Thursday, May 1, 2014

Book Review: Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

Release Date: October 15, 2013

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Pages: 507

Received: Barnes and Noble

Star Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

                      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?

My Thoughts:

This is the second book of The Darkest Minds Trilogy. So I suggest you read that book first before reading this review. But if you HAVE read it, and want some of my imput, please continue! There should be minor spoilers in this review.

Ultimately, I have no complaints. Bracken has out done herself even more that the previous novel! This book was excruciatingly intense. The cast of characters were one of the highlights in this novel. I don’t think I can praise them enough. There was character development and character connections, which I was a fan of!

There was also a few of new characters. Vida, one of the new characters, I think is one of the sassiest characters I had ever come across of. In the beginning, I thought she was a bitch and I hated her. She is human and she has emotions and I respect her and I love her. Jude was just a little 14 year-old who saw the best in everyone. Ruby and Liam’s relationship left me in tears. But in the gas station scene. That was so hard for my heart. Their relationship progresses and keeps you on the edge of your seat.

The plot was a total HIGHLIGHT. It was fast pace, there were twists and turns, and had a beautiful balance of love and action. Bracken has MAJOR talent with her characters, to her plot. 

The characters struggle and learn more about themselves. The humor was well balanced at the most perfect scenes. Some scenes scared me to bits and this book was much much darker. I’m so excited for the final installment in the trilogy and how Bracken will conclude this trilogy.


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