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The Darkest Legacy

(The Darkest Minds #4)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  9,490 ratings  ·  1,091 reviews
Five years after the destruction of the so-called rehabilitation camps that imprisoned her and countless other Psi kids, seventeen-year-old Suzume "Zu" Kimura has assumed the role of spokesperson for the interim government, fighting for the rights of Psi kids against a growing tide of misinformation and prejudice. But when she is accused of committing a horrifying act, she ...more
Hardcover, 569 pages
Published July 31st 2018 by Disney-Hyperion
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Alexandra Bracken
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I can’t believe that this story is finally(!) heading your way, and I’m so excited for you guys to see what everyone has been up to in the years after ITA. If you happen to get an early copy, whether that’s an ARC or a finished copy, please consider putting any spoilers under a cut so other readers can choose if they want to peek or not. (Personally, I think this one is best read knowing as little as possible going in!) 🖤 Thank you and happy reading!
May 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars.

“We’ve inherited the darkest legacy, but they don’t know that we’ve learned how to thrive in shadows and create our own light.”

If I had to describe The Darkest Legacy in one word, it would be redundant.

I know that sounds a bit mean considering a lot of people, myself included, like this series. But I'm sticking with my guns on this and saying that The Darkest Legacy shouldn't have happened.

That's right kids, it's time for an unpopular opinion because who doesn't love unpopular opinion
Lara (Bookish_turtle)
This book was sooooooooooooo looooooooooooooooong...

Like, it wasn't filler, but if a book is going to be 600 pages long, it needs to really blow my mind with brilliance, and this just didn't.

I think this book deserves 4 stars, but the sheer number of pages put me off, so 3 stars is just the way it's gonna be ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

In terms of content though...

Zu's perspective was cool. Not as mind-blowingly awesome as I had anticipated, but yeah. It was cool.

Plot was actually really good. I'll admit my hopes
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, 4-stars
4.5 STARS.
˗ˏˋ lia ˎˊ˗
Jun 18, 2019 marked it as 01-dnf
dnf @ 41%

guess i just randomly decided at 2am to dnf this book and i never felt better, honestly. this also makes it my somewhat first official dnf since i joined the online book community and always hesitated about not finishing a story. but in this case? i honestly do not give a single fuck about what happens to anyone. this book shouldn’t exist and the series should’ve ended with the original trilogy and its conclusion.

oh, and it also put me in a huge ass reading slump and i haven’t finished
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018

post-read: I. LOVED. IT. Okay, so it wasn’t The Darkest Minds, and while I enjoyed that trilogy a lot more than this book, I loVED HAVING ZU’S PERSPECTIVE. Seriously, Suzume is my freaking hero.

So the book is pretty thick, and you’d think that it would just be 75% filler, 25% plot, right? Switch the percentages. I was surprised at how little unimportant stuff there was in this book, and even more surprised that I was
jesse📚 (semi hiatus bc school)
Remember that paper I talked about in one of my reading updates?

I had to take one day off from reading this super amazing book to finish it in time for the due date. I ended up pulling an all-nighter.

Okay, first thought: this book is HUGE.

Four years ago when it was the glory days of YA books, I wouldn’t have said 500 pages counts as huge. Almost every book that time are waaaay more than that. Or… I don’t know. Maybe it’s just that I read books with lesser pages more these days.

Along with the fac
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First Thoughts
I am overwhelmed with adrenaline and feels after just finishing THE DARKEST LEGACY. I admittedly don’t read as much dystopian fiction as I used to, but damn if Alex Bracken didn’t once again succeed in writing a story that left me impressed. She made me feel all the feels about Zu and other folks in this story! While it does have a slower start as Alex weaves the foundations together, the pay-off was definitely worth it. I loved it so, so much. Also? I wouldn’t be opposed to having
joanna ☽ the little brown fairy
actual rating: 4.5 stars but i can’t decide whether to officially put it down as 4 or 5 stars asdfghjkl
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dystopia, sci-fi
My review

2.5 stars

“We’ve inherited the darkest legacy, but they don’t know that we’ve learned how to thrive in shadows and create our own light.”

While many things have changed for the better in Bracken’s dystopian America, Psi children’s problems are far from gone. Five years have passed since the fall of Thurmond and exile of president Gray. Cruz is still a president and is working towards the integration of Psi children in the society and neutralization of the substance that causes IAAN, but
Trigger Warnings: PTSD, anxiety, flashbacks, torture on children, mentions of terrorist acts, murder, experimentation on children


I was a bit nervous going into The Darkest Legacy. I had read The Darkest Minds series two years ago when I was still new to the book community and loved it. However, I remembered almost nothing from it and over the years my reading tastes have changed quite a lot. It seemed I had nothing to worry abo
Dec 18, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2018
okay i know this is a standalone but now i have to reread the first two books and actually finish book 3 this time around HOO BOY

Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"We deserve to be free. We deserve more than this. We've inherited the darkest legacy, but they don't know that we've learned how to thrive in the shadows, and create our own light."

HOW ABOUT NO?! MY FUCKING EMOTIONS ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE. This was definitely something else but quite frankly, every fan of The Darkest Minds should read this. LIAM FREAKING STEWART IS IN THIS Y'ALL*cries into cup* I was not expecting this to be as good as it turned out to be. There's reunions with most
“We’ve inherited the darkest legacy, but they don’t know that we’ve learned how to thrive in shadows and create our own light.”

I'm sorry, I just can NOT for the life of me get into this damn boring ass book!!! It was like pulling teeth and nails. TEETH and NAILS! I don't even know how I made it to 28%. I wasn't a fan of any of the other books... Not really anyways. But DAMN this one was such a snooze fest. I tried Y'all I really did but enough is enough. I give up! I abandon this!

Hayley ☾ (TheVillainousReader)
What? What! WHAAAAAT!? I’m kind of excited about this and kind of not. The first book was amazing (I loved the whole concept) but I felt like the series kind of.. fizzled out as it progressed. I feel like she is only revisiting this world because of the movie? I would like to say that the trailer looks amazing.
Aug 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-read, audiobook
Although I loved the original Darkest Minds trilogy, this fourth book was just OK for me. The pacing bothered me quite a bit, with seemingly long stretches of driving around with Zu either having an internal monologue or else a "deep" discussion with someone. These endless car trips were unevenly interspersed with admittedly exciting action scenes. I would have liked a lot less of the former and more of the latter.The second half book was therefore better for me than the first.

If there is anothe
Cindy ✩☽♔
Dec 18, 2017 marked it as to-read
Loving the cover reveal! I wonder if I can just skip the other two books and just jump straight into this one lol
I still have to finish book 2 and 3, but hey I liked Zu and I’m glad she’s getting her turn at the wheel!
Dec 21, 2017 marked it as to-read
The cover!!!
Arielle ✨ Chelsea's Nebular Ally and Team Orion ✨
You can get up.
You have to get back up.

I could get back up. I could do it myself. Again, and again, and again. As long as there was breath in my body, I could get back up.

WHATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT?!?!?!?!? Alright, people. It had been a LONG time since a book has made me ~feel~ this way so you better believe this review is going to be a jumbled mess of thoughts and feelings. First off, this was obviously SO GOOD. Like, a billion stars to Alexandra Bracken for this entire series. I’m a
Leah Waters
Feb 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopian, ya-sci-fi

That ending was--


Few books have broken me like this one did. And I absolutely loved it until that ending because WHAT?

These characters have hurt so much. And Alex Bracken hurt them more. They deserve the world. And I--

The fact that these character don't find a happy ending is CRUSHING.

Legit trying not to cry.

I hurt.

ALSO. What's with the loose ends? Like CLANCY? WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM???? I NEED TO KNOW.
Ryan Buckby
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
We’ve inherited the darkest legacy, but they don’t know that we’ve learned how to thrive in shadows and create our own light.

I enjoyed this fourth entry for the darkest minds series and i felt like things have changed so much since i finished the third book but that's a good thing

Plot: This one is set five years after the events of the last book and we have Zu take the lead in this story and i couldn't have asked for a better character to take charge. Seeing Zu actually having a full on conv
Davina Herondale
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

I wanted to like this book. UGH I wanted to like it SO BAD.

I'm so happy we were able to go back into the world of TDM. I just wish it wasn't like THAT. There were also plenty of times I felt this book was trying to emulate the original series but it just misses the mark for me.

Then there is the whole problem with the plot. It ignores the conclusion we were given in 'In The Afterlight' like a slap in the face. Then it ended and I didn't care.

To be completely honest, I didn't feel much
lauren ❀
This book was completely unnecessary.

I'll always fail to understand why after years of wrapping up a series, it ends up being extended by adding another book. It pains me to give any book in this series below five stars because I absolutely love this series, but I didn't enjoy reading this.

First of all, I would have loved to read about these characters again but as a novella. Not a book that is an extension of the series and almost 600 pages long. This book was way too long for a series that ha
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow I loved this!! But the ending was not enough. I need more answers here Ms. Bracken!! You can't drop a bomb like that and not tell me all of the details! But I am seriously impressed with this book.

The mystery and tension from the previous three books was compiled and shoved into this one book which made for a fantastic plotline. There were so many moving parts to this and I think drawing on current political tension gave the world additional suspense and a very realistic tone. I could
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Though there was some action right from the beginning, it took me some time to get into the story, noticing my attention slipping away quite often. By chapter 5 it had definitely peaked my interest though, trying to figure out what was going on exactly, who could be trusted and who were playing Suzume.
As with the previous books though I seemed to miss something, something I can’t exactly put my finger on, I just don’t “feel it”. Also, I find the MC’s repetitive introspective thoughts qu
☆she's book obsessed☆
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-own
God, I’ve missed this so much!
It wasn’t ever boring and it kept me on the edge. I’m going to reread the series soon cause this was absolutely everything!
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
hehe i think this book may be my favorite book in the entire series

but I just binged this entire huge book in two days which says A LOT but here i am, at the end of my the darkest minds journey.

I actually wasn't expecting to read this so soon, but I ended up reading it for a buddy read. And now I can't imagine not having read this series.

The series in retrospective may seem a little... cliche. Especially the first book. But this whole series spun it into something like I've never read before.

Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wish-list
When I heard that Alex was writing a new book in the world of The Darkest Minds I was over the moon. I absolutely love that series and I was so excited to find out what happened next to these characters. And I really enjoyed this book. It was a good companion and an enjoyable return to the world.

Speaking of the world, I think that was the best part of this book, the world. Alex does some really interesting things with this book. Usually you don't get to check back in and find out what happened a


Five years after the unfortunate events in The Darkest Minds trilogy, Zu takes center stage in this new stand-alone spinoff. Zu embarks on a quest to face the antagonistic forces set upon her and her fellow Psis.

The title was fitting considering the fact that the book does get darker as it progresses. Immediately, the reader gets thrown into an anxiety inducing event followed by an unforgettable action-packed scene. Bracken's beautifully descriptive wri
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