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Sparks Rise (The Darkest Minds #2.5)

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Don’t miss the thrilling novella that connects the last two novels in the New York Times best-selling Darkest Minds trilogy.

Sam didn’t think things could get worse at Thurmond rehabilitation camp. Then the Reds arrive. Everyone assumed the kids with firepower had been killed years ago. Instead they were taken away, brainwashed, and returned as terrifyingly effective guard
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ebook, 110 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Disney Hyperion
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Alexandra Bracken
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
After writing this, Sam became one of my absolute favorite characters in the series. I hope you all love her as much as I do!
Valentina
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
waS THIS PAIN NECESSARY
Dannii Elle
That's okay, Bracken, I didn't need my heart anyway!
Jessica
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook
MY HEART.

I better get some closure in the next book... or else.
Lauren
What...

What...

WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED!?!?!?! I can't believe this, my heart is once again shredded into a thousand pieces because of a novella that is written by Bracken. I have no words. I have no words to explain how I feel. This book...this book ruined me. I love it so much and I don't know what to do. I can't believe I was going to skip reading this novella and other (In Time). I can't stop rereading the ending and like the other novella, it's going to take a while to get over this and f
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Alex Glass
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
*unintelligeble screaming*
*incessant crying*
*a tiny, misplaced shred of hope, quickly and heartlessly crushed*

Thank you for reading this summary of the hour it took me to read this.

Moving to my next point: BRACKEN, IN THE AFTERLIGHT WILL INCLUDE LUCAS, AND HE WILL BE FIXED, AND HE WILL BE WITH SAM OR SO HELP ME GOD I WILL FIND YOU AND MAKE YOU SUFFER JUST LIKE HE DID.

*continued crying*
ambsreads
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Oh my God. I feel fooled. I feel so hurt. Are these novellas written to rip my heart out? A full review for this because my heart will never repair from Sam and Lucas - who I need to feature in the finale or else I will drive to the authors house (over an ocean) to demand answers. I need answers and happy endings. This is ramble, but all I can say is you can not skip the novellas when reading this series. They're heartbreaking, but oh so amazing.

Also can anyone explain to me what's so dangerous
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Dana
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing

God Damn, these novellas are even more grim than the novels. Once again Bracken spins an unputdownable tale of suspense, fervor and bitter reality. Impossible to pick which of the two novellas I liked better. Admittedly this one was even darker than the last but in my opinion it is just as amazing as “In Time”.

I know some people have issue with how dark and dreary these novellas are, but personally I'm impressed with the author's ballsiness to take these stories into such dark places with no ap
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mich
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
"You can't do anything. You can't. That's the point of this place."

Jesus Christ.

I'm amazed at how much emotion -- how much intensity -- Bracken manages to pack into her novellas. This one, just like In Time, was incredibly well done. They are both, in my opinion, much better than the actual books in this series (although I haven't read the last one yet).

The connection I had to the characters was strong, impressive for such short works. I wish I could feel for the main character of the ser
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Lexie
Wow. This was amazing! I loved this novella, it was so suspenseful and fast paced. I loved Sam and oh my gosh I loved Lucas! I could relate to Lucas so much! Him always getting lost in his head and imagination and writing stories all the time, that is so like me! Sam and Lucas' friendship was so cute! Their whole backstory was so sweet I loved it so much. And then their reunion, when their both like "Oh my God he/she remembers!" Gosh the feels.

Warning this review contains mild spoilers, but not
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Ferdy
3.5 stars - Spoilers

-Liked Sam's character in this, she was much better than Ruby from the main novels. I was rooting for Sam throughout, I wanted her to get out of the camp/Thurmond and beat the people who had done her wrong. Whereas with Ruby, I never really cared enough about her to want her to get a happy ending of any sort. Sam was far more of a heroine than whiny Ruby.

-Wasn't that impressed with Lucas, I never thought he felt for Sam what she felt for him. When Sam was getting attacked by
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Bd Myriam
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After i read it:

OMG! OMG OMG OMG!!! MY FEELS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



How can i feel so much for characters i read about in like, 80 pages!! seriously! OMG i am such a mess right now!
Alexandra Bracken has the gift of making you care, even about characters you never thought you'd read about again.



Why did i put myself through all this pain!



I'm not going to lie, i kind of didn't like Sam when i read The Darkest Minds, i don't know, she was just the "friend" who got mad at Ruby for not trying to get her ass k
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Vy
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 STARS, 5 PAINFUL stars.

The best novella I have read thus far.

I believe that it takes a certain amount of talent to be able to write a novella that is enthralling because there isn't a lot of room to really get into full details, but "Sparks Rise" is a novella done right. I've always wanted to learn more about Sam, and I am so glad that I was able to sneak a peak into her life after Ruby. Despite being a short story, I felt so engross into this world-one that I wanted to run away from-and felt
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Rache
Seriously?! I'm out.



I didn't like it as much as the others
Vathna Dany
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
WHYYYYYY.

Thank you for ripping out my heart, AGAIN.
Andreea Pop
One of the best novellas I've ever read. Review to come later.
laura
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“he has gone to a place i cannot find him. i cannot sing him home.”

wow. i don't think i'll ever be able to read something written by alexandra bracken without having my heart broken into a billion pieces.

i could not stop reading it. just like "in time", sparks rise feels a lot more than just a novella. it was beautifully written and so goddamn painful— sam and lucas' relationship was so genuine; i desperately wanted them to be safe, to be okay and to be happy.

i'm just relieved that we're ge
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Tonicha
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I DID NOT NEED THIS PAIN IN MY LIFE BUT OKAY
Robin (Bridge Four)
I’m not sure that Alexandra Bracken is capable of writing a happy story. Sam and Lucas’s story is just as tragic as Zu’s novella. I was so hopeful for them and then I was again left crestfallen with how incredibly horrible this future is.

Sam was Ruby’s best friend in the camp until she accidentally erased her memories like her parents. She has an empty gap and thinks that maybe Ruby is the reason it is there but just can’t seem to put it all together.
I don’t understand how someone I barely knew
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Teryna90
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
He is the best thing I have ever seen in my life. The worst thing.

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Me after reading Sparks Rise


After finishing Never Fade I thought to myself well before you start book three why don't you read the novella first? It's about SAM and there is love and hope... this tender and pure love with her old childhood friend, Lucas, that just stole my heart. They both stole my heart, made it feel warm and then shattered it.

How could a short story make you smile, cry, laugh, dream, scream, dispair, wonde
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Camille
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
fuck fuck fuck fuck fucknoooooooo
Kennia
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This tore my heart out like no other book has ever done. I can't stop crying. Should you read this? Only if you want to be miserable. It was so good but so heart wrenching. There will be more, right? It didn't feel like an ending. There has to be some closure. Some resolution. Some salvation to these characters. Please.
Christina Morden
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
That is one of the most sickening things I have ever read.

I feel disgusted. I hate Thurmond so much. I only hope for good things for the future.

I'm so scared for In The Afterlight. After the endings of the other two and no epilogue! The short stories have both been devastating.

This is the dystopian world that sickens me the most. More than any other.
Jaclyn
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
WHY WHY WHY!!! ALEXANDRA BRACKEN JUST CANT WRITE ANYTHING THAT DOESNT LEAVE ME SOBBING AND STARING OFF INTO SPACE WITH FEELS AND TEARS.
Tharni
Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it
that was sad:(
Louisa
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh, really great story, though that ending! So heart-breaking! But I think Sam was starting to remember Ruby! And yeah, I can't wait to read more!
Elesia
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My heart is breaking oh my god
Jenny
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is even worse than In Time. Alexandra Bracken knows how to write great short stories.
m ✧
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novella
ALEX, WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO ME?
Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
Sparks Rise was an emotionally gripping story that kept me on the edge of my seat. I love Sam and Lucas' story. It gave me hope and then in the next instant it was ripped to shreds. This vicious cycle continued throughout their story and I ached for the book to end on a positive note. When their story stopped, I was floored how a book that with a little over 100 pages could evoke SO much emotion in me. I felt everything, right along with them and I've come to care about these two almost as much ...more
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The Darkest Minds (5 books)
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“I do not know what, in the end, makes a person who they are. If we`re all born one way, or if we only arrive there after as series of chioces. The bible claims that the wicked act on their own desires and impulses, because God is good, only good, and He would never compel a soul to wickedness. That I`m supposed to count on justice in the next life, even if I can`t have it in this one.” 20 likes
“He has gone to a place I cannot find him. I cannot sing him home.” 19 likes
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