|Title: In the Afterlight|
Series: The Darkest Minds #3
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Published: October 28, 2014 by Disney Hyperion
Synopsis: 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 IAAN, 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.
Let me see if I can pull myself together long enough to write this review. I am currently in the midst of a pretty serious book hangover so I'm not entirely sure how coherent any of this will be. I will say this, In the Afterlight was a fantastic ending to an amazing dystopian series with an interesting world, incredible characters and a thrilling plot.
In the first two books in this series that world created a story about survival. Getting away from people trying to harm you, searching for food and shelter, staying hidden and staying safe. In the Afterlight however it is about a different kind of survival. In the Afterlight was about ensuring your future, a future you previously didn't know was possible. But that is probably what made the story so heartbreaking and what led to the book hangover. It focuses less on the action and adventure aspect of the series and more on the characters.
I haven't read a lot of dystopian novels but at times this did feel a little formulaic. I've noticed a trend in this genre. In book 1 you establish the world and why the antagonist, usually a shady government, is evil and not to be trusted. In book 2, you expand the world and further explain why antagonist is bad and why they need to be brought down. In book 3, you attempt to bring down the antagonist usually with some kind of epic battle. I definitely felt at times, the similarities to some of the more popular dystopian series that I have read like The Hunger Games and Divergent. And unfortunately with a lot of trilogies the last book is kind of a let down. Never Fade muddied the waters with the plot of the series and I wasn't entirely sure how it would all get resolved. I feared that it wouldn't be able to get there, that it was going to make things even more complicated, or that there was just going to be a magical solution to it all. But for me that wasn't true here. Everything was resolved, there was no deus ex machina, and despite things in the middle making me think they might, it didn't get any more complicated. The resolution was pretty satisfying. Everything I had hoped would happen, did happen.
I think fans of the series, like me will be satisfied and happy with the way it all ends. This is definitely one of the best endings of a dystopian trilogy and despite a few concerns I really loved it. It has an interesting world, phenomenal characters you can't help but love, and a thrilling plot.
Buy/Borrow/Bypass: Buy/Borrow. If you're a fan of this series rush out to your bookstore and pick this up. Savor saying goodbye to those characters you love and learning the truth about this world. If you are a fan of YA dystopia then definitely add this series to your list.
Have you read In the Afterlight? What did you think about the series conclusion? If you haven't read it what other dystopian series do you recommend? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!