Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken | Book Review #63

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‘Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children–and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts–has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believe was her future–and who now wouldn’t recognize her.

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam–and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart–she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?’

Never Fade is the hardest book in the trilogy for me to read. Not only is Never Fade emotional, but shit happens in this book. 

The writing in Never Fade is just as brilliant as it was in The Darkest Minds, if not better.. Bracken writes wonderfully, in my opinion. She has a way of making things detailed but not to the point where its boring.

My first time reading this (in August 2014), I obviously had no idea what to expect. And by the time I finished this book, I had experienced so much heartache. In that heartache though, there were a lot of triumphs. For every bad thing that happens in this book, something seems to counteract that.

Reading Never Fade the second time, a year later, I’d forgotten so much that had happens. I was torn to shreds reading this book and by the end, I was still broken up from reading what had happened. It also refreshed my hate for Clancy, thats for sure. He always ends up back in the story.

Now, the characters. We’re introduced to new people, and its really amazing to be honest. We also see some characters from the first book, and its great. But Im going to talk about Ruby, because otherwise, I’ll probably spoil something.

OK, so, Ruby. She’s grown into herself in this book. She’s also hardened herself off, as well. Which is to be expected. Ruby’s also makes a lot of risk taking, while still playing it safe? She knows what battles to pick, thats for sure. And this makes her ferocious. Ruby just seems angry in this book, and it certainly has its plusses, with her abilities and all.

Never Fade is the hardest book in the trilogy for me to read. So much happens in this book though.. And by the end of the book, I despise Clancy all over again.

*(Also, please note that because these books are dystopian themed, there is a lot of gun violence)

Thanks for reading!

Until next time,
Adele

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