Happy book birthday to Never Fade!

If you’ve read The Darkest Minds, you know just how gifted our very own Alex Bracken is at bringing characters to life. And you’re also probably DYING to know what happens next, because That Ending! Alex spent so much time building up these awesome characters, making them feel like real people I knew and loved and then—BAM.

Chubs. Zu. Liam!!!!

What the heck happens next for the Ruby and the gang?

Thankfully, the wait is over. Never Fade is out TODAY!

I had the privilege of reading this one early, and boy are you all in for a treat. This is such a fantastic sequel, and like book one, it will tug at your heartstrings. Ruby is back, as are many favorites from the first installment. There’s also a host of new characters, all equally awesome. Above all, Alex knows her readers are smart and she trusts them to pull the pieces together. This book is a joy to read—from unraveling mysteries alongside Ruby and debating who to trust, to the action-packed plot and devastating world the characters must navigate.

But enough gushing. What I—we—really want to do is congratulate Alex.

So a million congrats, Alex! We Pub Crawl gals know just how hard you work. How you manage to juggle writing and a full time job. How you still carve out time to answer industry questions here on the blog and reader questions about TDM over on your tumblr. Thank you for sharing your passion for stories and words and characters that leap from the page with the world.

We are all so, so proud of you, and wish you—and Never Fade—tons of success.

And now, to celebrate Alex’s release day in proper fashion, we’re giving away a finished copy of Never Fade! (If the winner hasn’t read The Darkest Minds yet, they will have the option of receiving it instead.) To enter, just use the handy widget below.

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37 Responses to Happy book birthday to Never Fade!

  1. Brooke Oct 15 2013 at 7:07 am #

    YAY!!! Happy Book birthday! WOOT WOOT!

  2. Suzanah Thompson Oct 15 2013 at 8:11 am #

    I love TDM can’t wait fir Never Fade!!

  3. Bryann James Almeda Oct 15 2013 at 8:24 am #


  4. Anna J. Boll Oct 15 2013 at 8:32 am #


  5. Leigh Smith Oct 15 2013 at 9:01 am #

    I haven’t read Darkest Minds yet but have heard ridiculously good things about. I generally wait to read series until the second book comes out so I don’t have to wait so long in between so this would be perfect! Congrats!

  6. Ellie Oct 15 2013 at 9:10 am #

    Hnnnnng I just got my kindle copy this morning and devoured a good chunk of it on my commute this morning! I can’t wait to get out of work and continue reading it now and get to Liam! I hope he comes back soon! ;__; I miss him

  7. Shar Oct 15 2013 at 9:13 am #

    The Darkest Minds was amazing to read and I can’t wait to see how it all comes full circle! 🙂

  8. Alana Oct 15 2013 at 9:15 am #

    I LOVED the Darkest Minds and actually can’t wait to read Never Fade! Its a need!! Congratulations :D!!!x

  9. Jen S Oct 15 2013 at 9:59 am #

    Happy Book Birthday!!

  10. Jessica Ward Oct 15 2013 at 10:06 am #

    I have THE DARKEST MINDS and loved it! Happy book birthday!

  11. Danielle Nguyen Oct 15 2013 at 11:37 am #

    Huge happy book birthday!!!

  12. Ella Zegarra Oct 15 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    love it!

  13. Meghan Jashinsky Oct 15 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    Oh man I read TDM yesterday and SO MANY FEELS.
    I can’t wait to get my hands on Never Fade! Happy book birthday, and congrats! 🙂

  14. Rose L. Oct 15 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    Happy book birthday! I read The Darkest Minds last year and loved it!

  15. Andrea Oct 15 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    Hooray! Congratulations Alex!! I’ve had this release day on my calendar for months! I can’t wait to see what happens after that ending in The Darkest Minds!

  16. Cee Oct 15 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY! So excited to read this series!

  17. Andrea Oct 15 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    Happy book birthday!!! Excited to be reason darkest mind now!!!!

  18. Andrea Oct 15 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    Happy book birthday!!! So excited to be reading darkest minds, and I hope I get to read Never Fade as well!!!

  19. Jessica Oct 15 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    Happy Book Birthday!!! I’m getting my hands on both books ASAP

  20. Emily Kate Oct 15 2013 at 6:15 pm #

    So exciting for Alexandra! I hear the second in a series can be a trick to write – especially with so many of us eager readers chomping at the bit for the next to come out. So hooray for book two being out! The Darkest Minds was phenomenal. Can’t wait to read Never Fade!

  21. Misti Oct 15 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    Happy Book Birthday Alex! I’m a huge, HUGE fan. I enjoyed The Darkest Minds so much. I have been wanting for Never Fade for what feels like years. I loved everything about it. I’m supposed to pick one character I really like? I can’t do it. Liam with his heart of swoony gold. Chubs with his humor. And Zu, she’s the little sister I want. And poor Ruby. She thinks she a monster and she’s not at all. Thank you so much for bringing all these characters into my life. I wish I could book hug them all. Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  22. Merisha Abbott Oct 15 2013 at 11:16 pm #

    Its between Ruby and Liam can’t decide who is my favorite between them! Love the Darkest Minds and Can’t wait to read Never Fade

  23. Kaniesha Oct 15 2013 at 11:35 pm #

    My favorite character in TDM is Chubs! I really like the whole gang though! Happy Book Birthday, Alex 😀

  24. Sian Oct 16 2013 at 8:37 am #

    Happy book birthday

  25. Halley T. Oct 16 2013 at 8:52 am #

    I like Zu the best

  26. athena Oct 16 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! I need to know what happens to Liam and Zu and Ruby and Chubs!

  27. Jayne Oct 16 2013 at 6:45 pm #

    HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY ALEX! I’m hoping to start reading The Darkest Minds soon!

  28. Natasha Oct 16 2013 at 6:53 pm #

    How can I just pick one character? Love The Darkest Minds and can’t wait to buy this one. Congrats on the release, Alex!

  29. stephanie garber Oct 17 2013 at 12:56 am #

    Congratulations, Alex! I’m so excited to read this book! I’m glad it’s finally out.

    • stephanie garber Oct 17 2013 at 12:58 am #

      I forgot to mention my favorite character. I actually really liked Clancy. I’d say why, but I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone who hasn’t read Darkest Minds.

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  31. Loie Oct 17 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    I loooooooove Ruby <3 Love her strength, grit, and cleverness. Eeeeee, cannot wait to read Never Fade! x Loie

  32. Alyssa L. Oct 18 2013 at 8:50 am #

    I haven’t read The Darkest Mind yet so I shall greet you, A HAPPY HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY, ALEX! 😀

  33. Michael R. Oct 18 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    I have read The Darkest Minds, but I find it hard to pick a favorite character *cough*Chubs*cough* so I shall just wish you a very happy book birthday instead

  34. Michael R. Oct 19 2013 at 2:54 am #

    Happy Book Birthday Alex!!!

  35. Ashfa Oct 19 2013 at 5:03 am #

    Happy Book Birthday!!

  36. Robin Hall Oct 19 2013 at 3:22 pm #

    Happy book birthday!

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