In Time (The Darkest Minds #1.5)
by Alexandra Bracken
Genre: Young Adult Dystopia
Publication Date: 16 July 2013
Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Gabe’s life has been devastated in the wake of the economic crash. The only option left for someone like him to escape his tragic past is to leave his small town behind and to attempt to become a skiptracer. This already almost impossible task is made all the more difficult by his first score, a young girl who won’t speak, but who changes his life in ways he could never imagine.
Me after reading this book:
In just 89 pages, Alexandra Bracken crafts a beautiful, heartbreaking masterpiece. In Time was one of the best novellas I’ve read. Before reading, I was kind of skeptical, because a lot of the novellas authors write are pointless and unimportant to the story. So I put off reading this for the longest time. I’m glad I finally got around to reading it.
This novella focuses on an adult named Gabe, who wants to be a skiptracer (sort of like bounty hunters who capture kids to be sent back to the camps) to make money. The first child he finds is a young girl, who is instantly recognizable from The Darkest Minds, which is how it connects to the novels. At first, I was skeptical about it being written in an adult’s POV, but it works for this story and I ended up really enjoying it. It was really fast paced, which is to be expected with such a low page count. Gabe’s character development is an important part of the novella. I was surprised, in fact, in how much he changed over the short course of the story.
Final Thoughts: If you’ve read The Darkest Minds and Never Fade, definitely read this if you’ve not already. If you’ve read The Darkest Minds but not Never Fade, I’d recommend you read this before Never Fade. And if you’ve not read The Darkest Minds, read it!
★★★★★ (5/5 Stars)