March 13, 2015

Review: In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken

Title: In The Afterlight (The Darkest Minds #3) 
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopia
Release Date: October 28th, 2014
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
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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 was an amazing conclusion to the Darkest Minds trilogy. I found myself going from laughter to tears. It was also very bittersweet for me, as this is one of my all time favorite trilogies, and I will miss Ruby, Liam, Chubs, Zu and Vida.

Ruby and Liam went through some rough patches in this book, which I know bothered a lot of people.  It mostly had to do with Ruby keeping everything to herself. If the two of them just would have communicated they could have resolved everything, but they didn't. I found it really realistic and understandable, although frustrating. Teens are angsty and don't typically communicate or let others know whats bothering them until they reach this boiling point where they finally let everything out, and this was a prime example of that. As always though, Liam was so adorable and swoon worthy.

There were some very intense, high action scenes which I really appreciated. Many times the third book in a trilogy lacks action, but In the Afterlight certainly did not.  I was at the edge of my seat, especially toward the end of the book. There were also some pretty disturbing scenes at the end that really just added to demonstrating the cruelty of some of the people in the world, but there were heartwarming ones too.

Overall, I am so sad that The Darkest Minds Series is over, but In the Afterlight was a fantastic, quick paced conclusion to an intense trilogy.

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