Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

October 21st, 2013 Kimberly Giveaway, Review 89 Comments

21st Oct
Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken
Never Fade
by Alexandra Bracken
Series: The Darkest Minds #2
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Genres: Dystopian
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

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?

Last year Darkest Mind  blew me away with its dystopian tale, and I was anxious to read the second installment Never Fade by author Alexandra Bracken. Action packed with a corrupt US government and kids with unique capabilities, this action packed tale kept me entertained. Three word review: action-packed, suspenseful and yes another cliffhanger!

The tale picks up a short time after Darkest Minds ends. Ruby is now working for the Children’s League, a rebel force working against the government to undermine the president and extract children from camps. Ruby is forced to use her powers, makes new friends and discovers a sinister force working within the league. She is sent on a secret mission to retrieve a flash drive from Liam Stewart, the boy she loves and whose memory she erased. The tale that unfolds is action-packed, with twists and turns and new characters to love and loathe.

Ruby faces a lot of trials, heartache and physical damage in Never Fade. Despite it all, she is brave, emerges as a leader and handles her abilities with class. She is tired, scared, but so dang determined that you cannot help but root for her. She makes new friends within the league, despite trying to stay unattached. Jude a soon to be fifteen year old is taken under her wing. He is smart, oh so sweet and Ruby develops a parental position with him. Vida is a powerful character with a sassy mouth and enough snark to make you giggle. I adored her as she stole some scenes and added to the tale. Zu is absent from this novel, but Liam and Chubs make an appearance. We see growth in Chubs, and a shift in his attitude towards Ruby. Liam hasn’t fared well since we last encountered him, but I loved the thread between him and Ruby. He is still stubborn and opinionated, but I adored him all the same. Other characters from book one and new ones that are introduced added to the tales suspense.

Never Fade took us on one heck of a ride, with twists and spins that kept the action and suspense running high. While admittedly, I did not love this as much as Darkest Mind, I did feel this was a powerful second book and that it avoided the dreaded middle book syndrome. Bracken continues to flesh out the world and reveal things to us that had my jaw dropping and stomach flipping. Despite all this I was still left wanting more world-building and answers to some nagging questions. Liam and Ruby’s fragile romance/friendship sees some development. The author made it feel genuine all while delivering a fuzzy warm feeling.  Bracken allows us to become attached to the characters emotionally and takes us from laughter to tears. This is war, and it isn’t always pretty and she delivered some realistic scenes. The last part of the book evolved at a maddening pace and just when I had a moment of happy we end on a cliffhanger. I will say that as anxious as I am for book three, this book wrapped up well, and I have a clear idea of where the next book is headed and for that I am grateful.

Fans of action-packed dystopians will enjoy Never Fade and the Darkest Minds trilogy. Bracken does an excellent job of fleshing out the world and characters she has created making them memorable. The third and final novel is scheduled to release in 2014 and has yet to be titled.

Three and half cups of coffee out of five
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

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About Alexandra Bracken

Alexandra Bracken

Alexandra Bracken was born and raised in Arizona, but moved east to study at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. She now writes full time and can be found hard at work on her next novel in a charming apartment overflowing with books.

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89 Responses to “Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken”

  1. Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    I almost can’t believe that the second book is out already. I’m glad Ruby made some new friends, she was so very isolated in the first book, it made me terribly sad. And the romance sounds exactly like the type I enjoy most, not dramatic or exhausting, but gentle and believable.
    Can’t wait to read this now!
    Thanks for the lovely review.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I agree Maja although she is still reluctant to open up. Enjoy!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      The first book released at the end of last year and was such a surprise. Hope you get to read them Megan 🙂

  2. Lori H

    I’m new to this genre but based on your review I’d like to read these books. I think my daughters will like them too.
    Thanks 🙂

  3. Felicia The Geeky Blogger

    Can I just lament the resurgence of cliffhangers? GAH! I am seriously iffy about buying books these days just because of that. I have almost given up on dystopian not having any and have been waiting for complete series to be out before starting. Even though that isn’t optimal for the author (credit for buy wise), I am just not a fan of cliffies.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger recently posted: Review: Getting Rowdy by Lori Foster
    • kimbacaffeinate

      :snort: I love them and hate them!! Although if I am honest, series that I continued in 2013 were higher if they ended on cliffhanger last year compared to those that didn’t. Eep.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Darkest Mind was a tough act to follow, the world and characters blew me away, but compared to other middle books released this year, I was more than satisfied.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I hope you enjoy them as much as I have when you read them!

  4. Nick

    Ugh! Cliffhangers. I’m so tired of them lately.
    I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed Never Fade, Kim. I loved the first book in the series too. You’re not the only one who has mentioned the lack of answers to some question and I think along with the cliffhanger it would annoy me.
    Ruby’s relationship with Jude seems incredibly sweet though. I need to meet this little guy.
    Great review, Kim!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Well to be honest Nick, I am never satisfied regarding answers..LOL and yes the cliffy sucks, but it also makes the wait exciting. Well worth the read, and a solid second book. The characters alone make it worthy.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Chubbs really surprised me in this second book…enjoy it is an exhilarating ride! 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I know exactly what you mean, the whole lore to the YA genre was dystopians and post-apocalyptic tales..I love them.

  5. Carl

    Thanks for the review. It’s great to hear that the second book of the series is as good as the first. Too often they just don’t measure up. Looking forward to it.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am glad you are enjoying it, and look forward to seeing your thoughts!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I hear you Melissa, I consumed the first novel in one long gulp, barely coming up for air. LOL 🙂

  6. Melissa (Books and Things)

    A Cliffie???? NOOOOooooOOOOOO! I hate those things. At least it is a trilogy so none for the next book. 🙂 Oh this one sounds so good, I’m moving the first book up the wishlist. I do think I’ll wait for the third since this one lacked some answers. Still, you enjoyed it so much it IS going on the wishlist with the first. 🙂

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  7. Lupdilup

    I just took a glance at your review, as you know this how I find fill my list of “to be listen to” books. I just added this series to the list, I got to check if the first book is on audio, or if there’s any plans for it.
    Thanks for reviewing, I never heard of The Darkest Mind Trilogy before.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      this was a sleeper release last December and boy-howdy was book one good, and this was a solid middle book.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Me too, I always hate when characters just disappear and are never mentioned again..it is downright creepy when that happens 🙂

  8. Giselle

    It’s rare that I love the sequel as much as the first in a series – often because I have forgotten so much while waiting for it to release. But it sounds like this is a pretty good one regardless. I love how action packed and twisty it sounds! Glad you liked it, Kimba!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      compared to the sub-par middle books of late this was a strong book, where we saw growth in both the characters and world. Thanks Giselle 🙂

    • Livvvy75

      As for why I love dystopian books:

      I love dystopian books because they are part of a genre so different, especially when compared to genres like paranormal romance and contemporary (except for maybe science fiction). They usually have really cool worlds that you may not have even thought of before. Usually, they are really fast paced with strong characters.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      UGH, now you have me searching the TV guide for mutant.superhero thingies!!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Heidi, this is a stand-out series and I hope you get to read them. Is it November yet? :snort:

  9. Christy

    Well hell … the first book was one I went back-and-forth on about reading. One moment I wanted to, and the next I was meh. If only I could fit more reading in, then I probably would for sure!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I like Vida too, and book one was just so incredible but I was impressed with Never Fade.

  10. Dina

    I think the nature of second books, in a trilogy, makes it so difficult for them to be as strong as the first book. The Darkest Minds is an exceptional book and I agree that Never Fade is really solid. I do hope more people pick-up this series because it is really good.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I so agree, I am enjoying the series, and really feel like this was a sleeper hit. It is one I recommend whenever I get the chance.

  11. Ashfa

    I’m dying to get started on this series!! It’ll be a nice addition to my already mile long dystopian shelf.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Good Luck Ashfa and I hope you get to read this series, I am loving it!

  12. Mary Preston

    I’d have to read DARKEST MIND first. I love the struggle in Dystopian reads.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      You can choose book one or two if you win, and I so recommend this series 🙂

  13. Kristin

    I loved your review! I had no clue what this or the previous book was about and your review totally has me interested in both! Talk about the cover not conveying the story to me (err, duh!). I’m adding both if I don’t have them on my TBR – I love “superpowers”, err abilities!!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      this series is cool, and I hope you get a chance to try them 🙂

  14. Jolene A

    I would love Darkest Mind! Sounds like an amazing series and can’t wait to get started!!

  15. Mandy R

    I would choose Never Fade. I’ve already read The Darkest Minds. I can’t wait to find out what happens next!

  16. Berls

    Sounds like another good one! I see that the next one is coming in 2014, so I think I’ll try to start this series in the coming months. That way I’ll be ready for the 3rd one and not have to wait too long for the cliff hanger. I do love a good cliff hanger – but waiting too long can be seriously rough. I might wait for you to read it and confirm there are no more cliff hangers lol!

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  17. Kimberly

    I’d pick Never Fade, I read it and loved it and would love to own an e-copy. I like dystopians because they’re darker than contemporary novels without the paranormal twist.

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  18. Jana Leah

    The Darkest Minds – dystopian books allow you to experience a different world. Thanks for the giveaaway!

  19. Jayne

    Hi!
    Thanks for the giveaway! Also, an extra thank you for always hosting giveaways where you respond to the comments people post, I really appreciate that. I like YA Dystopian books, but lately I’ve been reading so much of it, I’m looking for one to really stand out to me. I haven’t read The Darkest Minds Yet, though I met Alex Bracken very briefly last year (no autographed book, unfortunately), but it’s been on my to-read list.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Hi Jayne, thank you for the feedback. I always comment back whenever possible and I am glad you appreciate it. I love dystopian and agree I try to look for ones that stand out. Last year Darkest Mind blew my mind, and I truly feel this series is worth the effort. If you don’t win a copy, try to snag it from your library. I think its so cool you met Alex!

  20. Cindi Clubbs

    I would like Darkest Minds first. It’s too hard trying to jump into a series mid-stream. So, dystopian literature. I read it because it’s fun to see what people think society will be like in the future or on different planets. The imaginary and creative worlds that are written fascinate and excite me. Like The Wizard Of OZ–who doesn’t find alternate realities fun??

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love that dystopian novels got you reading! Happy Birthday and you are welcome 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      *giggle, snort* Ya know sometimes Lily I visit blogs and feel like I don’t read any books at all. I mean I have read 257 books this year..and there are 1,000 more I would like to read. Then I stumble on the final book of what looks like an awesome trilogy and think..What? Wait, have I been living under a rock…what we need is more time! Hope you find time to read these, Darkest Mind really blew my mind last year.