The Darkest Minds (book series)

The Darkest Minds, written by American author Alexandra Bracken, is a young adult dystopian fiction series consisting of four novels and several novellas compiled in Through the Dark.

The Darkest Minds
  • The Darkest Minds
  • Never Fade
  • In the Afterlight
  • The Darkest Legacy

AuthorAlexandra Bracken
CountryUnited States
GenreDystopian fiction
PublisherHyperion Books for Children / Disney Publishing Worldwide
Published2012 - 2018
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)

The series was first published in the United States in 2012 by Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Publishing Worldwide. The first novel, The Darkest Minds, spent eight weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list for a children's series, peaking at number three.

Books edit

The series follows a teenage girl named Ruby, a 16-year-old girl with special abilities that she has only just begun to understand. It takes place during the aftermath of a fictional disease known as 'IAAN' which killed most of the children in the United States and left the surviving children with supernatural abilities.

The Rising Dark edit

The Rising Dark: A Darkest Minds Collection, published January 11, 2018 by Quercus Children's Books, is a collection of short stories that take place before The Darkest Minds.

The Darkest Minds edit

The Darkest Minds, published December 18, 2012, is the first novel of the series. The novel's and series' title was changed from Black is the Color to The Darkest Minds in November 2011.[2][3]

Ruby breaks out of a "rehabilitation camp" in which she has been imprisoned and teams up with a rag-tag group of fellow camp escapees to find the Slip Kid, a leader who offers shelter to young people in danger and who knows the secret to control one's powers.[2][3]

It received positive reviews from Booklist,[4] Publishers Weekly,[5] Common Sense Media,[6] and Kirkus,[7] as well as a mediocre review from The Guardian.[8]

Accolades edit

In Time edit

In Time, published July 16, 2013, is a short story that bridges the gap between the first and second novels of the series.

Kirkus Reviews stated, "The intricate plot and diverse cast of recurring and new characters make this book difficult to fully appreciate as a stand-alone. But after reading the first two books, readers will be left clamoring for the third."

Liam's Story edit

Liam's Story is a short story that falls between The Darkest Minds and Never Fade, and tells the story from Liam's point of view.

Never Fade edit

Never Fade, published October 15, 2013, is the second book in the series. It follows Ruby as she learns to control her abilities, reunites with her friends, and fights back against the government that wants to imprison them.[11]

Sparks Rise edit

Sparks Rise, published September 2, 2014, is a novella that connects Never Fade to In The Afterlight and The Darkest Legacy.

In the Afterlight edit

In The Afterlight, published October 28, 2014, is the third book in the series. It received a positive review from Booklist.[12] As Ruby and her friends fight for a place in the world, they formulate a plan to rescue the children trapped in the so-called rehabilitation camps.[13]

Beyond the Night edit

Beyond the Night, published December 18, 2017, is a novella that takes place between In the Afterlight and The Darkest Legacy.

Through the Dark edit

Through the Dark, published October 6, 2015, is a collection of short stories that take place before The Darkest Legacy.

The Darkest Legacy edit

The Darkest Legacy, published July 31, 2018, is the fourth novel of the series. It received a positive review from Booklist.[14]

Film adaptation edit

In 2011 film rights for the series were optioned by Twentieth Century Fox produced by Shawn Levy under 21 Laps.[15] In 2014 it was announced that Twentieth Century Fox had acquired the rights to The Darkest Minds and in 2018 it was adapted into a feature film.

References edit

  1. ^ "The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken". Retrieved 2021-09-19.
  2. ^ a b "New title! New title! New title!". Archived from the original on April 25, 2012. Retrieved November 17, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "RT Buzz Before the Books". Retrieved February 28, 2011.
  4. ^ Cooper, Ilene (December 1, 2012). The Darkest Minds. Archived from the original on 2017-03-21. Retrieved 2021-10-26 – via Booklist.
  5. ^ Heifetz, Merrilee (2012-10-29). "Children's Book Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken". Publishers Weekly. Archived from the original on 2013-04-13. Retrieved 2021-10-27.
  6. ^ "The Darkest Minds, Book 1 - Book Review". Common Sense Media. 2018-07-23. Archived from the original on 2021-05-17. Retrieved 2021-10-27.
  7. ^ "The Darkest Minds". Kirkus Reviews. December 18, 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-08-02. Retrieved 2021-10-26.
  8. ^ Cinderella, Echo (2015-03-30). "Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken - review". the Guardian. Retrieved 2021-10-27.
  9. ^ "2016 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults Top Ten". Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). 2016-01-13. Archived from the original on 2016-01-23. Retrieved 2021-10-27.
  10. ^ "The Darkest Minds". Goodreads. Archived from the original on 2021-10-27. Retrieved 2021-10-26.
  11. ^ results, search (30 September 2014). Never Fade. Disney-Hyperion. ISBN 978-1423159339.
  12. ^ In the Afterlight. January 12, 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-02-09. Retrieved 2021-10-26 – via Booklist.
  13. ^ results, search (29 December 2015). In the Afterlight. Disney-Hyperion. ISBN 978-1423159346.
  14. ^ Welch, Cindy (October 26, 2018). The Darkest Legacy. Archived from the original on 2021-10-27. Retrieved 2021-10-26 – via Booklist.
  15. ^ Abrams, Rachel (April 20, 2011). "Fox options 'Black is the Color'". Archived from the original on 2011-04-25. Retrieved April 20, 2011.

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