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Review: IN THE AFTERLIGHT // mind blown & many emotions

in the afterlight

Title: In The Afterlight
Series: The Darkest Minds book #3
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Page count: 582
Date published: 28 October 2014
Genre: Young Adult Urban fantasy & dystopian

Thank you Pan MacMillan SA for sending this my way!

Rating: (5 out of 5 stars)
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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.

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My brain is officially mushed. It’s also been trodded and walked over and I am not okay. I must admit I was considering taking a break from dystopian and had an almost burn-out slump. Also, nothing much happens in the first half of the book which took its toll on me. But once you’re in, then it’s SO GOOD. I just love these characters so much and I’m sad to let them go. Argghhh my heart hurts.
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We’re just going to dive straight into that I was mad at Cole and Ruby most of the time. They were acting really suspicious and no wonder everyone wasn’t trusting them. Like please COMMUNICATE. They were constantly together and keeping secrets and ahhh it made me so frustrated. It wasn’t necessary and put everyone in stress.
When they found Zu… it made me so pleased. And when she spoke, well that warmed my heart. This book man. I also started liking Nico towards the end.
Vida and Chubs were so good. I really loved them together even though it was a little weird. Specifically that one scene. I really love both of them. They’re such good characters.
The whole cure plot was really interesting and I so wasn’t expecting the cause to be what it was. I kind of had a thought that Clancy was right in some way. It makes sense but it’s a little hard to grasp. I really was not expecting it.
I love Ruby and Liam. I honestly do. But I really wanted to strangle her for hurting my precious muffin. Like I knew what she was doing to him. Obviously keeping secrets from him with the brother he really doesn’t trust and it constantly away with him is going to rub Liam the wrong way. I was upset he didn’t trust her but like I understand. Arghhh I wanted to scream at them. But I was glad when it was resolved and they made up… gave me all the feels.
The entire ending was 20 pages but it really didn’t feel rushed which is what usually happens in books and I really loved it. I’m waiting for the announcement of another book PLEASE  I NEED IT!! Ahh is it really over?!


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