Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Book Talk: Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

Title: Never Fade
Series: The Darkest Minds #2
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Release Date: October 15, 2013
Genre: Dystopia, Science Fiction
Age Group: Young Adult
Add it: Goodreads
Page Count: 507 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars
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?
My Thoughts

I was very apprehensive going into this book, with how The Darkest Minds ended, I was scared for what was to come. I went into The Darkest Minds with no expectations (thankfully) and I ended up loving it so I tried my best to do the same with Never Fade, but that didn't work since I wanted to know so badly what was going to happen!!! 

The first half of Never Fade was, to me, very slow and excruciating because (spoiler if you have not read The Darkest Minds) Ruby is with the Childrens League and a part of me learned to hate them, like truly hate them. Every moment Ruby was with them was every moment I wanted to throw my book across the room.  By the halfway point of the first half of the book, the story picked up tremendously for me. Not that the first part was boring, but I just couldn't handle it. Each day I would read less and less, but by the point to where Ruby goes on her Op, and she reconciles with other certain characters, I literally could not put this book down. The second half of the book is so fast paced and so wonderful, it completely makes up for the first half.

In the beginning, I had little to no appreciated for the new characters we meet, like Vida, Jude, and Cate (although we met her in book one). Cate was literally branded to my "hate list" when Ruby discovers Cate didn't rescue her because she had sympathy for Ruby, but instead for brutal reasons (God damn Childrens League UGH). Even after Cate was nice to her afterwards, I still couldn't give her the benefit of the doubt. Vida took a while to rub off on me, but by the end I was in love with her and I am now ship Chubs/Vida like there's no fucking tomorrow. 

In Never Fade, Ruby changes substantially from the Ruby we meet in The Darkest Minds. Yes, the dreaded Childrens League did teach her how to be tough (the only thing I'm thankful for from them ugh). Tough Ruby, taking charge and learning to hone in on her power was truly the greatest thing I experienced in Never Fade (after Liam. Everything comes second to my little perfect ball of sunshine Liam Stewart). Nothing makes me more happy when I see characters who have gone through so much crap in their life rise from the ashes and be the great person they were meant to be! And watching Ruby transform and being so bad ass was just so great, so great.

Now I sit here, patiently, waiting for September to roll around so In The Afterlight can come out and I can own it and read it and loose sleep over it and obsess over it and cry about it. Screw patience, I need it and I need it now! (Please?)

Quotes I Like

I think I'm losing it—I don't know what's happening, what happened, but I look at you, I look at you, and I love you so much. Not because of anything you've said, or done, or anything at all. I look at you, and I just love you, and it terrifies me. It terrifies me what I would do for you.

Sometimes you're the one speeding along in a panic, doing too much, not paying attention, wrecking things you don't mean to. And sometimes life just happens to you, and you can't dodge it. It crashes into you because it wants to see what you're made of.

Life isn’t fair." I said. "It’s taken me a while to get that. It’s always going to disappoint you in some way or another. You’ll make plans, and it’ll push you in another direction. You will love people, and they’ll be taken away no matter how hard you fight to keep them. You’ll try for something and won’t get it. You don’t have to find meaning in it; you don’t have to try to change things. You just have to accept the things that are out of your hands and try to take care of yourself. That’s your job.

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