Alexandra Bracken – In the Afterlight


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.

You will not be disappointed! You! Will! Not! Be! Disappointed!
No strings left hanging. No character left forgotten.
Thank the book gods (or God or deity) for series that can end right.

What I Liked:

– Events are UNPREDICTABLE. And if you know me, I love this kinda stuff.
You’d think that kids going against the government will be united and all. HA THINK AGAIN because even the kids that are together have divisions amongst themselves. The only thing I saw coming was the ending, but what led to it?? Mindblowingggg.

– Ruby is a gr10 narrator.
It amazes me how empathetic I can be to a character in the midst of all this action. Usually in a fast-paced book like this one I wouldn’t connect to the characters as much, but me and Ruby? We get each other. Ruby does things that she thinks will protect her group of friends, which throughout the series become her family. Man, she’s such a strong character, emotionally and physically.

– Pacing that was neither too slow or too fast.
Ah yesss, this book was wonderful in that end. Never have I felt that somethingwasgoingtoofast or I… just…. wanted… the… character… to… get a… move… on! It was perfectly done. *tears*
Speaking of writing, I really liked how the powers that the kids had got explained. It was quite plausible (coming from me who is skeptic of everything) and the author knew where she was coming from. (There were even terms I learned from AP Psych, where I was like “Hey that book did teach me something relevant!”)

– Satisying conclusion.
‘Nuff said.

What I Didn’t Like (as much):

– The much needed conflict between characters.
Yeah I know that we need conflict in the group because that’s how books roll but doesn’t mean I have to like them. But in the end both sides are so relatable! And as a reader, I understood where both sides were coming from and their logic. Wow this is more like something I liked but whatever.

– Clancy the character.
Dis bitch.

– I guess I don’t really not like anything that’s supposed to be not-liked. Does that make sense? Hope so.

Recommended for:
Obviously people who have started this trilogy. If you have and you haven’t read this, then you’re missing out.
Also for people who enjoy dyspotian books in general. (But you have to start with In the Darkest Minds.) And if you’re sick of dyspotian novels, don’t worry! Because this isn’t something set in some random country like Panam, or a section of Chicago, but it deals with the whole motherfucking United States of America. We all know we need that freedom.

Rating: 5/5

2 thoughts on “Alexandra Bracken – In the Afterlight

  1. I haven’t been sure whether or not to start this trilogy. I’ve been so on the wall, and had recently decided I wouldn’t. But then I read reviews like this one that say the conclusion is amazing, unpredictable and the pacing is perfect. Agh, I’m not sure again ><

    1. Okay so here’s my advice! If you already have a long list of books you’d rather read, then wait a bit. But if one day you’re looking for a dystopian and an action-packed book, you should pick this up. If you don’t like it you can drop it, and if you like it the trilogy’s finished, so you don’t have to wait for new books to come out! Win-win situation. (:

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