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In Time (The Darkest Minds #1.5)

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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  6,334 ratings  ·  817 reviews
Don't miss this exciting short story that connects The Darkest Minds to its much-anticipated sequel, Never Fade.

Gabe's life has been devastated in the wake of the economic crash. The only option left for someone like him to escape his tragic past is to leave his small town behind and to attempt to become a skiptracer. This already almost impossible task is made all the mo
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ebook, 89 pages
Published July 16th 2013 by Disney Publishing Worldwide
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Christine Riccio
WHAT AN EXCELLENT NOVELLA. Don't skip this one!
Regan
ALEXANDRA BRACKEN WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO ME?!

She made me cry in a novella. Twice.

I hate you.

But I love you too.
Marie
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OH MY SWEET GOODNESS.

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ALEXANDRA BRACKEN, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME?

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So let me start off by saying that this novella is 90 pages, including the preview of NEVER FADE. Those 90 pages happen to be the most stressful and emotional 90 pages I have ever read.

The main character in this novella isn't even in THE DARKEST MINDS. Which disappointed me at first, because I was really hoping for a Liam story. But the protagonist is a new character named Gabriel, who wants to become a skip tracer. And after rea
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Melissa


Oh my god. OH. MY. GOOOOOD.
ALEXANDRA, YOU CAN'T END A BOOK LIKE THIS?! NOOOOOOOOOO.

I think Alexandra just ruined me completely...
Mitch
Apparently my problem with The Darkest Minds was just Ruby and Liam, because I really like this short story with Gabe and Zu. As I said (in a review I didn't expect to be as controversial as it's turned out), this is a series that excels at gritty dystopian - or it would be, if it didn't spend so much time making Ruby out to be this weak, self-loathing victim in a black and white adults versus kids world; it was all just a bit too much for me the way the book blatantly tried to play every. singl ...more
Dana

Wow...that's how you write a novella! I really appreciated that this was a true sequel and not a random prequel. I love back story as much as the next person, but sometimes you just want story 1.5 to actually be story 1.5, so thank you for that Ms. Bracken.

I was riveted while reading this and yet, to be honest I despised Gabe. I can't remember the last time I cursed a character so much. But the writing was so good and the story was so interesting that even with my hatred for the main character,
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Janelle
THE CHARACTER DEVELOPEMENT! Ms Bracken is just too amazing for this world.

I cried myself to sleep..

*spoilers*

ME: When Zu told gabe she had two brothers and a sister... Zu an only child.
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"Liam is safe"
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ME: AT THE END.
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Lara
Jul 02, 2013 Lara marked it as to-read
When I first stumbled across the fact that there was going to be a Darkest Minds 1.5 I was so excited and filled with hope!


Then I saw the release day. It's so close but so far away.


So, now I'm just sad.
Andreea Pop
This little tidbit depicts the world Bracken previously introduced us to perfectly. Focused on a new character, Gabe -- a collateral victim of the scary universe the author has created -- is trying to take the reins to his crumbling world and join the skip tracers. But for his big debut, he needs to turn a "freak kid" in. And that somehow proves a thousand times easier and harder (trust me, I do make sense) than he initially thought.

“But I’m telling you now, you ever find someone who likes the
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Jessie
I didn't know what to expect from this, only that it's a novella. So I went in knowing nothing and I thought it would be a happy story. BUT NO! NO NO NO NO! THE ENDING!!!!

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THAT CANNOT BE THE ENDING! THAT IS TOO SAD TO BE AN ENDING!! It's just...
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Karla
AHHHHH

OH MY GOSH

THERE ARE SO MANY POSSIBILITIES

Kassidy
What?! What?! There better be some closure to this in Never Fade..

Great novella with awesome plot and character development!
I liked seeing the perspective of how this whole thing is affecting normal people. This new insight really makes you think.

This is so emotionally damaging ..
Elena
WHAT THE EFF DID I JUST READ?!
My heart...is breaking.
Ferdy
2.5 stars - Spoilers

In Time was much better than I thought it'd be, though that's not saying much since I find most novellas rubbish.
This was more enjoyable than The Darkest Mind, mainly because the POV character wasn't quite as insufferable as Ruby or whatever her name was. Although, I would have preferred to read the POV of an existing character (like Zu or Liam) instead of some random guy.
I didn't really like Gabe (the MC) at first, he was kind of awful. But by the end, I did grow to like h
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Sandra
Wow. Whatever I was expecting from this novella... It was definitely not that. That ending just broke my heart. Reading this definitely made me want to continue on with the trilogy!
Fari

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Julie
“Sometimes the darkness lives inside you, and sometimes it wins.”

This e-novella follows up from Bracken's previous novel The Darkest Minds, and just like that book, this short story practically tore me up on the inside.

It focuses on a young man named Gabe who, due to the economic crisis that followed the discovery of children with unnatural abilities is struggling. His only option to try and make something of his life is to become a skip tracer, a hunter of children who managed to escape the
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MissBloodsucker™ (shadowraith) 06 ~Property of the CNTP~
WTF?!?!???!!! NOOOOO!!!!!! GABE!!!!!! WHYYY?!?!??!?!!! *BREAKS DOWN INTO SOBS AND KICKS THE WALL REPEATEDLY* WHYYYY DO YOU HAVE TO BE SOOO HEARTLESS, BRACKEN?!??!!??!!! YOU'VE CRACKED AND SPLINTERED MY HEART ENOUGH WITH THE DARKEST MINDS AND NEVER FADE, BUT YOU JUST HADDD TO DO IT AGAIN?!?!?!?!?!??!!! I'D SAY I HATE YOU BUT I CAN'T 'CAUSE YOUR BOOKS ARE SOOO GOOD!!!!! BUT WHY DO YOU HAVE TO TORTURE US WITH EVERYTHINGGGG YOU WRITE?!??!!?!!! WHY CAN'T YOU GIVE US JUST ONEE HAPPY ENDING?!??!?!??!! ...more
Life is wasted on the living [Elena]
OH MY GOD.
I didn't think this little novella would be so... GOOD. It got to the point where I think I literally like it more than the real book.
It is all about Zu, in fact, and what happened after she left East River with her 'beloved' Yellows. They get attacked in the middle of nowhere and then by pure coincidence there happens to be a boy, a man named Gabe that saves her, even though he doesn't know it. Not yet.

But that ENDING.

"Don't-"


I WANT SOMEONE TO REWRITE IT.
I need Gabe, the little s
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Jenny
If you've read the Darkest Minds - GO READ THIS! I usually don't have very high expectations when it comes to "half-books" because they normally just give you more insight on a story you already know, but this... oh man...! The story is a bit slow in the beginning, it follows a guy named Gabe who wants to get out of town and decides to become a skip tracer in order to earn money.
Although I found the Darkest Mind rather predictable, everything in this novella was just really unexpected. This mad
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Katie
HOW CAN YOU END IT LIKE THAT?!?!?!!?!?
Twila
That ending...

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No No No NO

NO!

You can't just end a story like that. Nope.
Bracken must really have a thing for big endings. I don't even know what to do with her anymore. She has me soooo stressed. I mean, that was like the step-mother-in-law of all cliff hangers.

Anyways...

“They want you to think that darkness or evil is only something that gets inflicted on you by the outside world, but I know better, and I think the freak does, too. Sometimes the darkness lives inside you, and sometimes it wins
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Rache
More of a 3.75

I have to admit I was a little disappointed by finding out this didn't have something to do with the main characters. That's why I didn't got much into the story as I wanted to.
But I still kept reading because Alexandra Bracken. Besides, it was interesting to read from a totally different POV. Gabe's thoughts were entertaining and I ended up liking him.

“I guess I just assumed the only financial gain was in turning kids in, not, you know, returning them.”


That got me thinking
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Emily Anne
I always love picking up novellas, but I am rarely left feeling as I do. How do I feel? Well, I could give you a long list. A very, very long list. I feel shocked and emotionally drained. I feel that hollowness you feel after reading an amazing, soul sucking read. My mind keeps on coming back to this novella and its contents. There are many ideas presented here and many characters, old and new.

There will be no spoilers in this review, not even for the first book, The Darkest Minds. I promise. Sp
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Bethan
Jun 10, 2013 Bethan marked it as to-read
I can't decide whether I want to laugh or cry.
Scarlett
"It’s hard to be the person who gets left behind, and never the person who gets to do the leaving."

I absolutely love how this book made me feel. I cried. Yes I did. I just cant help it, it affected me so much, it was so beautiful. ZU has the heart of gold bigger than the universe. Incredible kid. Bless her heart.



THAT ENDING WAS THE EQUIVALENT OF BEING STABBED REPEATEDLY.
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Aurélie (Exploring Pages)
More reviews on my blog, Exploring Pages.
“Because she knows what it's like to live in a world of black, and black, and the tiny bit of white, but when she escaped it, she didn't find the rainbow of colors, the dresses, the singing, the dancing. She only found ugliness.”
― Alexandra Bracken, Never Fade

Upon starting In Time, I already found the point of view to be very well-chosen. It was so interesting and even fascinating to see the whole situation from a "normal" person's point of view. Althou
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Yvonne (bookishpanda)


ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?!? Seriously, that's no way to end a book/novella like this. Just no. Nope, nononononono. I can't handle this. I'M NOT OKAY!

My feelings are all over the place and I love but also hate that Alexandra Bracken has this effect on me. She makes me want to throw my book (or in this case my kindle) against a wall but at the same time I desperately want to hug it to my chest and cry for hours! If all her endings are cruel like these two, I don't know how I'm suppossed to sur
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The Darkest Minds (3 books)
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“They want you to think that darkness or evil is only something that gets inflicted on you by the outside world, but I know better, and I think the freak does, too. Sometimes the darkness lives inside you, and sometimes it wins.” 56 likes
“Because she knows what it's like to live in a world of black, and black, and the tiny bit of white, but when she escaped it, she didn't find the rainbow of colors, the dresses, the singing, the dancing. She only found ugliness.” 40 likes
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