Title: In the Afterlight
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Page Count: 535
If you have not read The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, this review may contain spoilers for The Darkest Minds and Never Fade but not for In the Afterlight.
After the attack on Los Angeles, Ruby and the kids who survived have to regroup. They start making plans for how and when they are going to help free the other kids in the camps. But they are also trying to find out the cause the and cure of IAAN. With their prisoner, Clancy Gray, Ruby tries to get the information about his mother revealed and where they can find her. Everyone has a job to do and hopefully freedom is just around the corner.
I have finally finished the original trilogy of this series. It has been painful, unfortunately. But I did enjoy this one more than Never Fade. It had a strong beginning and a strong ending but the bulk of the story was slow and quite boring. And when I say it had a strong ending, I’m talking the last 100 pages. That’s why I couldn’t raise my rating any higher than 3-stars. I dreaded picking up this book and this series as a whole put me in a terrible reading slump.
The surviving kids regroup and start training for their plans to help free the kids of the camps. So a lot of time we are seeing Ruby and Cole training and talking plans. Theirs some drama between Ruby and Liam and some with Ruby keeping secrets from her friends. She makes plans with Cole quite often and tends to leave everyone else out of the loop. Ruby really changed as a character in this book and I didn’t like it. Most would say she might have had some great character growth but I couldn’t disagree more. She became a liar and distant and she’s always whining and complaining about everything. I started feeling really bad for Liam because Ruby keeps everything from him but Liam hides one secret from her and she flips out. She’s a hypocrite and I’m tired of her attitude.
We get to see Clancy Gray a little bit in this book. He’s being kept prisoner and Ruby is just trying to get information on his mother and the cause and cure for IAAN. Not like I wanted to see more of him but he was there anyways. Ruby also does something at the end of the book that I hated! She had no right to do what she did and it still makes me so angry. Ruby does a lot of things that make me mad in this book so don’t be surprised.
Honestly, I can’t go into anymore detail without giving spoilers away, since this is the third book in the series. While I can see how some people would enjoy this, I just felt really bored mostly. But I definitely recommend the first book. I enjoyed it and thought it was entertaining and fun to read.