In The Afterlight Review

In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken

Rating: ***** Suggested Age: 13

Summary: “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. Only Ruby can keep their highly dangerous prisoner in check. But with Clancy Gray, there’s no guarantee you’re fully in control, and everything comes with a price.
When the Children’s League disbands, Ruby rises up as a leader and forms an unlikely allegiance with Liam’s brother, Cole, who has a volatile secret of his own. There are still thousands of other Psi kids suffering in government “rehabilitation camps” all over the country. Freeing them–revealing the governments unspeakable abuses in the process–is the mission Ruby has claimed since her own escape from Thurmond, the worst camp in the country.
But not everyone is supportive of the plan Ruby and Cole craft to free the camps. As tensions rise, competing ideals threaten the mission to uncover the cause of IANN, the disease that killed most of America’s children and left Ruby and others with powers the government will kill to keep contained. With the fate of a generation in their hands, there is no room for error. One wrong move could be the spark that sets the world on fire.” (Summary found on Goodreads).

I couldn’t have asked for a better finale to The Darkest Minds trilogy. In The Afterlight tied every loose end and made me extremely happy. I didn’t find it nearly as slow or confusing as Never Fade and I was hooked throughout the book. Alexandra Bracken writes so well and descriptively, leaving not a detail out. Her writing makes for great dystopias, in which there are a lot of things to keep track of and be described. Not to mention, her characters are out of this world. Liam is so perfect and wonderful. I just want to wrap my arms around him (or marry him, either one’s good). Ruby is an extraordinary main character and not lacking in any aspect whatsoever. I love Chubs so much and Vida even grew on me as a complex, but not always perfect character. The only characters I can say I truly despised were Clancy and Cole. Clancy is one of those characters that most people have a general dislike for, but Cole was a little different, I just never warmed up to him.

When I finished this book, I was left with that bittersweet feeling of being satisfied with the ending and wanting to scream at the same time. It was over. I wasn’t going to read about these characters again. The series was over. However, I can’t say that the ending was disappointing. It was bittersweet as most endings are and I suppose that’s just how it is.

I highly recommend picking up this series. I don’t think you’ll regret it at all. It’s a fantastic series with fantastic characters and feels in all the right spots.

-Book Hugger

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