Monday, June 30, 2014

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken - ADVISIBLE

Bracken, Alexandra Never Fade, 507 pgs. Hyperion, 2013. $17.99. Language: R (100+ swears 19 Fs); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: PG-13

Never Fade is the second book in the Darkest Minds series. The story picks up with Ruby working for the Children’s League acting as “Leader” over other kids. She has been trained to run missions for the League in order to gain intelligence on the government and bring light to their corruption and abuse. Her newest mission will send her out to recover information that could be used not only to explain the disease that has killed most of America’s children and left the rest with unique abilities, but will also bring her back to Liam. The boy she loves is now the boy who will have no memory of her or their time together. Crossing the country in a desperate attempt to save those still trapped in the rehabilitation camps will bring new friendships, discovery of old loves, and a chance at redemption.

The second book in the Darkest Minds trilogy is a solid if overly long read. The characters from the first book are back as well as some additions that work surprisingly well as the cast list continues to grow. Ruby is a strong lead character who is flawed, but is interesting to watch as she matures and begins to change from a young naïve refugee to a smart daring fighter who is learning about her abilities and how to use them both supernatural and otherwise. Some readers who are disturbed by violence may be put off since it primarily involves children, but it is never graphic or superfluous.


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