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In the Afterlight

(The Darkest Minds #3)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  57,492 ratings  ·  5,702 reviews
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 th ...more
Hardcover, 535 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion
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Alexandra Bracken I don't particularly hate Clancy, though he is definitely a little pissant at times.…moreI don't particularly hate Clancy, though he is definitely a little pissant at times.(less)
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'll admit the first chunk of this book was slow & it felt like not much was happening, but those last 200 pages were GOLDEN. Great finale, even though I didn't much enjoy the first section of the book. ...more
Jan 06, 2014 marked it as to-read

Okay, so it's officially been a week since In the Afterlight was released, and I must admit, it took me a little longer than I anticipated to finish... but oh, god, when I finished it...

It was a little emotional. Not because of anything that happened in the end necessarily (this is going to be a spoiler-free review for those who haven't finished), but just because IT'S OVER and that makes me sad on so many levels that I can't even fully express my desolation.

Only rarely in my life has a book
Alexandra Bracken
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi guys! You can read the first three chapters early! More info here: ...more
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Once I sleep on it and think about it clearly, I finally decided to give this book a 2 stars, I really wanted to give this a higher rating because I liked the first two book, especially the second one but I just can't. There will be a LOT of negative opinions on this review so if you're not up for that you might wanna stay away.

The Darkest Minds.Never Fade.In the After Light

How cool that sounds for a book trilogy title? sadly, the last book doesn't do justice to the title of the trilogy. I'm hea

I experienced a lot of deja vu whilst reading this, so much of it was similar to the other YA dystopia I'd already read. There was the usual insufferable heroine and the same old world building and dynamics between teenagers/adults/the evil government. It wasn't all bad though, I did really enjoy most of the secondary characters and the friendships/relationships between them.

-The majority of the plot was dull, there was the typical teen heroine and her merry gang fighting to take down th
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin


I sat here for about an hour trying to figure out how I wanted to rate the book and what to say.

I'm still at a loss as to how I really feel but I decided on the middle ground. I liked the book well enough. Anything from 3 stars and up is good enough to me.

I was pretty happy with the ending. How to put this without spoilers. I liked that there were reunions and stuff but I kind of wanted it to be a little more than that. I wanted people to stay together forever. <--- Geez, just read
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is so stressful and emotionally intense, but it's a great conclusion! I love how everything wrapped up and my questions were answered, and it definitely brought some tears to my eyes, so bittersweet!
I think some parts dragged on because they pretty much stayed in the same place the whole time, and it took me a while to read, but it was worth it. The characters are so wonderful and I love seeing their relationships develop. Although Ruby and Liam's relationship got frustrating!
I still l
lauren ❀
I am so upset that this is over. This book was amazing, actually, it was like a hundred times better than amazing! This book was honestly perfect and I’m struggling to explain how great it is. I feel so weird now that I’ve finished this series because I really didn’t want it to end and I know I’m going to miss the characters so much!! I have such a hollow feeling in my chest right now because I have no idea what to do or what to read next because I really don’t want to let go of these characters ...more
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I can't breathe. I can't function. I am lying on my bed in a trembling ball, unable to discern individual emotions coursing through my core. It's over. It's really and truly over and I have no idea how to deal.
Liam was my perfect little sunshine, as usual. And sure he had his moments where he was dark and hidden behind the clouds, but he always came out in the end.
Ruby is the most badass of all badass female characters to ever exist, and I absolutely adore her.
Chubs is forever my gangly and a
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Stuck it out even at times I really didn't want to finish it. ...more
Emma Giordano
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Update 8/11/2019

Dropping my rating to 3 stars to reflect my more recent thoughts. It's clear to me I did not enjoy this book as much as my 18 year old self! I found the pacing significantly slower and the plot much less entertaining. It really did not compare to the previous two installments in those respects. I do think there was a ton of fabulous character/relationship development! I also felt the ending was well done and it made me very excited to read the recently released sequel, The Darkes
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
3.5 Black is our color. ★'s

Black is the color that is no color at all.
It is a road. A forgotten night sky broken up by faded stars.
It is the barrel of a new gun, leveled at your heart.
The color of Chubs's hair, Liam's bruises, Zu's eyes.
Black is a promise of tomorrow, bled dry from lies and hate.

“It rained the day they brought us to Thurmond.
And it rained the day I walked out.”

Buddy read with Nancy

*I'm gonna keep this review simple and straight to the point.*
I'd like to s
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
★★★★★ 5 I want a Stewart stars ★★★★★

This is it. The end.

Rating a book from series we love condemns us to an extreme vigilance - because let's be honest one second here : I love Liam's character. He stole my heart in The Darkest Minds and I could give a book 5 stars only because he's a part of it.
But. ← See this?

That tiny but draws the line between the rating I'd be willing to give to the series - a whole-hearted 5 stars, because these characters will stay in my heart forever - and the way I cou
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2.5 stars

The Darkest Minds was one of the first ever books I reviewed on this blog. No, I'm not going link it up because it's god awful and the only reason why I keep it on the blog is so I can look back and laugh at myself. I really enjoyed The Darkest Minds for the brilliant characters and world that Alexandra Bracken constructed, and Never Fade was just as fantastic. But, In the Afterlight seems to be a dud for me. Whether this is the reading slump speakin
Christine Riccio
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Really happy with how everything wrapped up! Here's my full booktalk/review: ...more
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
I loved the previous two books, the first one more than the second, but this one...ok, I'll be very, very honest.

This book was so boring.

There wasn't any of the excitement that the first two books had. And barely any action. I lost interest about halfway through the book and had to skim the rest, even though it pained me to do so.

I guess part of the problem was that I barely remembered the second book. And yes, that problem could have been solved easily by re-reading it, but I didn't have the pa
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dystopia
Dear "In the Afterlight"

What the hell were you thinking?
Did I have too high standards and maybe even overwhelm you with my expectations? No, actually it's not my fault! Your older brother was such a great book so you can at least be expected to do something similar, can't you? You always had him in front of your eyes as a great example while you were growing up. I know that you shouldn't compare siblings but who cares! So let's take a look at your missing developmental steps. Everything structur
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Full review posted on the blog!


If Ruby and Liam don't end up together, I will freak out. So how about you just give me this book. Like, now.


"I brought my window down, letting my free hand drift out to catch the wind.
And the open road rolled out in front of us."


This is how a book has to end.
This is how a trilogy has to end.
Alexandra has, once again, left me spechless. Even when I had a hard time trying to get my head around what was happening, I never doubted it was going to be amazing.
The character evolved in such a great way. The plot was just right and all the scenes so well put together.
It had the right amount of sadness, really
Helen 2.0
This has been a strange trilogy for me because I actually liked the middle book best. What a rare occurrence. In the Afterlight fell short of Never Fade mostly because of bad pacing.

Too much of the book was taken up by training, planning, angsting, and generally sitting around in dark places. Of the 500-something total pages, only around 100 were occupied with real action or gripping drama. The final resolution went by so fast I had to reread it for it to register, and even on my second go it s
Drcong O '
I really hoped this book would be a lot better than the previous two books.


¤No action.
I've been waiting for some kickass scenes and this book had none to offer. This is the last book right? Shouldn't shit be going down and there be some fights? Some action???


¤Extremely long.

¤Boring characters.

Nov 22, 2012 marked it as to-read
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Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
All I have to say is that it hurt :(
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Once again I'm beyond incapable of writing a review. My feelings are scattered, my heart is broken. I can't believe I've finished this series (excluding 3.5 - which I will read) and I'm so happy I chose to read them. If anyone has read these books and wants to share feelings I'm 110% in but I just want to say how I don't know how to feel about this ending. I'm happy but I'm also sad. It's a close but an open ending, which is confusing. I just wanted a dang epilogue. This is honestly just a rambl ...more
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars for my 205th book of the year

“Ruby, what does the future look like?”
Nico asked. “I see it in colors,” I said. “A deep blue, fading into golds and reds—like fire on a horizon. Afterlight. It’s a sky that wants you to guess if the sun is about to rise or set.”

I'M DONE!!! But seriously.....where is the epilogue....?? as sweet as the ending was, what happens next?

After the second book, I was pretty disheartened, to be honest...I wasn't sure I was going to like this one. I really didn
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, science-fiction, ya
I have dissolved into a puddle of tears
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-4
What an amazing trilogy! I loved seeing Ruby especially grow into her powers and become able to help those she had formerly been victimized with. I thought the ending of this was just great, had really good action and brought all of our main characters to a satisfying ending point, which is exactly how I want to feel at the conclusion of reading something this long. Really well done.

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“It rained the day they brought us to Thurmond.
And it rained the day I walked out.”
“Black is the color that is no color at all.
Black is the color of a child's still, empty bedroom. The heaviest hour of night-the one that traps you in your bunk, suffocating in another nightmare. It is a uniform stretched over the broad shoulders of an angry young man. Black is the mud, the lidless eye watching your every breath, the low vibrations of the fence that stretches up to tear at the sky.
It is a road. A forgotten night sky broken up by faded stars.
It is the barrel of a new gun, leveled at your heart.
The color of Chubs's hair, Liam's bruises, Zu's eyes.
Black is a promise of tomorrow, bled dry from lies and hate.
I see it in the face of a broken compass, feel it in the numbing grip of grief.
I run, but it is my shadow. Chasing, devouring, polluting. It is the button that should never have been pushed, the door that shouldn't have opened, the dried blood that couldn't be washed away. It is the charred remains of buildings. The car hidden in the forest, waiting. It is the smoke.
It is the fire.
The spark.
Black is the color of memory.
It is our color.
The only one they'll use to tell our story.”
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