[466]: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

DSC_0756GOODREADS SUMMARY | Disney Hyperion | Hardcover,
488 pages | December 18th, 2012 | Young Adult Paranormal |
Rating: 1 out of 5 Stars


Children of the corn.

When Ruby was ten years old, her powers manifested in a way that  earned her a stint at Thurmond; a rehabilitation camp for children meant to stabilize their powers so that they can get back to living with the society.  But what the parents didn’t know was exactly what kind of “rehab” the children are put through in the camps. For six years, she saw oppression and abuse in the hands of Psi Special Forces. She laid low, spoke very little, and tried to hide the scope of her abilities. Because for someone with her kind of power, it means ultimate death.

Shades of superpowers.

Their powers are classified into colours: red, being the most powerful and the rarest. Ruby is an orange; someone whose abilities derive on mind control and the power of suggestion. Blue are telekinetic; yellow can start fires; and green being the lowest grade. During classification, Ruby managed to evade certain death, as all reds and oranges are being destroyed. Through power of suggestion, she was able to convince the presiding scientist that she was  a green. When they develop a system that seeks out all the remaining orange, Ruby’s powers were discovered.

Fasten your seat belts.

As many dystopian novels that have come our way, we’ll see Ruby  on a  journey through most of the story. She’ll come across three kids that had managed to escape their camp through their leader’s relentless ingenuity. We’ll meet a token love interest, his mistrusting sidekick, and an adorable but broken mute girl. Along the way, they’ll evade numerous attempts of detainment from three forces: Psi Special Forces, The Children’s League, and Skip tracers. This is one of the reasons why boredom will never be a factor when you read this book.

Their goal was to find Slip Kid. This– almost mythological creature that can find a way to transmit, retrieve and pass on a message to those parents who still have hopes of reuniting with their brood.

The world building is a bit unclear. In some parts, we see the usual destruction brought on by desperation, and in others, we still see echoes of a somewhat orderly civilization. The most baffling of all was a Walmart that was still stocked with food, clothing and supplies on the shelves. In the beginning, we’re told that the world almost succumbed to the loss of humanity, and yet they can still find pockets of what life used to be.

The painful last quarter.

LOVE. TRIANGLE. HELL.

Way to ruin a perfectly good book. Needless to say, I will not be continuing on with this series. It doesn’t matter how well written a book is. For me, love triangles nullify every single good thing about the story. It is not an enjoyable trope, and it does not enhance the human elements in a book.  A female character fighting her feelings for two boys shows weakness, and inability to listen to the dictates of her heart. It is wholly unnecessary, and an unforgivable faux pas.

I hope you don’t think me as one that’s hard to please, but it’s hard not to feel anything else with books that betray me so sharply. Yes, I take everything personally; most especially from books that had me enthralled into complacency, only to drop the proverbial anvil in the end. That’s why I have trust issues, you know?

Arguably, such an adverse reaction is better than apathy. Because then the book would at least remain remarkable to me, albeit for the wrong reasons.

I bought the third book before I finished this one. So I now own the trilogy that will remain unread in my shelves. I’m such an idiot.