dystopian, young adult

Book Review: Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

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Title: Never Fade
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Length: 544, Paperback
Genre: Young adult, dystopian
Rating: 3.5 Folded Pages

See my review of the 1st novel in the series, The Darkest Minds, here.

Blurb:
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 believed 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?

Review:
This book took me an absurdly long time to finish. If you keep up with my WWW Wednesday’s at all you’ll know it was on hold for about three weeks. I guess I wasn’t in the mood for it during those weeks because once I decided to seriously pick it up again, I finished it in one sitting.

The first 250 pages were almost mind numbingly boring. I understand why they had to be there. They connected the first book to the second book perfectly. But man was it hard to read. However, the last 300 pages or so FLEW by. I would give this book 2 folded pages based on the first half and 4.5 based on the second. I settled on the 3.5 which I think is a just review.

I don’t want to give much away but I think what I hated the most about the first half of the book was how much Ruby had changed compared to the first without any awareness. I now know that there was a novella that bridged the first book to the second but I don’t think that was wise. I’m not inclined to buy or read novellas often and it made the beginning of Never Fade seem abrupt.

Still once the action picked up and things were better explained I ended up really enjoying it. I probably won’t read In the After Light until it releases in paperback and maybe that will give me enough distance to want to pick the story back up.

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