Huh. Is it me or does Alexandra Bracken not remind you of...
Nothing renders me useless like a really good book. That moment when you finish a story, look around, and realize that everyone is just carrying on with their lives as though you didn't just experience emotional trauma at the hands of a paperback. That's what I love about reading.
As much as I would LOVE to bump it higher there were parts that were frustrating as heck! But I have to admit the good overpowered the bits of bad.
Emotional Rollercoaster!! From beginning to end!
Multi facet, complex and heart warming characters!
Some of them I really wish could die a thousand deaths... plus a thousand more
Gritty, dark, scary and lonely world, where no one can be trusted, no one revered, no one loved because at the end of the day most are just looking for their own end goal, for their own wants and needs walking over whoever stands in their way.
At some point they have to start learning they are not alone. They are strong and brave because they refuse to go down quietly. They refuse to be pushed aside and ignored. Hunted like animals, treated liked dogs. They need to understand THEY ARE NOT BROKEN. THEY ARE NOT MONSTERS!
Heart shattering momentsNot for the weak of <3
Oh and that last line
Soooo all in all
This book was good. No, this book was really good. No, WAIT , this sh*t was awesome!!!
This book is dark and disturbing and the more you read, the more sense of realism jumps from the pages making it a believable chilling dystopia.
This is something Ruby had to learn the hard way. Abandoned by parents, forgotten by friends, abused by officers.
Bit by bit she was broken down, left alone in a helpless world where if you don't push, you'll be pushed harder, if you don't stand, you'll crumble.
Then one lucky day, she gets the chance at an escape.
And this is where the fun begins *wink*
I was a bit hesitant to read it, at first, because most of the reviews I saw were all negative and I had just finished reading this amazing book Stolen Songbird so I was still on a high and didn't wanna ruin it but I've learned the hard way that most of the time I go against the current. You cant begin to imagine the books I've read because of the RAVING reviews and later found myself wanting to hang everyone who dared recommend it. So I gave this baby a chance and I do NOT regret it!
The Darkest Minds tend to hide behind the most unlikely faces.
The entire book I was completely hesitant to trust anyone. The author had a way of making you scared to get attached to people because you were never sure who at the end of the day would be the one to pull the rug from under your feet.
It had a whole lot of plot twists that I was definitely NOTexpecting
I loved them all, even when while I hated some( lol, make any sense?). They are 3 dimensional, they're real. They all have a back stories you get to learn and piece by piece you get through the layers of who they are. Their actions are understandable and fluid, not just randoms events pieced together by the author. These are characters that grow throughout the book. Who you start reading about in the beginning is not the same person who will stand at the end of it.
Oh and That ENDING ...
“Don’t be scared. Don’t let them see.”
Alexandra Bracken I salute you
“They'd never fade, even in the afterlight of all of this...”
I've been sitting by the computer for a while now and still the words I want to say refuse to form coherent sentences to fill this review. Sentences that will let you know how much I adored this series despite it's many flaws and frustrations. Sentences that will capture the true essence of this book, these characters, their lives, their struggles and their victory.
“Are you sure this isn't a nightmare? And that we won't just wake up?", he asked quietly.
"Yes," I said after some time. "Because dreamers always wake up and leave their monsters behind.”
These characters are shattered into so many shards holding themselves up by sheer force of will. You can only be pushed down so many times until you start to show the cracks and smudges in your life. They are afflicted in every way, persecuted and struck down. Their world is dark, their story bleak, their emotions drained, their strength gone but their hope? No, they refuse to give that up. They refuse to hand it over. They refuse to stand down or bow out.
They are strong because they've known weakness.
They are fearless because they've lived afraid.
And they will make a stand because they've lived far too long on their knees.
“Now isn't the time to change yourself to fit into the world, You should be changing the world to accept you. To let you exist as you are, without being cut open and damaged.”
One of the reasons I love epic fantasy-more so than dystopian- is that overall feeling of hopelessness that then blossoms into a will to fight. When they stop worrying on what they have to lose and start focusing on what they have to gain-freedom. I don't think that's a feeling I ever got out of a dystopian which is weird, mainly cause that's their purpose. The fact that that is what I found here made me love this all the more.
This series as a whole was brilliant. It was devastating, magnificently developed with a cast of characters that were able to imprint themselves in my heart and make an everlasting impression. I've cried(a bucket of two), I've laughed, I've huffed in indignation, I've screamed in frustration. Everything. It's done it all to me. I truly believe this series is the epitome of an emotional rollercoaster.
I'm not saying this was perfect, for I refuse to lie. It had tons of room for improvement. This 535 page book could have probably been shortened into a good 300 pages. The characters at times were irritating, the plot dragged(a lot), the ending unclear and it just left one too many questions unanswered but the main dilemma is:
Can I live with these faults?
Yes, without an ounce of doubt or a second of hesitation.
“And the open road rolled out in front of us.”