In the After Light (The Darkest Minds Series #3)

In the After Light (The Darkest Minds Series #3)

by Alexandra Bracken


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In the After Light (The Darkest Minds Series #3) by Alexandra Bracken

Book three in the hit series that's soon to be a major motion picture!

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. Only Ruby can keep their highly dangerous prisoner in check. But with Clancy Gray, there's no guarantee you're fully in control, and everything comes with a price.

When the Children's League disbands, Ruby rises up as a leader and forms an unlikely allegiance with Liam's brother, Cole, who has a volatile secret of his own. There are still thousands of other Psi kids suffering in government "rehabilitation camps" all over the country. Freeing them—revealing the governments unspeakable abuses in the process—is the mission Ruby has claimed since her own escape from Thurmond, the worst camp in the country.

But not everyone is supportive of the plan Ruby and Cole craft to free the camps. As tensions rise, competing ideals threaten the mission to uncover the cause of IANN, the disease that killed most of America's children and left Ruby and others with powers the government will kill to keep contained. With the fate of a generation in their hands, there is no room for error. One wrong move could be the spark that sets the world on fire.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423157526
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 10/28/2014
Series: Darkest Minds Series , #3
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 69,936
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.80(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Alexandra Bracken is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Darkest Minds series and Passenger series. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved east to study history and English at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. After working in publishing for several years, Alex now writes full time and can be found hard at work on her next novel in a charming little apartment that's perpetually overflowing with books. Visit her online at and on Twitter @alexbracken.

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In the Afterlight (A Darkest Minds Novel) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
'In the Afterlight' is the explosive final book in the young adult science fiction/dystopian Darkest Minds series. Usually I do a small recap of the general plot of the book at the beginning of my reviews, but I'm going to skip the pretense and get right down to it. To be honest, I have no idea how to write this review - let alone what to write. I have a love/hate relationship with series endings (I imagine most people do). I want to know want happens in the end - happily ever after or not? But then again, I don't want the series to end. Why can't it just keep going for a few more books? It's honestly the definition of bittersweet. I don't do spoilers in my reviews, so it's going to be next to impossible to give many details without something slipping out. In order to talk about the final book in the trilogy, you have to go back to the beginning. In the first installment, we met our main character - Ruby - and learned about the deadly epidemic killing the majority of American kids and the "rehabilitation camps" where kids and teens with special abilities are sent. By the end of the first book, we're rooting our hearts out for Ruby and Liam and desperately waiting to see where things will go from there. I (like most other readers whose reviews I've read) was deep inside the story and totally vested in the characters. None of this changed in the second book - if anything, I was drawn even deeper into the story alongside the characters. Then the final book comes - and you know, logically, that it's the end and big things are probably going to happen. This knowledge, however, doesn't keep you from experiencing the intense emotional roller coaster that comes next. The writing was superb as always. Everything from the setting and the characters to the dialogue and the plot itself was done with such attention to detail and vivid descriptions and imagery that I easily fell right back into the story as if I had never left. And I stayed in there alongside Ruby until the very end - feeling everything she felt and then some. Let's just say it was intense (to put it mildly). I honestly don't know what else to say about this book that won't give anything away, and nothing else can come close to giving it the justice it deserves. I can honestly say that this book - this series - is unlike anything I've encountered before in the genre. I loved the psychic kids with their varying colors and abilities. I loved rooting for Ruby and the rest of them as they fought against the government to gain their freedom and reveal the truth. Heck, I even loved the tension in the story when things were going badly and I wasn't sure what was going to happen next. Everything about this trilogy is simply mesmerizing - I literally lost myself in the world the author created and didn't really come back out until the very end of the last book. I won't lie - I wish there were more books coming in the series. There's so much potential for the characters and different plots that could spin off. I'm sad to see it end, but I know I'll be re-reading these books over and over for years to come. That being said, I can't wait to see what the author will come out with next. I have no idea what it might be about, but I do know that with her incredible talent and ability, I will have to get my hands on it. I can't recommend this book - or series - enough. I think everyone who enjoys YA fiction - and even those who don't - should read these books. There's something for everyone and the writing alone will blow you away - not to mention the characters and the plot itself. Do yourself a favor if you haven't read these yet: Make sure the next book you pick up is The Darkest Minds and hold on for one amazing ride. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok so i read the first book and i fell in love with it so i read the whole series (well almost...) and really i loved them so much, i know this is a young adult series and all but i'm 12 and i loved them all... really if you like romance, action, fiction, and your ok with the poeple cussing in this, you will love this book no matter what your age is!!! I give this a 4.5 to a 5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it and the series. One of the best yet!
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
3.5   I wanted to read this one because i adored the first one and Liam was pretty amazing. It took me a bit to get back into the story since it has been awhile. I read the notes on recaptains which helped.     It starts off with the action level pretty high and already new betrayals for characters I came to care about and have already been through so much. I remember the characters pretty quickly and got into their adventures. I knew that it was going to be more challenges for them because it is a fairly long book, so prepared my heart. I was glad at the reappearance of some characters and a little frustrated at others because they weren't taking things seriously and felt like they were getting into more danger.     The romance between Ruby and Liam is still a little rocky from where she erased his memories, and they have to face it. But there are other times they are so close you wouldn't remember. They are there for each other in the hard times when it comes down to it, they are fighting against so many other things they don't have the time they need and want. But I did love their scenes together and working towards what they had before and to a future full of possibilities together.     The suspense built a lot but there were times when I was a little frustrated at the back and forth with the planning. I understand they were being thorough and had to be in order for any operation to have a chance at success.      Once the second half of the book got going though after the planning and reminders section was over, I didn't want to put it down. Because I knew it was racing to a conclusion and I hoped I would like where the characters end up.       I did like the ending and thought that it was good for the series and characters.  Bottom Line: Long but worthwhile.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
"Black is the color of memory. "It is our color. "The only one they'll use to tell our story." Ruby is haunted by memories of her time at Thurmond--the country's largest rehabilitation camp--and what she has done to survive since her escape. No matter how hard she runs, she can't get away from the memories of the people she has lost along the way. But she has to keep moving because there might finally be an end in sight with a potential cure for IAAN--the disease that has killed so many children and left survivors like Ruby with strange and sometimes crippling abilities. Pressure is mounting to rescue Psi kids from the camps. But time is also running out to stop IAAN. After surviving the government's attack on Los Angeles, Ruby and the other Psi kids are even more determined to bring about change. Questions arise, however, as they try to decide what to do and who to follow. Ruby's loyalties are soon torn between Liam, the boy who has Ruby's heart and his brother Cole, the only person who understands everything Ruby struggles to control. With both brothers trying to pull their motley team of survivors in different directions, Ruby has to make some painful choices. After years of hiding, Ruby will have to embrace who she is--and what she can do--to save the people she loves in In the Afterlight (2014) by Alexandra Bracken. In the Afterlight is the conclusion of Bracken's Darkest Minds trilogy. It is preceded by The Darkest Minds and Never Fade. Bracken once again delivers a high action and deeply thoughtful story as she brings her bestselling trilogy to a close. While the story has its moments of action (and a bit of a road trip) this novel really shines as the focus turns to Ruby and the characters that have been with her from the beginning. Readers have seen Ruby push people away and sacrifice her own well-being for the sake of others. Throughout the series she has also struggled with her ability and what it means in relation to her sense of self. In the Afterlight includes the same struggles but more than ever it is obvious that Ruby is coming into her own as she embraces who she is and everything she can do. It's impossible to say too much about the plot without revealing too much, but rest assured that In the Afterlight has everything readers could hope for in this final installment. In the Afterlight is largely the story that these characters, particularly Ruby, deserve and also one that is deeply satisfying. An excellent conclusion to an excellent series. Possible Pairings: White Cat by Holly Black, The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan, Graceling by Kristin Cashore, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, False Memory by Dan Krokos, Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, The Archived by Victoria Schwab, All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
TheThoughtSpot 5 months ago
Fast moving and action-packed! In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken intensifies as the danger amps up in this third book of the Darkest Minds series. Liam’s memories are clear once again and his brother Cole continues to hide the fact that he himself is a Red. Cole doesn’t want everyone to be afraid of his powers, shun him and refuse to follow his lead. Liam, Ruby, Chubs and Zu are actually back together but their little group isn’t alone and they have to figure out how to work with the dynamics of a bigger group. The intense plot continues and more characters are introduced and brought into the action. Fast moving and action packed describe this book, 5 stars!
TheThoughtSpot 5 months ago
Fast moving and action-packed! In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken intensifies as the danger amps up in this third book of the Darkest Minds series. Liam’s memories are clear once again and his brother Cole continues to hide the fact that he himself is a Red. Cole doesn’t want everyone to be afraid of his powers, shun him and refuse to follow his lead. Liam, Ruby, Chubs and Zu are actually back together but their little group isn’t alone and they have to figure out how to work with the dynamics of a bigger group. The intense plot continues and more characters are introduced and brought into the action. Fast moving and action packed describe this book, 5 stars!
Anonymous 6 months ago
The story of Ruby Dally was brought to a wonderful close full of emotion. Personally, I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was an amazing trilogy to read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In The Afterlight is by far one of the BEST books I've ever read. The overall story line is fantastic, and the way the author goes into such detail but not so much that you get bored is just great!! I've read all of her books that I've ever come across and would rate this one and this series highest of all. The way she twists reality into this crazy, fun, wild ride of a story, that I just can't seem to get enough of! Alexndra Bracken never ceces to amaze me with all of her writing and books thet what ever she comes up with next, I'll be waiting for it!! MN
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The series was so good I read it twice.
vampiregrl123 More than 1 year ago
I had mixed feelings about this novel. I loved the first novel and enjoyed the second one, but this one left me feeling like it didn’t quite reach its potential. Alexandra Bracken’s writing is amazing. She talks about such heavy topics as humanity, abuse and cruelty, and finding/accepting who you are. Despite this, I felt like the story was lacking in action and faced paced plot like the other two novels. The characters were interesting enough. I absolutely loved Cole. Apparently some readers didn’t enjoy him, but I couldn’t help but fall in love with him. He was a strong leader. Readers get to see plenty of him in this novel. Ruby and Liam’s relationship was frustrating! There was no communication and it was all drama. Reader’s see their relationship falling apart on the pages. I still enjoyed this novel, just not as much as the first two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book! The entire series was fantastic - a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely could not set this book down even after I finished it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was an amazing end to a beautiful trilogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All in all this is probally one of the best book series ive ever read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book three is awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series blew me away, I found it to be a new concept that always kept me guessing. The ending was satisfying, however it left me wanting more! I want to know what happens in the future!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such an amazing series i do indeed recomend reading
Aamah More than 1 year ago
Some people think that if a book is about young people, it is for young people.  Not so, here. I am very much an adult and found the story gripping.  The characters are well fleshed out and likable.  Sometimes even LOL funny.  This is very much an action novel, putting it in the "couldn't put it down" category.I have only one negative comment, and it's purely opinion.  Others may not feel the same.  As the story is building to the finale, the main character wallows in self-doubt for paragraph after paragraph.  I found myself saying, out loud, "I get it.,"  and skimming down the page to pick up the action.    The series is fast paced. gripping, well-constructed and original. Strongly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy series like the hunger games, Divergent, and any dystopia like settings you will enjoy this series. I NAMED MY CAR RUBY AFTER THE MAIN CHARACTER!!!!
Nickx10 More than 1 year ago
With "In The Afterlight" being the last book in the Darkest Minds series I have to say I was eager to see how the plots were resolved and the characters stories ended. While I got my wish to read how the plot found its end, I have to say I was rather disappointed with the ending. I kept turning the page waiting for the epilogue in order to wrap up the characters personal stories. I was left however, both disappointed and if I'm being honest a little resentful of both the series and author. I find it to be a little insulting that after three books we were left to draw our own conclusions to the end, with no hints or probable outcomes. I do however have to say that before the ending I was on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen. In particular I enjoyed the Relationship between Ruby and Liam. Too often authors get carried away with making love out to be an obsessive and all consuming exclusion of everything else. Ruby and Liam I felt had a more realistic experience. They did not always agree and there were points where Ruby questioned whether or not that relationship would jeopardize her goal. I also enjoyed the fact that the main character got to be her own hero and didn't need to be saved. Overall I enjoyed the series and would recommend it except for the end, which left a bitter taste in my mouth