REVIEW: In the Afterlight (The Darkest Minds #3) by Alexandra Bracken


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.


By no means as good as the first two books, but still had a satisfying ending… When I immediately finished this book, I loved it. But I held off on writing this review because I find that I ALWAYS love books right when I finish them. So this time, I took the time to let my emotions settle in order to get a stronger hold on my opinion.

With all that said, I like this series. Not love, but that perfect crush that you had in high school who you look back on now and think “meh”. I found that Alexandra Bracken tried too hard to stretch out this book and make it as long as the others in the series. I mean, there were just too many chapters that seemed to repeat each other, where Ruby would feel insecure, Ruby would struggle with her emotions, and Ruby would keep secrets from a special someone. It definitely could have been condensed. And speaking of a special someone, considering the fact that Liam was present for nearly this entire book, he really didn’t seem to be around much. He was such a fan favourite yet the author focused too little on him and way too much on Ruby’s emotions. So if you haven’t figured it out yet, Ruby did start to get on my nerves with the repetitive and constant complaining and struggling with her abilities and relationships with Cole and Liam. Ruby’s complaints and Liams lack of air-time caused me to disconnect from them on an emotional level. BUT the momentum from the action in the past books and the emotional connections I had made in the past two books allowed me to still enjoy reading this one.
For a good majority of the book, Ruby’s all like:


On the other hand, I loved the direction the story took and (without giving too much of a spoiler) I loved how the story come full circle and concluded where book one started. I did find the very ending (the resolution to the damaged American world) very over simplistic and unlikely, but I can’t be surprised by it, this is young adult after all. So, the ending was satisfying – but it would be FANTASTIC if there were an epilogue or a novella to tell us what happens after this book, because we are left to wonder how these characters relationships develop after the big events of the finale.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars


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