Never Fade – book review

Never Fade

Never Fade is the second thrilling book in The Darkest Minds series, written by Alexandra Bracken.

Ruby’s an Orange – meaning she can see into others people’s minds and control them. But Ruby never asked for this ability. Now she must call upon her power on a daily basis to not only save the lives of her and her supporters, but to help bring down a corrupt government. Even though the other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby ‘Leader’, only she knows what she truly is: a monster.

When Ruby learns of a secret that threatens everything, she must leave the Children’s League behind and embark upon her most dangerous mission yet. Ruby must reveal the truth about the government and what they’re really doing to the kids who have abilities. But there is only one place this information is saved, and that’s in the hands of Liam Stewart – the boy Ruby once believed was her future, and now can’t recognise her.

Ruby must choose between protecting her old friends or staying with the League as she promised. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

I really enjoyed reading Never Fade. It was one of those books that I couldn’t stop thinking about until I finally read it. After the shocking cliff-hanger that The Darkest Minds left us on, Never Fade immediately threw me back into the action. I found myself immersed in the dystopian world once again, however it took a while for me to understand what was happening. The ending of The Darkest Minds to the beginning of Never Fade didn’t flow as smoothly as I had hoped and it left me trying to fill in the blank spaces of information. It took a little while before I found out what was happening, but when I did, everything fell into place nicely. A real strength in Never Fade is the friendships, relationships and the romances.  Almost straight away a new character was introduced – Vida. At first, I really didn’t like Vida. I didn’t know whether I could trust her and her attitude annoyed me. But I found myself enjoying Vida’s feistiness the more I read on, yet I still didn’t know if I could trust her until towards the end. Cole, Liam’s older brother, also played a big role in this book. Like Vida, I was hesitant to trust him at first. Cole’s personality is very different to Liam’s, even though they may look and talk the same. When I found out Cole’s secret at the end of the book, my mind was blown. That changes everything. I can’t wait to see what Alexandra Bracken does with this in the next book! Then there’s Jude – what isn’t to love about Jude? He was definitely one of my favourite characters. He was a very dramatic person; most of the time he was either super excited or freaking out. Jude always had me smiling whenever he spoke. In Never Fade, Ruby is full of determination to set things right. Her heartbreak of taking away Liam’s memories was unbearable at times, yet she remained strong even in the hardest of situations. Ruby gains more control of her powers in this book and I loved seeing her learn to use her powers better. Ruby was a really admirable character for her strong-mindedness and determination. Although I loved all the characters in this book, I found Never Fade a bit too long. With 500+ pages, I felt like it dragged on a little. The pace was inconsistent. In some places, I couldn’t put the book down. In others, it was a struggle to make it to the next chapter. I found that the first half of the book was slower. Everything seemed to be crammed into the last half of the book – all the surprised, the twists and the shocks. I needed some of those surprises in the first half of the book to encourage me to read on. This book could have easily be shortened to 400 pages and still had been just as good, if not better. The end of Never Fade is another cliff-hanger. Although it doesn’t seem as major as the end of The Darkest Minds, I’m excited to read the next book when it comes out. I enjoyed reading Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken and I’d give it a score of 8 out of 10. If you’ve read The Darkest Minds and are considering picking up Never Fade, I highly recommend it. Although the first half of the book may drag on, it’s definitely worth reading!

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