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The darkest minds
Bracken, Alexandra
Teen Fiction BRACKEN

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A friend recommended this to me and I am glad they did. It is right in my wheel-house, as they say. Set in a not-so-distant future, a whole generation of kids comes down with a deadly disease which kills over 70%. d if that wasn't devastating enough, the survivors develop strange abilities(super powers). The government, in order to protect the rest of the population, sticks all these kids in concentration/prison camps, to study and experiment on, but mostly just to isolate. There are five distinct groups of powers, all color-coded for easy identification. Blues are telekinetic, Yellows mentally control electricity, Greens are super intelligent, Reds can start fires with their minds, and the most dangerous of all are the Oranges, because they can control people with their telepathy. After a couple of "incidents", the Oranges and Reds are deemed too dangerous and need to be eliminated. Ruby is an Orange, pretending to be a Green. She is afraid of her powers and seeks only to blend in and survive. But as terrible as her new existence is, her life gets even harder and more complicated when an anti-government group breaks her out of camp. Can she trust them? Or do they just want to use her as a weapon? While not a fan of dystopias in general, Bracken really makes this situation seem very plausible. What would the government do if confronted with such a situation? How would that affect our economy and our society? Great teen book. Not for younger kids.
posted Jan 6, 2014 at 4:34PM
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