Book Title: Never Fade
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Series: The Darkest Minds #2
Publication Date: October 15th 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, YA
Age Range: 12-17 years old
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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?
Never Fade is the second book in the series so I suggest reading The Darkest Minds first before reading this review in case I spoil anything for you. You have been warned.
I’m sorry for my choice of words. But holy shit.
The series just keeps on getting better. If you read my review on The Darkest Minds, you would know how much I adored that book. There was a part of me that thought the sequel wouldn’t be just as good—if not better than the first. Heck, I was wrong!
The story was written so beautifully. It was action-packed but also well-paced and easy to follow. I was stuck in Ruby’s world once I started reading it. I couldn’t get out—I didn’t want to get out.
Ruby’s character was astounding. At the first part of the book, she seems like a cold-hearted person. I don’t see it as her changing, more like it was her own way of surviving the Children’s League. She built a tough and uncaring persona and merely tucked away her fragile side so nobody can see it. But we do see it as the book goes on. I might not be making any sense right now but you have to read it to get what I mean!
Also, I like how Ruby suffered consequences of her own decisions. It shows that she isn’t perfect which made me connect to her even more.
Although it took me a while to get accustomed to the new characters, Jude and Vida, I learned to love them all the same. And is it just me or does Cate seem a bit sketchy?
And that cliffhanger, damn! Note to self: when planning on re-reading Never Fade, keep In The Afterlight (the third and final book in the series) nearby.
Would I recommend this?
Totally! Read the first book first though (duh!)
Reading order: from left to right
All book cover photos and summaries are taken from Goodreads.