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Through the Dark

(The Darkest Minds #1.5, 2.5, 3.6)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  7,126 ratings  ·  793 reviews
Don't miss this breathtaking collection of stories set in the world of the New York Times best-selling Darkest Minds trilogy. Featuring ebook original novellas In Time and Sparks Rise, and a gripping, brand-new novella, Through the Dark is a must-have for fans of the Darkest Minds. This collection contains three novellas: In Time, Sparks Rise, and Beyond the Night, as well ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by Disney Hyperion
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Alexandra Bracken Not the collection title (that would have been really confusing for everyone, believe me). The novella sentence is: In time, sparks rise beyond the ni…moreNot the collection title (that would have been really confusing for everyone, believe me). The novella sentence is: In time, sparks rise beyond the night. :)(less)
Alexandra Bracken No, it's only available in the bind-up.…moreNo, it's only available in the bind-up.(less)

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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
These novellas are AMAZING! Alex is great at writing short stories.

I specifically loved the last novella "Beyond the Night" SO FREAKING GOOD. It answered so many of the questions that I had after finishing In the Afterlight.

Glad I picked this up!
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Oh god. WHAT. A. BOOK. I cried A LOT. Even if these novellas aren't that long, they are just perfect and I was an emotional wreck, believe me. Every novella was pure gold and the new characters are so unique and different. I can't help but admire Bracken's writing style.

I was SCREAMING when out of no where MY SWEET BBY LIAM CAME BACK. (Okay, I think I was screaming AND sobbing.) He is such a sweetheart and this book just made me love him even more if that's even possible. I hadn't even realized
Jul 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Review for 3.5 -

Definitely not the strongest of the stories in this series. It felt weak and slightly undeveloped. Of course I was curious about Mia, Sam and Lucas - and seeing the gang rocked - but this story fell flat for me. It didn't answer the questions I wanted answered nor did it provide that great of an insight on the world after book 3 which just leaves me with more questions. I would still recommend this if you read 2.5 and enjoyed it though!
“We will move forward as one, and in time, rise like sparks beyond the night.”

I’d forgotten how much I missed this series and its characters and the writing, and everything.

That last novella was necessary, because In The Afterlight left me incomplete and with so many questions. Beyond The Night gives you a peek at what’s happening a few weeks after the ending of the series. It’s told in Sam and Mia’s (Lucas’ little sister) POV and yes, you get to see the series’ main characters again
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely don't want to say goodbye to these characters so I'm going to pretend I haven't finished this book and that there will be 317 more books with them. Also @alexandrabracken you have this amazing thing.. you can make me the happiest human being ever and then you can crush my soul the page after. Don't be proud of it u made me cry so hard I'll never forgive u ...more
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this collection of novellas! I liked that we got to see some different perspectives during The Darkest Minds (but away from Ruby and the main story), as well as seeing how the world was changing and adapting after the last book ended.

While I liked In Time, Sparks Rise and Beyond the Night are what really made this book worth it. I felt that while it was nice getting Gabe's perspective in In Time, which was so drastically different as he was not one of the kids with powers, he wa
lauren ❀

I’m speechless…

Alexandra Bracken really knows how to write novellas. I only read Beyond the Night right now because I read the other two before. In Time and Sparks Rise were both heartbreaking and so was Beyond the Night. The writing is beautiful and I constantly felt all these emotions that engulfed me all at once. This bind-up of novellas was truly beautiful and amazing. Beyond the Night cleared up so many things and everything after the series makes so much more sense.

This entire series
i've missed the gang so much; this book is PERFECT. i'm surprised at how much i cherished this book since they're novella told from new/supporting characters. nontheless, alexandra bracken's writing and storytelling is golden. thank you thank you thank you for adding more depth to this world and keeping the characters alive :'''''-) ...more
2.5 stars

Liked the first two stories, but the last one was terrible, it was far too boring and bleak and did a bad job in wrapping up the series. Mia's POV was rubbish, she was insufferable and dull, and Sam was no better she turned into a weak, uninteresting doormat.
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I heard that this book came out, I wanted to get it so badly. I haven't finished Winter, which is part of yet another series I love. And I haven't got the chance to read The Stolen Chapters, my most anticipated read of 2016! There are so many books but so little time. I really want to catch up because I am scared I am going to be spoiled and I want to discuss the books with others.

Everyone talks about all of these books and I want to join in because...

“We will move forward as one, and i
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Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-own
The novellas are so beautifully written, I couldn’t stop reading.
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Alexandra Bracken is legit my favorite author. She is so talented and can I please just BE HER. Her characters are phenomenal and her descriptions and style are amazing. She can create such a fleshed out and colorful world for her readers that is really incredible. She is an amazing story teller. These novellas were so great, and this world she created for TDM has been expanded perfectly. Anyone who read TDM series should pick this book up, it is so so great.
Cameron Cassidy
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting! thoroughly enjoyed!
Ryan Buckby
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
actual rating: 4.5/5

We will move forward as one, and in time, rise like sparks beyond the night.

I have been a huge fan of the darkest minds series since i first started reading them and i have always felt like i needed some more closure and i feel like this book gave me that closure i needed.

Following Gabe's story in the first one was a really great story to start off with because it's about change and he makes some throughout the novella and even more so when he meets the little girl who do
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Before reading: DREAMS DO COME TRUE.
Alex (The Scribe Owl)
Come see this review and more at my blog, The Scribe Owl!

Thanks to Kat Blackwood for a copy of the K to finish the DARK on my shelf!

The Darkest Minds: ★★★★★
Never Fade: ★★★★☆
In The Afterlight: ★★★½☆
Through the Dark: ★★★★☆

Wow. I wasn't expecting much from this because novellas are never quite as good as the books in the actual series, but this one fits in perfectly. In my opinion, it even beat In the Afterlight! I'm so glad I enjoyed this against all odds. Happy accidents!

In Time (1.5): ★★★★☆
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
In Time 4 stars
Loved Zu's story, what you can mean in somebody's life just by believing in them and not giving up. Very sad end though :'(

Sparks Rise 4.5 stars
You just have to read it for yourself. Extremely sad story. (view spoiler) :''(

Beyond the Night 3.5 stars
Hmm, not a bad story but I just didn't like Sam (who to me felt like a Ruby-clone) and Mia (who came across as way younger than she was. And I mean, we all sometimes act like a child, but it
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2018, fantasy
It will grow as we bring others in, as we bring the lost ones together again, gather up the embers scattered from the same fire. One day, we will ignite and create a blaze that no one can put out, ignore, hurt. We will move forward as one, and in time, rise like sparks beyond the night.

In Time: 2/5
Sparks Rise: 4/5
Beyond the Night: 5/5
May 14, 2015 marked it as to-read
This is really exciting!! I'm really happy she's writing that last novella I think it's needed ...more
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing



I had already read In Time (#1.5) and Sparks Rise (#2.5) before this, but wow. Beyond the Night (#3.5) is really something special.

I don't know how to make this review extra special but I feel like it needs to be. This series is so important to me and I love it so much, but this is the end and as much as that makes me sad, I'm also glad that it ended with Beyond the Night. It's closure, it's answered questions, and it wraps the series up nicely.

And sure, you can get away with j
Kori Sulewski (korireads)
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016, fantasy
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The last one. Beyond The Night.
Drew's ambitious reading
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-books
A really great read! My favorite novella out of here is: Sparks Rises!(:
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I cried so much reading these novellas. So much. The Darkest Minds is my absolute favorite series that holds so many dear emotions close to my heart, so reading about my favorite people again and the people around them just tore me apart. I laughed, I criiiiiied, and I just thoroughly enjoyed this. This band of characters will always, ALWAYS have a special place in
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-rating
This broke my heart. Repaired it and then broke it again! That last story with Sam and Ruby and urg my heart cannot take it.

What I love about these Novellas is they’re actually important to the overall plot of the main series and added a lay of love and complexity to an amazing story.

My only Criticism is that it was very blocked writing. Almost always inner dialogue without any actually dialogue so it did make these stories almost feel longer than the series! But I think that’s more personal ta
Chesca (thecrownedpages)
Through The Dark: A Darkest Minds Collection is the compilation of all the three novellas of The Darkest Minds series. It contains In Time, Sparks Rise, and the very exclusive to this bunch: Beyond the Night.

This collection is genius! In this book, we get to see different areas of struggles for different people in the world of The Darkest Minds.

In Time
I think In Time is really short. It focuses on the life of Gabe, a young man who aspires to be a skip-tracer, who met Zu, a yellow, along his
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
IN TIME 3 stars

It’s been a long time since I’ve last been immersed in Bracken’s THE DARKEST MINDS, but I came back to this series like an old friend. This collection of novellas made me realize how much I missed her writing style and how easy it is to slip into the worlds she creates.

IN TIME introduces a funny, sort of sarcastic main character I can relate to. He can be a little annoying at first because he isn’t exactly off to do good things but CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. It also added some humor,
I’m not exactly what you’d call a novella person. I read them very rarely, but I enjoy a novella bind up every once in a while. I’m not exactly Alexandra Bracken biggest fan, as while I enjoyed a lot of aspects from The Darkest Minds I felt like the last two books in that series were pretty meh. I do really love the world created within those books, and I think Bracken did a fantastic job exploring this brutal dystopian world through short stories.

In Time—4 ½ stars: Damnnnnn… This novella was by
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
FIRST THOUGHTS: These novellas. THESE. NOVELLAS. While they're not necessary in order to fall in love with The Darkest Minds series, they are excellent crafted stories that expand the world beyond what Ruby's experience has been. Short they might be, but they pack just as effective an emotional punch as the actual novels of the series. ...more
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The Darkest Minds (4 books)
  • The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)
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