DNF #1- The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Fry's Reviews, Reviews 2 Comments 29th November, 2014

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Series: The Darkest Minds #1
Published by Disney-Hyperion on December 12th, 2012
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 488
Source: Purchase
When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

I used to rarely DNF, but now that I’m reviewing more regularly, it has come to my attention that I can’t just have books on the perpetual back burner. Even though the completionist in me has become apathetic to my once normal scruples. I’m borrowing these questions from the lovely Nikki, as they seem to cover everything I need to.

Did you really give  The Darkest Minds a chance?

I tried so hard with this book, you guys. You don’t even know. My friends and I started a book club over Google Plus and this was legit the first book we picked to talk about and I just couldn’t do it. I eventually went to the Recaptains and looked at their notes, just so that I would have some idea of what I was supposed to be getting into, and if I wanted to actually finish the book. From the look of the summary, I’m glad that I decided to quit where I did. Though, I did make a gallant effort and got to 42%.

Have you enjoyed other books of the same genre?

I absolutely love dystopians with weird mental abilities and jerky conspiracies. I love them to pieces.

Had you been looking forward to this book in particular? Why?

Yes! The blurb made the book sound absolutely wonderful and the beginning of the book was absolutely compelling.

Did you have certain expectations for the book before starting it?

I did, actually. It’s got so many wonderful reviews on Goodreads that I thought that this would be a slam dunk for me. It appears that I may be somewhat of a black sheep when it comes to this book.

What ultimately made you stop reading?

The main character is so vapid. The most vapid. She’s got this exceptional power that she needs to keep hidden or face consequences but she just derps from point a to point b. Even her general sparks of intuitiveness are annoying. Couple this with the fact that none of the factions are explained in detail or given actual concrete motives. Then add in the poor writing and pacing, and you can see why I couldn’t handle this book. At one point, I guess there’s allusions to rape? I didn’t get that far, but it was clear from the discussion that she should have realized that the guy in question was using her far before she was in that position.

Needless to say, I was disappointed. After reading the summary of it, I found that the only character I was actually enjoying gets shot in the cliffhanger ending and so, that was that.

Written by Fry


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2 Responses to “DNF #1- The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken”

  1. Tabitha (Not Yet Read)

    Sounds like you totally gave it a chance to me, heck 42% that is more then a chance I would have skim read the rest lol.

    I have a hard time dnfing too but we have to…why waste precious reading time on books we aren’t enjoying….or vapid characters hahah

    Derp a derp

    • Fry

      Yeah, I totally tried, other people seemed to have enjoyed it, but even reading the synopsis for the rest of the book on The Recaptains, it just didn’t seem that interesting.

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