Review: Never Fade, In the Afterlight, and the Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken

Now that August is over, it’s finally time to get to reviewing my August reads! I figured I’d get started with my Alex Bracken books and then see where to go from there. These are going to be super short and quick reviews, so let me know if you like this format better or if I should go back to writing longer reviews.

I read all of these as audiobooks, so when I do my reread in like a year or two (because of course, these books and this whole series really were so amazing that of course I’m going to be doing a reread), I think I’m actually going to read read them, but I loved listening to them this time!

Never Fade (The Darkest Minds, #2) Never Fade 5 star 5/5 stars

Summary from GoodreadsRuby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster. 

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her. 

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

We learned so much about the Children’s League in this book and Ruby changed so much as a person and OMG we met Cole and I’m obsessed with Vida!!! I loved so much about this book and there was so much that I didn’t expect! Never Fade is probably my favorite of the Darkest Minds books.

In The Afterlight (The Darkest Minds, #3) In the Afterlight 5 star 5/5 stars

Summary from GoodreadsRuby can’t look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government’s attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers. Only Ruby has any power over him, and just one slip could lead to Clancy wreaking havoc on their minds. 

They are armed only with a volatile secret: proof of a government conspiracy to cover up the real cause of IAAN, the disease that has killed most of America’s children and left Ruby and others like her with powers the government will kill to keep contained. But internal strife may destroy their only chance to free the “rehabilitation camps” housing thousands of other Psi kids.

Meanwhile, reunited with Liam, the boy she would-and did-sacrifice everything for to keep alive, Ruby must face the painful repercussions of having tampered with his memories of her. She turns to Cole, his older brother, to provide the intense training she knows she will need to take down Gray and the government. But Cole has demons of his own, and one fatal mistake may be the spark that sets the world on fire.

In the Afterlight was intense. So much happened and ugh Clancy. I loved how well this book tied everything together and even though we lost one of my favorite characters (and in such a gruesome way!), I still really enjoyed it. I had the privilege of knowing that there was a 4th book while I was reading it, even though the ending was satisfying, I knew that shit was going to hit the fan in the Darkest Legacy.

The Darkest Legacy (The Darkest Minds, #4) The Darkest Legacy 4 star 4/5 Stars

Summary from GoodreadsFive 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 is forced to go on the run once more in order to stay alive.

Determined to clear her name, Zu finds herself in an uncomfortable alliance with Roman and Priyanka, two mysterious Psi who could either help her prove her innocence or betray her before she gets the chance. But as they travel in search of safety and answers, and Zu grows closer to the people she knows she shouldn’t trust, they uncover even darker things roiling beneath the veneer of the country’s recovery. With her future-and the future of all Psi-on the line, Zu must use her powerful voice to fight back against forces that seek to drive the Psi into the shadows and save the friends who were once her protectors.

Of the 4 Darkest Minds books, this one was the one I liked the least- now that doesn’t mean I didn’t like it. I definitely thought that the Darkest Legacy was an amazing book and I loved being able to revisit the characters and having a book from Zu’s point of view was great! The only reason I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first three was because the pacing felt a little weird towards the last quarter of the book and I’m just not a fan of flashback chapters and this book was full of them. Besides that, the storyline was great and I loved the new characters!

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