By Laura Kraus, Youth Services Librarian
NOTE: THIS POST MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FROM THE DARKEST MINDS BY ALEXANDRA BRACKEN. PLEASE DO NOT PROCEED IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO KNOW WHAT OCCURS IN CHAPTERS 1-10 OF THE NOVEL. THANK YOU.
Welcome to the first week of Read Rant Rave, where we actually get into reading and discussing The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken! We will only be discussing chapters 1 through 10, so if you’ve skipped ahead, don’t reveal any spoilers for the rest of us, save your deep insights for next week’s discussion.
In these first ten chapters, we’re introduced to Ruby, a girl who’s spent 5 years in what’s called a Psi Camp, a place set up by the government in order to “rehabilitate” kids with special powers like telekinesis. Grouped by their powers, the kids live a miserable existence. This was not my favorite part of the book, as all I could think about were real life concentration camps in Europe and the eerie parallels that Bracken made to them in the story. My imagination gets way too active, and like most people, I tend to put myself in the story. When Ruby managed to escape it was a total sigh of relief! I stopped holding my breath and speed reading over the story (I know, putting myself in the story too much) and settled in to enjoy Ruby’s adventures outside the camp.
I’m not going to sit here and summarize everything that happened. I want to know what you thought while you read these chapters. Were you drawn in at once, or like me, had to pass on the violent setting of the camp? Do you trust Liam and the gang in Black Betty so far? Who’s your favorite character? I’m leaning towards Zu, she’s so young but has a lot of power within the group.
Good or bad, I want to hear it, so let’s get the discussion going! I’ll check in periodically through the week. Remember, everyone’s opinion is valid.
Laura is the BSBL Youth Librarian and can most often be found at her desk if she’s not doing a program. Her favorite books are Pete the Cat, The Egypt Game, and Elephant and Piggie. Her favorite authors are Neil Gaiman, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Jane Yolen, and Cynthia Rylant. Her favorite library related things are all the fun #bookface posts! Outside of work, Laura enjoys hanging out with her son at the zoo, park, or library, knitting, drawing graphic novels, making jewelry, cross stitch, sewing, and writing, but she is usually reading chapter books, graphic novels, and some YA! She loves nature (especially birds) and creative reuse.