By: Alexandra Bracken
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After an unknown disease sweeps across America, killing nearly every child in sight, concentration-like camps are resurrected to serve as prisons for those who survived, who have been left with powerful side effects from the disease.
Six years later, Ruby is sixteen and lives in a “rehabilitation” camp. She can barely keep her superpower to read minds a secret, and if anyone ever found out just how strong her ability has grown, they wouldn’t hesitate to kill her. Ruby knows that if she wants to live, she has to escape.
The Darkest Minds is a young adult book that contains the following:
• Profanity (a few F-words)
• Reference to tampons
• References to bras
• Making out
• Child abuse
This is a dark look at a dystopian future that combines the science fiction, post-apocalyptic, and paranormal genres. The ending does deliver a surprising twist, but where you would expect at least some action from a nearly five-hundred-page book, The Darkest Minds is slow-paced, and focuses more on character development.
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