Genre: Dystopia/Young Adult
Publication Date: 28 October 2014
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
In The Afterlight was a satisfying ending to this beloved trilogy, though it was not without its faults.
I want to start by saying that I absolutely loved The Darkest Minds and Never Fade. TDM is one of my favorite books of all time, and I had extremely high expectations going into this book. This installment is definitely my least favorite of the series, unfortunately. However, when comparing it to other third-books-in-a-trilogy, it is definitely one of my favorite, definitely surpassing Mockingjay and The Death Cure.
The first half of this book was extremely slow. It seemed like not much was happening. However, once I hit the halfway mark, something just clicked for me and I became utterly engrossed in this book. I ended up reading the last 150 pages in one day, which for me is quite a feat.
I love love love the characters in this series. Ruby and Liam is seriously one of my book OTPs. They’re just so perfect and I love them and I love when they fight and I love when they make up and I don’t know I just love them so much. I really love Zu and Vida and Chubs as well.
I’m definitely satisfied with how the story went and how it concluded. It felt realistic, and Alexandra Bracken did an excellent job at closing off this series. Overall, this book is definitely a success, and it’s a decent ending to this series.
★★★★ (4/5 Stars)