Book Review: Never FadeAuthor: Alexandra Bracken
To-Be-Published: October 15, 2013
Series: The Darkest Minds #2
Genre: YA Fantasy/Dystopian
The Setting - Taken from Goodreads
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 Two Cents
Hmmm. I'm not really sure what to think of Never Fade. The ending of The Darkest Minds had me crying like a baby. I was so anxious to get my hands on the sequel. And once I had it, well, it never really took off for me. On one hand, it was fairly action packed, with Ruby traveling across the country multiple times and rounding up "old" acquaintances as she went. But on the other hand I was unsatisfied, and at times frustrated, with the relationship between Ruby and Liam. Yes I realize Ruby has erased herself from Liam's memory, and maybe that was a bad choice, but Liam can't seem to forgive Ruby for her choice and it felt like they were squabbling siblings the entire book. But perhaps my biggest problem about Never Fade was the ending. It felt incomplete, like it just ended mid-sentence. And of course, to follow in the footsteps of The Darkest Minds, Never Fade ends with a cliffhanger. Not as big as the first book, but ugh! It would have helped to add an extra scene (even if it diminished the cliffhanger) to make the ending feel finished. Overall not a total bad read, but not what I was hoping for, 3 out of 5 stars. Please Bracken, fix the relationship between Liam and Ruby! It's what made the first book "special" for me!