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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, 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 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, 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. IN TIME 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 skiptracer. 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. SPARKS RISE Sam didn't think things could get worse at Thurmand 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.

30 review for Through the Dark

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    These novellas are AMAZING! Alex is great at writing short stories. I specifically loved the last novella "Beyond the Night" SO FREAKING GOOD. It answered so many of the questions that I had after finishing In the Afterlight. Glad I picked this up!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Oh god. WHAT. A. BOOK. I cried A LOT. Even if these novellas aren't that long, they are just perfect and I was an emotional wreck, believe me. Every novella was pure gold and the new characters are so unique and different. I can't help but admire Bracken's writing style. I was SCREAMING when out of no where MY SWEET BBY LIAM CAME BACK. (Okay, I think I was screaming AND sobbing.) He is such a sweetheart and this book just made me love him even more if that's even possible. I hadn't even realized Oh god. WHAT. A. BOOK. I cried A LOT. Even if these novellas aren't that long, they are just perfect and I was an emotional wreck, believe me. Every novella was pure gold and the new characters are so unique and different. I can't help but admire Bracken's writing style. I was SCREAMING when out of no where MY SWEET BBY LIAM CAME BACK. (Okay, I think I was screaming AND sobbing.) He is such a sweetheart and this book just made me love him even more if that's even possible. I hadn't even realized how much I had missed my favorite group! AHHHHHHHHHH I don't want to let go of these wonderful characters again! Nooooooo! Mild spoilers ahead, so if you have not read this book yet, GO READ IT. You will NOT be disappointed!! 5 4 3 2 1 Alright then! Let's start! IN TIME: I knew what would happen. I was so certain of it, but still I tried to deny it and have my hopes up. "Maybe this time it'll be different...." I whispered to myself. And then.... BOOOOOM. Alexandra Bracken just shot an arrow right through my heart. *ugly sobbing* SPARKS RISE: New characters! Yay! I absolutely loved this novella. Our new characters, Sam and Lucas are BRILLIANT. But the more I read, the more I started to fear. "Okay, this has to end well. There's no way this'll end like In Time. [insert fearful laugh] There just can't be another heartbreaking novella after another, right? ...Right?" And guess what? BOOOOOOOM. Now there were two arrows sticking out of my heart. *ugly sobbing continued as my hopes died* BEYOND THE NIGHT: This was probably my favorite novella! The old squad is BACK. And like I said earlier, my mind (and heart) went ASDFGHJJGFDSSDF when I realized my babies were included in this story! A new character, Mia, was fantastic. I loved this new trio's dynamic and if you mix the old gang and the new trio together - perfection. This was really an emotional roller coaster for me. The ending was amazing and it does hurt a bit to leave these characters behind again. *sigh* 5/5 stars. I regret nothing. Go read this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    ambsreads

    Review for 3.5 - Definitely not the strongest of the stories in this series. It felt weak and slightly undeveloped. Of course I was curious about Mia, Sam and Lucas - and seeing the gang rocked - but this story fell flat for me. It didn't answer the questions I wanted answered nor did it provide that great of an insight on the world after book 3 which just leaves me with more questions. I would still recommend this if you read 2.5 and enjoyed it though!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kimi

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rache

    “We will move forward as one, and in time, rise like sparks beyond the night.” I’d forgotten how much I missed this series and its characters and the writing, and everything. That last novella was necessary, because In The Afterlight left me incomplete and with so many questions. Beyond The Night gives you a peek at what’s happening a few weeks after the ending of the series. It’s told in Sam and Mia’s (Lucas’ little sister) POV and yes, you get to see the series’ main characters again! Cole, “We will move forward as one, and in time, rise like sparks beyond the night.” I’d forgotten how much I missed this series and its characters and the writing, and everything. That last novella was necessary, because In The Afterlight left me incomplete and with so many questions. Beyond The Night gives you a peek at what’s happening a few weeks after the ending of the series. It’s told in Sam and Mia’s (Lucas’ little sister) POV and yes, you get to see the series’ main characters again! Cole, *sobs forever* I loved two of these novellas, and didn’t enjoy the other one too much, that’s why I’m giving it 4 stars.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I really enjoyed this collection of novellas! I liked that we got to see some different perspectives during The Darkest Minds (but away from Ruby and the main story), as well as seeing how the world was changing and adapting after the last book ended. While I liked In Time, Sparks Rise and Beyond the Night are what really made this book worth it. I felt that while it was nice getting Gabe's perspective in In Time, which was so drastically different as he was not one of the kids with powers, he wa I really enjoyed this collection of novellas! I liked that we got to see some different perspectives during The Darkest Minds (but away from Ruby and the main story), as well as seeing how the world was changing and adapting after the last book ended. While I liked In Time, Sparks Rise and Beyond the Night are what really made this book worth it. I felt that while it was nice getting Gabe's perspective in In Time, which was so drastically different as he was not one of the kids with powers, he wasn't really likable for most of the novella. I think that was the point, to see him grow and change, but this was the shortest of the novellas and I think it was a disservice because everything happened too quickly to really care about what happened to him. Sparks Rise and Beyond the Night were both told in alternating POVs (Sparks Rise was Sam and her friend Lucas and Beyond the Night was Sam and Mia, Lucas's sister). In Sparks Rise, we saw more of the brutality of Thurmond, which obviously wasn't enjoyable, but I liked seeing more of the camp to really drive home how horrible these camps were. And Beyond the Night takes place after the events of In the Afterlight, and I loved getting to see the gang again, although it was really interesting seeing them from a different perspective. I wish Beyond the Night was split into more than 5 chapters. I understand that it was done to flip back and forth between Sam and Mia, but I wish each of them was separated into parts because the chapters were super long (and I like short chapters lol). Also, I wish that I had read this right after I finished In the Afterlight. I still enjoyed this a lot, but it would have been better if the events of the trilogy were fresher in my mind. Definitely recommend for people who like The Darkest Minds trilogy - especially because of Beyond the Night, which wraps up some lingering questions from the end of In the Afterlight.

  7. 4 out of 5

    alexandra

    i've missed the gang so much; this book is PERFECT. i'm surprised at how much i cherished this book since they're novella told from new/supporting characters. nontheless, alexandra bracken's writing and storytelling is golden. thank you thank you thank you for adding more depth to this world and keeping the characters alive :'''''-)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Wow… I’m speechless… Alexandra Bracken really knows how to write novellas. I only read Beyond the Night right now because I read the other two before. In Time and Sparks Rise were both heartbreaking and so was Beyond the Night. The writing is beautiful and I constantly felt all these emotions that engulfed me all at once. This bind-up of novellas was truly beautiful and amazing. Beyond the Night cleared up so many things and everything after the series makes so much more sense. This entire series Wow… I’m speechless… Alexandra Bracken really knows how to write novellas. I only read Beyond the Night right now because I read the other two before. In Time and Sparks Rise were both heartbreaking and so was Beyond the Night. The writing is beautiful and I constantly felt all these emotions that engulfed me all at once. This bind-up of novellas was truly beautiful and amazing. Beyond the Night cleared up so many things and everything after the series makes so much more sense. This entire series is fantastic and will never be forgotten by me! Review for The Darkest Minds Review for Never Fade Review for In The Afterlight Review for In Time Review for Sparks Rise

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ferdy

    2.5 stars Liked the first two stories, but the last one was terrible, it was far too boring and bleak and did a bad job in wrapping up the series. Mia's POV was rubbish, she was insufferable and dull, and Sam was no better she turned into a weak, uninteresting doormat.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pinky

    When I heard that this book came out, I wanted to get it so badly. I haven't finished Winter, which is part of yet another series I love. And I haven't got the chance to read The Stolen Chapters, my most anticipated read of 2016! There are so many books but so little time. I really want to catch up because I am scared I am going to be spoiled and I want to discuss the books with others. Everyone talks about all of these books and I want to join in because... “We will move forward as one, and in When I heard that this book came out, I wanted to get it so badly. I haven't finished Winter, which is part of yet another series I love. And I haven't got the chance to read The Stolen Chapters, my most anticipated read of 2016! There are so many books but so little time. I really want to catch up because I am scared I am going to be spoiled and I want to discuss the books with others. Everyone talks about all of these books and I want to join in because... “We will move forward as one, and in time, rise like sparks beyond the night.” I am so glad I got the chance to read this book, it was a great way to return to another beautiful world that I love. It was a great experience, and it is a really good read. But, this is a bunch of nouvellas for the Darkest Minds Trilogy. If you haven't heard of the Darkest Minds Trilogy, it is basically about a girl named Ruby who was locked in her basement on her 10th birthday. Her parents believed that she was acting strange and a bunch of soldiers showed up at her house and took her away into a camp. This camp had a bunch of other kids who were all sorted into different colors. These colors represented a certain ability that each kid had. Kids were either Green, Red, Orange, Yellow or Blue. This camp isn't one of those fun summer camps, it was more of the type of camp where you might die any second if you make the wrong move. In order to survive, Ruby feels the need to escape and after this, her adventure will begin. I don't know if that was the best summary because it's been a while since I read the series. I remember that it was really good so I highly recommend it if you haven't read it already. If you have read the series, I highly recommend you read this because you are missing out! It was an amazing experience and we got more from the world. We saw from different points of view that we haven't seen before and we learn more about the characters. When I read about the characters, I was like, It was interesting to see how different characters survive or attempt to survive. Most of the nouvellas had me crying because of how sad they were, the suffering and pain hits you hard in the feels. But it was all worth it, we get to see the characters from the Darkest Minds trilogy and it made up for all of the sad parts. Even though it can be sad... Right when I started reading, I couldn't stop, it was fast paced and it was hard to put the book down. Once again, I highly recommend you read this! It was really good and you will be glad that you did! Trust me.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Valentina

    I absolutely don't want to say goodbye to these characters so I'm going to pretend I haven't finished this book and that there will be 317 more books with them. Also @alexandrabracken you have this amazing thing.. you can make me the happiest human being ever and then you can crush my soul the page after. Don't be proud of it u made me cry so hard I'll never forgive u

  12. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    Alexandra Bracken is legit my favorite author. She is so talented and can I please just BE HER. Her characters are phenomenal and her descriptions and style are amazing. She can create such a fleshed out and colorful world for her readers that is really incredible. She is an amazing story teller. These novellas were so great, and this world she created for TDM has been expanded perfectly. Anyone who read TDM series should pick this book up, it is so so great.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cameron Cassidy

    Very interesting! thoroughly enjoyed!

  14. 5 out of 5

    m ✧

    (view spoiler)[ LIAM TALKING ABOUT HAVING KIDS???????????? LIAM CALLING RUBY HIS GIRL??????????? LIAM TALKING ABOUT COLE??????????????? LIAM BEING CUTE??????????????? LIAM GIVING LIFE ADVICE????????? LIAM?????????????? Evidently Liam trash. (hide spoiler)]

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Before reading: DREAMS DO COME TRUE.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Como este libro es un recopilatorio de las 3 historias cortas de la saga, voy a reseñarlas una por una. Debo decir que son las historias cortas que más me han llegado. Muy recomendables. In Time Mi querido Gabe. Me ha gustado mucho él y conocer más sobre la vida d los humanos "normales". Y no, no me ha caído mal en ningún momento, ni cuando ve a los niños con poderes como " freaks" ni cuando los ve como dinero "fácil". Toda historia tiene diferentes puntos d vista, diferentes versiones, y aquí vemo Como este libro es un recopilatorio de las 3 historias cortas de la saga, voy a reseñarlas una por una. Debo decir que son las historias cortas que más me han llegado. Muy recomendables. In Time Mi querido Gabe. Me ha gustado mucho él y conocer más sobre la vida d los humanos "normales". Y no, no me ha caído mal en ningún momento, ni cuando ve a los niños con poderes como " freaks" ni cuando los ve como dinero "fácil". Toda historia tiene diferentes puntos d vista, diferentes versiones, y aquí vemos el mundo desde otros ojos. Sparks Rise I'm in love <3 *sighs* Esta reseña contendrá pinceladas d SPOILERS, pero es q necesito desahogarme. Odio a la autora, la odio con toda mi alma, por crear algo q me hace sentir tanto y luego arrebatármelo como si nada. Con este libro he sufrido insta-love. Insta-love hacia Lucas, hacia su historia, hacia su pasado con Sammy. He querido q fuera el protagonista d una historia, el protagonista q consigue llegar hasta el final y tener un final feliz. Pero después d mi trauma con su otra historia corta In Time he sufrido cada página q leía. Este final la verdad es q no lo esperaba, me daba miedo otro desenlace, pero creo q incluso éste ha sido peor. Una cosa q me maravilla d la autora es la facilidad con la q me hace encariñarme con los personajes. A veces no t hacen sentir nada ni en un millón d páginas, pero con ella abren la boca para decir "hola" y ya los quiero. Y en estos momentos la odio por ello. No sé qué esperar de In The Afterlight. ¿Puedo permitirme el lujo d tener esperanza? Beyond the Night Necesitaba esto. Necesitaba retomar la historia de estos personajes, saber más sobre "después" y poder unir los pedacitos de mi corazón que quedaron rotos en Sparks Rise. Thank you Alexandra. We will move forward as one, and in time, rise like sparks beyond the night.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Vathna Dany

    It will grow as we bring others in, as we bring the lost ones together again, gather up the embers scattered from the same fire. One day, we will ignite and create a blaze that no one can put out, ignore, hurt. We will move forward as one, and in time, rise like sparks beyond the night. In Time: 2/5 Sparks Rise: 4/5 Beyond the Night: 5/5

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kori (_livelaughread)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 4.5 AMAZING stars! I'm not usually a huge fan of novellas because I typically only ever want more of my favorite characters/what happens in the future, not the last. But these novellas were beyond perfect! In Time was my least favorite, but still heart breakingly touching. Sparks Rise was an incredible introduction to Lucas and I'm so happy we got to see more of Sam! But again, HEART BREAKING. Beyond the Night was absolute perfection! Seeing the old squad together again made my heart do a little 4.5 AMAZING stars! I'm not usually a huge fan of novellas because I typically only ever want more of my favorite characters/what happens in the future, not the last. But these novellas were beyond perfect! In Time was my least favorite, but still heart breakingly touching. Sparks Rise was an incredible introduction to Lucas and I'm so happy we got to see more of Sam! But again, HEART BREAKING. Beyond the Night was absolute perfection! Seeing the old squad together again made my heart do a little happy dance. I laughed, I cried, and I didn't want it to end! I loved seeing what happened to Sam, Mia, and Lucas and I'm so happy so many of the questions I had at the end of In The Afterlight were answered. Still sobbing over Cole and drooling over Liam. Haven't read these yet? GO READ THEM NOW!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    This is really exciting!! I'm really happy she's writing that last novella I think it's needed

  20. 4 out of 5

    Drew

    A really great read! My favorite novella out of here is: Sparks Rises!(:

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alise (Readers in Wonderland)

    I'm giving away a copy of this book over at my blog! IN TIME 3 stars It’s been a long time since I’ve last been immersed in Bracken’s THE DARKEST MINDS, but I came back to this series like an old friend. This collection of novellas made me realize how much I missed her writing style and how easy it is to slip into the worlds she creates. IN TIME introduces a funny, sort of sarcastic main character I can relate to. He can be a little annoying at first because he isn’t exactly off to do good thin I'm giving away a copy of this book over at my blog! IN TIME 3 stars It’s been a long time since I’ve last been immersed in Bracken’s THE DARKEST MINDS, but I came back to this series like an old friend. This collection of novellas made me realize how much I missed her writing style and how easy it is to slip into the worlds she creates. IN TIME introduces a funny, sort of sarcastic main character I can relate to. He can be a little annoying at first because he isn’t exactly off to do good things but CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. It also added some humor, which I loved! This one is made a lot more powerful if you have already read THE DARKEST MINDS because some familiar faces appear and the story comes off more meaningful. That being said, you don’t need to read the book first but it would greatly behoove you as this is technically book 1.5. The same goes for the rest of the novellas.“When you have nothing for so long, you forget the terror of having something to lose.” SPARKS RISE 4 stars Now I’m just wondering why all these novellas are so depressing! But I love it. This one hit me a little harder emotionally because I felt we got to know the characters so much more deeply than the ones in IN TIME. SPARKS RISE focuses more on the characters and less about what is going on around them, although that stuff is still relevant and important and leads to a conclusion that I NEED resolution on, stat! We spend a lot of time in the character’s heads seeing their wants and fears and dreams and personalities so I really connected to them and genuinely worried about them. SPARKS RISE made me feel ALL THE EMOTIONS. The cruelty Sam experienced was especially hard to read, the kids in these camps face both mental and physical pain and it made me want to gather them all together and make sure nothing ever happened to them.“Hell isn’t a place you go; Hell is where we live now. Hell is being helpless to protect the people you care about the most, and save them from themselves.BEYOND THE NIGHT 4 stars Luckily, this one takes place after IN THE AFTERLIGHT, the final book in The Darkest Minds series and ties up some loose ends we might have had, including one major one from the last novella! It was really fun to see what our favorite characters are up to and how their stories intersect with those from SPARKS RISE. This one was not devoid of the FEELS either, the ending made me tear up-in a good way! Overall, I think this series of novellas really adds something to the story of these characters and the world they live in and would recommend adding it to your collection. You’re in luck because we are giving away a copy courtesy of Disney-Hyperion!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Isabel

    Wow. Wow. Honestly. I had already read In Time (#1.5) and Sparks Rise (#2.5) before this, but wow. Beyond the Night (#3.5) is really something special. I don't know how to make this review extra special but I feel like it needs to be. This series is so important to me and I love it so much, but this is the end and as much as that makes me sad, I'm also glad that it ended with Beyond the Night. It's closure, it's answered questions, and it wraps the series up nicely. And sure, you can get away with j Wow. Wow. Honestly. I had already read In Time (#1.5) and Sparks Rise (#2.5) before this, but wow. Beyond the Night (#3.5) is really something special. I don't know how to make this review extra special but I feel like it needs to be. This series is so important to me and I love it so much, but this is the end and as much as that makes me sad, I'm also glad that it ended with Beyond the Night. It's closure, it's answered questions, and it wraps the series up nicely. And sure, you can get away with just reading The Darkest Minds, Never Fade, and In the Afterlight, but these "inbetweener" books add so much. There's a lot of questions about the world answered in these books, and a lot of other characters are explored. It's not like they each are a retelling of the three main books but from other character's perspectives, these are actual, individual characters narrating events as they happen. Also, be prepared to cry. Grab those tissues. Shut the door to your room and cry your eyes out. Happy or sad tears, it doesn't matter, anything is possible! I really wish I had more to say, or, more accurately, I wish I knew how to put my love into words. These characters are like family to me and I know that sounds so cheesy, but honestly they light up my day. Chubs and Vida are so funny, Liam and Ruby are just giant sweethearts, and Sam and Lucas have quickly earned their place on my list of favorite characters. Mia, of course, is not left out, as well as Zu. They're all so perfect and I want to make sure that my review is good and solid because this is the last book! (Is there an emoji for bawling my eyes out?) Five hundred stars out of five, and let me just say that I'm trying really hard to think of books that are similar to these, but I can't. The Darkest Minds is pretty much the book I base everything off of. I'm sorry, usually this is where I put, "If you liked [specific book], you'll like Through the Dark and the rest of the series," but I honestly can't think of a single book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    N Yen

    The last one. Beyond The Night.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    As my best friend responded to this book: ALL HAIL ALEXANDRA BRACKEN. SHE HAS TEARED ME APART AND SEWED ME BACK TOGETHER ONCE AGAIN. I cried so much reading these novellas. So much. The Darkest Minds is my absolute favorite series that holds so many dear emotions close to my heart, so reading about my favorite people again and the people around them just tore me apart. I laughed, I criiiiiied, and I just thoroughly enjoyed this. This band of characters will always, ALWAYS have a special place in As my best friend responded to this book: ALL HAIL ALEXANDRA BRACKEN. SHE HAS TEARED ME APART AND SEWED ME BACK TOGETHER ONCE AGAIN. I cried so much reading these novellas. So much. The Darkest Minds is my absolute favorite series that holds so many dear emotions close to my heart, so reading about my favorite people again and the people around them just tore me apart. I laughed, I criiiiiied, and I just thoroughly enjoyed this. This band of characters will always, ALWAYS have a special place in my heart. Words can't describe my love for these characters and their story, so just go and read it. Read. It.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Esra

    Son derece hüzünlü iki novelladan sonra sonuncusu içime büyük bir su serpti çok şükür! Yeni üçlümüz Sam, Lucas ve Mia'nın yanına bir de asıl ekibimiz eklenince tabii ki de tadından yenmez oldu... Ama ben hâlâ Gabe ve özellikle de Cole durumuna takığım!!!!!! Kabullenemiyorum!

  26. 5 out of 5

    David Francis

    These stories were very good. However, I wish I would have read them in order with the books. This lady can write a gripping tale!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Chesca

    Through The Dark: A Darkest Minds Collection is the compilation of all the three novellas of The Darkest Minds series. It contains In Time, Sparks Rise, and the very exclusive to this bunch: Beyond the Night. This collection is genius! In this book, we get to see different areas of struggles for different people in the world of The Darkest Minds. In Time I think In Time is really short. It focuses on the life of Gabe, a young man who aspires to be a skip-tracer, who met Zu, a yellow, along his w Through The Dark: A Darkest Minds Collection is the compilation of all the three novellas of The Darkest Minds series. It contains In Time, Sparks Rise, and the very exclusive to this bunch: Beyond the Night. This collection is genius! In this book, we get to see different areas of struggles for different people in the world of The Darkest Minds. In Time I think In Time is really short. It focuses on the life of Gabe, a young man who aspires to be a skip-tracer, who met Zu, a yellow, along his way to search for kids to turn in. What I can say was that Gabe is one of those characters that you would want to be in the main series. I think he’s one of those you would want to see developing and changing through time and getting somewhere bigger. It would have been good to see him with a greater purpose. So, I think this novella was too short for such a good character as him. Sparks Rise With Sam’s and Lucas’s alternate narrations, Sparks Rise takes place after Ruby escaped Thurmond. It is about Sam and what happened to her after being left in that place when the Reds were brought back into the camp after years of “programming” in the Project Jamboree which was mentioned somewhere in the parent series. Here’s what I think: Sam and Lucas deserve a full-length novel!!!! When I was reading this one, I was panicking inside. I was so excited for the two of them! I don’t know if it was just me being a cry-baby but the last two sentences of the last chapter narrated by Sam made me cry! How could two simple sentences make someone cry??? Those were everything! It was the bomb to my emotions! Beyond the Night Thank you so much, Alexandra Bracken, for this! Please take note that you should have read Sparks Rise and In the Afterlight before proceeding to this one. Beyond the Night is told both from Sam’s and Mia’s points of view. This story serves two purposes: a continuation of Sparks Rise and a fuller epilogue of In the Afterlight It is a must-read! Beyond the Night is set after the story of In the AfterLight. It focuses on what happened after the camps were taken down. This novella, that’s almost like a full-length novel because it’s pretty long, is like an extended and satisfying epilogue that wraps up the whole series. I love it so much because it has more of a closure for me. It’s not that I didn’t love the ending of the third book in its parent series; it’s just that this one has me like: “Okay, I can now depart from this world”, although I would gladly appreciate another book or novella in addition to this series. What to expect: 1.) Cars 2.) Fairytales 3.) “snatchers” instead of skip tracers 4.) Some burning 5.) (view spoiler)[ Ruby, Liam, Chubs, and Vida!!! (hide spoiler)] 6.) (view spoiler)[ The issue on the Reds being resolved somewhat—if you didn’t notice it, it was sort of left hanging in the air by the end of the third book. In here, we get to see the start of a progress of helping the Reds recover. Although we get to see new hope for the Reds in this story, I think another novella or full-length novel that tackles this problem would be really good. (hide spoiler)] 7.) A (view spoiler)[ HEA (hide spoiler)] So, to sum this review up, all I can say is that you have to buy a copy of this bundle of good stuff and read it!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    I’m not exactly what you’d call a novella person. I read them very rarely, but I enjoy a novella bind up every once in a while. I’m not exactly Alexandra Bracken biggest fan, as while I enjoyed a lot of aspects from The Darkest Minds I felt like the last two books in that series were pretty meh. I do really love the world created within those books, and I think Bracken did a fantastic job exploring this brutal dystopian world through short stories. In Time—4 stars: Damnnnnn… This novella was by I’m not exactly what you’d call a novella person. I read them very rarely, but I enjoy a novella bind up every once in a while. I’m not exactly Alexandra Bracken biggest fan, as while I enjoyed a lot of aspects from The Darkest Minds I felt like the last two books in that series were pretty meh. I do really love the world created within those books, and I think Bracken did a fantastic job exploring this brutal dystopian world through short stories. In Time—4 ½ stars: Damnnnnn… This novella was by far the best. I think I have a soft spot for this sort of story with the guy thrust into the role of reluctant caretaker of a child who he stubbornly tries to hate but ends up loving at the end. It’s just so freaking cute! This novella was both heartwarming and heartbreaking. The atmosphere was tense and felt very dystopian. The narrator’s voice was extremely well done and I felt very connected to him as a character through his voice. Sparks Fly—3 stars: Wasn’t a big fan of this one. I never really connected to Sam or Lucas, and the plot was very rape-y, which I guess would happen in this kind of world but I wasn’t sure how I felt about it being used in the plot as an opportunity for the love interest to come rescue Sam. Well written and all but I just didn’t enjoy this one in comparison to the first one. I did like the ending though. Beyond The Night—4 stars: Didn’t blow me away but I enjoyed it quite a bit! I liked Mia and getting to know Sam more, but honestly once all of the old characters turned up they just stole the show. I enjoyed this follow up although I would have preferred a follow up from the POV of the original characters. Overall I would say this bind-up is well worth a read for fans of the series!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

    Yes, it's happiness on my face, can't you tell?

  30. 5 out of 5

    Allison Gerber

    The fact that this book is about side or unknown characters does nothing to diminish it. Alexandra Bracken manages to make you fall in love with these characters and then proceeds to rip your heart out over them. Great extension of the series!

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