Review: Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2)


Today's menu: Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2), by Alexandra Bracken

Rating: Excellent!

Note: Mild spoilers ahead!

When I first finished The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1), I felt utterly devastated by what Ruby had done. Today, I just finished Never Fade and I also felt utterly devastated but it was not what Ruby had done but what Ruby had lost. At the same time, I also reached a different level of understanding for Clancy Gray. Back in The Darkest Minds, I hated Clancy, much like Ruby. But right now, I think... I might understand him.

Imagine being coloured like Ruby and Clancy, would you want to remove your Psi powers or control them? I'm almost 80% sure that I belong in the latter, which I think might be why Clancy did not agree with his mother. This resulted in my conflict at the end of Never Fade where and when I understood Clancy's horror/terror.

The thing about Bracken's storytelling is that she makes me feel attached to the most innocent and lovable characters. First, Suzume in The Darkest Minds and then Jude in Never Fade. She has a knack for crafting rounded characters such that you don't just love the protagonist and hate the antagonist. Instead, you feel conflicted and torn at having to choose or if you don't choose -- you are just crushed by all the feels that is coming from all the characters. Yes, even Rob -- please tell me you felt something when Ruby saw the last scene before he crashed and burned. In dystopian times, people do things differently -- some more extreme than others. I reckon Rob was one of them.

I'm going to leave this song here because my favourite character is, without a doubt, Jude. I love-hate you, Alexandra.

Hey Jude, don't make it bad
Take a sad song and make it better   -- Hey Jude, The Beatles
P.S. Also, whoa Cole. Cole, Cole, Cole. I was not expecting that but it brings a new turn to events. But this one's a tsundere. (But then I love tsunderes so never mind!)

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