(The Darkest Minds #2)
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.
If you enjoyed the The Darkest Minds, you are in for an epic read. Never Fade never disappointed, chock full of action, drama and romance, I have very little criticism for this sequel.
Ruby came to us a frightened but strong willed girl in the first novel, but if you expect this same girl to make an appearance in the sequel you are in for a shock. Ruby’s character development was executed so flawlessly that while we see some big changes in ideology and personality, none of it seems out of character. In fact, I had no problem reconciling this tougher more resistant version of her with that of the fierce but hesitant girl in the first novel. Over the length of the novel, we also got to witness some surprising struggles, within herself or outwardly with her abilities. This only happened to further endear me to her. I do not use this term lightly, but Ruby definitely deserves the title of a badass heroine.
Along with Ruby’s involvement in the Children’s League came an interesting and diverse group of new characters. All the new characters had unique and sometimes overbearing personalities. Each of them was presented in such a way that you could not help but fall a little bit in love with them. Even the ones that vehemently went against Ruby or were downright rude, you ended up empathising with. We also get reintroduced to some old favourites.
Now, with the Children’s League also came a glimpse into the seedy underbelly of the epidemic that swept the country. Corrupt government officials, undercover research, rebellions, and cover-ups ride the waves of the aftermath of an epidemic that locked the majority of the population’s children away.
As far as plot goes, there was not one moment where I was not anxiously flipping the pages in excitement, the novel did not lag or grow tedious. There was always another obstacle, something to bring down or someone to rescue. I was gripped in the claws of excitement and adventure for the entirety of the novel. Just when you think everything has calmed down, that there safe and are going to come out of a situation relatively unscathed, Alexandra Bracken sets you up for a heartbreaking scene.
And finally, as I am sure I was not the only one who was anxiously waiting to read this sequel to discover Liam’s fate, and the fate of his relationship with Ruby. No need to worry, Liam does make an appearance. His interactions with Ruby are just as swoon worthy as they are painful. If you have not yet read The Darkest Minds I highly recommend you do so.