When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.
Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.
When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who 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 a life worth living.
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To know more about the Author, click here : Alexandra Bracken
The first book I have read this year and I loved it! Yay! 😉
This is one very intriguing and original storyline. It is YA mystery-thriller with romance, in a dystopian (kinda apocalyptic) setting. It is a time when Children, upon hitting the age of puberty, are infected with a decease called Idiopathic Adolescent Acute Neurodegeneration (IAAN) and they either die from it… or those that survives the disease emerges with something far worse frightening abilities they cannot control, which, made the parents either scared of them or for them. And these children were then sent to a very brutal rehabilitation camp, where they are being classified to their level of danger, either they are green, blue, yellow, orange, and red… green being the least dangerous…. yellow, orange and red were classified as too dangerous and were erased.
Here we follow Ruby, the heroine, as she survived and escaped the camp she was sent to… and is now on the run… She joined a group of kids who also escaped their own camp.
It was easy to be captured by the story. A lot of chase action and suspense. The last quarter of the story definitely got my adrenaline pumping… It is dark, it is edgy, it is shocking, it is heart wrenching. The romance certainly did not disappoint.
In that light, I could see every bruise and cut on his face, some just beginning to heal, and others that had long-since scarred. But what held my attention wasn’t the bruise on his cheek—the same one I had given him a few days and lifetimes before—but the way his hair was standing almost straight up, curling around his ears and against his neck. The storm had turned its color to a darker shade of honey, but it didn’t lose any of its softness. It didn’t make me want to reach out and touch it any less.
“What?” he whispered. “What are you smiling about?”
My fingers brushed against his hair, trying to smooth it down. I realized what I was doing a full minute after Liam had closed his eyes and leaned into my touch. Embarrassment flared up in my chest, but he grabbed my hand before I could pull back and tucked it under his chin.
“Nope,” he whispered, when I tried to tug it away. “Mine now.”
Dangerous. This is dangerous. The warning was fleeting, banished to the back corners of my mind, where it wouldn’t interrupt how good it felt to touch him—how right.
“I’m going to need it back eventually,” I said, letting him run it along the stubble on his chin.
I love the intensity and the unselfishness of Ruby and Liam’s feelings for each other. The same goes with Zu and Chubs. It didn’t take long to relate with these four lead characters.
The writing is superb with a well constructed and consistent worldbuilding. The book cover and title are spot on, there are definitely a lot of dark minds ruling this story.
Although I knew what was coming in the end… it still surprised me. I’m glad all of the books in this series are already available… cause I am more than eager to read what happens next.