The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken joins the many young adult dystopian trilogies. The story follows Ruby who has spent the last six years in a detention camp that closely resembles Auschwitz. The entire book reads like a thinly veiled allusion to the Holocaust except it's set in America and the people are teens and younger with different types of powers (coercion, pyrokinesis, telekinesis, to name a few).
I liked this book overall. I think Bracken drags out the mystery of what happened to Ruby out a little too far. It's also a little bit too long for what actually happens in the novel. I definitely wasn't a fan of the end, but it's the first book in a trilogy, so I'm hoping my problems with it will be solved in the next two books.
Overall, Bracken does a good job of creating likable characters. It's easy to get into the story because of the characters. The plot may have a few holes, but the relationships between the characters are a driving force behind the story.
Better to stay in the gray than get eaten by the dark.
We wanted you yesterday, we want you today, and we'll want you tomorrow. There's nothing you could do to change that.If you're scared and you don't understand your crazy abilities, then we'll help you understand--but don't think, not for one second that we would ever just leave you.
The darkest minds tend to hide behind the most unlikely faces.