Format: ebook, paperback, hard cover
Series: book 3 of 3 of The Darkest Minds trilogy
Rating: 16+ for language, sensual content, dark themes
Genre: Young Adult
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16150831-in-the-afterlight
In the final book in the series, Cole and Ruby must band together all the Greens, Blues, Yellows, and Reds that they can find as they try and take down the League before they can take out all the special kids.
Boy does Bracken know how to build up this story. In most stories, the build up can get a bit long and boring, but Bracken doesn’t do that in this story. She is able to find the conflict that Ruby has to go through on a regular basis and able to show that on the pages.
Ruby and Liam’s relationship is once again challenged over and over again in this story. They have been through so much in the three books and the problems that they had before the book started come to a head in this story as they see if whether or not they have what it takes to make it.
The beautiful way that Bracken writes their relationship is certainly a highlight in the story. We see these two characters become the people that they are meant to be. It’s through her relationship with Liam that Ruby learns that sometimes forgiving yourself is harder then waiting for that person to forgive you. And through Ruby, Liam learns to find strength in himself and never to be ashamed of who he is.
Liam and Cole’s relationship certainly comes to a head in this story has Cole takes authority over the group and Liam has a hard time accepting it. They have a long and rough history and all of their ghosts and demons come out as they try and bond together so that they don’t fall apart.
What I love the most about Bracken’s writing is the quotes that just stick out and can relate to you even though what you have going on in your life has nothing to do with what is going on in the story. It’s a beautiful form of writing that is ageless and can relate to any generation at any time.
This series is one of that is flying under the radar and should be on your radar. It has a strong message of being who you are never ever let what other people change you.
In the Afterlight