by Alexandra Bracken
ebook, 421 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Disney Publishing Worldwide
DNF at 60%
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 is my biggest concern on the book. None of the characters are likeable. None. This book suffer from a bad case of middle book syndrome, where the OG gang was separated, the MC stuck with the resistance and become mopey while viewed from the outside as “cold and unfeeling”, a whole bunch of new characters are introduced, love interest #2 was also introduced, and even though the MC couldn’t stop thinking love interest #1, she also can’t stop thinking of love interest #2.
Ruby really grates on my nerves in this book. Everyone thinks she’s oh-so scary and unfeeling while all she did was moping and snapping. Her line of thoughts are riddled with guilt but at the same time she refused to admit the deal she made and the consequences of it, she thinks she’s responsible for everything (as in I need to this and that) but too afraid to actually do it). The whole thing was frustrating to read.
Vida was all rough edges and I don’t understand why she had to be so damn rough and fighting all the time, all barbed wires and no tacts. Jude was… a kid. And if you haven’t noticed, I’m not exactly fond with children. I mean I love it when it comes to children setting, but when it comes to dire situation and the kid just couldn’t shut up… NO. And that’s exactly what happened here. The rest of the characters are just a blur and even though they are introduced, I’m not sure I have enough care to give them.
Barely moving plot
If the characters not enough, the plot is barely moving that we got stuck on point for so many pages. I feel like a lot of pages can be trimmed, for example, we don’t need that many pages on Ruby’s thought, or how the League used her… We get it, now move to the next thing.
Once I DNF it, I found the recap for Never Fade and In the Afterlight and I’m really glad I dnf it because it was just not worth it to continue. I guess dystopia is really my no-go genre now.
It’s putting me into a reading slump
Both things combined, this book is putting me on a slump. I usually don’t mind if I’m not reading other books, but I am currently reading 3 other books and I hadn’t made any progress on them because I was so unmotivated to read. Once I DNF it? I blew through the other books. I knew if I continued forcing myself reading Never Fade, it will end up putting me on a pretty bad reading slump so I decided to give it up.