Synopsis: 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.
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Young Adult
Cover: This cover is so mysterious and captivating from the worn out look that it gives off. The barbed wire really helps signify Ruby’s time in captivity because of her powers. I love the symbol on the cover that the Skip Tracers wear when they are trying to hunt down the teenagers who escaped the camps. All in all, the cover is dark and thrilling definitely matches the entire book in itself.
My Thoughts: This book tells a futuristic dystopian story about a girl called Ruby who was in a form of a concentration for anyone under the age of 18. These camps were made to control kids who had special powers acquired as a sideaffect to a mysterious disease that killed off most of America’s children. Ruby, who somehow survived the disease that spread across the country, knew was that when she touched people, they tended to lost their memories thanks to her ability.
The camps organized the children with powers by colors from least powerful to most powerful (green, blue, yellow, orange, red). Ruby was an orange (a person who could control people’s minds) who lied and pretended to be a green (someone with photographic memory) to prevent people from coming after her to kill her. Ruby was able to escape with the help of a volunteer called Cate at the camp who worked for the Children’s League (An organization made to help children with powers and use them as weapons). She eventually ran away from the volunteer, Cate, because she was afraid of being killed and found three teenagers also on the run. They are called Liam (a blue: having the power of telekinesis), Chubs, and Zu (a yellow: having the power of electricity) and all managed to escape another camp. They brought along Ruby in their search of the Slip Kid, a person who could reunite them with their families.
This novel was so incredibly interesting. It was filled with the right amount of action to draw me into this complicated world where teenagers were feared by adults for their abilities. I enjoyed reading Ruby’s narration and how she was afraid to get close to anyone since she already accidentally erased her parents’ memories. I loved Chubs, who was intelligent, sarcastic, and brought life to the book. Zu also was a strong character who helped Ruby come out of her shell of being afraid of her abilities. Liam, oh Liam. He was sweet, painfully nice to every person even if they didn’t deserve his bright personality. He helped bring Chubs, Zu, and Ruby together as they went to find the East River, a camp for children who managed to escape the prisons they were held in.
There are so many twists and turns in this book that left me wanting more and more. I enjoyed that there wasn’t one set antagonist, rather than many villains hoping to cripple these teens. Learning about each power was intriguing and I expected them to use it in a corny way but was pleasantly surprised that Alexandra Bracken wrote about each power in a badass way. There are no complaints I have for this book other than the heartbreaking plot twist at the end of this story that left me breathless. Other than that, I highly recommend this book that felt like a movie where each scene flowed to the next in a way that make me zip through this novel at lightning speed.