Release Date: October 15, 2013.
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?
This entire review is almost unnecessary because I can sum up my feelings for Never Fade in one word:
But I like to think I'm a little more scribed than that, so I'm going to give you guys the extended version.
It's always a little nervous to crack open a sequel to a book you loved so much. Even though I have immense faith in Alex Bracken, I knew that my expectations were set just a biiiiiit too high. But fortunately she smashed every single one of them. SHATTERED.
The character development was crazy good. Ruby, who was quiet and withdrawn in the first book, has now become fierce and ass-kicking and even - at times - somewhat devious. But even though she was all of these new things, she still had her Ruby-like qualities from the first book that made me admire her so much. I'm also a huge fan of the new cast of characters that were introduced, especially Jude. *hugs Jude tightly* I was a bit worried about Vida at first. It felt like we were supposed to like her but for the first hundred pages or so, I hated her character with a passion. Even though that all changed and I've warmed up tp her, I'm still not a hugehuge fan of hers but maybe the third book will turn everything around!
Oh, and of course there's Liam. *dreamy sigh* And Cole. To know how I feel about these two, please also refer to the capslock frenzy up above.
I'm also loving the new "villain" (or villains, you could say. There are quite a few of them) of this book. I'm not going to spoil anything but Clancy reminded me an awful lot like Loki toward the end.
Speaking of that ending, I actually did this victorious-sad-shocked-OMGWHAT fistpump thing at 6:30 in the morning because that's how long I stayed up to finish it. This is another cruel cliffhanger that already has me on pins and needles for the next book. (A year ... I don't think I can do it, you guys)
Overall, Never Fade was a perfect sequel. Yes, perfect. It's an awesome blend of action, suspense, emotion with characters to root for in a world that is so amazingly dark and well-written. I have absolutely zero complaints about this book. None whatsoever. If you were a fan of The Darkest Minds, you're going to love Never Fade so I suggest you pick up a copy immediately if you haven't already!
Other reviews for Never Fade:
Almost Grown Up.
Books With Bite.
Diary of a Book Addict.
[YA] Between the Lines.