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The Darkest Legacy

(The Darkest Minds #4)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  3,094 ratings  ·  573 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 I’m not sure how to phrase this without spoiling things, but while the original crew does feature strongly in this book, it’s very much Zu’s story.…moreI’m not sure how to phrase this without spoiling things, but while the original crew does feature strongly in this book, it’s very much Zu’s story. Liam has one of my favorite lines in the book, if that helps! :)(less)
Anouk van der Zee I felt the same, but then again - perhaps that's why Zu needs this book the most. She was a mute, traumatized girl of 12 in the first trilogy, she…moreI felt the same, but then again - perhaps that's why Zu needs this book the most. She was a mute, traumatized girl of 12 in the first trilogy, she won't be in this one. (less)

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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 liked it
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
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, 4-stars
4.5 STARS.
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 we
alexandra ling
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
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
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
Dec 18, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2018-publication
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

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
♆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.
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
Books on Stereo
Aug 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
The Darkest Legacy is hindered by heavily descriptive writing strangling the pace of the plot and character development. Bracken forces the reader to sift through a multitude of meaningless proses to find the little kernels of plot and character development. Reading The Darkest Legacy is akin to wading through quicksand. Unless you have a deep seeded love of this world, do yourself a favor and just skip this.
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 of our
“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!

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 ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
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!
Vathna Dany
Dec 21, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: anticipating
The cover!!!
Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐
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
Nikki Poulos
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
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
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)


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 writi
Catherine ♡
Alexandra Bracken's writing might be growing on me a little more, though it's still tedious to read sometimes. I still enjoyed this book, but honestly Zu felt out of character for me, and it was hard to match her up with the character I loved so much before.

To me, this book sort of read like a post-The Darkest Minds AU fanfic.

Another thing that kind of adds to the AU feel is the addition of a new sub-plot that poked holes with the very basis of the series' world-building; (view spoiler)
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
heather - NightlyReading
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you read The Darkest Minds trilogy, and loved it, then you HAVE to pick up this book! I cannot stress that enough!

This book takes place five years after the third book in the series and is told from Zu's point of view. She is traveling with the government and being the spokesperson for the Psi trying to put rules and laws in place to make it better for everyone to co-exist together instead of having the camps and the children under lock up. She is reading from the teleprompter at an event whe
Anna Banana
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I really cannot believe how much I loved this book. I told myself before going into this book not to have high expectations. I kept repeating/reminding to myself that this was going to be different, that while the original gang would be there it wasn't going to be about them and so I had to try not to focus entirely on them. I was so worried that I would not really care about the new characters and would only be reading for Liam, Chubs, Vida and Ruby (and of course Zu) and while every t
Cori Reed
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars!

While I didn't enjoy this as much as the original trilogy, I still loved reading from Zu's point of view.
Juan Manuel Sarmiento
La trilogía de Mentes Poderosas es una de mis favoritas desde hace años, cuando no la conocía nadie. La adaptación al cine suscitó mayor interés general por los libros y eso creó la necesidad quizás no tan necesaria de saber más, de leer más sobre ese universo.

Mentes Poderosas se merecía una continuación, una forma de ampliar ese mundo distópico con toques de ciencia ficción. Pero creo que no se merecía un spin-off como El legado más oscuro.

Reseña completa en THE BEST READ YET BLOG
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
Read my full review here!
The Darkest Legacy

4.5 stars
I will start this off by saying, I wasn't a big fan of the Darkest Minds series to begin with, but this book's synopsis intrigued me. I enjoyed this book so much more then I did any of the other books in the series.

I did feel like some of the parts of the book were not very descriptive. (view spoiler)

I loved Liam in this book (view spo
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