Release Date: October 15th, 2013
Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
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?
Never Fade was a 512-paged masterpiece. If this was only the second novel in this series, I can't wait to get my hands on the third one. Mostly, authors tend to lose the momentum set in the first novel, but this was certainly not the case with Alexandra Bracken. This series is, up until this moment, pure awesomeness. Sometimes I don't know if I should/can write a review about a novel that I simply loved, from beginning to end. It may seem as if I'm exaggerating, but believe me, Never Fade doesn't disappoint in the slightest.
I already loved all characters in this novel (and yes, even bad Clancy is a character I can't seem to completely dislike) but Bracken couldn't leave it at that. No, she put more awesome and versatile characters in the second installment. Vida, with her refreshing and yet aggressive character and Jude, sweet, sweet Jude. And those of you, who were waiting to get to know Liam's brother, Cole, better...well, the wait is over! I didn't know which brother I liked the most, since they are so different from each other.
The old characters are, fear not, still amazing. Ruby is an ever-changing character, and I like that a lot. Liam also shows us a new side to himself, since the ending of the last novel did leave us asking ourselves what would happen to him. And Chubs, still as loyal and sweet as before. And also many other characters, new and old, make an appearance.
The pace of the novel is what makes it so special. It isn't slow-going and I'm sure you will stay up all night reading it! With many twists and turns, heart-wrenching and action-filled moments, it will leave readers satisfied and ready for the last installment, which can't come out fast enough! If you haven't started this series yet, you should give it a try. For fans of Shatter Me (by Tahereh Mafi) or any dystopian in general, you will enjoy this one.
Huge thanks to Disney Hyperion and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this amazing novel for review!