Darkest Minds #1 Ond Vilje
Title: Darkest Minds
Series: The Darkest Minds #1
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Published in English: 2012
Dansk titel: Ond Vilje
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2018
Forlag: Høst & Søn
Finished Reading: Februar 2019
Genre: YA, fantasy & Dystopian
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
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 had no real expectations to this book to begin with. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this read. It sounded freaking awesome but you tend to get disappointed if you expect too much. My feelings are mixed! Maybe because the book is constantly changing scenery. It’s like the book is split up into different sections and not all of them mingle with the previous “plot”
We have the beginning where we are introduced to the situation at hand, it was interesting and I was hooked but then we change to the next “episode” where we have some traveling around the country going on. It was a drag! In addition, I was so bored I actually thought about quitting right there. Then like all other stories, we reach a destination and that part was freaking good, with lots of character development going on. I actually liked Ruby in that section and then we end on a sour note. It’s been a roller coaster of a read with lots of vicissitudes.
I felt a little let down with the whole would building. It was lacking many details and the book was filled with major plot holes, but I kept on reading since it still had my attention.
As for the characters, I was a bit disappointed. What makes a good story is clearly the main character and his or her personality. However, Ruby barely had any personality whatsoever which disappointed me a lot.
Do you know that feeling when you know what is going to happen in the end of the book even before you’re half way through? I did! I sat at my sofa wishing Ruby would make different choices, however, that didn’t happen at any point. Frankly, she became more and dumber toward the end with her actions until she finally hit the jackpot in the ending.
If you liked the hunger games and Divergent series this probably isn’t the choice for you since it’s different from those series. The focus in this story is aiming more toward the actions within the book than the characters. I liked it and will definitely be reading the sequel.