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In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken
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Oh my heart!!! I need a moment….

In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken picks up where Never Fade left off. A little recap….If you have not read the series to this point, there are spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk.(view spoiler) Ok you’re all caught up.

Ruby is grief stricken at the opening of the story and rightfully so. I am grief-stricken and it’s a fictional character! Processing her grief and continuing to protect all those she loves is becoming too hard for her to handle on her own. So she turns to a Stewart, but not the one you’re thinking. She can’t face Liam. What she did to him, he may have forgiven her, but she hasn’t forgiven herself. And now she has Cole’s secret to keep too. It’s all too much, anyone would crack under that kind of strain. It’s just a matter of when.

We get more of Cole in this book than the previous, and y’all I didn’t expect to fall in love with him, but I did. He is an older version of Liam with a hard demeanor that puts people off. His one priority is Liam, to protect him at all costs. This is how he has lived his life, and now Liam is in the middle of the action, and he doesn’t know how to handle it. Add in that his confidantes are dead or missing and he is now the leader of this ragtag group, his Psy abilities are getting the best of him. With Ruby, or “Gem” as he affectionately calls her (y’all I love that nickname, like I sighed everytime he said. I really ship them hard! Even though I love Liam too), he can let his guard down and be himself. He shows her his vulnerability which she encourages he shows the others as well. They are close, like brother and sister, and I love how the author shows their platonic relationship.

Liam and Ruby are at odds. Liam doesn’t want to fight, Ruby is aiming for one. She has trained to take down the Psy camps, Liam wants to expose them and let the adults do the work. Ruby doesn’t trust that will work. She only trusts her plan of getting the kids out herself. It is why she has stayed with the Children’s League as long as she has. The promise of retribution, of releasing her friends, girls that were her family before she met Liam and Chubs and Zu on the road.

Amy McFadden kills it again as the narrator. She is fantastic! Y’all I have bought audiobooks to listen to just because she is the narrator without reading the synopsis. I found myself aching listening to her tell Ruby’s story which is so full of heart-break. I even shed tears and had to pause it more than once to collect myself.

Overall In the Afterlight is a fantastic, explosive conclusion to the series (though I know that Zu gets her own book and I do plan to read it as well). Ruby, Liam, Cole, Chubs, and Vida are at the heart of this story and really drive the plot. If you enjoy YA dystopia, put this series on your must-read list!

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Reading Progress

June 19, 2019 – Shelved
June 19, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
June 20, 2019 – Started Reading
June 23, 2019 –
June 28, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019-audiobook-challenge
June 28, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019-finishing-the-series-challenge
June 28, 2019 – Shelved as: audiobook
June 28, 2019 – Shelved as: beatthebacklist2019
June 28, 2019 – Shelved as: favorites
June 28, 2019 – Shelved as: dystopian
June 28, 2019 – Shelved as: need-tissue
June 28, 2019 – Shelved as: romance
June 28, 2019 – Shelved as: sci-fi
June 28, 2019 – Shelved as: young-adult
June 28, 2019 – Finished Reading

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