Book Title: In The Afterlight
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Series: The Darkest Minds #3
Publication Date: October 28, 2014
Genres: Adventure, Apocalyptic, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi, YA
Age Range: 12-17 years old
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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.
In The Afterlight is the third and final book in the series so I suggest reading The Darkest Minds and Never Fade first before reading this review in case I spoil anything for you. You have been warned.
The series is over.
This feels like the last episode of FRIENDS all over again. This feels like parting ways with your high school best friend as you graduate and go to different colleges.
I’m exaggerating, right? Because I don’t know what to feel right now. No more Liam, no more Chubs, Vida, Jude, Zu… no more Ruby.
I have to return all three books to my friend now. But I will buy my own copies, I swear on my life.
The final installment in The Darkest Minds trilogy is just as amazing as the other two books were.
It was a little slow at times, I would’ve liked it if the main characters weren’t in their HQ all the time. But nevertheless, I gave it a 5-star rating because I loved it so much.
This one is more heart-wrenching compared to the other two. I probably cried a lot more in this one.
Now, the plot twists. Oh my goodness! It would be an understatement if I say that I was taken completely off guard.
The ending was perfect, I wouldn’t have it any other way. The series was wrapped up really, really well. Al the questions are answered and I found myself smiling throughout the last chapter.
It’s amazing how Alexandra Bracken developed such beautiful characters and built this world that I was so easily drawn into. I have been so emotionally invested with the characters that it feels really weird not reading about them. I will be on the lookout for the author’s other books.
Would I recommend it?
Absolutely! I highly recommend this series if you love reading apocalyptic and/or dystopian books.
Reading order: from left to right
All book cover photos and summaries are taken from Goodreads.