In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken is the third and final installment of The Darkest Minds series. This is one of my favorite serieTHE FAERYS VIEW
In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken is the third and final installment of The Darkest Minds series. This is one of my favorite series, a futuristic dystopian with a strong female lead and, of course, the most brilliant group of secondary characters a reader could ask for. This is a spoiler free review at the request of the author and because to do anything less would completely ruin this amazing final book for the reader.
Throughout the last few years I’ve become strongly invested in this series, for a number of reasons. The first being it’s distinctive story line. I love the idea of this amazing group of kids fighting the odds, each with their own distinctive psionic gifts, escaping the system, fighting the cruelty and oppressiveness that they’ve all endured and coming together as one unit to protect each other with one common goal: Stop President Gray. Of course, under that one common goal fall many others but let’s face it, he is the ultimate evil and what he’s done in the camps is hideous and deplorable.
Secondly, I love the characters in this series, seriously, they are remarkable! Ruby, the main character, is such a strong compelling girl, yes, she has her flaws, but after following her life throughout the series, how could she not be? Ruby hasn’t let those that hurt her, destroy her, instead, she’s let the pain and anger she’s endured move her forward, towards being a better person – a stronger person. Ruby is brave, loyal, smart but most of all, she can still love, despite all that has been done too her. She loves her friends to the point that she would put her own life on the line than to risk losing one more person that she loves. In the last book, Never Fade, Ruby lost someone who was so dear to her, someone she swore to protect and felt like she failed. Ruby hasn’t recovered from this and I saw how much this affected her actions in this book.
Without revealing any spoilers, I feel I can say that Ruby and Liam’s romance is strong but not without its challenges, a beloved character is found, Chubs and Vida are still arguing like cats and dogs and Cole remains a bit of an ass, albeit a somewhat loveable ass. Clancy Gray is still in the same position he was when last you saw him in Never Fade. There are intense, heart-racing moments that had me at the edge of my seat and there are some extraordinarily poignant moments that had me reaching for tissues. There are triumphs, there are losses, and there are head-banging moments but most of all, there is justice. I shed some very happy tears in this last book and I shed some very sad tears in this book. I will also say that I felt so very, very satisfied and gratified at the ending and honestly, that is what it’s all about for me at the end of a series.
I so highly recommend this series to all who love a good dystopian, fantastic characters, and a beautifully written story about love, friendship, and fighting for everything that’s truly important in life! ...more
The Fool is the first episode in the Virtual Arcana serial by Karen Amanda Hooper. It’s short but it’s supposed to be! It’s a YA sci-fi/dystopian thatThe Fool is the first episode in the Virtual Arcana serial by Karen Amanda Hooper. It’s short but it’s supposed to be! It’s a YA sci-fi/dystopian that sets up each book using a card from the Major Arcana for each of its preceding serials. Kelsey is the main character and extremely likeable, I mean, what’s not to like? She’s a caffeine addict and loves to read! Her twin plays video games, which, by the way, is illegal. Xander is introduced and there’s a bit of an insta-love connection but I can get past that. There’s a dystopian type controlling government that has a big brother type band that monitors everything its citizens do. If caught doing something you shouldn’t, well, let’s just say that the government ‘takes care of it’.
I liked this first book and will definitely read the next in the serials. ...more
Here's the thing: I absolutely hated what Veronica did to Tobias's character in this last installment! Thus stated, the ending world she left us withHere's the thing: I absolutely hated what Veronica did to Tobias's character in this last installment! Thus stated, the ending world she left us with all seemed to be wrapped up, nice and tidy. Sigh, yes, I gave it 4 stars but it's more like 3.5. There is the expected action, the really bad guys that get their comeuppance and, of course, the requisite romance.
I know Allegiant has been reviewed to death so I just leave with these parting words: This is exactly why I both highly anticipate yet also dread reading the last in a series anymore. I am apprehensive! I don't want to be let down! Please, please, Treat my beloved characters gently, treat them like you did in the first novels you penned! Don't do to your characters what Victoria did to Tobias! Trust me, your fans will thank you, I know that I will!...more