Monday, January 20, 2014

Never Fade

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Today’s post is on Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken. It is the second in her Darkest Minds series and is 507 pages long. It is published by Hyperion. The cover is dark grey with the title, author’s name, and a compass in lighter silver. The story is told from first person point of view of the main character Ruby. The intended reader is young adult but the series is so good that an adult could love it too. There is language, violence, but no sex in this book. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the book jacket- Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost 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 saved in only one place: a flash drive in the hands of Liam Steward, 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 had 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 is winning the war means losing herself?

Review- I loved Darkest Minds and the sequel is just as good. It started about six months after the end of the first book with Ruby in the Children’s League. Cate who was thought to be a serious bad person in the first novel changes to not being one but we do not really see much of her. The real changes come from Ruby as it should be. This is a journey novel so if you do not care for those then this story will probably not be much fun for you but I love the journey stories. As Ruby crosses the country in search of Liam, she finds some of the characters from the first novel including the villain. Overall the story is great with plot twists, seeing more of the world from a different perspectives, and character growth. Bracken ends the book in a good place if a little sad. The death toll is not as high in this novel which is nice. I cannot wait for the third book in the series.

I give this book a Five out of Five Stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library.