Thursday, July 24, 2014

Review: Never Fade

Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2) by Alexandra Bracken
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 507
Release Date: October 16, 2013


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?


Oh my flipping gosh! This book was so fantastic! I loved every second of it and I could not put it down! Alexandra Bracken really knows how to write 'em! If I could I would rate this more than 5 stars. From the first page to the last I was completely enthralled. There were many heart wrenching moments, and then the ending where I cried from sadness and then with joy!  Oddly enough, I really like the depressing atmosphere of The Darkest Minds and Never Fade. It makes the books more impactful and emotional.

Never Fade follows the journey of Ruby and her friends to find certain information about IAAN and Liam, the one person that Ruby wanted to protect from the Children's League. Throughout this book, Ruby has changed even more (if that's possible) from her time during The Darkest Minds. Ruby is now learning to control and use her Orange powers through the League's training. She has some new skills that come in handy throughout the book, and is way more ruthless than she ever was in the Darkest Minds. She has some soul-searching moments, some badass moments, some very tender moments between herself and some new characters. She's fiercely protective of all her friends, new and old, and I'm happy to say that she is still one of my favorite protagonists.

We meet many new characters in this book. We meet sweet and innocent Jude (he became one of my favorite characters), bad ass Vida, and many more. We also see a few characters return, none of which I will name for fear of spoilers.

Never Fade has a ton of twists and turns, most of them are entirely unexpected, so be prepared with tissues and don't read it while eating anything you could choke on. I almost cried a few times throughout the book (I did at the end) and I almost flung this book across my room at a few points, so be prepared.

All in all this book was extremely good. I highly highly recommend this series. Everything is so well written and perfect. I don't know if I'll be able to wait for the third and final (I don't like that word) book! 

If you've read this book or the previous one, what color would you like to be if we were ever in this world? Even through everything that happened, I think I would like to be an Orange. They seem like the most interesting and powerful powers.


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