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The Darkest Minds MTI Edition
Contributor(s): Bracken, Alexandra
ISBN: 1368023231     ISBN-13: 9781368023238
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
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Product Type: Paperback
Published: June 2018
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Book one in the blockbuster Darkest Minds series-now with key art from the major motion picture that's hitting theaters August 2018!

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government "rehabilitation camp." She might have survived the mysterious disease that killed most of America's children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

But when the truth about Ruby's abilities-the truth she's hidden from everyone, even the camp authorities-comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. On the run, she joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp: Zu, a young girl haunted by her past; Chubs, a standoffish brainiac; and Liam, their fearless leader, who is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can't risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

While they journey to find the one safe haven left for kids like them-East River-they must evade their determined pursuers, including an organization that will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. But as they get closer to grasping the things they've dreamed of, Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.


Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Psychic ability; Fiction.
Prisoners; Fiction.
Interpersonal relations; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2018117051
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Series: The Darkest Minds
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.50" W x 1.50" (1.30 lbs) 488 pages
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q59789
Reading Level: 5.6   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 31.0
 
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Contributor Bio(s):
Alexandra Bracken is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Darkest Minds series and Passenger series. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved east to study history and English at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. After working in publishing for several years, Alex now writes full time and can be found hard at work on her next novel in a charming little home that's perpetually overflowing with books. Visit her online at www.alexandrabracken.com and on Twitter @alexbracken.


Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring)
One of many children locked up after a nationwide epidemic of extrasensory powers, Ruby escapes her prison camp after years of psychological torture and joins a group of kids searching for the elusive leader of a resistance movement. Healing friendships, a warm romance, and Ruby's fraught relationship with her own power add tenderness and complexity to a familiar action-packed dystopian setup.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2012 October #5)

Ruby was nine years old when the IAAN virus struck, killing an estimated 98% of adolescents across the U.S. Many of those who survived developed psychic abilities and face a perilous future, locked in brutal work camps. There are five categories of survivors, ranging from the less threatening Greens and Blues, with photographic memories and telekinetic powers, to the more powerful and dangerous Oranges and Reds. Ruby, now 16, is an Orange who has posed as a Green, and struggles to control her ability to see into others' minds. When an antigovernment group breaks Ruby out of her camp, it's the first step on a violent, unpredictable journey during which she forms a family of sorts with a group of fellow runaways. Bracken (Brightly Woven) has created a gritty, economically devastated near-future America where children are hunted and feared, and danger lurks even in the aisles of an abandoned Wal-Mart. Ruby is a strong and sympathetic heroine, and the story's quick-paced action leads to a heartbreaking cliffhanger that will have readers eager for the next book in this planned trilogy. Ages 12–up. Agent: Merrilee Heifetz, Writers House. (Nov.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 March)

Gr 9 Up—In this dystopian future, most preadolescents and adolescents are dead, brought down by a new disease, Idiopathic Adolescent Acute Neurodegeneration. Ruby Daly and other survivors from her town are taken to Camp Thurmond by the Psi Special Forces to be tested, categorized, and, according to the PR, "rehabilitated." There is no rehabilitation, though, in the concentration camps for young people with special powers, just drudgery and punishment. Ruby hides a secret from the PSF-she is not a Green, but an Orange, someone who can affect other people's minds. Members of the Children's League help her to escape but she is soon on the run from them as well when she learns that they intend to use her to commit violence. She joins the small band of Liam and Chubs, who are telekinetics, or Blues, and Zu, who is a Yellow, a person who can control electricity and machinery. Together the four seek East River, a sanctuary whose leader, the Slip Kid, can supposedly get messages to their parents. Before they can find the camp, they have to evade PSF soldiers, bounty hunters, and the Children's League, as well as solve the riddle of its location. While this story is full of action, it is also given depth by the difficult choices that Ruby faces. There are some fairly disturbing events and images (torture, rape, blood splattering, etc.). This book is a natural for dystopia fans but romance readers will also enjoy the blooming love between Ruby and Liam.—Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

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