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Book Review: Never Fade

Title: Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2)
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: October 15, 2013
Reviewer: Lea
Rating: 2 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?


          I usually don't rate books below 3 stars but I will make an exception.

          Why did I read this? 

          Because I really wanted to read something, and this was the only thing I could read.

          When I read the Darkest Minds (Here's Lyanna's review; I won't make one of my own anymore though I would rate it as a 2 or 2.5), it seemed really nice at first, I was interested and I had high hopes when I was reading it—BUT BOY, THINGS AREN'T AS THEY SEEM. 


          I started to realise that the only reason I was so interested/curious, wasn't because of the book— it was because //there was nothing else to read and it's better to read something than nothing at all//

           Why do I hate it so much?? BECAUSE OF EVERYTHING!! The plot is waaaay overused and incredibly cliche— there was no creative world building; it followed a template— disaster, then government tries to intervene, then President is pretty evil// ALL THAT CORNY STUFF!!! Even the idea of humans having "amazing" super powers— it's just practically X-Men! At least give me a more creative reason why people would start having unexplainable abilities!! It's so unoriginal and the way she wrote this dystopia is just //boring//.

           You know what else is annoying? RUBY. She is one of the most annoying characters I've ever read in YA before.  Every decision that she makes— it's either stereotypical or just plain annoying.  I mean,  the entire first book was dedicated to trying to run away from the League, only to //end up there anyway//.  

        EVEN HER PERSONALITY IS NOTHING WORTH MENTIONING: again, she's written from a template! Defiant, strong, brave, honourable,  willing to make 'sacrifices'— so so so typical. She has ZERO defining features in her personality, and she was just plain, old, bland.  I can't even say with confidence that she's a smart character!!!! Every time she made a decision I was like: 

         I found it so infuriating how much she hates herself and her abilities— yeah yeah, she's got reasons but it's just the way she explains herself— she sounds like an in denial, weakling, the way she would describe her abilities.  SHE IS NOT OPEN-MINDED. Did it never occur to her that she can use her abilities for the common good (which does not include joining a stereotypical organisation whose mission is to 'save the world' yatta yatta— it's not the smartest decision) instead of droning on about how disgusted she is about herself?!??!?!?! UGGGGHHHH

          EVEN THE ROMANCE IS STEREOTYPICAL— is there anything special about it?!?! Is there anything unique?? A N Y T H I N G?!?!? 


           The entire story line has nothing interesting in it— she goes into a mission, bumps into old friends, new problems— you know, the usual. Yeah there were some 'plot twists' but all it ever did was cause I veeeeeery very small lump in the plot development. 

           The only reason why this book has any stars at all is because— Cole— only character who ever added mystery in the story and some sort of an appeal; Clancy, because I was in his side the entire time because //that's how much I hated Ruby//

            Oh, and I gave one whole star for Chubs, from one person who aspires to be a doctor, to another.

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