Book Review: “In the Afterlight” by Alexandra Bracken

***Warning: This review contains spoilers. If you wish to not know what goes on throughout this book, read the synopsis and don’t read any other part of this review.***


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 ow
n 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


Ruby: I had mixed feelings with her. She carries the weight of the world on her shoulders, keeps everyone at a distance, and has hard trusting people.

Liam: he is the exact opposite. He is entirely too trusting. He sees the best in people and that is his downfall. He does have trouble trusting Ruby because of the memories she took.

Cole: he is was Ruby’s best friend. All he wanted was to free the other kids with powers. And be accepted. No one knew for a while that he was Red.

Chubs: he is my fave. He is hilarious, realistic, and will always have your back. I think he is really a good friend to Ruby when she needs it.

Vida: she is snarky, sarcastic, badass, has the mouth of a sailor, and I really love her. She really does care for people even if she does a crappy job of showing it.

Zu: she is incredibly sweet and really cares for everyone. She knows how harsh the world is now and it has changed her, but she is more mature, so maybe that is a good thing.

Clancy: he is a bastard. Seriously. I wish he was dead. This SOB used Ruby and…I can’t even talk about how much I hate him. I wish Ruby or someone would have freaking put a bullet through his narcissistic brain. Sorry…


So it begins with Ruby doing a run for supplies, discovers traitors, manipulates their minds into going somewhere that isn’t the Ranch. So they eventually get to the Ranch, Cate is ticked they messed with those traitor agent’s minds and goes after the agents. So one night Ruby wakes up to discover that Liam is gone. He went out without permission and when he comes back, Cole punishes him by forcing him to organize the junk-filled garage.

So they find out that someone has been sending messages to President Gray about their operations. They can’t figure out who. There is tension between Liam and Ruby and it comes to a point where she breaks it off with him. (this is mostly due to a note in which he is talking about how his memories were stolen because of Ruby) But they eventually make up and do the do and whatnot. The next morning, he has to leave with Cole to do a surveillance of this Reds camp.

They are captured and Liam gets away. Cole is killed. Liam doesn’t come back, but they realize that their location is compromised. After Clancy tries to control Ruby into killing Lillian Gray (forgot to mention that; Chubs and Vida bring her back; it is also revealed that they are sleeping together), she realizes that the person that has been sending all that information is her; she was being controlled by Clancy.

So they get away, but she is captured and taken to Thurmond. A couple of days later, she breaks into the control center and wipes out all of their security systems. She is tortured, but Liam rescues her and gets her out of there. They leave and come upon the scene where soldiers and thousands upon thousands of parents and civilians are there because of their children.

So it pretty much wraps up with Ruby going to the hospital, the soldiers stand down, and peace comes over the nation. Ruby reunites with her Grams and parents. She restores their memories. Oh, and Clancy loses his abilities, so I guess there is retribution. It is pretty much a happy ending.

I apologize about the lack of detail. I will seriously get depressed if I go into a lot of detail.

My Thoughts:

I really liked the end to this trilogy. I liked it, but I did not love it. It was emotional traumatizing. However, I feel like it wrapped up way too nicely, in my opinion. Everything went into place like it was gift wrapped. But I did like the resolution with the characters. That was nice.

4.5/5 hearts

Love You All to Luna and Back,


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