Darkest Minds, The - Alexandra Bracken

Darkest Minds, The

By Alexandra Bracken

  • Release Date: 2012-12-18
  • Genre: Dystopian
Score: 4.5
From 773 Ratings


Book one in the hit series that's soon to be a major motion picture starring Amandla Stenberg and Mandy Moore--now with a stunning new look and an exclusive bonus short story featuring Liam and his brother, Cole. 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 got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government "rehabilitation camp." She might have survived the mysterious disease that killed most of America's children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control. Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. But when the truth about Ruby's abilities--the truth she's hidden from everyone, even the camp authorities--comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. On the run, she joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp: Zu, a young girl haunted by her past; Chubs, a standoffish brainiac; and Liam, their fearless leader, who 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. While they journey to find the one safe haven left for kids like them--East River--they must evade their determined pursuers, including an organization that will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. But as they get closer to grasping the things they've dreamed of, Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.


  • Wonderful!!!

    By Luckycharms2022
    This is book is one of the best I’ve ever read. It has action, it has suspense and romance. Alexandra Bracken did a great job!
  • Cliches and tropes abound

    By scout374269
    The first couple chapters instantly hooked me, but then things got progressively more cliche, and the dialogue was near terrible...not to mention the main character became a complete blubbering idiot anytime she was around a cute boy *sigh*. It was a quick read but mostly I just wanted it to be over.
  • Amazing

    By Puppy lover1011#1
    I read this book cause I had watched the movie and i must say I have never ever ever read a book that shared so many similarities with its movie counterpart. Amazing wonderful a total must read
  • The darkest minds

    By B0lt0
    This book is amazing if you love adventures and mysteries.
  • Omg I loved this series❣️

    By romance reader :)
    These books were so good!!! I just loved how the whole thing was put together and how Ruby was always in the action!!! Of course I was cheering for her and Liam throughout the whole series. I watched the movie and a few things were different but that’s how it always is with movies based off of books. And they picked the best actress for Ruby, too. Honestly though, after she was in Everything, Everything, I never would have imagined Amandla Stenburg being in The Darkest Minds. But was awesome y’all should totally see it. And I can’t wait for Never Fade to come out in the theaters!!! But yea back to the book, if u like action, this book is definitely for u!! The Darkest Minds Never Fade In the Afterlight is one of my most favorite series!!! P.s. those who read this book and didn’t like the ending, I didn’t either, but I read the next book and things got a lot better. So just read the next book. Plz. U won’t regret it.
  • Worth the read

    By c6c2c0
    I’m going to be honest here- getting through the beginning of this book is a struggle. It is evident early on that Bracken’s writing has room for improvement, almost written as a mediocre fan fiction. However, as the story progresses, her writing becomes stronger and more compelling, causing a can’t-put-the-book-down sort of experience. By the time I was about a third of the way through, I was hooked and finished the remainder the next day. Each character has their own perfectly woven storyline, with both physical and emotional obstacles to overcome. Our protagonist, Ruby, is relatable despite her abilities, which are a cleverly written metaphor for so many fears that we face in real life. This book- along with the rest of the series- is absolutely worth the read, and I’m sure you’ll find yourself agreeing.
  • NO

    By RomanogersInfinty
    No. Just no.
  • Great start to a trilogy!

    By dervin29
    Fantastic book! I haven’t read in a few years and this has got me back into reading!
  • MUST READ!!!

    By elijah_bottomley
    I was skeptical about this book at first given the strange nature of the storyline, but I quickly grew to love the depth of the novel and the development of different characters. Ruby is a powerful and strong female-main in the book, striking an a weak tone in the beginning but later coming into herself. Anyone who loves recent dystopian fiction will love this book. Or anyone who likes romance that comes out of trauma and fear. Lol. It left me begging for more. I can’t wait to keep reading the next books and to enjoy the film adaptation that comes out this summer! :)
  • Can’t wait to see the movie

    By Nicfehr
    Amazing, read the first 10 chapters so far and can’t put it down !! Great for young adults