Published by Disney-Hyperion on October 15th, 2013
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
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 flash drive 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?
I won't say that Never Fade was better than The Darkest Minds; however, the spark continued throughout this thrilling sequel. Characters: By far, the best series to perfectly capture the struggle of true teamwork. Each of Bracken's characters is distinctly unique. Whether it be by their powers or by their personalities, there is always someone or something there to create a situation. Besides the returning characters, I'd have to say my favorite character was Jude. Honestly, at first, I thought because of his simplistic descriptions and nervous personality he would become quite the expert at royally screwing plans up. Fortunately, that was not the case, most of the time. I enjoyed Jude's character because I found his neurotic personality very genuine. His flawless ability to take on the entire groups doubt it not only realistic but relatable. It has been a while since I last read one of Alexandra's books so accounting for a new plot twist every few chapters definitely keep my attention. There were a few dry moments; however, they only lasted for a chapter at the most. I don't know why it took me so long to read Never Fade. This book was fantastic! I won't make the same mistake of waiting two years before picking of up In the Afterlife.