The Darkest Minds

The Darkest Minds - Alexandra Bracken The Darkest Minds is a YA dystopian novel. It's about a girl, Ruby, who was sent into a camp when she was 10 years old. Most of her friends and classmates had died of a weird disease by then. The illness, called IAAN (Idiopathic Adolescents Acute Neurodegeneration) usually befalls children between the ages of 8-14. Ruby survived but developed special abilities. She can see into people's minds and later learns how to control people. The only problem: she can't control her abilities and things go wrong. The book starts out really fast paced and interesting. The reader learns a lot about the world the story takes place in and also about Ruby's situation and background. The middle part of the book felt a little flat to me. I had problems getting back into the story because it didn't seem to evolve. The storyline felt stuck and really slow. I was waiting for more to happen. In comparison, the pace picked up again later on and when the reader was let to the end of the book I was completely invested in it again and couldn't put it down. All together a quite enjoyable read.