Author: Alexandra Bracken
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dystopia
Publication Date: October 15th 2013
Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster. When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her. As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?
I finished The Darkest Minds figuring that I would wait a few books before I started this one, well I didn't. I started it immediately. My heart was still aching and I wasn't prepared to what was going to happen next. Since the ending still has me a little frazzled I am going to share some of my favorite quotes. (Most of them are Vida, she is extremely quotable)
"That's what gets you upset? A dumb name? She's been calling you Judith for months."
"I will come down on you so hard, they'll be naming hurricanes after me for a fucking century."
"She would drive a saint to murder. Like, ten-stab-wounds-to-the-torso murder." "Good thing you're not a saint."
"Miss Vida," Liam said, "has anyone ever told you that you are positively the whipped cream on the sundae of life?" She glared at him. "Anyone ever told you your head is shaped like a pencil?"
"I know I'm going to shred the skin of your face and turn it into hair ribbons,"
"Cate: "What are you doing?" Ruby: "Locking Clancy Gray in a closet."
“Ghosts don't haunt people--their memories do.”
“I feel like I'm losing my damn mind, like your face has been carved into my heart, and I don't remember when, and I don't understand why, but the scar is there, and I can't get it to heal. It won't go. I can't make it fade. And you won't even look at me.”
“I think I'm losing it—I don't know what's happening, what happened, but I look at you, I look at you, and I love you so much. Not because of anything you've said, or done, or anything at all. I look at you, and I just love you, and it terrifies me. It terrifies me what I would do for you.”
“And people like you are the reason we have middle fingers.”
“Later, gator." "In an hour, sunflower.”
My blogger friends weren't lying when they said this book would bring on the feels, just like the end of The Darkest Minds I cried like a baby when this one ended. How could that happen? I just can't get a grip on it. But I love how fierce Ruby had become in the book, so much more character growth then in book one. Overall I give it four and a half stars. The death at the end of this book (and those of you who have read it know what I am talking about) and few other small things are my reason why.