In the Afterlight releases today!

I am so incredibly excited that the final installment in Alex Bracken’s Darkest Minds series releases today. These books are special and dark and moving in a way I (Sooz) can’t even begin to describe.

Commence the gushing.

And the freaking out because I’ve been waiting a YEAR for this last book! And finally—finally—it’s here!

That’s right: In the Afterlight hits stores TODAY. And oh my gosh, if you haven’t seen the trailer for it, then prepare for CHILLS.

Wow, right? If you haven’t read the series yet (and you SHOULD), then you can learn a bit more about it below.

The Darkest MindsWhen Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader.

But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

Never FadeRuby 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?

in the afterlightRuby 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.

To celebrate the release of In the Afterlight (and the completion of a whole series! GO ALEX!), we’re giving away a copy of the book. You can choose from any book in the series, actually, and we’ll pick a winner in a week! (This giveaway is open internationally!)

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AlexALEXANDRA BRACKEN lives in New York City where she writes like a fiend and lives in a charming apartment overflowing with books. She is the New York Times bestselling author of The Darkest Minds and Never Fade. You can visit her online at her website, Tumblr, or Twitter.


30 Responses to In the Afterlight releases today!

  1. Christina R. Oct 28 2014 at 7:06 am #

    LOVE how she focuses on characterization in addition to all the magic and dystopian and action elements!!

    thank you so very much 🙂

    Lovely video!!

  2. Brooke Oct 28 2014 at 7:15 am #

    Only the first book and novella. I wanted to wait until this one was out to read the rest!

  3. Szelina B Oct 28 2014 at 7:43 am #

    I have read the first two book and the novellas and they are so so so good can’t wait for the last one! 🙂

  4. Ellie Oct 28 2014 at 8:31 am #

    LOVE this series! Can’t wait to go get my copy!!!

  5. Leandra Oct 28 2014 at 9:43 am #

    Wow, that is an amazing, atmospheric book trailer! Love the chalky words exploding, very cool. Congrats to Alexandra on the completion of her trilogy!

  6. NicG Oct 28 2014 at 9:55 am #

    Loved the first 2, can’t wait to get ITA!!

  7. Laura Ashforth Oct 28 2014 at 9:55 am #

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this series! <3

  8. Cassi @ My Thoughts Oct 28 2014 at 10:08 am #

    I met Alexandra Bracken at BEA and she was lovely and sweet. I told her how much I loved the first two books and some of my hopes and theories for In the Afterlight. I can’t wait to read it and see what happens to these characters that I have grown to love but I’m also so nervous about how it will end!

  9. Carl Oct 28 2014 at 10:22 am #

    I haven’t started this series yet. Thanks for the chance to win one of the books.

  10. Steph Oct 28 2014 at 10:33 am #

    Ah! I can’t wait to read this one! Congrats Alex!!

  11. Tessa Oct 28 2014 at 10:39 am #

    I’ve read the books (not the novellas)!but I’m definetly gonna need a recap cuz I only remember one thing about the last book.

  12. Jeremy West Oct 28 2014 at 11:01 am #

    I am so thrilled that this book is finally out in the world!! Congrats to Alex for successfully publishing a trilogy! It makes me happy to no end that so many people have fallen in love with her and her books! Much love xoxo

  13. Valeria @ A Touch of Oct 28 2014 at 11:14 am #

    This series sounds so good! I’m dying to get my hands on it, and start it asap. Now that the last book is out, I have no excuse to get it and binge the whole thing.

  14. Myriam Oct 28 2014 at 11:41 am #

    The Darkest Minds and its sequels are one of the best book series I’ve ever read. I love everything about this trilogy : the plot is captivating, the characters are well rounded and the writing is spot on. I couldn’t put the books down until I had finished them and even then I wanted to read them again. I can’t wait to read In The Afterlight! Whatever happens, I’m sure it’s going to be epic and I’ll probably have a book hangover for days!

  15. FJSeegler Oct 28 2014 at 4:26 pm #

    Happy Book Birthday, Alex!
    So sad to see these characters go, but I’m also looking forward to more stories from you.

  16. Shae/Shelver Oct 28 2014 at 5:44 pm #

    Not YET, but I want to! I own the first book and have heard AMAZING things!

  17. Rachel @ A Perfectio Oct 28 2014 at 11:42 pm #

    I haven’t read In The Afterlight yet. I hope to start it soon 😀

  18. Miss Belle Oct 29 2014 at 12:04 am #

    Haven’t read In The Afterlight yet! Can’t wait ahhh!! *runs in circles*

  19. Alba Sapena Oct 29 2014 at 3:30 am #

    Pleaseee! I read the first and the second books and I can’t waaaaaaait!!!!

  20. _Sandra_ Oct 29 2014 at 4:11 am #

    I absolutely love, love, looove this trilogy, one of the best I’ve read. Can’t wait to get my hands on In the Afterlight, so thanks for a chance to win it! 🙂

  21. Shannelle Oct 29 2014 at 6:26 am #

    I am so excited for this book and I am so happy that the series is over! Or not happy. But haha, I wish I could win this!

  22. Alexa O Oct 29 2014 at 10:38 am #

    I’m sad this series is ending, it’s been one of my favorite YA trilogies. Still looking forward to reading this though.

  23. Ashley Oct 30 2014 at 11:34 pm #

    I have read the first two and I can’t wait to read this one! I love that, despite the large number of dystopian YA series there are, these always feel original and fresh. Plus, Ruby and Liam, right?

  24. Ashfa Oct 31 2014 at 6:36 am #

    Read the first two and so excited for the final book!!!

  25. Steph Oct 31 2014 at 6:50 am #

    I have the first book, haven’t read it yet but it sounds like I REALLY NEED TO!

  26. Alex Oct 31 2014 at 12:31 pm #

    THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH!!! I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to say so earlier, but it means the absolute world to me. I’m so excited everyone finally gets to read it!!

  27. Rinvee Nov 2 2014 at 12:55 pm #

    I havent read the third book in this trilogy, but Ive read The Darkest Minds and Never Fade, and absolutely loved it!

  28. Morrisa Luddy Nov 2 2014 at 9:05 pm #

    I’ve only read the first two I have yet to buy the third but I will be soon! i forgot my B&N card at h0me!

  29. Susan T. Nov 3 2014 at 5:46 pm #

    I haven’t started this series yet but I just bought books one and two for my Kindle so I’ll be starting them soon!

  30. Erleen Nov 3 2014 at 7:50 pm #

    I haven’t read her series, yet. But I am planning to.

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