The Darkest Minds is intense from the start. I was sucked into the story starting on page one, entranced by the story and I barely stopped reading until I turned the last page. It was dark, thrilling, and a bit scary at parts. I never knew exactly who I could trust and I loved trying to call the shots, even though I was wrong most of the time.
Alexandra Bracken has written a story that is so intricately woven and so beautifully written. It takes an exceptional book for me to want to put down a book to flag a quote, and there was something on every page that had me marveling at the lyrical nature of her prose.
I love Alexandra Bracken's characters. They are all so dynamic and diverse. Even in this hard time for the characters, there is such a focus on great friendships. I loved Ruby - she was such a fabulous main character. She had unwavering strength and a good hearted nature. Liam, oh Liam. I cannot wait to see more of him in the sequel, as he was another character who was just so good and what a hottie too!
The plot builds until the very last moment. The ending was brutal, but even though I didn't see it coming, it was such a Ruby move, so I could accept it. I cannot even imagine where Alexandra Bracken will take readers next, but wherever that is, sign me up.
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken was one of those few books I could find no criticism for. It was just stunning and was everything I was looking for in another Alexandra Bracken read. The wait since Brightly Woven has been a long one indeed, but The Darkest Minds is the book that made that wait worth it. Another masterpiece from Alexandra Bracken and a book I will be sure to reread over and over again.