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60 Second Verdict: The Darkest Minds

60 Second Verdict: The Darkest Minds

60 Second Verdict: The Darkest Minds

11 August 2018

Amandla Stenberg is Ruby who leads a teenage rebellion against the adults who fear their psychic powers.

By Mark Hadley

In a not-to-far-away dystopian future, a plague wipes out 98% of the world’s children. However, the survivors, including our heroine Ruby, develop psychic powers that terrify the world’s adults. The response is to lock up all children in concentration camps until the government can work out what to do. However Ruby is not satisfied with going quietly into the night and escapes with her soon-to-be boyfriend.


If you loved Hunger Games, Divergent and Twilight, then you’ll love this.


The Darkest Minds is as breathlessly romantic as Twilight, and twice as improbable. We’re no stranger to post apocalyptic scenarios where teen heroines have to rescue the work (Ruby and Katniss would have been BFFs), but this is the first one I know where adults are the enemy.


We live in an age where ‘Freedom!’ is rapidly becoming the only mantra that matters. But freedom from any wisdom that came before you? Now that is a dark future.

The darkest minds is rated M and opens on August 16.

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