Title: Never Fade
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Series: The Darkest Minds Trilogy
Previous Book in the Series:
1. The Darkest Minds
Date Started: April 7
Date Finished: April 16
Format: Hardcover from local library
Ruby has made the hardest decision in the direst of circumstances. When her friend Chubs was shot, she called in the people that she’d been running from since she broke out of her ‘rehabilitation’ camp – the Children’s League. They agreed to help her, but with a price. She had to come and work for them and she made one more condition. They had to let Liam – her boyfriend – go. And she did one other hard thing. She wiped Liam’s memory of anything that had to deal with her and sent him on his way. Now, six months later, she is deep into the Children’s League, but even they are not safe. Psi Kids are getting killed in action and its being written off as an accident. Ruby and her team – including Cate – are trying to figure out what is going on when Cole Stewart – Liam’s brother – comes to Ruby with a new mission for her.
The reason he got picked up was because Liam made contact with him to try and find their parents. It got called in and Cole got picked up instead of his brother. But Liam when he ran took vital intel that could help the League go back to its old ways. Now, Ruby has to find the one person she thought that she was never going to see again. But she quickly learns that even though she has control over other people’s minds, sometimes things never fade…
I’m always worried about sequels to books that I really liked, because a good chunk of the time, the next one doesn’t live up to its predecessor. As I started Never Fade, it looked like that was going to be the case. It was really slow and I didn’t like that Ruby was so closed off again. I understood why she was considering what she had been through recently with Liam, but the girl doesn’t learn her lesson. There are some things you can’t keep bottled up inside and what happened in your past is definitely one of them! Things began to pick up though when Ruby runs into Chubs and learns that he became a skip tracer, but only so that he could help Ruby and Liam out.
When Ruby does finally catch up to Liam – and believe me she does – I wanted to cry for joy and despair. Joy because she finally found him again. Despair because he was so deathly sick I honestly thought that he wasn’t going to make it and that made me ridiculously sad. Especially because Ruby would have had to watch him die and I would NOT have wanted to see the fallout from the decision. However, when he does start to get better things are a little weird, because it’s almost as if Liam DOES remember who Ruby is even though his memory was wiped. And let me tell you that big climax of tension was just…. *screams*
Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. I love these characters so much. I love this plot so much. The only thing I don’t like – but not enough to down grade my rating – is the feels that I had during the duration of the book. Especially the Liam and Ruby showdown. And the ending. And… *sigh*
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