Series: The Darkest Minds,
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Release Date: November 1, 2014
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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.
The Darkest Minds was one of the first ever books I reviewed on this blog. No, I’m not going link it up because it’s god awful and the only reason why I keep it on the blog is so I can look back and laugh at myself. I really enjoyed The Darkest Minds for the brilliant characters and world that Alexandra Bracken constructed, and Never Fade was just as fantastic. But, In the Afterlight seems to be a dud for me. Whether this is the reading slump speaking or not, I am not sure but here are my thoughts.
Ruby suddenly became an insufferable and awfully weak character that I could barely stand. In my review of Never Fade, I couldn’t stop gushing on and on about how strong mentally and physically Ruby was. She had her flaws and I loved her through and through. However, like Marga @ Deadly Darlings mentions in her review, Ruby reminded me an awful lot of Tris from Allegiant. She’s constantly thinking that everything is her fault and that the world will come to an end and it will all be due to her. Please honey, you’re not the centre of the universe.
Moreover, I was bored. MAJORLY. I get bored in books a lot if not enough is happening, and this was the case here. Alexandra Bracken’s novels tend to move on the slower side, and I do like that about her books. It worked nicely for The Darkest Minds and Never Fade. Unfortunately, In the Afterlight had me drifting off to sleep in the middle of my read. And this was in the morning, guys. (Not a good sign.) I simply felt that the plot line turned into a generic dystopian story, unlike it’s wonderful predecessors, and soon found the plot to be predictable and awfully well, excuse the unprofessionalism (that’s totally a word) here, lame.
My third major niggle was the Liam and Ruby romance. WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON WITH THAT? I shipped them like craaaaaaazy in The Darkest Minds, but I am feeling less and less enthused about their romance with each novel. *le sigh*
As for things that I did approve of, Chubbs, Vida and Zu are high on that list. They brought this book a lot of colour and entertainment, compared to Ruby who was constantly freaking about everything and Liam who acted like her mother or something.
It’s a shame that this series ended on a bad note for me, but I do know many many people who LOVED this book, so don’t let me stop you from reading this book!
The Darkest Minds Never Fade In The Afterlight.
~Thank you HarperCollins Australia for sending me this copy!~
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