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Last Reviewed on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 277

The lead characters in the book The Darkest Minds, Ruby and Liam, form a romance in the camp they are taken to due to the fact that they are developing potentially dangerous abilities. This happens to the survivors of a plague that hits ten-year-olds. That’s why many of the important quotes in the book are about romance and freedom.

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An example of a quote about this romance that’s important would be when Liam says,

“Cause, frankly, the way I see it, you and me? Inevitable.”

Another quote that demonstrates this is when Liam says,

“Ruby, give me one reason why we can’t be together, and I’ll give you a hundred why we can.”

In other words, their connection forms a strong foundation for what happens in the book. There’s this transition from the hopelessness of their initial situation to their belief in the possibility of change, and in each other, that can be seen through important passages in the book.

For example, this can be seen in the quote,

“Maybe nothing will change for us . . . but don’t you want to be around just in case it does?”

There’s a passage about rabbits in the book too that illustrates the struggle between what’s comfortable and safe and what will actually create a sense of freedom and something to believe in. The rabbits were contained inside a fence, and the passage says this about them:

“because it was easier to take the loss of freedom, to forget what it was like before the fence kept them in than to be out there in the world struggling to find shelter and food.”

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