AUTHOR: Alexandra Bracken
GENRE: YA Science Fiction
RELEASE DATE: October 15, 2013; Disney Book Group
SOURCE: Digital ARC from the publisher
Entrusted with a devastating secret, Ruby finds herself on a race to find the truth behind the disease that annihilated most of America’s children and left its survivors completely changed. She is one of those survivors, burdened with strange powers that are feared by the majority but coveted by a minority that seeks to use her for its own ends. The search for answers will lead Ruby into danger, force her to push her powers to the limits, and bring her face to face with the past she’s been trying to put behind her. The stakes are higher than ever, and Ruby will have to fight for more than just her future.
I think we all remember that time I read The Darkest Minds and it completely wrecked all my emotions. Right?? It was another of those embarrassing moments when I walked around blinking back tears over the fates of fictional characters who had somehow crushed my heart in their fictional fists. (Other examples of this phenomenon: anything by Melina Marchetta, Crown of Midnight, anything involving thunder tigers… the list goes on. I am emotionally frail apparently.) And anytime a book has me this invested in its story and the people in it, I always have this strange dread of picking up the next installment because I just can’t stand the thought of what might happen to them. I mean, I desperately want to know, but then again I desperately don’t. But finally I couldn’t take it anymore and decided it was time to be a big girl and declare myself recovered from the feels facepunching of the previous books.