 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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amoussa
Mar 13, 2017

amoussa thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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indigo_wolf_391
Nov 05, 2020

Coarse Language: In this book the language isn't that bad but later in the series there is a character that comes in who cusses a lot. honestly it's nothing middle schoolers have not heard.

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Gwen904
Sep 15, 2018

Sexual Content: Flirting, caressing, and kissing. It goes no farther than that, but it's described quite thoroughly.

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Gwen904
Sep 15, 2018

Violence: Kids at brutal incarceration camps are beaten, killed, and tortured. Some chases by vehicle and on foot, with a couple of crashes and explosions. There is blood, injuries, fights, weapons, gunfire, death, and assault. There are plenty of descriptions (sometimes graphic).

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Gwen904
Sep 15, 2018

Coarse Language: Frequent uses of sh** and variants, ass and variants, and OMG and variants. Three uses of f**king.

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AmaranthWolf
Oct 24, 2013

Violence: Mild fantasy violence, not too bad. Still a great book.

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indigo_wolf_391
Nov 05, 2020

A disease known as IAAN has killed 92% of America’s children leaving the remaining 8% with strange abilities. This series follows Ruby Daly, who wakes up on her tenth birthday to find that her parents dont know who she is. Unable to run she is shipped off to thermund, one of the many abusive rehabilitation camps. She is able to slip through processing and get labeled as a green which allows her to survive for the next six years. But after being offered escape by the children's league(an undercover organisation trying to free all the kids) she has to choose, run or stay with the girls from her cabin and hope they dont discover her.

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AmaranthWolf
Oct 24, 2013

In this bleak, action-packed book, 98 percent of the children in America have been killed by a virus - and the other two percent have developed frightening powers that they can't control, prompting the government to lock them up in "rehabilitation camps." Sixteen-year-old Ruby has escaped from one of these camps, along with a small group of others who, like her, are looking for the one secure haven they've heard about... but they'll have to make it there without being captured or killed first. This often violent novel's twists and turns will keep you guessing, and there's also plenty to pull fans of well-developed characters into its harsh, dark world

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whdn
Apr 21, 2013

Sixteen-year-old Ruby wakes up on the morning of her tenth birthday only to discover that her parents don't know who she is. She is brought to a camp for people like her and barely escapes with her life. On the run, she meets a group of kids from another camp, and soon she finds herself a part of their band as well. Now she is searching for the rumored East River,and at the same time Ruby is falling for Liam, her group's new leader. Knowing what a monster she is, she cannot afford to get close. But can she really learn to stay away? And will Ruby ever learn to control her power? The same power that made her parents forget her and send her to the place where it all started? Read "The Darkest Minds" to find out...

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