In the Afterlight

In the Afterlight

Book - 2014
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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. 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.
Publisher: New York ;, Los Angeles :, Hyperion,, ©2014.
ISBN: 9781423157526
Branch Call Number: YA BRA
Characteristics: 535 pages ; 22 cm

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Kaelynmcintyre
Jul 23, 2019

When I finished Never Fade, I begged my mum to take me to the library to get this book. I finished it in 2 days.
The effect that this book had on me was magical and I just NEEDED more. I love how close Liam, Chubs, Ruby, Zu, Vida and the league are, the love and friendships that are built are everlasting in the least. The tragedies in this book are just bearable and extremely well described! I give my thanks to Alexandra Bracken. Thank you for such a wonderful story that will most likely stay with me forever.

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Anna Beyer
Jul 15, 2019

This was an amazing book. I can't even find the words to describe what I feel about the book. I'm someone that gets very attached to a good book, but this one was different. I didn't just get attached, but I felt like it reached out and was sucking me in. The description was top notch. All the parts where Liam and Ruby and Chubs and Vida and Zu were together were amazing. when Zu actually started to speak, I was shell shocked. And when Cole died, at first I didn't belive it. I was thinking, no, Cole can't just die like that. But he did. After finishing this books, I feel like anyone and everyone, should read this book. I strongly recommend anyone to read this book, 110% Big praises to Alexandra Bracken.

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MakSmiley
Jun 20, 2019

In The After Light was a good ending to the series of The Darkest Minds; however, I felt like the book repeated itself a lot, in the way the characters acted, and it got a little boring and old. With that said though, the book was still really good and I enjoyed it and I would 100% recommend reading The Darkest Minds series.

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goddessbeth
Jan 17, 2019

Alas, at the end of another lovely series! Having felt like the stakes were high and the tension consistent throughout the series, I'm still catching my breath after finishing this one. I was lucky enough to read the three novellas between the main books (thanks to Cyra, who recommended that!), which fleshed out the main plot rather nicely.

This is a excellent wrap-up to the series. Not every question is answered, and the way forward looks pretty sticky. The stakes are high, people are continuing to make questionable decisions for realistic reasons, and some fundamental belief differences cause rifts. All the elements from the other books are there, including the villainous characters being very truly wicked (I respect a book when I can respect the villain because they are smart and insidious, and The Darkest Minds series definitely has that!), and the heroic characters being kinda lost. There were a few more adult allies in this one, but the story still centers on the main kids.

Although it was written a few years ago, the ending has great parallels to the current political movement of the kids now in high school.

Overall, I highly recommend this series if you like YA. Even if you don't like dystopian, the strengths of this series is the characters and the worldbuilding. I'm an Alexandra Bracken fan after this. AND I just learned they're making a movie of the first book! Yay! About time.

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trickbag22
Aug 12, 2018

I love this darkest mind series. I read it all in one sitting and couldn't wait for the next

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Brian1464
Jul 30, 2018

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Feb 06, 2017

If I had to compare the action amount and quality between this book and the one before it, I would say that the second book has a good continuous flow while this one had a good start, pause, then play at the end. They were both okay, but they would be my automatic recommendations unless I knew the person liked "teens/kids with powers" idea. I am not quite sure what distinct genre this would fall into, but I feel like it would be a dystopian/action/suspense mix for sure. This trilogy/series reminded me heavily of Robinson Wells' Blackout, which I found okay but also not the greatest. I wouldn't say the romance is a waste of space, but it really could be better developed. I really do ship Ruby and Cole... sigh.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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janelllim
Jul 05, 2016

Although this is a pretty good book, I don't really like how the characters are portrayed. Ruby has way too many mental breakdowns in this book, and sometimes the plot was just plodding along, and other times it was lightning fast. What I don't get is WHY they don't just already kill Clancy. Like, seriously. We all know he'll just find a way to mess up what they plan, and it is so obvious I sometimes want to hit my head on the wall. Plus, I didn't really like the ending. It was way too sad, and again, Ruby had like her twentieth breakdown.If I hadn't already read Never Fade, I would've been seriously confused with questions like who's Jude, and what do the colors mean?

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Nymeria23
Apr 25, 2016

Ruby needs to pull it together. She can't lose anyone else. She won't let allow herself to fail the ones she loves again.

The remains of the Children's League is trying to get by, hiding from the military in the sectioned-off ruins that once was the city of Los Angeles. It's hard to find enough food, let alone keep Clancy subdued and deal with the Jude-shaped hole in her heart. When she finds out that the people who are supposed to be protecting them may be planning a betrayal, she tells Cole and begins down a path of hard decisions as she generally takes his side in most, if not all, strategy and op plans. As she begins to build a bond with Cole, both knowing how difficult it is to try and contain the monsters inside them, she can feel her relationship with Liam fraying. She's kept him at arms distance and starts looking down on his impulsive decision, making the bit of tension between them worse. In the search for the cure and how it can work, Ruby tries to juggle the search for Lillian Gray (Clancy's mom), the need to liberate Thurmond, and the overall exhaustion that continues to plague her. Will she break under the pressure, or will she surprise us all?

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AwesomeGoats
May 15, 2015

I just finished reading this book last night, and I just gotta say... I can't even...! Really, I can't describe how this book made me feel because it just can't be put into words, it was insane! There were so many points in the book where I just couldn't put it down! While there are still some questions that I wish could have been answered a bit more clearly in the end, it was a great conclusion to the trilogy! If you haven't read this book, or if you haven't read ANY of 'The Darkest Minds' trilogy, do! Its worth the read!

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Kaelynmcintyre
Jul 23, 2019

"A promise of forever"

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Anna Beyer
Jul 15, 2019

"Hi, he said when he finally came up for air
"Hi, I said,

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Anna Beyer
Jul 15, 2019

"and the open road rolled out in front of us."

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Kaelynmcintyre
Jun 13, 2019

"The Stewart Charm"

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Kaelynmcintyre
Jun 13, 2019

"Everyone is afraid of each other, I don't want to look at a grown-up and assume they're thinking of how much they can get for me."
- Zu

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Kaelynmcintyre
Jul 23, 2019

Violence: A bit dark

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