Title: In the Afterlight
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Series: The Darkest Minds
Previous Books in the Series:
1. The Darkest Minds
2. Never Fade
Date Started: April 16
Date Finished: April 23
Format: Hardcover from local library
Ruby’s world has been turned upside multiple times in her seventeen years. From the time she was ten and survived IANN only to discover her strange ability to see inside a person’s mind to when the President bombed Los Angeles to get rid of the Children’s League. Now, she has to overcome the LA bombing to get what she really wants – the cure for her abilities. But before she can do that, her and the surviving members of the League have to get the hell out of LA before they starve to death. Not an easy task when the city is crawling with Psi Special Forces just waiting for them to screw up and the agents within their own group who are planning to betray everyone for money and supplies to get out and bomb Washington again.
Thanks to some subterfuge of their own, Ruby and Cole send those agents packing and make their way to the Ranch – the original HQ of the League – but along the way, Ruby and company pick up a person from their group that they didn’t think they’d ever see again, and learn the truth about the cure that is supposed to save them all…
Here we go again with another sequel that I was wary of, because what are the chances that I would actually like all three books of a trilogy? It’s rare, and that meant that something was going to go wrong in this book that would send me through three or four star rating hell. But, I shouldn’t have worried, because Bracken is good. She knows how to pick up the story right where we left off with Ruby in LA dealing with the fallout of the bombing and the bombshell that she rescued the notes that Clancy tried to burn to a crisp in the last book. Add in the potential betrayal of their fellow agents and Zu finally making a reappearance and things were set up for a great conclusion. And it was really great.
Ruby is still that character who has her faults and knows them. She understands that she has both a dark side and a light side and she is trying to find the balance between them. She is grieving over Jude’s death from the last book and is pushing people way while at the same time trying to keep them safe. She knows what she wants and despite knowing that she is stepping on toes to get it, she is going full throttle with her plans – including the many revisions. Vida is still her badass snarky self who has really grown on me since her appearance in book 2. I like how she talks to Ruby and keeps her grounded. I was a little worried about their friendship when Zu came back on the scene, but I shouldn’t have worried all that much. The five of them make quiet the group – and don’t get me started on Chubs and Vida, I’m still not sure what to think about that little pairing. Liam, as always, is such a charming Southern guy. Most of the time I hate terms of endearment like darlin’ and sweetheart, but when he said it it didn’t bother me. It’s just part of his character. And the relationship growth between Ruby and Liam in this book was amazing. They go through their ups and downs – in just 100 pages! – and of course when they are on their extreme up Bracken had to write in that little OMG scene that almost had the book flying across the room. Almost.
Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. The characters and story line were great. The drama and action were also great. The ending on the other hand…look I’m not going to downgrade the ending because everything did kind of end quite tidily. But on the same token, it didn’t. After everything they had been through, just like that, things were starting to turn around. President Grey didn’t really have his great downfall like most villains do, even CLANCY doesn’t have one, which was rather disappointing. But…at the same time it was satisfying to see Ruby and her family have a nice little reunion.
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