When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.
Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.
When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who 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 a life worth living.
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Okay. If this turns into a rant, I apologize. I just have a lot of feels.
I think the whole “color” thing that they have going on in this dystopian book is so cool. So you’re a kid who has powers, how awesome is that. Except for the whole annihilating the dangerous ones like Reds, Yellows, and Oranges.
Orange– Mind Control
So basically I want to be a Green, I think it’d be awesome to be super smart, solve riddles, and crack codes!
Our heroine in this book is Ruby Daly, an Orange. Ruby isn’t my favorite dystopian/sci-fi heroine, but she’s not absolutely terrible. She has some very heroic qualities; she wanted to take care of Zu, Liam, and Chubs when she joined them. She’s not really one of those characters that you want to be like or just like in a way. I have no emotional attachments to Ruby, which is odd for me.
Chubs, Liam and Zu-
I loved them a whole lot. WHY ALEX B. WHY MUST YOU SPLIT MY POSSE UP?!?!?! AND WHY CHUBS GOT SHOT?! I COULD HAVE SWORN HE WAS GOING TO DIE. I CRIED SO HARD. I loooooooooooooove Liam! He is like (I really don’t like comparing characters, even though I do it quite often, but I can’t properly explain a character without doing it so… anyway) a mix between Percy Jackson, Jason Grace, and Frank Zhang (just my opinion). I imagined Liam as a smaller, dirty-ish blonde hair version of Jason Grace (A.K.A LUCAS TILL) with Percy’s loyalty to friends and Frank’s shyness and awkwardness around girls. Oh and Zu, oh my gods, when I read that she was leaving, I was furious. She was just like “oh I found my cousin and now I’m leaving with her… YOLO ~”
Clancy Gray a.k.a the Slip Kid a.k.a STUPID BUTT FACE-
OH MY GODS. Let me just say my favorite part…
“I toyed with more than her feelings.” His eyes flicked to Liam’s face. “Didn’t I, Stewart?”
I wanted to stab him so hard. DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS?!? HE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED RUBY WHEN SHE WAS KNOCKED OUT. HOW SICK IS HE?!?! I hate Clancy Gray.
Basically, I enjoyed the characters more than the plot. It was really slow in the beginning 300 pages, but the last hundred or so pages were awesome.
A gif that sums up my reaction to this book: