Title: In the Afterlight
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Genre: Dystopia, YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance
Date Read: February 20 to March 05, 2016
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. Only Ruby can keep their highly dangerous prisoner in check. But with Clancy Gray, there’s no guarantee you’re fully in control, and everything comes with a price.
When the Children’s League disbands, Ruby rises up as a leader and forms an unlikely allegiance with Liam’s brother, Cole, who has a volatile secret of his own. There are still thousands of other Psi kids suffering in government “rehabilitation camps” all over the country. Freeing them–revealing the governments unspeakable abuses in the process–is the mission Ruby has claimed since her own escape from Thurmond, the worst camp in the country.
But not everyone is supportive of the plan Ruby and Cole craft to free the camps. As tensions rise, competing ideals threaten the mission to uncover the cause of IANN, the disease that killed most of America’s children and left Ruby and others with powers the government will kill to keep contained. With the fate of a generation in their hands, there is no room for error. One wrong move could be the spark that sets the world on fire.
It’s always so hard to say goodbye to a series, especially a favorite one.
In the Afterlight was just as intriguing as the first 2 books, and I am so glad I was finally able to see the end with a smile on my face. The ending was satisfying enough for me. There were ups and downs in the book that had me muttering to myself, “what the hell is this character thinking…”, but I guess that’s what makes the plot interesting. And I hate you Alexandra Bracken, for killing Cole. First, Jude. And now, Cole. I hate you I hate you I hate you (I don’t really hate you.) I cry for Cole. His death was so unexpected I almost had a heart attack. I hate it.
The other characters, on the other hand…
Ruby was slightly difficult to like. Since the first book, I didn’t like her character for being such a wuss. I know, i know.. She’s had family issues, blah blah blah. There are far more kids out there whose parents they never met. Forgetting you is one thing, not knowing them before you even start to walk is another. And also, the way she deals with Liam like he’s a kid was so freakin’ frustrating. Yes, Liam can be a little compulsive in regards to his actions, but doesn’t she know that everything he’s done so far is with the thought of everyone’s safety? Ruby’s head was just on the mission. She never seemed to mind the other kids so long as those who is important to her is safe. But, of course, I don’t entirely hate Ruby. She has her own problems, but I like her character development. From weak to independent. That last scene where she was being brought out of Thurmond where she kept screaming at Liam and Harry not to carry her was pretty awesome of her. I’m actually proud of her! She’s the hero at Thurmond, not the damsel in distress. So kudos for that, ruby!
And then there’s Liam. I can say he looks rather darling in driving a motorcycle than the black betty, but i kinda miss the old gal. The van, i mean. Anyway, Liam’s character.. Hmm.. Like I mentioned, his character was so compulsive. He’s the knight in shining armor, only he’s not in a shining armor but just plain clothes that with one wrong move, could actually get him killed. (I sort of understand now why Ruby would sometimes lose her patience with him.) But what can we do? Just as Chubs said, he’s got the superhero wired in his head.
And, speaking of Chubs… and Vida. These two was so extra funny and adorable. It takes the frustrating issues between ruby, liam and cole out of the picture, at least for a while. Despite being undeniably different, the two of them make a wonderful couple. Like he’s the apple in her eye. The orange to her mango. The… Oh, you get the idea.
Zu. Oh gods, Zu. I am so proud of her for finally speaking. She is honestly the most adorable yet the most bravest little girl ever. I like how much she’s formed a friendship with Vida. She’s Vida’s very own lolita. (minus the sexual definition)
Clancy. To be honest, I never really hated Clancy. His way was harsh, but the guy’s got a point. I mean, there’s no need for anyone to take away their abilities. The people just have to learn how to accept them. I guess politically speaking, what they can do can be sort of scary, but still. Eliminating them and treating them like they’re some sort of wild animal on the loose is of course, just as demonic as Clancy’s way of finding their right and freedom. So, I never pointed finger at Clancy. He’s just witnessed and experience brutality himself, and I sort of understand why he’s like that to begin with. I’m just glad that in the end, Clancy finally had a genuine smile in his face, same as he used to have before his abilities took over his life.
Cole. I still cry for you.
All in all, this book gets 4.5 stars (4.75 in goodreads)! I didn’t make it 5 because I got frustrated with Liam and Ruby’s relationship in the middle of the story, so.. but otherwise this book, AND I MEAN THE WHOLE SERIES, deserves so much love from a lot of people.
This was such a memorable series and it will always be a part of my top favorites!