The Darkest Minds Final Discussion

By Laura Kraus, Youth Services Librarian

NOTE: THIS POST MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FROM THE DARKEST MINDS BY ALEXANDRA BRACKEN. PLEASE DO NOT PROCEED IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO KNOW WHAT OCCURS IN CHAPTERS 22-31 OF THE NOVEL. THANK YOU.

darkest mindsWelcome to the last discussion of The Darkest Minds! We’ll be covering chapters 22-31 in this post, so beware, there might be spoilers.

In this final portion of the book, Ruby is training with Clancy to learn how to harness her Orange abilities. We say goodbye to Zu and her cousin Hina as they set off with their own tribe to California to find their parents. Clancy announces no one else can leave after this last group, which is disconcerting to our heroes to say the least.

To me, as well as the characters in the book, it’s seeming more and more like Green River is more similar than different to the Psi camps than previously thought. Clancy gives me the creeps, with his ability to project feelings and images onto the minds of others. Not only did he give me the creeps, but after he paralyzed Ruby and kissed her AGAINST her will, he was basically dead to me. I was happy to see Chubs and Liam stand up for Ruby, but respect her as her own person as well, even after she reveals her ability to erase memories to Liam.

I was pretty mad at Ruby for pressing the panic button, definitely hated to see Cate come back into the picture. She took Chubs away to supposedly help him. *SOB* He was fast becoming my favorite character and now he’s close to death!! It was rough seeing the reaction of Jack’s father to Chubs delivering the letter, having him call them freaks. I’ve been called a freak before (and worse) and it’s a pretty crappy feeling. Although now I’m rrrkind of proud of it. But I digress.

Could you guys relate any of this to real life? Who was your favorite character to hate on in this book?

Craving more literary discussion? Next Saturday be ready to talk about Caraval by Stephanie Garber chapters 1 through 8. You can check out a copy (they’re on loan from other libraries so it won’t appear in our catalog and you can’t reserve it online) at the library, on our special Read Rave Rant display. You’ll know it by the awesome roses and other “clues” straight from the book.


lauraLaura is the BSBL Youth Librarian and can most often be found at her desk if she’s not doing a program. Her favorite books are Pete the Cat, The Egypt Game, and Elephant and Piggie. Her favorite authors are Neil Gaiman, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Jane Yolen, and Cynthia Rylant. Her favorite library related things are all the fun #bookface posts! Outside of work, Laura enjoys hanging out with her son at the zoo, park, or library, knitting, drawing graphic novels, making jewelry, cross stitch, sewing, and writing, but she is usually reading chapter books, graphic novels, and some YA! She loves nature (especially birds) and creative reuse.

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