- Page Count: 488
- Release Date: December 18, 2012
- My Rating: 2.5 stars
When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.
Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.
I know the general plot of a disease that leaves kids with powers has been done before, but I think the writing in this story really makes it stand out!
Most of the kids in Ruby’s generation are either dead or manifesting superpowers, so the government ships them to hellish concentration-type camps where kids are labeled with a color representing their abilities. Basically, Ruby is dangerous. Ruby escapes/is smuggled out. Ruby meets other kids. Ruby learns that she’s been in the camp for 6 years and the majority of the country’s teens are dead. Then there’s whole lot of running from different people and just general STRESS. I mean, there’s a general goal in mind for the plot… but the first few chapters had the most focus.
I kept reading this because I heard that Liam was one of the greatest book boyfriends… and maybe he gets more of a personality in later books, but I wasn’t particularly into him. Definitely not enough to warrant putting myself through the sequels. But he was fine. Ruby was fine. Everything was fine… absolutely nothing made me want to keep reading, though.
I do like some dystopian stories, but I’m not entertained by the ones where the main focus is just a stressful attempt to survive against all odds. That’s my day-to-day life right now and I want to read to escape. So I think this will make an awesome movie and a ton of people will love it, BUT it just was not for me.