Format: Available for paperback, eBook, hard cover
Series: book 2 of 3 of The Darkest Minds trilogy
Rated: 15+ for language, action/violent sequences
Genre: New Adult
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16150830-never-fade?from_search=true
In the second book of the series, Ruby is not working with the Children’s League trying to shut down all the camps that are segregating the kids. She is selected to be a team lead and is trying to get the respect from her team.
After some time, she is able to get that respect form everyone but Vida challenges her and forces her to be the kind of leader that she can be. They but heads all the time, but Ruby respects her as a soldier and fights to get her respect.
After a mission to find a missing soldier, she learns that the missing soldier is Liam’s brother Cole and it brings up all these feelings of guilt that she’s been having since she wiped herself from his memory at the end of the last book.
Ruby works through the guilt and makes a name for herself within the league, despite the fact that her commanding officer, Rob, is angry with her success.
Cole and Ruby come up with a plan to try and help the league, but it involves Liam. After some reluctance, Ruby treks on a journey with her group to try and find Liam.
Along the way, she runs into Chubs and he gets angry with her for wiping Liam’s memory. She asks for his help to find Liam, and Chubs agrees.
They go looking for Liam and find him with a group of kids who is run by a kid named Knox. He has anger issues and is less then helpful with Ruby and her group. There is a big fight as Ruby tries to get out of the group without completely revealing her powers.
Once Ruby is reunited with Liam, she sees that he is sick and is grasping for life. The guilt that she had already had gets worse and she won’t stop at nothing until he’s better.
After Liam starts to get better, he starts to have mood swings, especially at Ruby. He remembers things from their past, but doesn’t full remember her. It’s not until he confronts her one day and learns what she did.
Now it because a situation for Ruby as she is torn between her feelings for Liam and her friendship for Chubs, and her allegiance with the League.
As they trek towards California, the run into Clancy and blackmail him into leading her to a place where they test against kids. They come up with a plan to help them escape.
Come time for the plan, they work the tunnels but when they get under there, Ruby learns that Clancy has an alternative motive and also learns that Cole is keeping things from his brother. A twist in the action forces the group to decide what to do next and where to go from there.
This book is not quite as exciting from start to finish like The Darkest Minds was and I am hoping that it’s because this was setting up the third book. There was a lot of slow parts in the middle of the book especially, but the beginning and the ending did help make up for it.
I liked how Bracken kept bringing up Liam without it being too much. She would bring him up when it was appropriate in the 1st half of the book before his character came back into Ruby’s world. It really showed how much she missed Liam and how much she regretted what she did.
The dynamic between Liam and Ruby was challenged in this book and we really can see if they are going to be able to overcome her wiping his memory. I am rooting for this couple to make it through because they are really perfect for one another and I think that they make each other better.
The last chapter of this book was not quite as exciting as the ending for The Darkest Minds, but it did set up the 3rd book nicely. It allowed you to start interpreting what is going to happen in the third book and how the story will end.
Recommendations: Divergent trilogy, Enclave trilogy, Legend trilogy