Ruby, a young woman imprisoned in a horrific work camp for most of her life, after discovering she had abilities she could not control, finally escapes and is on the run. She meets up with several other teens who, like her, are desperate to find the only safe place they know of for people like them.
East River is supposed to be a sanctuary, but after arriving Ruby and her friends begin to question whether it will indeed be their saving grace. Strange happenings are taking place and seriously intense choices must be made. Ooh... and she falls in love. Duh. It always happens!
If you're looking for a dark and heavy read -- something to match the weather outside -- then this is perfect. The dystopian world Bracken has created is believable and scary! Definitely a page turner and one that will please fans of Divergent, Shatter Me, and The Knife of Never Letting Go. It made for a great read over vacation.
Ruby is a strong character, flawed in her own skin, yet determined to survive. She's the type of character, much like Tris, Katniss, and even Rhine from Wither, that makes you love them despite their flaws and cheer for them as they overcome the huge obstacles that the authors inevitable throw their way.
A long read, but a good read.
The Darkest Minds