When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.
Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.
The Darkest Minds is yet another series that has been near the top of my TBR-list for a long time. A very long time. I was finally able to pick up the first book in this series and, as usual, I was extremely mad at myself for not reading this book sooner. The Darkest Minds was a really great read and it had action, romance, twists and turns, and basically everything that I love seeing in young adult dystopian novels. But, with that being said, it also had elements to it that made it original and definitely thrilling. While this book did have its flaws every now and then, I think The Darkest Minds was a really great first book in a series that left me wanting to read the next book as soon as possible.
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I haven’t done any type of book tag in a while and, inevitably, I’m extremely bored and trying to procrastinate at the moment, so I figured why not complete a new book tag! I got the idea to do this tag after watching Hailey’s video and then I went and found the original creator of this tag, Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner. This seems like such a fun tag to complete so, without further ado, let’s get into this survey.
When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.
To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.
If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.
I’m going to begin this review by mentioning the fact that Silvera’s debut novel, More Happy Than Not, broke my heart towards the very end of the story, so I had a bit of time to emotionally prepare myself for the inevitable stream of tears that would occur. However, History Is All You Left Me managed to shatter my heart into a billion tiny pieces within the first few pages. Yes, you read that right. Pages. I had read that this book was fairly heart-breaking, but I definitely was not prepared for the intensely raw emotions that this book would provoke within me. History Is All You Left Me is one of the most accurate novels in regards to grief and the grieving process that I’ve read within my lifetime. Silvera is able to easily connect readers with emotions that they can relate to, even if the reader isn’t able to fully relate to the events that occur within the novel. This book is own voices with an LGBTQ+ main character who has OCD and it contains raw emotions, flawed characters, and a sense of hopefulness that provides a source of light within the darkness of loss and grief. (Quick note: yes, J.K. Rowling totally inspired that last sentence of mine.)
The rest of this review is spoiler-free.