Saturday, 23 September 2017

Audiobook: In the Afterlight

In The Afterlight (The Darkest Minds, #3)

In the Afterlight is written by Alexandra Bracken and narrator by Amy McFadden is the final book of the The Darkest Minds trilogy.

Ruby 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.

The Breakdown:
1.  I have loved listening to this series from beginning to end.  The McFadden is an amazing narrator.  I enjoyed Brackens characters and storyline so much.  I like that her characters have realistic flaws.  The story is engaging and I never felt like it was dragging, which I have found to be a problem in many final books in a series.

2.  I think one of the best things about this book is the progression in Ruby and Liam's relationship.  While there were many times I just wanted to shake them for their secrets.  I like that they slow learn how to be with each other, especially after Ruby had erased Liam's memories of her before.

3.  The feels in this book where probably the most intense of the series.  There were multiple times where I got teary eyed.  Probably none more that when Ruby, Liam, and Chubbs were re-united with Zu.

4.  I want to take a moment to express my loathing of Clancy.  He is such a manipulative prick.  I get that he is angry at what was done to him, which was admittedly horrible, but he hurts others who had nothing to do with it to get what he wants.  I just want to punch him in the face so many times.

5.  I thought the ending was perfect for this series.  It did not solve all the worlds problems, which would have been unrealistic, it was great a showing the steps being taken to correcting the issues.

To Read or Not to Read:
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