Written by: Alexandra Bracken
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Pages: 500, Hardcover
Series: The Darkest Minds 1.5, 2.5, 3.5
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Don’t miss this breathtaking collection of stories set in the world of the New York Times best-selling Darkest Minds trilogy. Featuring ebook original novellas In Time and Sparks Rise, available in print for the first time, and a gripping, brand-new novella, Through the Dark is a must-have for fans of the Darkest Minds. This collection contains three novellas: In Time, Sparks Rise, and Beyond the Night, as well as a sneak peek at the first novel in Alexandra Bracken’s new series, Passenger.
Gabe’s life has been devastated in the wake of the economic crash. The only option left for someone like him to escape his tragic past is to leave his small town behind and to attempt to become a skip tracer. This already almost-impossible task is made all the more difficult by his first “score,”a young girl who won’t speak, but who changes his life in ways he could never imagine.
Sam didn’t think things could get worse at Thurmond rehabilitation camp. Then the Reds arrive. Everyone assumed the kids with firepower had been killed years ago. Instead they were taken away, brainwashed, and returned as terrifyingly effective guards. To her horror, Sam recognizes one of them: Lucas, the one spark of light in Sam’s dark childhood.
Lucas has a deadly secret–he beat the brutal training that turned his fellow Reds into mindless drones. When Sam defends herself against an attack by a vile PSF guard and faces a harrowing punishment, Lucas must risk everything to save her.
BEYOND THE NIGHT
The government-run “rehabilitation camps” have been shut down, but kids with Psi powers are anything but free. Sam would rather be on her own than put in the care of a foster family and given the “cure”–a dangerous procedure that unclaimed kids across the country are being forced to undergo. But there’s more at stake than just her own safety. Sam once made someone a promise, and the time has come to fulfill it.
Now that she’s out of her camp, Mia only has one thought in her head: finding Lucas, her beloved older brother. She hasn’t seen him since they were separated and taken to different camps years ago, before Mia even became Psi. When Sam, Lucas’s childhood best friend, rescues Mia from the government’s inept care, Mia learns that nothing is as simple as she thought–and the past that she’s so desperate to salvage may not be possible to recover..
Guys. GUYS. You all know how I feel about the Darkest Minds trilogy. You all know that Alexandra Bracken’s characters feel unique and real and I love all of them. You all know that she is one of the only few authors whose bonus novellas, In Time and Sparks Rise, made me cry nearly as much as the series themselves. And those of you more familiar with the series know that Sparks Rise, the last novella, did not end happily for the main characters.
Alexandra Bracken mentioned on her tumblr that she was planning to write a third novella which wrapped up the storylines of the characters in Sparks Rise and hopefully gave them a happier ending, so I spent the last couple of months eagerly awaiting her announcement, and now I get this. Not only is there going to be a third novella, but it’s going to be LONG (around 50k words), and it’s going to be released in a bind-up with the two other novellas, both of which I’ve already mentioned I loved. I’m looking forward to seeing the characters I love one last time and saying goodbye to one of my favorite series that I’ve read in the past year.
So what are you waiting to read? Sound off in the comments!