Title: Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2)
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: Sept. 30, 2014
“I feel like I’m losing my damn mind, like your face has been carved into my heart, and I don’t remember when, and I don’t understand why, but the scar is there, and I can’t get it to heal. It won’t go. I can’t make it fade. And you won’t even look at me.” -Alexandra Bracken, Never Fade
“Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost 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 flash drive 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 enjoy the cover, it has depth and mystery. The novel itself is a great continuation from the first novel (The Darkest Minds). I felt the first half was missing something though only I’m not sure what yet. The characters maintained the same levels of depth and interest to me and I find that almost more important than the scenarios themselves. Meaning that they hadn’t lost any of their personality. There are some books I have read where after the first novel the characters seem to lose themselves over time. I didn’t see any of that with Never Fade and for that I am grateful. I can’t wait to read the third novel now to see how their journey concludes and how everything shapes out to be. I know I won’t be let down.
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