Friday, December 13, 2013

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken [Review]

Never Fade (The Darkest Minds, #2)4.5 out of 5 Robots!
  


Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken
Series: The Darkest Minds #2
Genre: YA Dystopian/Paranormal
Release: October 15, 2013
Hardcover: 512 Pages
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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?
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
Never Fade is the follow up to The Darkest Minds, a series about teenagers with "special powers" who are hunted by, well, everyone.  Never Fade takes place several months after The Darkest Minds.  Ruby traded herself to the Children's League in exchange for saving her Chub's life.  She took away all of Liam's memories of her in an effort to protect them.  Now she is fully immersed with the Children's League (an underground organization that has a very shady history) and running ops for them.  But a series of events sets Ruby off on a path to retrieve vital information and puts her back on her old friends' radars. 

I actually really enjoyed Never Fade.  More so that the first book even.  I felt some of my issues with the first book were rectified a bit here.  My main complaint in the Darkest Minds was that Ruby was a cipher.  This go around, I felt I understood her much better.  I also thought the plotting was much more on course too.  There weren't any huge lags and there was a lot of action.  That being said, I'm also convinced this book could be a touch shorter.  The characters have a lot of conversations.  A LOT.  And most of the time they are fighting with each other.  But on the other hand, I thought the conversations were meaningful and I liked that the characters were willing to call each other out on their BS.

And the best part of this book is my favorite character, Chubs, was back!  I seriously love that guy.  There was also resolution from Ruby's actions from the previous book and she was definitely taken to task for it.  I thought it was well handled.  It didn't drag anything out too long but it also wasn't too easily resolved. 

Overall, by the end of this book, I am viewing this series even more favorably.  I am very excited to read the next one!


Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. The Darkest Minds
2. Never Fade

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