A few years ago a good friend of mind recommended reading The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. I started reading it and fell in love with the characters and the story. Then today I got pleasantly surprised by a trailer!
Darkest Minds trailer
The trailer starts with ‘Soon, there wouldn’t be any kids, anywhere.’ and this promises an interesting, teen-centric dystopian story.
Many YA book have been recreated for the big screen. There’s been Hunger Games, Maze Runners, Givers, Divergent, and now we are going to get The Darkest Minds, based on Alexandra Bracken’s very popular young adult book series and it is directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson.
A big bonus for this movie is that Amandla Stenberg, who we will recognise as Rue from The Hunger Games, is finally getting a teen dystopia of her own.
The book synopsis on Goodreads says the following:
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.
The series by Bracken includes 4 books, so if this movie does well we might be getting more movies in the future.
The Darkest Minds will hit the cinema 3rd August 2018.
So what do you think? Will you give this movie a go?