Series: The Darkest Minds #3
on October 28th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
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Ruby can't look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government's attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers. Only Ruby has any power over him, and just one slip could lead to Clancy wreaking havoc on their minds.
They are armed only with a volatile secret: proof of a government conspiracy to cover up the real cause of IAAN, the disease that has killed most of America's children and left Ruby and others like her with powers the government will kill to keep contained. But internal strife may destroy their only chance to free the "rehabilitation camps" housing thousands of other Psi kids.
Meanwhile, reunited with Liam, the boy she would-and did-sacrifice everything for to keep alive, Ruby must face the painful repercussions of having tampered with his memories of her. She turns to Cole, his older brother, to provide the intense training she knows she will need to take down Gray and the government. But Cole has demons of his own, and one fatal mistake may be the spark that sets the world on fire.
The best part of this book is how well it wraps up the whole series. All the loose ends were tied up and all the questions I had were answered. Just like the first two books, this one is fast paced and exciting. I once again had to cover up next page to keep myself from accidentally reading ahead and spoiling myself. Alexandra Bracken’s writing really appeals to me and always engrosses me in the story – it just works for me! Once again, she pulled off a few great plot twists that surprised me, although there was one that I was kinda onto when it was revealed. View Spoiler »Although I wasn’t SURE that Clancy was controlling or using Ruby, I was very suspicious he was doing SOMETHING to her. I knew Ruby wasn’t just “tired” for no reason – there was something going on and I was sure Clancy had something to do with it, I just wasn’t sure what he was doing. DAMN HIM, I hate Clancy! « Hide Spoiler
The world in this book grows just a little bit more and we learn how IAAN has been affecting the rest of the world, as well as the cause of IAAN. As much as I was looking forward to learning how IAAN came to be and how it works, I was sadly a little disappointed with the explanation. I’ve mentioned before that I have a science background, and I was disappointed because the explanation of IAAN didn’t really make sense scientifically. View Spoiler »More specifically, I work in genetics. The way the “mutation” that caused IAAN was explained just doesn’t work for me – that’s just not how genetics or mutations work. « Hide Spoiler In the end, I had to just let that go and look past the IAAN explanation to be able enjoy the rest of the story. From a non-scientific point of view though, the explanation was entertaining and fit with the rest of the story. I would love to see more stories set in this world and I’m really looking forward to reading the novellas in this series in the near future.
One of the best parts of this series are the characters. Alexandra Bracken has a way of creating characters that I connect with and can really empathize with. First of all, my love for Liam Stewart knows no bounds. The relationship between Liam and Ruby is complicated, but I never stopped supporting that ship. View Spoiler »I HATED how much they didn’t trust each other! I wanted them to just get over it and be 100% committed to the relationship. At the same time, I could understand where the trust issues were coming from. It was very heart breaking to watch them grow apart because I just wanted them to be happy together. « Hide Spoiler Ruby’s character growth throughout the series was really amazing. She started out as being this timid girl who just tried to stay under the radar, and by the end of the series she is truly a bad ass girl who not only takes care of herself, but also fiercely protects those she loves. Ruby is one of my favorite protagonists and I loved watching her grow over the course of the series. For my thoughts on the rest of the characters, see this spoiler tag –> View Spoiler » 1) I was totally not expecting Chubs and Vida to get together. It was unexpected but very adorable! 2) I was so happy to be reunited with Zu in this book! And her relationship with Vida was so heartwarming, not to mention I almost shed a tear or two when Zu started talking again. 3) I don’t have very strong feelings about Cole as a character. I hated that he was keeping secrets from Liam and I never fully trusted him. As much as I was sad to see him go, I am eternally grateful it was Cole and NOT LIAM. I would have been much more BROKEN if Liam had died. « Hide Spoiler Oh, and Clancy is a terrible human being. That’s all I have to say about him LOL.
This book! This series!! I thoroughly enjoyed going on this journey with Ruby and the rest of the characters in this book. This is one of the best endings to a series I have read, everything is wrapped up so nicely. I definitely recommend this book and series to dystopian lovers – if you’ve read the first two books and haven’t picked this one up WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE?! This is one of my new favorite dystopian series. I LOVED IT. I’m looking forward to reading more of Alexandra Bracken with her new release Passenger, as well as the bind up of novellas in this series Through the Dark.