‘The Darkest Minds’ Movie Talk #16: The ABCs of TDM (A-M)

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Every Monday and Friday we’re bringing you The Darkest Minds content leading up to the film’s Aug. 3 release.


When it comes to The Darkest Minds, we cannot express enough our excitement for the upcoming film adaptation from 20th Century Fox. It’s hard to believe that we’re less than three weeks away from its Aug. 3 release, but we’re more than ready for this film to be unleashed upon this world.

We’ve put together a list of ABCs that reminds us of all the things we love about The Darkest Minds. The only downside is that there aren’t more letters in the alphabet – because we have so much more left to say!

Let’s kick off our The Darkest Minds ABCs with letters A through M (concluding with N-Z on Friday!)


A is for Action


You want action? The Darkest Minds has plenty of it. That comes with the territory when you’re four children with super abilities on the run from a government that wants to lock you up and bounty hunters with a price on your head.

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B is for Black/Blue Betty


This is where the magic happens. The van that makes this epic road trip with Ruby, Liam, Chubs, and Zu possible. Whether she’s Black Betty (in the book) or Blue Betty (in the movie), she’s just Betty. And she’s just as much a character in this story than some others.


C is for Camp Thurmond


The place our story begins. Camp Thurmond is a children’s internment camp, the one where our leading heroine Ruby begins her story. Children are kept behind bars for having super abilities brought forth by a disease that killed most of the children in the United States. Once Ruby breaks out of this camp, the story opens up.

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D is for Darkest Minds


Obviously! The children that survived the outbreak of a deadly disease that wiped out most of the children in the United States, the survivors developed abilities ranging from mind control to telekinesis to electrokinesis. These children are considered, as the series says, The Darkest Minds.


E is for Empowerment


The Darkest Minds is a story that celebrates differences and encourages empowerment in a corrupt society. Through this story, Ruby finds the power in her voice when it comes to speaking out and impacting change.

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F is for Family


There’s nothing more beautiful than the story of Ruby, Liam, Chubs, and Zu and how they find a family with each other. These are four individuals that have experienced the terror of internment camps and personal tragedy and have come together as a loving family that would do anything for each other. And that’s just beautiful.


G is for Growth


One of the things that makes these characters so amazing is how they’re allowed to and able to grow throughout this journey. While Ruby is at the forefront — in being our protagonist — throughout the series we get to witness growth for all which makes the journey all the more satisfying.

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H is for Humor


While the world of The Darkest Minds isn’t a cheerful one, it’s through the dynamic of Ruby, Liam, Chubs, and Zu that we get some nice moments of humor. At its core, Darkest Minds is a road trip story where these four children find moments of levity in the darkness that’s surrounding them.x


I is for Inevitable


“You and me? Inevitable.” Our love for Ruby and Liam knows no bounds. Watching their relationship develop throughout this first installment is beautiful in that first love kind of way. There’s a purity and a comfort and a genuineness between these two that’s so wonderful to watch unfold.


J is for Journey


One of the more gratifying aspects of The Darkest Minds is the journey that Ruby, Liam, Chubs, and Zu go on. There’s the literal journey, as they search for sanctuary at East River, and the figurative personal journey. This is a world that’s corrupt and dark and they have to find a way to navigate their way through it and try not to lose themselves in the process.

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K is for (Electro)Kinetic


Simply put, it’s electric. Our youngest main Psi, Zu, is a Yellow, and her power is electrokinesis, which means she can control energy. It’s one of five abilities that the surviving children possess.


L is for Love


The heart of The Darkest Minds are its central characters: Ruby, Liam, Chubs, and Zu. And there’s just so much love. Whether it’s friendship or family or romance (in Ruby and Liam’s case), love is the strength that helps these four children navigate this dark world.

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M is for Magic


Even though The Darkest Minds deals with some pretty difficult topics, there’s no denying that at the heart of this story is the characters. And it’s the characters that are the magic of this story. There’s something magical about the camaraderie of Ruby, Liam, Chubs, and Zu that allows the reader to care as much as they do.

Stay tuned for letters N-Z in our next The Darkest Minds Movie Talk!


The Darkest Minds hits theaters on Friday, Aug. 3.


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