The Darkest Minds: A Must-Read Dystopian Novel to Pass the Time in Quarantine



Kayla Bodenburg

The Darkest Minds and the rest of the Darkest Minds series.

To all the bookworms who loved Divergent by Veronica Roth and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Written by #1 New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Bracken, The Darkest Minds is a series you won’t want to miss. 


In the remnants of a world once plagued with a pandemic that killed off 98% of the United States’ youth, the children who survived have developed superpowers. After the government announces that these kids are national threats, they are shipped off to rehabilitation camps such as Thurmond and Caledonia, with the promise that they will be returned to normal in no time. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. In these camps, the children are placed into color categories based on their powers. Greens: heightened intelligence, Blues: telekinesis, Yellows: electricity, Reds: fire, and the most dangerous, Oranges: mind control. 


Ruby Daly, happens to be one of the most dangerous ones. After laying low for six years pretending to be a Green, Ruby finds a way to escape from Thurmond, barely making it out alive. Now on the run, she joins a group of kids who escaped from their camp: Zu, a young Yellow who won’t speak to anyone; Chubs, a Blue with a sharp tongue; their leader, Liam, also a Blue who is infatuated with Ruby. However, she won’t let herself get close, no matter how much she may want to. Working their way to the East River, a supposed safe-haven for any runaways, they will have to work together and blindly trust one another. But when Ruby’s past comes back to haunt her, choices will have to be made that could rob Ruby of the life she dreams of. Thus starts the unforgettable trilogy that will have you wishing it will never end.