In the Afterlight (#3) by Alexandra Bracken
Published by: Hyperion on October 28th 2014
Genre: YA, Sci Fi, Dystopia
Synopsis: 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.
Review: Man, I gotta say I was disappointed in the ending of this series. I expected so much more after Never Fade being so good. This book was all over the place. Any major plot twists seemed to happen “off stage” and weren’t fully described in the novel. Any we finally find out what this IAAN plague is and when we do it’s not even worth the 3 book build up! I feel like it wasn’t action that wanted me to finish this novel but the fact that it was the last one in the series and I just wanted to say that I completed it.
What I liked:
- Clancy’s wit and intelligence
- Most of the characters: Zu, Liam, Vida, Chubs
- That it finally picked up in the last 30% of the book
- The new setting is described well enough that it can be pictured in your mind
What I didn’t like:
- Ruby really started to get on my nerves and I hated hearing her self pity monologue
- How Liam was treated the entire book
- The reason for IAAN
- The final scene was unrealisitic!! Again, some major scenes were completely left out!
- The first half of the book was unnecessarily long
Rating: 3.5/5 stars!