Title: Never Fade
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Page Count: 507
If you have not read The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, this review may contain spoilers for The Darkest Minds but not Never Fade.
As part of Ruby’s deal, she is now working for the Children’s League, where they call her Leader. But she is given an assignment to track down a flash drive that is sewed into the jacket of Liam, the boy she loves, who wouldn’t recognize her because she erased herself from his mind. As Ruby travels across the country searching for Liam, secrets come out and questions are answered
The ending of this book slightly made up for the beginning of it. The first half of Never Fade is so slow and quite frankly, boring. I dreaded picking it up but I knew that I wanted to see it through. And while I’m glad I did, it doesn’t help that this book is 500 pages and I had to get almost 300 pages in to really enjoy it. Hence the 3-star rating.
What I loved so much about the first book was the relationship between Liam and Ruby. Also, Liam is just amazing! But in Never Fade, he doesn’t know who Ruby is and it’s devastating. We do meet some new characters, who I really grew to love. Vida is a kick-butt girl who doesn’t take crap from anyone. Jude is younger than them, but he’s brave and innocent and I wanted Ruby and Vida to keep him safe at all costs. The three of them make a great team!
In Never Fade, we spend a lot of time at the Children’s League. In the Darkest Minds, Ruby makes a deal with them to let Liam go and she will work with them. But she needs to erase his mind of her so he doesn’t try coming back to find her. Now she works with the Children’s League, using her powers to get information from people. But she meets someone there, and they give her a mission to seek out the flash drive that has pretty important information on it about the PSI children. And who has the flash drive? That’s right, Liam! I was glad we would get to see him again because he is so great.
I really don’t want to go into any more because of spoilers. But the ending of this book was epic and amazing and I’m really looking forward to In the Afterlight. I just hope it’s not a slow buildup like Never Fade. If you really liked The Darkest Minds, I recommend Never Fade if you can tolerate a slow first half.