‘The Darkest Minds’ Movie Talk #17: The ABCs of TDM (N-Z)

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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!
If you missed letters A through M, catch up here!
Let’s finish our The Darkest Minds ABCs with letters N through Z!

N is for Natural

There’s something that’s just so organic about the dynamic between Ruby, Liam, Chubs, and Zu in The Darkest Minds. It’s an instant and natural rapport that drives the heart of this story. These are four kids that might not have met otherwise. But given the circumstances that have put them in this position, they’ve become a family.


O is for Oppression

Despite the levity that comes with Ruby, Liam, Chubs, and Zu’s interactions, the world of The Darkest Minds is a world filled with oppression. With a controlling government that wants to lock kids behind bars because they’re afraid of them. The unjust treatment of this children adds a fear and hatred to this dystopian world.

P is for Psi Kids

The very people that the government are out to get. After a disease wiped out most of the children in the United States, the surviving ones developed abilities. These are the Psi Kids, whose powers range from enhanced intelligence to telekinesis to electrokinesis to mind control to fire starters. Greens, Blues, Yellows, Oranges, and Reds. Each are their own unique individual that must fight a corrupt government.


Q is for Quotable

“Let’s carpe the hell out of this diem.”
“Cause, frankly, the way I see it, you and me? Inevitable.”
“He’s so busy looking inside people to find the good that he misses the knife they’re holding in their hand.”
“We’ll just have to try to make better mistakes tomorrow.”
“They were never scared of the kids who might die, or the empty spaces they would leave behind. They were afraid of us-the ones who lived.”
“The Darkest Minds tend to hide behind the most unlikely faces.”
Basically, The Darkest Minds is a series filled with quotable lines that we’ll always remember.

R is for Romance

Ruby and Liam had us by the heartstrings the moment they appeared together on the page. Every good story needs a good love story. And this love is a great one. Watching Ruby and Liam’s relationship develop and deepen throughout these 500 pages is a true treat. Our love for them knows no bounds.


S is for Struggle

Just like in life, The Darkest Minds put Ruby, Liam, Chubs, and Zu through some pretty difficult times. But it’s through those struggles that these characters become stronger and learn that they can make a difference in this world — and in each others lives.

T is for (Road) Trip

While the world is crumbling around them, The Darkest Minds is a road trip story where Ruby, Liam, Chubs, and Zu navigate a corrupt and terrifying world. But they manage to find comfort and a family with each other. There’s humor, there’s struggle, and there’s a significance.


U is for Understandable

When The Darkest Minds was first written, it was more of a dystopian story than it is now. Unfortunately, this story is one that is more relatable than it should be, given everything happening in the world around us. But apart from that, it’s also understandable from a personal sense. These children finding a family together. Standing up for what they believe in.

V is for Voice

There’s nothing more powerful than the moment someone realizes that they have a voice — and that they can impact real change when they use it. In The Darkest Minds, we’re reminded to stand up for what’s right and what we believe in.


W is for (Strong) Women

The women in The Darkest Minds are strong and powerful. And not just because they possess abilities. They’re strong in their courage and conviction. They’re strong in their vulnerability. They’re strong in their determination to make a difference in a world that’s conspiring against them.

X is for (e)Xcitement

There’s no denying that The Darkest Minds is a thrilling read that takes you on an emotional adventure with each installment. There’s an excitement that comes with the thrills and the develop of relationships and new surprises along the way.


Y is for Young Adult

The Darkest Minds tackles some pretty serious issues, but these are young children having to navigate this world. Young Adult stories are important because they’re coming-of-age stories that help current young adults in their lives or remind us of a time when we were young. YA is important.

Z is for Zealous

If there was ever a word to describe the children in The Darkest Minds, it’s zealous. Ruby, Liam, Chubs, Zu, and the other Psi fighting for what they believe in. There’s an eager desire to do something to fight back against this corrupt government and get back what was taken from them: their freedom.

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

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