FINALLY Reading/Reviewing The Darkest Minds

So I am finally, FINALLY getting around to reading and reviewing The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, since she is making a tour stop here in SLC for her new novel Wayfarer, out January 3rd, 2017! And I am SO glad that I am, because I really enjoyed this book. In my opinion, it truly is the epitome of what a dystopian novel should be.



I recommend a Gothic Pinot Noir, which perfectly complements the dark themes of this novel. Also this wine gets bonus points for using Edgar Allan Poe’s work as inspiration for their wine titles and labels. Click here to add this book to your GoodReads list.


The Nitty Gritty:

  • Title: The Darkest Minds
  • Author: Alexandra Bracken
  • Publisher: Disney Hyperion
  • Pub Date: December 18, 2012
  • Pages: 488


GoodReads Description:

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.




I am so, so excited that Alexandra Bracken is coming to Salt Lake on her latest book tour, not only because I’m THRILLED to have the opportunity to meet her, but also because it finally gave me the motivation to start this amazing book series.

While I thought the idea of the book was interesting when I first read the description, I seriously underestimated how well-written and developed the story and characters would be. Admittedly, some of the situations the characters find themselves in are predictable, but it’s the emotional depth of the characters and the way they fight both mentally and physically for a place in their new world that really elevates this book.

I HIGHLY enjoyed reading this book, and I’m immediately jumping into the next one! Here’s to hoping Bracken has the time to sign both series while she’s in town!




I love this cover. Somehow they’ve managed to make barbed wire and and creepy symbols look totally GORGEOUS!




*Spoilers Ahead* Liam certainly makes for one seriously swoon-worthy, Southern love interest. However, this story is more about Ruby and her development than the development of their relationship. For the record, I am COMPLETELY okay with that. I do wish that the “Skip Kid” would have been a little more swoon-worthy before we discovered he was a big baddie. I’m picturing something along the lines of The Darkling…



This book is like Paper Towns by John Green meets The Walking Dead, except in this story, the main characters are the monsters. Well, the perceived monsters anyway.


Alexandra Bracken’s Wayfarer Tour Schedule!


What did you think of The Darkest Minds series? Did you enjoy it as much as I am? Is Alexandra Bracken stopping by a city near you on her upcoming tour?

*All wine recommendations are for strictly for those of legal drinking age only.*


4 thoughts on “FINALLY Reading/Reviewing The Darkest Minds

  1. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    You know, The Darkest Minds didn’t really do it for me. I felt like everything was predictable, which was a bit dull for me. I know I’ll continue to read the series at some point, but I stalled out here. I do love Ruby’s personal development– she starts out so naive and innocent when she first escapes, which feels so accurate after living for so long in the camp.
    I look forward to your review of book 2. That will help sway me and my reading.

  2. YAandWine says:

    I can see what you’re saying. For me, while some of the plot points are predictable, the timing and means of Bracken’s delivery of those plot points are what keep me glued to the story. Hopefully I’ll have book 2 done the first if next week. 🤞🏼

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