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.

Since In the Afterlight is the last book in The Darkest Minds trilogy, let me first state that I had a lot of expectations jumping into this series. Given that its film adaptation is in production and people only have the best things to say about the series, I was dedicated to reading the series back to back, and I must say I was not disappointed.

For the third novel, however, I was really impressed. I figured it was going to be really drawn out like the last book of a series generally is, but I found it quite intriguing and an appropriate resolution for trilogy. There was a lot of action, and several moments happened that I was not expecting.

Keeping this as spoiler free as possible, I only disagreed with one particular scene that happened with one of my favorite characters whom had an unfortunate demise in the novel. I honestly felt it had no real significance to the story other than to have something tragic written for the act of having some drama added.

I never really felt a connection to a majority of the characters in the book. I felt Ruby was somehow weakened since the beginning of In the Afterlight. I loved how strong and optimistic she was, but I felt that her love and devotion for Liam was clouding her personality.

Aside from my views of the characters, I felt the plot was well done. Bracken is a beautiful writer and I’m very interested in moving on to her newest series. With all that said, I’m excited for the movie that is currently in production and recommended everyone reading the series prior to watching the film.

Happy reading! ❤