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The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
DNF. No ratings given.

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a government ′rehabilitation camp′. Ruby might have survived the mysterious disease that killed most of America′s children, but she and the others had emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.
Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.
When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now on the run, she is desperate to find East River, the only safe haven left for kids like her, and she joins a group of other runaways who have escaped their own camps. Liam, their brave leader, is falling for Ruby, but she 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 Liam. But there are also 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 - and one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.

DNF. Stopped at 20%.

What's written on the page;

His eyes darted over me, from my haggard face down my forest green uniform to my mud-stained shoes. To the Psi number that had been written on their canvas toes in permanent marker. A look of horror flickered over his face. "Did you just come from a camp?"

What's actually in my head;


Wait, that can't be right. He is Psy not Psi. *Chuckles* *Looks at the cover* That's the symbol of Psi! (Duh!) I think I saw the symbol before. In math? Or was it in Physic? *Googles Psi*

The letters Ψ or ψ can also be a symbol for:
psychology, psychiatry, and sometimes parapsychology (involving paranormal or relating with the supernatural subjects, especially research into extrasensory perception).

Whoaa, that makes sense!

Wait, where was I??

(And that was how the book ended up in my DNF pile)

You see, even before that, The Darkest Minds and I fell into this unhealthy relationship; I picked it up, I dozed off, I picked it back up, I got bored, I moved to other book, I tried to pick it back up, tried SO HARD TO CONCENTRATE, failed miserably, I ended up watching five movies, tried to pick it up again.

Repeat 188 times.

I gave up.

I'm sure this isn't a bad book. Teenagers with superpowers? I'd totally dig that. But I just don't have the patience. This book is really difficult to be read.

Giving up was one of hardest decisions I've ever made. It's like admitting that I'm actually intellectually impaired.

I honestly couldn't understand anything past the blurb!

The writing. It's chaotic. It's all over the place. It's everywhere.I couldn't keep track of who's who, who's doing what, where are they, what's going on. It's so frustrating. And I couldn't actually point out what's wrong either. The sentences were long but I've read books with longer sentences. No purple prose, no fancy vocabulary - I don't know, can I just say that the writing is...messy? One second I was in flashbacks, another second, there's action and confrontation, next, the scene reeled back to Ruby's own thoughts, and the next thing I knew, I'm in other people's memory.

**An ARC was provided by HarperCollins Australia in exchange for an honest review.

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Sorry you didn't love it. I've seen some that really enjoyed it, but I'm a bit weary even before reading your review, I think I'll pass it up until maybe the library has a copy or something. XP


*snort* This review with the gif/picture made me laugh. I'll have to take a look at the book now. My interest is piqued. :)

@ Delaney: If your library doesn't have a copy then maybe you can sample it from Kindle store. Because if you'll enjoy the first 15 pages or so, then I think you'll enjoy the rest of it. The writing pretty much stays the same.

@ Readsalot: I'm glad my review has the opposite effect. 'Cause I really hope people don't get put off by what I said because I could be wrong! XD

The style of writing is advanced and descriptive.Definently worth reading! I can't believe you didn't think the beginning was exciting and dramatic! I guess everyone has opinions......but I would give it another go. It may work out the 189th time, right? :D

Also, people who liked/loved The Darkest Minds I suggest the squeal Never Fade and The Time, which continues Zu's story!

Happy Reading!

The ending to the book had me in tears :( I was stuck between anger and sympathy for Ruby, and we all know that those two feeling are completely conflicting. I need Never Fade right now because all this wondering and speculating in my head cannot be healthy...

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