I’ve heard so many good things about The Darkest Minds so you could guess that I was extremely excited to delve into this book. It didn’t necessarily blow me away, but it still held my attention.
There was such good character depth in this book. I slightly despised Ruby at the beginning, but she really develops as a character after that. Liam is so caring, sweet, and such a wannabe-hero, it’s so cute! And the “side” characters like Zu and Chubs? They’re real and their existence contributes quite a lot throughout the whole book.
The synopsis made the Liam/Ruby romance sound so cheesy, but surprisingly, it isn’t. I love how Liam and Ruby aren’t always just dependent on each other and that they both had unique histories and friendships. I love how Ruby doesn’t always just daydream about him and makes her own choices – even though they may turn out to be stupid ones, as demonstrated in the ending.
The plot is complex and very well thought out. The author doesn’t tell us what happens in the story, she just shows us and assumes we’re smart enough to piece it together. We slowly dip into the story and watch as the dystopian world builds around us.
Alexandra Bracken has the rare and special power that allows a reader to perfectly capture the scenes in the book using just a few words. She doesn’t have to write two to three paragraphs to describe a place or use big words that just confuse readers. She has an epigrammatic writing style that I haven’t seen in many books until now.
The following are a few of my favorite quotes from the book that have stuck with me:
“The darkest minds tend to hide behind the most unlikely faces.”
“Better to stay in the gray than get eaten by the dark.”
Maybe if I’m lucky, you’ll drown yourself in it.”