Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Book Review: The Darkest Minds

TITLE: The Darkest Minds
Book 1 in the Darkest Minds series
AUTHOR: Alexandra Bracken
PUBLISHED: December 2012
GENRE: Dystopian, Urban Fantasy
PREMISE: In a strange turn of events children start to gain powers and fearful adults put them into camps to keep them under control.
MY REVIEW: If there was ever an opposite of the just reviewed Match Trilogy it is this debut. Yes, it's dystopian but it's completely different from Matched in scope, focus, and quality. I'll warn readers now: this book is DARK. I'm not kidding. Where Matched is all light on death and heavy on romance, Darkest Minds is more survival of the fittest and next to no romance. So if that's not your thing then you probably won't get into this very much.
But I personally really dug this. It was unique with a strong X-Men vibe. The writing is strong and for once an author gets the whole show don't tell thing. The world she created is freaky, interesting, and absorbing. Her characters are complicated and often times not nice people. This book was different from what I've read in the dystopian genre lately and it was honestly kind of refreshing.
As I said early, I suspect because of the darkness, this will not appeal to everyone. But if you don't mind that and something a bit more meatier then a love triangle/romantic drama with your dystopian then I really rec this for you.
WHO SHOULD READ: Clockwork Orange fans, X-Men fans, those not afraid of dark books
MY RATING: Four out of Five thumbs up

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