So my goal was to complete The Darkest Minds series prior to meeting Alexandra Bracken. Clearly, I did not accomplish that goal. However, I am so, SO glad that I’ve finally gotten around to reading this series, because I am truly enjoying it. I loved The Darkest Minds and Never Fade was even better. I cannot wait to devour In the Afterlight next.
Try pairing this Gabbiano Chianti with Never Fade. It’s strong flavor perfectly matches Ruby’s character in this novel. She has to become her own white night if she has any hope of surviving this next chapter in the trilogy.
The Nitty Gritty:
- Title: Never Fade
- Author: Alexandra Bracken
- Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
- Pub Date: October 15, 2013
- Pages: 507
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?
*Spoilers Ahead* The Darkest Minds series is everything that I would hope a Young Adult Dystopian novel would be. It truly captures that end-of-the-world vibe that a lot of Dystopians tend to gloss over and sometimes even glorify. In Never Fade you truly get to see the turmoil, the panic, and the absolute upheaval in these character’s lives.
And speaking of characters, Bracken truly outdid herself with the characters in this novel. The emotions that Ruby, Liam, and Chubs experience are believable and raw and really help you empathize with the situations they’re all facing.
There are also a couple of new characters that I ADORED, Vita and Jude. They are both such unique, dynamic characters. I could not get enough of them. They livened up every single scene they appeared in.
There is also a major character death in this book, and it’s handled just exactly right. It probably makes me some kind of masochist or something, but I LOVE it when an author can execute a major character death in a way that makes me really FEEL something, makes me cry, makes me actually mourn that character! That is something that has to be handled with extreme skill and delicacy, and I was truly FLOORED by how well-written this particular death scene was.
One thing that is so interesting to me is how different The Darkest Minds and the Passenger series feel. If I didn’t already know they were written by the same author, I truly don’t think I would have been able to tell, which shows how diverse a writer Bracken is.
I highly recommend this book for all readers who enjoy YA Dystopian novels. This will definitely be right up your alley.
I love, love, LOVE this cover. It is symbolic of one of the characters in this story that I absolutely fell in love with. It also continues the beautiful noir theme from The Darkest Minds with its broken barbed wire look. Just STUNNING.
*Spoilers Ahead* If you’ve read any of my previous review, you know that I love me some romantic tension, and Bracken absolutely knocked it out of the park! The reunion between Ruby and Liam is EVERYTHING I hoped it would be. Liam’s so confused and so incredibly angry with Ruby, and justifiably so, yet they are still so beautifully, perfectly in love despite EVERYTHING. But their relationship is still so wonderfully complicated and has so much friction, and is just swoon-worthy times about 1,000! Perfection!
This book is like Insurgent meets X-Men with its need to infiltrate enemy territory and the super-human abilities that these incredible kids have. Just so cool!
Have you read The Darkest Minds series yet? What did you think of it? How do you think it compares to Bracken’s Passenger series?
*All wine recommendations are for strictly for those of legal drinking age only.*