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Alexandra Bracken

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Hi! I'm Alex and I write books. Please note that I don't respond to messages here on GoodReads. Please send me a note on twitter or IG @alexbracken. xx A ...more

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Hi friends! Sorry for not checking in more often in February—truthfully, it was kind of a rough month for me. For whatever reason, be it the world or work or Mercury Retrograde or just my brain, I was really struggling through some low feelings and just didn’t feel up for much more than trying to get my work done. I started feeling better and had more energy just in time to get a terrible

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Published on March 10, 2020 13:08
Average rating: 4.07 · 545,904 ratings · 63,229 reviews · 36 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Darkest Minds (The Dark...

4.16 avg rating — 185,682 ratings — published 2012 — 105 editions
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Never Fade (The Darkest Min...

4.21 avg rating — 94,564 ratings — published 2013 — 79 editions
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3.77 avg rating — 82,734 ratings — published 2021 — 3 editions
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In the Afterlight (The Dark...

4.25 avg rating — 61,571 ratings — published 2014 — 75 editions
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Passenger (Passenger, #1)

3.76 avg rating — 40,563 ratings — published 2016 — 55 editions
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Wayfarer (Passenger, #2)

3.81 avg rating — 13,558 ratings — published 2017 — 42 editions
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In Time (The Darkest Minds,...

4.21 avg rating — 11,303 ratings — published 2013 — 8 editions
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The Darkest Legacy (The Dar...

4.13 avg rating — 10,651 ratings — published 2018 — 29 editions
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Brightly Woven

3.80 avg rating — 9,008 ratings — published 2010 — 12 editions
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Through the Dark (The Darke...

4.25 avg rating — 7,723 ratings — published 2015 — 15 editions
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“The Darkest Minds tend to hide behind the most unlikely faces.”
Alexandra Bracken, The Darkest Minds

“Let's carpe the hell out of this diem.”
Alexandra Bracken, The Darkest Minds

“We'll just have to try to make better mistakes tomorrow.”
Alexandra Bracken, The Darkest Minds


What book would you like to discuss in October? Read anytime, discussion opens Oct. 1st. Please do not vote unless you WILL return to discuss, to be considerate of others who participate. Happy voting!

Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison
1966, 240 pages, 3.72 stars
Kindle $7.99, cheap print, at library

"Make Room! Make Room! is set in the year 1999 and the world has become a grim and terribly overpopulated place, bleak and foreboding. This sets the premise for Harrison's novel, and fans of his earlier more comic works may be surprised at the seriousness of this novel. Although Harrison's fears did not become a reality for the inhabitants of New York or the rest of the United States, the novel remains nonetheless a gripping, thought-provoking work about privacy, deprivation, and desperation.

A teeming New York City and a detective's pursuit of a killer and nefarious racketeer comprise this novel. While the novel contains elements of classic detective fiction--the hard-boiled protagonist, the seductive mistress, the portraits of corruption and perfidy--Harrison's true concern is less the story itself and more the opportunity the story offers to give the reader a glance at a dismal and broken world. The state of overpopulation has altered life in innumerable ways, and Harrison is keenly interested in documenting the catastrophic effects of this burden on all human relationships."
  5 votes, 35.7%

Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice
2018, 218 pages, 3.97 stars
Kindle $4.99, used paper $7.68 and up, probably at library

"With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Cut off, people become passive and confused. Panic builds as the food supply dwindles. While the band council and a pocket of community members struggle to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives, escaping the crumbling society to the south. Soon after, others follow.

The community leadership loses its grip on power as the visitors manipulate the tired and hungry to take control of the reserve. Tensions rise and, as the months pass, so does the death toll due to sickness and despair. Frustrated by the building chaos, a group of young friends and their families turn to the land and Anishinaabe tradition in hopes of helping their community thrive again. Guided through the chaos by an unlikely leader named Evan Whitesky, they endeavor to restore order while grappling with a grave decision.

Blending action and allegory, 'Moon of the Crusted Snow' upends our expectations. Out of catastrophe comes resilience. And as one society collapses, another is reborn."
  4 votes, 28.6%

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
2012, 488 pages, 4.20 stars
Kindle $7.99, cheap used paper, probably at library

"When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living "
  2 votes, 14.3%

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
2014, 195 pages, 3.68 stars
Kindle $9.94, cheap used paper, at library

"Area X has been cut off from the rest of the world for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; the second expedition ended in mass suicide, the third in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another. The members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within weeks, all had died of cancer. In Annihilation, the first volume of Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach Trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition.

The group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their surroundings and of one another, and, above all, avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything."
  2 votes, 14.3%

Infection by M.P. McDonald
2016, 276 pages, 4.38 stars
Kindle $3.99, used paper $8.82 and up, probably not at library

"The world has never seen a virus like this. Not only is it deadly, but it changes victims' behavior in order to spread the disease before they die.
When Cole Evans first heard about the flu outbreak at a military base on a remote island, he felt a little uneasy. He had worked at that base as an epidemiologist while serving in the Navy and knew the kind of diseases they studied there.If this was the disease he thought it was, the entire world could be facing a global pandemic like nothing it had seen before.

Cole must find a way to protect his family from a disease that could wipe mankind from the face of the earth..."
  1 vote, 7.1%


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message 39: by Sharon

Sharon Thank you for accepting my friend request! The Darkest Minds is absolutely brilliant. It's heart-breaking, mind-blowing, and utterly inspiring. Thank you for writing this series! And I can't wait to read Passenger. :)

message 38: by Venus

Venus Blancia Thank you for accepting the invite. Be reading your books soon. ❤️

message 37: by Lauren

Lauren F You are retelling Star Wars: A New Hope!!! Alexandra Bracken you are my hero. Bursting with enthusiasm - Congrats!

message 36: by tuhseen

tuhseen Thank you so much for accepting my friend request!

message 35: by Maryam

Maryam Thank you so much for accepting my friend request :D
Can't wait to read more of your books!!

message 34: by Shelby

Shelby Loren Thanks for accepting my friend request! :)

Writingwriterwhoreads I'm re watching your book charades w/ Christine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bks0Ke...

Writingwriterwhoreads Is anyone else already re reading In the Afterlight with me?

message 31: by Johanna

Johanna thank you soooo mutch for accepting my friend request!!!!!!!!!!!!
I can't explain how much it ment to me . Darkest Minds is my favorite book and.. .I just can't wait until in the afterlight comes out!!!!!! You're awesome.
i have lots of questions , but I'll only ask you one.

message 30: by Brigit

Brigit Gabrielle As an author, could you give me some writerly advice? How do you start a book? I mean, I have so many ideas, but if the beginning isn't in sync with my story, the whole thing is off. Was it hard for you starting your books? Or does it just come naturally for you? Because I keep deleting my work, because it isn't working.

Ruthanne THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU!AHHH! Thank sooo much for adding me.

message 28: by Paula

Paula Hi Alexandra, thank you so much for accepting my freind request you don't know how much I care about this. I love The Darkest Minds trilogy IT'S MY FAVOURITE ONE! and I can't wait anymore to read the last book. I would like to answer you something, What inspired you to write this fantastic story?


message 27: by Karla

Karla Ortiz Hi Alexandra, thank you so much for accepting my friend request, I love The darkest minds, I made my friends read it and they love it too, I have so many questions but I really don't know how to start, What inspired you to write the story? , How did you choose the name characters? , Are there any plans for a movie to come out?.

My best wishes for the next book, I can't hardly wait

Alexandra Thank you so much for accepting my friend request! :)

Chelsea ✨Arielle’s Nebular Ally and Team Acrux✨ Thank you for accepting! I ADORE Liam and CANNOT WAIT until the final book comes out in TDM trilogy!! I love them so much ♥

message 24: by Cady

Cady Thanks for accepting my friend request! I love your books and I absolutely cannot WAIT until "In the Afterlight" comes out this autumn!

message 23: by ~Fern~

~Fern~ Thanks for accepting my friend request!!! :D

Michelle Benson Thanks so much for accepting my friendship :) The Darkest Minds is my new favorite series and I can't wait for book three!

message 21: by Tamara

Tamara Thank you so much for accepting my friend's request. I so excited for the third Darkest Minds book :)

message 20: by Shelley

Shelley Thank you so much for accepting my friend's request! Your Darkest Minds series is amazing. I can't wait to read the third :)

message 19: by Miranda

Miranda Hi Alex! Thanks for accepting my friend request. It was so much fun hanging out with you and Robin at TBF. I hope you enjoyed your time in Rochester and consider coming back sometime soon!

Benjamin Card Hey Alexandra! Thanks for the add. Please read the message I sent you :) It's important (to me at least)! Thank you.

message 17: by Ikao

Ikao Thanks for accepting my friend request XD

message 16: by Juliet

Juliet Thank you for accepting my friend request!!! I loveddddd The Darkest Minds! I have no regrets buying this book! It was amazing <3 can't wait till the next one!

Eugenia (Genie In A Book) Thank you for accepting my friend request:)

message 14: by Eric

Eric Birk Thanks for becoming my Goodreads friend.

Elevetha Thank you for accepting my friend request! Love love Brightly Woven and am so excited for the Darkest Minds. I'm currently on a mission to get my older brother to read BW. I think he will like it. Me and my sister practically shoved BW at one of our cousins and she loved it. Thought you might appreciate that. Have a great weekend!

message 12: by Elaina

Elaina Thanks for accepting my friend request =D And congrats on having your book released in paperback! Whenever I see an author succeed once again, it always motivates me to work harder to reach my own goals in writing =] All my best!

message 11: by William

William O'Brien Hi Alexandra- Thank you for your friendship!
Please visit my website http://www.peteradarkenedfairytale.co.uk
to view a sample page and many other snippets about the book.
Expected release date Feb.
Best wishes, William

Brigid ✩ Hi Alexandra! Thanks so much for accepting my friend request. :) I just finished Brightly Woven yesterday and loooved it. It was so addicting! Great characters, especially … North! <3 I really hope to see more books from you!

- Brigid

message 9: by P.Q. (last edited Sep 21, 2010 07:11PM)

P.Q. Glisson Hello Alexandra, fellow author and newly acquired friend. :)
Thanks for accepting my friend request.
Please take a moment to check out my profile page to see some of my current projects.

Thanks again and I put your book "Brightly Woven" on my TBR list. :) Her Sanctuary by P.Q. Glisson

Nicole Dreibelbeis Hi,
I really enjoyed Brightly Woven- it was so different from a lot of what I've read recently! I read mostly young adult, and often fantasy, but I was really impressed with how original the story was.I had to say hello because I also went to WM (tribe pride!) and was so excited when I discovered you went there too.
Looking forward to more great books from you in the future...keep making the 'burg proud!

Kellie O'Malley Alex I read your book at it was great!

message 6: by Elisa

Elisa Sims Thanks for accepting me! I'm just about to finish Brightly Woven! (And loving it, by the way)

message 5: by Dani

Dani Thanks for the add! I am literally dying to read Brightly Woven! Especially since I've read only raves about it so far! March cant come soon enough! :]

Alexandra Bracken Tina wrote: "Thanks for the addd!
I can't wait till March! Brightly Woven looks like a wonderful book:)"

Thank you for adding me :) And I'm so excited for you to read it!

Alexandra Bracken Tom wrote: "hey! thanks for adding me as your friend. Your book is next on my list as soon as i finish the two i am reading right now. I can't wait!!"

Thanks, Tom! I can't wait to hear what you think--I think you might be the first guy reader!

~Tina~ Thanks for the addd!
I can't wait till March! Brightly Woven looks like a wonderful book:)

Thomas hey! thanks for adding me as your friend. Your book is next on my list as soon as i finish the two i am reading right now. I can't wait!!

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