Book: In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken
Series: The Darkest Minds #3
Date Published: October 28th, 2014
Date Started: November 5th, 2014
Date Finished: November 10th, 2014
Other Books Read: The Darkest Minds, Never Fade, Passenger
Ruby can’t look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government’s attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers. Only Ruby has any power over him, and just one slip could lead to Clancy wreaking havoc on their minds.
They are armed only with a volatile secret: proof of a government conspiracy to cover up the real cause of IAAN, the disease that has killed most of America’s children and left Ruby and others like her with powers the government will kill to keep contained. But internal strife may destroy their only chance to free the “rehabilitation camps” housing thousands of other Psi kids.
Meanwhile, reunited with Liam, the boy she would-and did-sacrifice everything for to keep alive, Ruby must face the painful repercussions of having tampered with his memories of her. She turns to Cole, his older brother, to provide the intense training she knows she will need to take down Gray and the government. But Cole has demons of his own, and one fatal mistake may be the spark that sets the world on fire.
One of my most beloved series has come to an end! This was my most anticipated book of 2014, and now that I’ve finished it, I don’t know what to do with myself. I knew that there had to be and end sometime, but it was just one of those series that you never want to end.
So when we left Never Fade, LA had just been bombed. Ruby and whats left of her group and forced to travel up north to a safe place with a prisoner named Clancy who is extremely dangerous and just happens to be the son of the President and the woman who might have a cure to the disease thats changed so many lives. The stakes are high. Ruby wants a life where she’s not running all the time, but getting there is difficult. Theres no right way to expose a government coverup, and tensions are high.
When I started reading this book, I was a bit confused. I forgot a lot of events that happened in the previous two books because its been almost a year since I read both. I remembered the big details, but it was a few of the small details that I needed. If its been a while since you’ve read the first two books, I highly recommend searching the internet for a synopsis of some sort. There are some blogs out there that will hash out the details for you. It definitely helped me and I was able to insert myself back into the story a bit easier.
What I loved about this book was that it came full circle to The Darkest Minds. Freeing the rehab camps means dealing with the one place that Ruby fears. We see some old characters from the first book, like Sam. Now, I read the novella, Sparks Rise featuring Sam. Because I read that, I wanted more of Sam in the story. I kind of became attached to her in the novella.
As for the story, the first book in the series is my favorite. I remember thinking while reading In The Afterlight that they would get out there and free the camps. The majority of the book is spent in their new headquarters in the north of California. A lot of it was planning, re-planning, and people being stubborn. Don’t worry, this book is action packed the entire time.
When it comes to the end, the story leaves some issues unresolved. They weren’t blaring huge issues that leave you feeling like you were robbed of a true ending. But they were issues where the reader can assume what happens or imagine their own resolution. Trust me, I wanted to see Ruby and Liam ten years from now, just to make sure they were safe. Thats how attached to the characters I am. I worry for them.
This was a strong ending to The Darkest Minds series. You get to see your favorite characters, finally get to know what happens to them, and I’m not going to lie, I swooned a bit. The action was great along with the scientific and moral decisions. This was my most anticipated book of 2014, and it didn’t disappoint.