Have you read The Darkest Minds trilogy? No? Well then, what are you waiting for?
What, so you can’t just take my word for it? You actually want me to prove it to you? Gosh, fine. Today I’m going to share a few reasons why I adore the Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken, and why you should read them as well.
1. Concept AND execution!
A disease has taken over America. Only the new generation has been victimized and as a consequence, they’ve all gained inhuman powers, like telekinesis and mind control. The government has put them in horrible camps for their “own safety.” It’s not a super unique concept (at least the terrible disease part wasn’t), but the execution was amazing! Alexandra Bracken really brought this concept to life!
2. Stellar protagonist!
Ruby is an Orange, one of the most dangerous teens, and she’s worried about hurting the people around her. She’s not sure she can trust herself around others, and this is something she struggles with throughout the series. Ruby always wants to do the right thing, and she was very admirable. Certainly, I wouldn’t handle things nearly as well in her situation!
GUYS GUYS GUYS THIS ROMANCE WAS SO CUTE EEK. In the first book, Liam (one of the other teens on the run) develops feelings for Ruby. Ruby isn’t sure she can trust him because she has been betrayed so many times, at first. It started off quite slow, but it was still adorable and one of my favorite parts throughout this series.
4. The writing!
I love Alexandra Bracken’s writing style. It’s very descriptive so it is easy to immerse yourself in the story. These books did take longer than usual to read because of this, but I still consider it a positive! The writing really suits the story that is being told here.
They were never scared of the kids who might die, or the empty spaces they would leave behind. They were afraid of us––the ones who lived. – The Darkest Minds
5. Consistent amazingness
After reading The Darkest Minds, I was worried that the rest of the trilogy wouldn’t live up to my expectations! A lot of trilogies suffer something that some people like to call “second book syndrome.” The Darkest Minds trilogy is impressive because all of the books are equally entertaining and gripping.
All in all, this is a fantastic trilogy and I highly recommend it. I think it’s fantastic for fans of Marie Lu, Tahereh Mafi, and Veronica Rossi. The adorable romance, fierce main character, and brilliant execution are sure to please!