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Never Fade (The Darkest Minds, book 2)

by Alexandra Bracken

Rated: High

This second book in a gripping dystopian series picks up the action from the first, The Darkest Minds, and just keeps running. The pace of this story seems to never slow. Ruby and her friends don’t get many breaks. In this book, she’s training with the Children’s League, where she doesn’t really want to be, but hoping that she can somehow figure out what will be best. Liam and Chubs are out there, and she hopes they’re safe; after all, she wiped Liam’s mind clean of memories of the two of them together in the hope she could keep him away from the dubious work of the League.

But the twists and turns keep coming, for readers and for Ruby and the other kids with special abilities. She does get to see what’s happened with Liam and Chubs, and, of course, there are developments that challenge her notions of what’s been told to her. In this dark world of fear and danger, could there possibly be a light at the end of the tunnel? Perhaps she and readers will know in the third book. Never Fade, as a middle book in a series, just ratchets up the action and keeps us on the edge of our seats.

Rated: High. There are between 15 and 20 uses of strong language (mostly thanks to one particular new character) and plenty of other milder language. There is also lots of violence and intensity.

— Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim

Cathy Carmode Lim has been reviewing books for newspapers for about 15 years, two of which she was a book page editor. She founded Rated Reads in January 2008.

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Never Fade
  • Never Fade (The Darkest Minds, book 2)
  • by Alexandra Bracken
  • Rated: High
  • Genre: Young adult
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