In the Afterlight (The Darkest Mind #3) by Alexandra Bracken

July 13, 2015
In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken, InToriLex
In The Afterlight (The Darkest Minds, #3)


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.


I took a very long time reading this book, I completed two other books before I finished reading it. I couldn't really get into it until about a third of the way through. We get answers but its wrapped in a lot of emotional baggage that wasn't necessary. There was also a lot of explanation about how things were planned, but little describing how it was all executed outside of the main characters participation. Without the descriptions of Ruby wanting to save everyone at the cost of herself every chapter, it could have been much shorter and more enjoyable.

The plot and action however was good, and the story wraps up all the lose ends of the series. Ruby, Liam, Chubs, Zu and Vida all come together and create lasting bonds by revealing themselves to each other fully. The characters continue to be well flushed out, but the spark of the first book in series hasn't resurfaced. There's really great writing here but the story didn't connect with me as well as it did earlier in the series, partly because it felt like a chore to finish.
“Thing is, though, fear is worthless. It stops you when you need to keep moving most. And it only exists inside of your head.”

It was an ok read, but things were fleshed out that didn't need to be. I finished it, just so I could complete the series. If your a fan of  the first two books, its worthwhile to see how this alternative America turns out. If your on the fence about whether you'll read it, I would actually skip it. This was a great exploration into how the characters mature and come into themselves, but that takes away from how the story itself is told.

"You should be changing the world to accept you. To let you exist as you are, without being cut open and damaged.”

My Review for Other Books in Series:
Never Fade (The Darkest Mind #2)
Sparks Rise (The Darkest Mind#2.5) 


Kindlemom said...

Boo for this being dragged out too much. I have heard good things about this series but if the last book isn't stellar, then I almost don't want to waste my time on it.

InToriLex said...

yes it seems like it would be a waste if you haven't started

Nita said...

Bad that you did not enjoy it.
And its really disappointing when you are following a series and the later books are not up to the mark.
I have not read this series and after reading you review, I think I should stay away from it.

Nice review!

Nita@ www.book-choose.com

InToriLex said...

Yeah definitely disappointing when the series had so much going for it!!

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