5 stars · dystopia · young adult

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken


Never Fade

The Darkest Minds #2
Book 1: The Darkest Minds

author : alexandra bracken

pages : [hardcover] 507

memorable quote “Oh, I’m sorry,” Chubs said, ‘apparently the middle of my sentence interrupted the beginning of yours. Do continue.” 

favorite characters : liam & chubs

summary :

Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster. 

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her. 

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

review :

As soon as I read The Darkest Minds it became one of my favorite books. I was equally excited and nervous to read this sequel, hoping that it would continue the awesome storyline and writing that I’d gotten in book one and still fearing that it would fall flat in ‘book two syndrome’. I wasn’t disappointed!

Of course as soon as the book started I wanted to see how things had gone since the end of the first book (because HOW could things have been left like that!!) and I wanted to see Liam. Honestly, through the first section of the book, every time a new scene started I got my hopes up again that he would appear. Because I wanted to see the interaction between him and Ruby and knew that things could only get crazier once he reappeared.

This book is just insane with the amount of action that’s thrown in. Obviously with a book that deals in plot twists like there’s no tomorrow, I spent most of the novel trying to figure out what could possibly happen next. Sure, there were a few things that I could predict, but what I absolutely loved was when something ridiculously unexpected would happen. There were some amazing twists in here that I never saw coming and think could play really well into how book three, the final book. I really don’t want this series to end but I also have to know how the characters are going to carry on with what happened in the ending to Never Fade.

I love recommending The Darkest Minds to people and now I’m happy to say that I’d highly recommend continuing with the series. The characters are interesting, the world they live in is insane, and the plot will definitely have you on the edge of your seat. One warning, though: As soon as you start this book, you’d better be prepared to have a lot of time to read because you’ll want to sit back and read from cover to cover.

5/5 stars

If you like this book, you might also like Divergent or The Lost Hero

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