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It was a birthday present for a friend during her sophomore year. The book received relatively positive reviews, many critics calling Alexandra the debut author to watch. Ruby survived a disease that killed most of the kids in America. However, she also emerged with special powers, abilities that she has no control over.

At sixteen, Ruby is now one of the dangerous ones. And she has barely escaped Thrumond with her life. Now on the run, desperate and determine to find East River, the one place safe for kids like her, a safe haven, Ruby joins other children that escaped their own camps. Their leader, Liam, has fallen for Ruby; however, want him as she might, Ruby cannot risk reaching out to him and getting close, not after what happened to her parents.

The group eventually reaches the East River; however, nothing is at it seems, especially the mysterious leader of East River.

But, with terrible forces at work, this along with people determined to use her to fight the government Ruby will have to make a terrible choice, a decision that might lose her the only chance she has at a normal life. The interest surrounding this book varies depending on the reader. Alexandra Bracken creates a universe in the first novel of her series that is truly immersive.

Taking place in a future where a considerable portion of the younger generation have been infected and seemingly eradicated by a disease, the story focuses on the survivors, children with special abilities that adults do not understand. Scared and uncertain of their futures, these children are locked away in camps where they are condemned to a life reflective of the typical prison. The story is tinged with many dark and gloomy elements, the author representing the struggles of the kids in as heartbreaking a manner as possible.

Remaining strong despite all that she has suffered, she has strived to maintain her sanity, determined to understand what happened to her parents. Along with Liam, she heads a cast of unique individuals trying to find a place of safety in a world that is a little too dark. However, she must learn to call upon them every day, heading difficult missions to bring a corrupt government to its knees.

Setting out across a lawless country to find Liam and the answers to the catastrophe that destroyed her life, Ruby will find herself torn between her old friends and her duty to the league. Will she strive to protect her loved ones if winning the war means losing herself?

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Brightly Woven

Early life[ edit ] Alexandra Bracken was born in Phoenix, Arizona. In New York City, she worked in the children publishing industry, first as an editorial assistant, then in marketing. The series focuses on Ruby, a year-old girl with special abilities that she has only just begun to understand. The title of the first novel and the series was changed from Black is the Color to The Darkest Minds in November This book continues to follow the main character Ruby as she learns to control her abilities, reunite with her friends, and fight back against the government that wants to imprison them. As they fight for a place in the world, Ruby and her friends formulate a plan to rescue the children trapped in the so-called rehabilitation camps. Bracken replaces R.


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