In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken

A 60 Second Review by Anne Brees

(This is the third book in The Darkest Minds trilogy. You can find my review of the first book, The Darkest Minds and the second book, Never Fade. Spoilers below.)

★★★★★ (5.00)
Genre – Young Adult Science Fiction

Summary – Ruby can’t look back. Fractured by an 16150831unbearable 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.

Initial Thoughts – I binge read this series in a week. I absolutely loved every single second of it.
Plot – ★★★★★ Bracken is the master of plot twists. I never would have predicted anything that happened throughout the novel.
Characters – ★★★★★ I just love everyone in this series. I even care for some of the villains. (I bet you can guess who…)
Story world – ★★★★★ This book breaks down even more of the story world and gives more details. It gave more information about the parents and the media, which really tied everything together. You also learn more about the scandal of President Gray.
Style – ★★★★★ Bracken’s writing is flawless. What else is there to say?
Closing Thoughts – I just loved this series so much, and I’m terribly sad to see it end. Although, there is a collection of short stories that just might help me through this…
Recommendation – Recommended for someone who wants his or her entire life consumed by a single series.

(summary and cover from GoodReads)

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