Hello Readers, this is a review for the book The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. I give this book 5/5 stars. It was AMAZING! I have no major issues with this book. It gave me everything I wanted and was expecting and then some. I was in love with this book by the third chapter. I could not put it down! This book was so good I stayed up all night reading on multiple occasions. So now I'll give you a little summary of what the book is about. The story starts off with the main character (Ruby) as a young naive girl. She is living in a world rocked by a devastating disease called IAAN that only affects kids. This disease is kind of where the whole story starts. Kids in Ruby’s fourth grade class are disappearing at an alarming rate and it isn't too long before the government decides that enough is enough and sends all the surviving kids to camps around the country. At the time Ruby doesn't really know why she is being shipped off, but later realizes that all the kids not killed by the disease have developed extraordinary powers. They are henceforth known as the Psi kids. When all the kids first arrive at their camps they are sorted into groups by power. There are five different known powers: red (the ability to control and create fire); orange (the ability to read and control minds); yellow (the ability to create and control electricity); blue (the ability to move objects with your mind), and; green (heightened intelligence).
So when Ruby is brought to camp she is classified as a Green, when in reality she is an Orange. It is a good thing this mistake was made though because in later years all the Reds, Yellows, and Oranges were killed because they were thought to have been “too dangerous.” Ruby stays in the camp for six years until she finally escapes. I'll leave the details of her escape for you to find out. Anyways after escaping she finds herself with three other Psi kids. Liam, Chubs, and Suzume. They all strike up an easy friendship as the book progresses. Ruby and Liam even develop a romantic relationship. Anyways Ruby discovers that they are looking for the “East River,” a small encampment for Psi kids to live away from the control of the camps and government. When they finally find the “East River” they meet a very important person and the story progresses from there. There is a bit of a surprise at the end of the book. I recommend this book to anyone who is searching for their next great read.