Hey there book lovers! Who else is kind of shocked it's already December (raises hand a million times)? It's the last book club of 2016 and that just feels crazy to me. Guess we better start prepping all those end of the year lists that bloggers love to make. Jen and I actually decided on this months book during Friendsgiving. I was scrolling through my Kindle library and throwing out ideas to find something we both owned but hadn't read yet. We both got pretty excited when this one popped up so our choice for December is The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Braken.
We tried another book by Alexandra Braken this year (Passenger in February) and both didn't love it. However we saw her on a panel at BookCon in May and she was so awesome and cool and wonderful, we both felt kind of awful that we didn't love Passenger. We've talked about giving her other series a chance and it looks like December is when that happens.
So, what's it about?
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.
Ok sounds pretty legit right? I'm really excited to give Ms. Braken another chance and to dive into a cool fantasy type read while we deck the halls this month. Check back at the end of the month so we can all discuss it. Happy reading friends!