Published by Disney Hyperion on December 18th, 2012
Genre: Young Adult Dystopia
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.
Everyone should read this book! It is absolutely amazing! I cannot get over Bracken's phenomenal writing. Instantly, you are transported into a toppling and corrupt world with the majority of it's occupants deceased or dying. A neurodegenerative disease has claimed many young lives but left many others with strange and dangerous abilities. The remaining children and teenagers are shipped off to 'rehabilitation camps' for their protection. Sorted into colors based on their powers, Ruby finds herself tagged as a Green. But her incredible abilities to create false memories, erase memories and read minds are not categorized as Green. Clearly more powerful and dangerous, Ruby knows it is only a matter of time before others catch on to her secret. Her only option is to flee one of the most guarded camps of all time. A desperate chance of survival, Ruby accepts the challenge. Her journey is just beginning. The plot thickens when she catches word of a hidden civilization composed of other teenagers just like her defending themselves from the government. With new friends at her side, Ruby now has to stop thinking of just herself. Together, the team faces insurmountable odds and challenges that only make them stronger. An action-packed, powerful thriller that will sure to leave you holding onto the book with a death grip. The depth and details within this book are amazing. The world-building is fantastic, you just can't help yourself from falling in. But the characters are what make this book truly unique and enjoyable. My heart literally hurts after reading this book. Ruby, why! I understand your reasons, but why! Bracken does an astonishing job with character development. You find yourself completely invested into these characters half way through the story. Like an overly protective parent, you just want to lock them up in a room, concealing them from the sorrow and dangers of the outside world. Her characters are rememberable. Whenever someone mentions this book, I can't help but think of Ruby and Liam. Although they didn't always see eye to eye, they always came through together in the end. Except in the actual end. But that's for you to experience on your own. Genuine characters are essential, without them, the readers could care less about what happens. Bracken knows how to hug your heart while simultaneously tear it out. I absolutely loved how Bracken makes the readers feel. It's strange to like it, but that's what keeps people reading. Set in a dystopian world where a disease has killed a large portion of the population is literally one of my worst fears. To see how the world is affected is always unique in its own special way. I 100% recommend reading this!