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Title: The Darkest Legacy
Written by: Alexandra Bracken
ISBN: 9781368023245
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Five years after the destruction of the so-called rehabilitation camps that imprisoned her and countless other Psi kids, seventeen-year-old Suzume "Zu" Kimura has assumed the role of spokesperson for the interim government, fighting for the rights of Psi kids against a growing tide of misinformation and prejudice. But when she is accused of committing a horrifying act, she Five years after the destruction of the so-called rehabilitation camps that imprisoned her and countless other Psi kids, seventeen-year-old Suzume "Zu" Kimura has assumed the role of spokesperson for the interim government, fighting for the rights of Psi kids against a growing tide of misinformation and prejudice. But when she is accused of committing a horrifying act, she is forced to go on the run once more in order to stay alive. Determined to clear her name, Zu finds herself in an uncomfortable alliance with Roman and Priyanka, two mysterious Psi who could either help her prove her innocence or betray her before she gets the chance. But as they travel in search of safety and answers, and Zu grows closer to the people she knows she shouldn't trust, they uncover even darker things roiling beneath the veneer of the country's recovery. With her future-and the future of all Psi-on the line, Zu must use her powerful voice to fight back against forces that seek to drive the Psi into the shadows and save the friends who were once her protectors. From #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken comes a harrowing story of resilience, resistance, and reckoning that will thrill loyal fans and new readers alike.

30 review for The Darkest Legacy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Bracken

    I can’t believe that this story is finally(!) heading your way, and I’m so excited for you guys to see what everyone has been up to in the years after ITA. If you happen to get an early copy, whether that’s an ARC or a finished copy, please consider putting any spoilers under a cut so other readers can choose if they want to peek or not. (Personally, I think this one is best read knowing as little as possible going in!) 🖤 Thank you and happy reading!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cesar

    2.5 stars. “We’ve inherited the darkest legacy, but they don’t know that we’ve learned how to thrive in shadows and create our own light.” If I had to describe The Darkest Legacy in one word, it would be redundent. I know that sounds a bit mean considering a lot of people, myself included, like this series. But I'm sticking with my guns on this and saying that The Darkest Legacy shouldn't have happened. That's right kids, it's time for an unpopular opinion because who doesn't love unpopular opinion 2.5 stars. “We’ve inherited the darkest legacy, but they don’t know that we’ve learned how to thrive in shadows and create our own light.” If I had to describe The Darkest Legacy in one word, it would be redundent. I know that sounds a bit mean considering a lot of people, myself included, like this series. But I'm sticking with my guns on this and saying that The Darkest Legacy shouldn't have happened. That's right kids, it's time for an unpopular opinion because who doesn't love unpopular opinions? Going back to why I think this book shouldn't have happened, the original trilogy finished with a satisfying conclusion to the series. Things got settled and it seemed like it would be a happy ending. Or at the very least, a somewhat happy ending. Because there was more room for a story because obviously, not everything is going to be wrapped up in a nice little bow. Now, don't get me wrong, I do not mind the idea of an author wanting to add more books into their series so long as it fits well and still manages to hold onto its roots. For example, the Shatter Me series ended on a somewhat satisfying ending that could lead to more books in the series. And Tahereh Mafi writing Restore me did the series justice by adding more world building and character development. Then The Darkest Legacy was announced and I was both intrigued and apprehensive about it. I was intrigued because we get to read a story from Zu's perspective. But I was apprehensive because I didn't think there needed to be a continuation of the series. This brings up the question of whether or not The Darkest Legacy was a good follow up to the original trilogy. The answer to that is yes and no. Yes, I do believe there was room for a new story in a corrupt government system. And no because there were a lot of flaws I had with this story in particular. Namely, I had issues with Zu and the redundancy of the story. Let's get the bad out of the way because I feel like I have too many grievances with this story. I have read the original trilogy and I liked it. Mind you, I did have issues with Ruby in the first book (that went away in the 2nd and 3rd), the pacing was sometimes too long, Liam as a love interest, and some unnecessary pages. But I still think it was a pretty damn good trilogy and I liked how it ended off. With The Darkest Legacy, it had the change to open up a new world where it would be from Zu's perspective. But, I think the story should've been told from someone else's view, not Zu. Because in my opinion, Zu was a boring protagonist. I did not like her nor did I hate her. I just didn't find her compelling enough as a protagonist. Ruby was a protagonist I could get behind because she went from a girl thinking she was a monster to someone who was in control and could handle most situations. Zu, on the other hand, was about as interesting as watching paint dry. She did have her moments where she was good and I do like her determination, but there wasn't any room for development. There wasn't even a proper character arc for her. I know she does develop into a different character, but I just could not connect with her. It was like she was a watered down version of Ruby. Had the story been told from someone else instead of Zu, I might've liked it. I wasn't impressed with her character arc. Another big issue I have here is the romance or rather, the lack of chemistry. This happened in the original trilogy where I did not like the romance between Ruby and Liam. I like them as characters but as love interests? No. And here, Zu has a love interest and the chemistry is basically nonexistent. There was no spark (no pun intended... okay, pun intended) and it didn't even need to be there. Not to mention that Roman has the personality of cardboard. By themselves, they can be decent characters. Together as love interests, no. My next issue isn't really a big one but it's something I notice in Alex's writing and is that sometimes, pages drag on and other times stuff happens so quick you literally have to go back and read what just happened in order to understand just what the hell is going on. The stories Alex writes are engaging and entertaining, but I wish she would shorten some parts and add some more scenes in another instead of it just happening so quickly. The two saving graces of the story are Priyanka and the pacing. Priyanka is hands down, the best character in the entire series. I love her so much. She's funny and straightforward and those are two qualities I love in a character. Along with that, the pacing of the story is surprisingly fast. Fast that I was able to get through some of the longer chapters pretty quickly. There's still the issue of Alex having long pages that could've been cut short, but thankfully the pacing rectified that issue. Verdict A disappointing start and return to The Darkest Minds. I liked the idea of expanding the universe, but I still believe that this series should've ended with the original trilogy and not continue. It's still a good story, don't get me wrong, but in my opinion, it was redundant. Will I be continuing the series after this? Yes because I'm not the type to quit a series after one book if I see the potential. I just pray that the next book will be the final one and not expand to another trilogy. Give us more duologies! Thanks for listening to my review! -Cesar **************************************** So my overall thoughts on Alexandra expanding the Darkest Minds series is a mixture of excitement and concern. I'm excited because I get to go back into the world of the Darkest Minds and seeing Zu and all the other characters. I did read a sneak peak of the Darkest Legacy from the paperback edition of Through the Dark and I'm already hooked on it. My concerns would have to be the plot and Alex's writing. The ending of In the Afterlight does leave room for more world building since not everything is tied up in a nice little bow. But I worry about where this story will go. It is a standalone story (according to the summary) which I'm glad it is otherwise I'm not sure how Alex would expand the world. As for the writing, I'll admit, it can be very long and tedious. I enjoyed The Darkest Minds and her Passenger series, but a good chunk of those books did go on and on and on and on. Even with my concerns, I'm still looking forward to Zu's story.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lexie

    Why did I just find out about this?! Holy gosh! This also makes me pretty excited for the movie. Imma have to reread this awesome series! I better get to see Liam and Ruby and Clancy and Vida and Chubs in this! And in that order of preference. Haha! I NEED THIS NOW! This series is so amazing and so underrated for it's simple yet deep and utter brilliance and oh my gosh if only they could make the novellas movies too! I love this series so much and can't wait for this and can't wait for the movie Why did I just find out about this?! Holy gosh! This also makes me pretty excited for the movie. Imma have to reread this awesome series! I better get to see Liam and Ruby and Clancy and Vida and Chubs in this! And in that order of preference. Haha! I NEED THIS NOW! This series is so amazing and so underrated for it's simple yet deep and utter brilliance and oh my gosh if only they could make the novellas movies too! I love this series so much and can't wait for this and can't wait for the movie but they better do it justice!!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    alexandra

    I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS

  5. 4 out of 5

    noor

    pre-read: FDSKLFJEWKLFNLKNDF IM SO EXCITED FOR THIS ALEX BETTER RIP MY WIG OFF post-read: I. LOVED. IT. Okay, so it wasn’t The Darkest Minds, and while I enjoyed that trilogy a lot more than this book, I loVED HAVING ZU’S PERSPECTIVE. Seriously, Suzume is my freaking hero. So the book is pretty thick, and you’d think that it would just be 75% filler, 25% plot, right? Switch the percentages. I was surprised at how little unimportant stuff there was in this book, and even more surprised that I was pre-read: FDSKLFJEWKLFNLKNDF IM SO EXCITED FOR THIS ALEX BETTER RIP MY WIG OFF post-read: I. LOVED. IT. Okay, so it wasn’t The Darkest Minds, and while I enjoyed that trilogy a lot more than this book, I loVED HAVING ZU’S PERSPECTIVE. Seriously, Suzume is my freaking hero. So the book is pretty thick, and you’d think that it would just be 75% filler, 25% plot, right? Switch the percentages. I was surprised at how little unimportant stuff there was in this book, and even more surprised that I was somehow able to read it all in one sitting. Anyways- I LOVED THE CHARACTERS. NEW AND OLD. Seeing the old characters all get together and joke around with each other and reading Vida roast the shit out of everyone added 28 years to my life span. And Roman!!!! I would DIE for Roman! I feel like I was kind of iffy with him at the beginning, because of how much he and Priya cared for Zu when she was a stranger to them, but then everything started to add up and make sense and once again, I would dIE FOR HIM. I can’t really say too much without spoiling (which I don’t want to do because you all need to read this), but just know I enjoyed this novel with Zu as our main character. In conclusion- I would marry Roman and Liam Stewart so fast you wouldn’t see it happen, thank you for coming to my TED talk.

  6. 5 out of 5

    joanna ☽ the little brown fairy

    actual rating: 4.5 stars but i can’t decide whether to officially put it down as 4 or 5 stars asdfghjkl

  7. 4 out of 5

    ambsreads

    Trigger Warnings: PTSD, anxiety, flashbacks, torture on children, mentions of terrorist acts, murder, experimentation on children HEAD OVER TO MY BLOG TO SEE MY REVIEW FOR THE DARKEST LEGACY AND MORE I was a bit nervous going into The Darkest Legacy. I had read The Darkest Minds series two years ago when I was still new to the book community and loved it. However, I remembered almost nothing from it and over the years my reading tastes have changed quite a lot. It seemed I had nothing to worry abo Trigger Warnings: PTSD, anxiety, flashbacks, torture on children, mentions of terrorist acts, murder, experimentation on children HEAD OVER TO MY BLOG TO SEE MY REVIEW FOR THE DARKEST LEGACY AND MORE I was a bit nervous going into The Darkest Legacy. I had read The Darkest Minds series two years ago when I was still new to the book community and loved it. However, I remembered almost nothing from it and over the years my reading tastes have changed quite a lot. It seemed I had nothing to worry about because this book was amazing. I was absolutely thrown back into the dystopian world I had grown to love in the original trilogy and given an even better lead character, Zu. This book basically had everything I love in an urban fantasy/dystopian/fantasy novel. It had snark, romance, and action. The endless action that had me gripping the book for dear life. Honestly, it was thrilling. It’s been a while since I read a book that wasn’t a romance and this was a good book to jump into. I also want to mention quickly here that this review may contain mild spoilers for the previous The Darkest Minds series. If you haven’t read them I would advise coming back after. With that, I would also recommend reading the original trilogy before trying to jump into this one. There is a lot of character development and references that will make a lot more sense. This continuation is definitely not a spinoff. The Darkest Legacy follows Zu, who we know well from The Darkest Minds. Zu is a yellow, which means that she can control electricity. However, since the events of In The Afterlight she is now working with government, along with Chubs and Vida. Liam and Ruby have been missing for years, has taken off due to their own free will. The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken starts off with a bang though. We are instantly thrown into a chaotic world and a series of events after Zu is blamed for a terrorist attack. Forming an uncomfortable alliance with Roman and Priyanka, Zu goes on a mission to save her name and find Ruby and Liam. There is just so much to this story and honestly, I don’t want to say too much on this plot because I feel it’s best to go in not expecting anything. There is secret keeping, murder, and a sweet romance that kind of makes you want to gush. Where do I even start with what I actually liked about The Darkest Legacy? Hell, I gave it five damn stars. I think my favourite thing was Roman and how he constantly got common English phrases wrong. It was amusing as heck and made me laugh so much. Roman is Russian and English is obviously not his mother tongue but he tries so hard. I just loved Roman actually. Fun fact: I am actually a quarter (I believe) Russian. So, I obviously love when characters in books are as well. However, Roman was a mixture of the biggest softy and badass. It was an interesting mixture but I loved how Alexandra Bracken merged the two together. Priyanka and Zu were also so fucking kickass. The pair of them were badass ins o many different ways that I am struggling to even draw an example. I loved the way the pair worked together and how the skills Vida had taught in the previous books were implemented through Zu. I absolutely love female characters in books and additionally, I am here for supportive female friendships. I am so happy to say The Darkest Legacy had that. Which is a major fuck yeah. I will end what I liked there because I don’t want to spoil anything My biggest problem with The Darkest Legacy was that one of the ‘evil’ characters is someone who likes females – I can’t specify sexuality because it is never discussed in full. I feel this will change with the sequel but I did find it a problem while reading at some points. I know a lot of people who do like females get annoyed when characters who also do are evil or killed so I just wanted to mention it. Again, I do think this will be an issue resolved in later books but for now, it was like eh. My only other complaint was that I was so involved in The Darkest Legacy that 569 pages weren’t enough story for me. I desperately was flipping the pages wanting more. Especially with where the book leaves off. I can’t believe that it’ll be a whole years wait before the sequel to this releases. At least The Darkest Minds movie will come out before then. Overall, Alexandra Bracken creates yet another spectacular dystopian world that I don’t want to live in. The story has all the key elements to keep you absolutely riveted and engaged. The writing style has only improved and the character development is spectacular. Not only that but the diversity is present in the story which makes it even better. Ultimately, The Darkest Legacy left me speechless. I loved the kickass characters and the sprinkling of romance throughout is barely enough to mention, which is how I love fantasy books to be.

  8. 5 out of 5

    ALEXA

    First Thoughts I am overwhelmed with adrenaline and feels after just finishing THE DARKEST LEGACY. I admittedly don’t read as much dystopian fiction as I used to, but damn if Alex Bracken didn’t once again succeed in writing a story that left me impressed. She made me feel all the feels about Zu and other folks in this story! While it does have a slower start as Alex weaves the foundations together, the pay-off was definitely worth it. I loved it so, so much. Also? I wouldn’t be opposed to having First Thoughts I am overwhelmed with adrenaline and feels after just finishing THE DARKEST LEGACY. I admittedly don’t read as much dystopian fiction as I used to, but damn if Alex Bracken didn’t once again succeed in writing a story that left me impressed. She made me feel all the feels about Zu and other folks in this story! While it does have a slower start as Alex weaves the foundations together, the pay-off was definitely worth it. I loved it so, so much. Also? I wouldn’t be opposed to having more books in this world and with the characters. I AM JUST SAYING. Full Review Here’s how I know that I’ve read an amazing book: when I finished reading The Darkest Legacy, it was 12:45 in the morning and I was so hyped up on adrenaline and feels that I couldn’t sleep for another hour and a half because my mind just wouldn’t calm down. It’s been some time since then, and I still get such a rush of feelings just thinking about The Darkest Legacy. Because it was just so darn incredible, and I will not be able to rave about it enough. (This is probably a good time to mention that, if you have not yet read The Darkest Minds series from Alexandra Bracken, you are going to be spoiled for it if you read any further. Also, you should definitely fix this by going out, getting a copy of The Darkest Minds from your bookstore or library, and reading it ASAP.) I don’t read a lot of dystopian fiction these days, but I knew I was going to be making an exception for The Darkest Legacy. It’s a spin-off of a series I loved and about a character I hold dear to my heart, so it was a no brainer! And holy moly, but did Alexandra Bracken succeed in writing an impressive new story set against the backdrop of the world of her first series, only five years later when everything (and everyone) has changed. Here’s a brief list of all the things I think Alex wrote about wonderfully in this new book of hers: -Suzume “Zu” Kimura | Alex did an incredible job portraying Zu’s personal growth, including the PTSD that Zu suffers from after all that she’s gone through and the way her thoughts are shaped and informed by the experiences and ideals she possesses. -Roman & Priyanka | I loved these two new characters so damn much. They were instantly alive off the page just based off of their very first interaction with Zu, and I kept growing fonder of them as the story progressed. -Familiar faces | I’m not going to tell you who is mentioned or who shows up, but suffice to say that I am very pleased by how Alex wove some familiar folks into this story. It allowed Zu to be the primary focus, but it also gives fans like me some fun bits to be excited over. -The banter | I’m always here for the banter. And for the clever commentary. The sheer amount of sass in the comebacks in this book is perfection. -The plot | Slow starter, this one. But it all builds up beautifully into one explosive story that will have you hooked and unable to take your eyes off the page because you need to know what happens next. Alex has a deft hand at weaving multiple plotlines into one cohesive whole in this story, and I loved seeing it all come together. -The political landscape of her dystopian United States | Listen, the world of The Darkest Minds series is effing terrifying, and Alex does not pull any punches in her portrayal. It’s a shitty world with terrible circumstances for certain types of individuals, and there is plenty of corruption and complicity to keep the cycle going. Even though I was so angry and heartbroken and terrified for those suffering the consequences, it was such a raw portrayal and felt so damn real and being able to make me feel that way is impressive. -The themes | The two primary themes that I really noticed coming into play were centered around power and morality. There are so many questions that arise based on all the corners Zu finds herself backed into, and it certainly made for something interesting food for thought as I was reading. In case you couldn’t already tell, I loved The Darkest Legacy. I had no idea what to expect going into it, but it delivered above and beyond anything I could have ever hoped for or dreamed up myself. I loved the story. And, best of all, I fell head over heels in love with Zu all over again in the most satisfying way (she’s my girl!). As with all her previous work, I continue to be in awe of Alex’s ability to write a damn good story with such excellently portrayed characters. (and I aspire to reach that level of storytelling skill one day). I’m so happy that The Darkest Legacy is out in the world very soon, and I can’t wait for everyone else to read (and love) it too!

  9. 5 out of 5

    mith

    okay i know this is a standalone but now i have to reread the first two books and actually finish book 3 this time around HOO BOY BUT THIS IS FOR ZU, MY GIRL GETTING THE BOOK SHE DESERVES

  10. 4 out of 5

    Vathna Dany

    The cover!!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    ♆Hayley

    What? What! WHAAAAAT!? I’m kind of excited about this and kind of not. The first book was amazing (I loved the whole concept) but I felt like the series kind of.. fizzled out as it progressed. I feel like she is only revisiting this world because of the movie? I would like to say that the trailer looks amazing.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lena

    "We deserve to be free. We deserve more than this. We've inherited the darkest legacy, but they don't know that we've learned how to thrive in the shadows, and create our own light." HOW ABOUT NO?! MY FUCKING EMOTIONS ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE. This was definitely something else but quite frankly, every fan of The Darkest Minds should read this. LIAM FREAKING STEWART IS IN THIS Y'ALL*cries into cup* I was not expecting this to be as good as it turned out to be. There's reunions with most of our "We deserve to be free. We deserve more than this. We've inherited the darkest legacy, but they don't know that we've learned how to thrive in the shadows, and create our own light." HOW ABOUT NO?! MY FUCKING EMOTIONS ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE. This was definitely something else but quite frankly, every fan of The Darkest Minds should read this. LIAM FREAKING STEWART IS IN THIS Y'ALL*cries into cup* I was not expecting this to be as good as it turned out to be. There's reunions with most of our beloved (*cough or hated *cough) characters and the action was a top notch, heartpounding race. This book focused on a very political side of the series but when has TDM not been about politics and the stupid government destroying what took these poor kids so long to rebuild?! Full review to come.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔

    3/28/18 Loving the cover reveal! I wonder if I can just skip the other two books and just jump straight into this one lol --- I still have to finish book 2 and 3, but hey I liked Zu and I’m glad she’s getting her turn at the wheel!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Justine

    Although I loved the original Darkest Minds trilogy, this fourth book was just OK for me. The pacing bothered me quite a bit, with seemingly long stretches of driving around with Zu either having an internal monologue or else a "deep" discussion with someone. These endless car trips were unevenly interspersed with admittedly exciting action scenes. I would have liked a lot less of the former and more of the latter.The second half book was therefore better for me than the first. If there is anothe Although I loved the original Darkest Minds trilogy, this fourth book was just OK for me. The pacing bothered me quite a bit, with seemingly long stretches of driving around with Zu either having an internal monologue or else a "deep" discussion with someone. These endless car trips were unevenly interspersed with admittedly exciting action scenes. I would have liked a lot less of the former and more of the latter.The second half book was therefore better for me than the first. If there is another book I might read it, depending on how I'm feeling about this one after some time goes by.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐

    You can get up. You have to get back up. I could get back up. I could do it myself. Again, and again, and again. As long as there was breath in my body, I could get back up. WHATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT?!?!?!?!? Alright, people. It had been a LONG time since a book has made me ~feel~ this way so you better believe this review is going to be a jumbled mess of thoughts and feelings. First off, this was obviously SO GOOD. Like, a billion stars to Alexandra Bracken for this entire series. I’m a You can get up. You have to get back up. I could get back up. I could do it myself. Again, and again, and again. As long as there was breath in my body, I could get back up. WHATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT?!?!?!?!? Alright, people. It had been a LONG time since a book has made me ~feel~ this way so you better believe this review is going to be a jumbled mess of thoughts and feelings. First off, this was obviously SO GOOD. Like, a billion stars to Alexandra Bracken for this entire series. I’m angry with myself, though, because I was reading this on an app that didn’t allow highlights and I was only smart enough to actually write one measly quote down so I’ll have to add more the next time around—just know there were so many great ones. SO MANY. (This review might also be half in caps too, we’ll see, I’m just really pumped up about how good it was.) I started reading this a few days but didn’t actually get into it until I had some time to myself yesterday morning. Once I started, I was COMPLETELY hooked. See, that’s the thing about these books and Bracken’s writing. I become so immersed that I have to drag my eyes away from the writing and when I do, it takes me a few seconds to come back to the real world. That’s when you know you’re reading something amazing. This book gave me the butterflies, it made me shake with rage, and it made me buzz with anticipation. It left me out of breath and has me hoping that even though it wasn’t ended on a cliffhanger, that we will get more from this world—especially Zu’s perspective. She was always a character that I loved in The Darkest Minds series but getting this entire book from her perspective was amazing. We may not have actually heard her speak until Into the Afterlight but you can tell that once she started, there was no going back. I LOVED when she was in Moore’s facility and was basically having PTSD flashbacks to her time in Caledonia that she finally came to the conclusion that she was not alright and that that was okay. She wasn’t alright because horrible things had been done to her, and were still being done but she could do whatever it took to help turn things around for the Psi kids. She has grown SO much since we were first introduced to her that it gives me the shivers thinking about it. I am so proud of her. In this book we are introduced to a few new characters, mainly Roman and Priyanka. I LOVED THEM SO MUCHHHH. They became so much more than what I first thought they would when I started the book. Roman is so serious and so caring—he would literally take a bullet for you. Priya was hilarious. She has so much sass and so many good one liners she reminded me a lot of Vida but without the potty mouth lol. Speaking of Vida though—I was so glad that we still were able to see all of our old favorites. Ugh I love them all so much I think I need to drop the other books that I’m reading and go re-read all of those books next. I don’t really feel like getting into the plot much because I fully enjoyed going into the book and not quite knowing what to expect. All you really need to know is that things are not all fine and dandy in America. Yes the camps had been shut down and Cruz had been trying to get more rights for the Psi kids, but that doesn’t mean that things turned into rainbows and puppies overnight. Not in the slightest. In fact, some parts were still so horrible that it made me sick to my stomach, thinking as if those things were happening in real life (and in some aspects of this world and this government I think that they are). This is why I need more out of this story. I need to know what happens with Zu and the gang. I need to know how she continues to fight for their rights. And most importantly, I need to know what happens with the stupid, slimy, manipulative prick that is Clancy Grey… For more of my reviews, please visit:

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alexa

    OMG!!!! ANOTHER BOOK SET IN THIS WORLD!!!!! I COULDNT BE MORE HAPPY AND EXCITED!!!! 😱😍😱😍😱😍😱😍

  17. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    4.5/5 Wow I loved this!! But the ending was not enough. I need more answers here Ms. Bracken!! You can't drop a bomb like that and not tell me all of the details! But I am seriously impressed with this book. The mystery and tension from the previous three books was compiled and shoved into this one book which made for a fantastic plotline. There were so many moving parts to this and I think drawing on current political tension gave the world additional suspense and a very realistic tone. I could 4.5/5 Wow I loved this!! But the ending was not enough. I need more answers here Ms. Bracken!! You can't drop a bomb like that and not tell me all of the details! But I am seriously impressed with this book. The mystery and tension from the previous three books was compiled and shoved into this one book which made for a fantastic plotline. There were so many moving parts to this and I think drawing on current political tension gave the world additional suspense and a very realistic tone. I could feel the atmosphere of heavy despair warring with a glint of hope. The main cast was so awesome too! I love Zu as our narrator. Besides Zu, we have two new main characters: Roman-a Russian male that learned English as a second language and Priyanka- an Indian-American girl who had a relationship with a girl. Not sure if she was bisexual or strictly lesbian but I loved how diverse this main crew was! Of course we still get to see Vida and Chubs (<3), and Ruby and Liam have their parts to play as well. The only problem I had was that there were various parts of this that were told in flashback and it kind of confused me. It was very choppy with the execution in some parts. But it could also be me not paying enough attention to what was happening. Either way I seriously loved this and I'm going to go devour the novellas for this series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)

    ACTUAL REVIEW I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS. Five years after the unfortunate events in The Darkest Minds trilogy, Zu takes center stage in this new stand-alone spinoff. Zu embarks on a quest to face the antagonistic forces set upon her and her fellow Psis. The title was fitting considering the fact that the book does get darker as it progresses. Immediately, the reader gets thrown into an anxiety inducing event followed by an unforgettable action-packed scene. Bracken's beautifully descriptive writi ACTUAL REVIEW I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS. Five years after the unfortunate events in The Darkest Minds trilogy, Zu takes center stage in this new stand-alone spinoff. Zu embarks on a quest to face the antagonistic forces set upon her and her fellow Psis. The title was fitting considering the fact that the book does get darker as it progresses. Immediately, the reader gets thrown into an anxiety inducing event followed by an unforgettable action-packed scene. Bracken's beautifully descriptive writing (albeit wordy sometimes) gripped me till the last page, leaving me wanting more from the story and its characters. Unfortunately, this novel seems to be the last piece from the world of The Darkest Minds. While the pacing had been slow, the payoff was great. If you were a fan of the trilogy, expect to be hit with nostalgia as some beloved characters indeed makes a comeback. I also loved the new characters that Bracken introduced in the novel even if I wasn't entirely a fan of how they connected to the story. It seemed like the mystery in the novel had been dragged out to further the plot. Otherwise, I appreciated the character development especially from the former characters in the original trilogy. All in all, I thought Bracken did a great job in coming up with another book in the world of The Darkest Minds because its been years since the books came out. *This review and more can be found in my book blog. PRE-REVIEW "Besides, where we were headed there was someone who could take care of any unwanted memories they might make-or at least guarantee they'd never remember the way back." OMG OMG OMG OMG I really want an arc. Trust me you'll want this book. (also this quote is from the sampler, all quotes are subject to change) SAMPLER WAS INTENSE!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cassi

    When I heard that Alex was writing a new book in the world of The Darkest Minds I was over the moon. I absolutely love that series and I was so excited to find out what happened next to these characters. And I really enjoyed this book. It was a good companion and an enjoyable return to the world. Speaking of the world, I think that was the best part of this book, the world. Alex does some really interesting things with this book. Usually you don't get to check back in and find out what happened a When I heard that Alex was writing a new book in the world of The Darkest Minds I was over the moon. I absolutely love that series and I was so excited to find out what happened next to these characters. And I really enjoyed this book. It was a good companion and an enjoyable return to the world. Speaking of the world, I think that was the best part of this book, the world. Alex does some really interesting things with this book. Usually you don't get to check back in and find out what happened after the characters save the world and dismantle the government. It was great to be able to do that with this book, especially because things were not all sunshine and rainbows. It showed how hard it is to not only restore the government but also regain the trust of people who viewed you as enemies for entirely too long. There was a lot of politics in this book. It's a near future dystopia but this feels very current. It was fantastic and interesting in a way that I love in my books. There was also a lot of really interesting things that this book did with the powers. In the first few books we learned a little bit about some of the psionic powers but the one that we got the most information about was Orange because Ruby was the protagonist. Now our main character is Zu so we learned a lot more about Yellow powers. And wow, have Zu's powers developed. She uses them in some really cool and really hardcore ways throughout the book. But then there are new characters with new powers in this book. I don't want to give too much away but just suffice to say, there are some really cool new powers and I liked seeing them in action. The other thing I really appreciated about this book was the characters. I feel in love with the gang in The Darkest Minds trilogy so being able to find out what happened to them next. Zu is just a preteen in the original series but now she is all grown up. And grown up Zu is even more amazing than Zu in the original series. If you were hoping for the demure and shy girl that we first met then you will sadly be disappointed. Oh wait, no you won't because this Zu is smart, resourceful, sassy, and tough. I love this Zu. I also love seeing some of the other characters from the original series. We get a good amount of Chubs which was fun and some great moments with Vida, Liam, and a little Ruby. But Zu and the new characters really take center stage here and that was perfectly fine with me. My only criticism with this book is the plot. Now don't get me wrong, I liked the plot. There was alot of action and adventure, the stakes were incredibly high, and I spent a lot of time on the edge of my seat. The only problem however is that it didn't really feel like a standalone, which it was. It was a weirdly self-contained story that didn't really feel complete. It's a long book, which I am cool with, but I think this book would have been a little bit better if it was a duology. I think some of the plot points could have been explored a little more if there was a second book. It wasn't bad, I just think it could have been better if there had been more. But maybe that is just because I am not ready to say goodbye to these characters and this world. All in all this was a interesting and engaging read with a fantastic world and amazing characters. It was great companion novel to one of my favorite series. If you are a fan of The Darkest Minds then you definitely need to read this book to find out what happens next to your favorite characters and the world of this series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    heather

    If you read The Darkest Minds trilogy, and loved it, then you HAVE to pick up this book! I cannot stress that enough! This book takes place five years after the third book in the series and is told from Zu's point of view. She is traveling with the government and being the spokesperson for the Psi trying to put rules and laws in place to make it better for everyone to co-exist together instead of having the camps and the children under lock up. She is reading from the teleprompter at an event whe If you read The Darkest Minds trilogy, and loved it, then you HAVE to pick up this book! I cannot stress that enough! This book takes place five years after the third book in the series and is told from Zu's point of view. She is traveling with the government and being the spokesperson for the Psi trying to put rules and laws in place to make it better for everyone to co-exist together instead of having the camps and the children under lock up. She is reading from the teleprompter at an event when all hell breaks loose and she has to defend herself and go on the run all over again. I love getting the POV from Zu. She was one of my favorite characters from the Trilogy but she has grown so much from the little girl wearing the gloves whom doesn't speak until now. We have some new characters and we get to see some of our old favorites too! Vida is just as snarky as ever...maybe more so! Chubbs seemed to have changed a lot and he seems even more level headed than he was five years ago..if you can believe that! Liam is the same old Liam and we only get a small glimpse of Ruby. This book was full of non-stop action! Literally from the beginning until the very end. You never knew what was around the next corner. And every time they think that they caught a break, life would throw them another lemon! The ending was a little open-ended and I am so hoping that maybe...pretty please....we will get some more reading material with our favorite characters in the future? Thank you to Bookish First fro the review copy!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Poulos

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 2.5 stars I wanted to like this book. UGH I wanted to like it SO BAD. I'm so happy we were able to go back into the world of TDM. I just wish it wasn't like THAT. There were also plenty of times I felt this book was trying to emulate the original series but it just misses the mark for me. Then there is the whole problem with the plot. It ignores the conclusion we were given in 'In The Afterlight' like a slap in the face. Then it ended and I didn't care. To be completely honest, I didn't feel much 2.5 stars I wanted to like this book. UGH I wanted to like it SO BAD. I'm so happy we were able to go back into the world of TDM. I just wish it wasn't like THAT. There were also plenty of times I felt this book was trying to emulate the original series but it just misses the mark for me. Then there is the whole problem with the plot. It ignores the conclusion we were given in 'In The Afterlight' like a slap in the face. Then it ended and I didn't care. To be completely honest, I didn't feel much emotion when reading this. I wish I could say I did, but it just didn't resonate with me. SPOILERY PART NOW: BRACKEN REALLY BROUGHT THE BIGGEST PIECE OF SHIT CLANCY GRAY ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?? I'M SO ANGRY

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anna Banana

    4.5 stars I really cannot believe how much I loved this book. I told myself before going into this book not to have high expectations. I kept repeating/reminding to myself that this was going to be different, that while the original gang would be there it wasn't going to be about them and so I had to try not to focus entirely on them. I was so worried that I would not really care about the new characters and would only be reading for Liam, Chubs, Vida and Ruby (and of course Zu) and while every t 4.5 stars I really cannot believe how much I loved this book. I told myself before going into this book not to have high expectations. I kept repeating/reminding to myself that this was going to be different, that while the original gang would be there it wasn't going to be about them and so I had to try not to focus entirely on them. I was so worried that I would not really care about the new characters and would only be reading for Liam, Chubs, Vida and Ruby (and of course Zu) and while every time they did show up I was excited and happy and just freaking EMOTIONAL throughout this book, I'm so happy to say that these new characters more than won over my heart. This book takes place 5 years after the end of In the Afterlight, where Zu is now 18 years old and shit is just plain crazy. I think after reading In the Afterlight, we all had the hopes that things would change and everything would work in the favor of the Psi, but realistically, those changes don't happen easily. And this book reminded me of that. Seeing how hard not only Zu but the rest of the Psi have to fight to not be treated like animals (and still have half the population secretly thinking it of you), honestly just breaks my heart. The one thing I loved about this original trilogy was how the author wasn't afraid to really look at the way people treat others who are different and how the government plays into that and uses that fear for their own agendas. And with The Darkest Legacy, she continued that. Honestly I feel like it's really hard to talk about this book without spoiling so I'm going to keep things very brief in terms of plot other than to tell you that there wasn't a single moment that I wasn't obsessed with this book while I read it. It was fast-paced and it was hella interesting and I really couldn't stop reading. Well, it was more like I struggled between wanting to finish this book in one night because of how amazing it was and then also wanting to make it last forever because once it was over, then that was it. I really cannot express how great this book is. I feel like a lot of times authors come back to a popular series and they end up disappointing me because the story just feels forced but that didn't happen with this book at all. Alexandra Bracken brought her freaking A-GAME with this book and it feels so necessary, honestly I feel like her writing another 3-5 books feels necessary because there's just so much there that could be talked about and I NEED for it to be talked about. Ok so before I wrap up this review I will say that the two new secondary character Roman and Priyanka now have a piece of my heart!! At first I was suspicious of them and wasn't sure what to think but I really couldn't stop myself from loving them because they are so awesome. I love how soft and yet so strong Roman is and I love how badass Priyanka is and yet she even admits that she is a hopeless romantic with a big soft side. I also have to say I loved how much diversity was in this book. Not only do we get so many POC characters but we get LGBT+ rep too! And not only do we get LGBT+ rep but we actually get a F/F couple and (I'm assuming though it wasn't explicitly stated) two lesbian characters! I especially loved this because I feel like F/F is often forgotten about in romance books and whenever there's going to be LGBT+ rep, it's often M/M and listen, I think rep is needed for everyone, but I especially feel like there's a need for more F/F couples because they are highly underrepresented, especially in romance. I just think all the characters are complex and you can tell that the author really developed them and made them feel so real for the readers. As for the moments with the original group, they were really amazing! While we do see them, most of the book is Zu talking about them versus actual on-screen moments between all the characters. Also, seeing how different part of the dynamic was between the original black betty group, especially concerning Zu originally kind of disappointed me but I do feel like it's realistic and I do understand why the author did it like that. It just doesn't make sense for 5 years to go by and have nothing change. I do feel like this book is completely Zu's and I feel like even without the group moments, I more than loved this book because I fell in love with the new additions to the black betty crew, however I would've definitely loved more on-screen moments with all of the crew like we got towards the end of the book. I definitely love the dynamic between both all the old and new characters and of course I was freaking out over my favorite couple Vida and Chubs who will always be my favorite but the old cast never overshadowed the new ones. Overall this was a freaking amazing addition to the series and I am praying that this won't be the last because there is so much more story left and I will never not want more. If you're a fan of the original trilogy I really think you're going to love this book and you will not be disappointed. And if you've never read this series before, I urge you to go back to the first book and enjoy the journey!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Xavier (CharlesXplosion)

    The Darkest Legacy is hindered by heavily descriptive writing strangling the pace of the plot and character development. Bracken forces the reader to sift through a multitude of meaningless proses to find the little kernels of plot and character development. Reading The Darkest Legacy is akin to wading through quicksand. Unless you have a deep seeded love of this world, do yourself a favor and just skip this.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Blanch

    ZU GETS A BOOK I GET TO SEE LIAM AGAIN I GET TO SEE CHUBS. AND VIDA. AND ASDFGHJKL!!!!! right no it's cool

  25. 5 out of 5

    saskia

    “We deserve to be free. We deserve more than this. We’ve inherited the darkest legacy, but they don’t know that we’ve learned how to thrive in shadows and create our own light.” The Darkest Legacy is a thrill of a read. The feel of impending doom followed me throughout the story and I couldn't, for the life of me, put this book down once I got a quarter of the way through. Our protagonist Zu is well known to many of us who have read the original trilogy. She is very much the same as we see he “We deserve to be free. We deserve more than this. We’ve inherited the darkest legacy, but they don’t know that we’ve learned how to thrive in shadows and create our own light.” The Darkest Legacy is a thrill of a read. The feel of impending doom followed me throughout the story and I couldn't, for the life of me, put this book down once I got a quarter of the way through. Our protagonist Zu is well known to many of us who have read the original trilogy. She is very much the same as we see her in In The Afterlight : sassy, wouldn't take any crap, but definitely a lot more grown up and bolder as we our allowed into her mind. In this novel, we find out that Zu has been the poster-PSI-child employed by the Interim-Government for the past five years, reading prepared speeches to grounds of people and spreading this message of needed cooperation by the entire population, PSI or not, in order to reenter a world of normalcy very much the same as pre-camp America. However, after one of her speeches a bomb goes off and an attack ensues for which Zu is framed for. The rest of the novel follows Zu attempting to find out who is trying to frame her, who is trying to make the PSI look detrimental to society's progression towards normalcy, and along the way several other mysteries become apparent and unfold during her trip on the road with her two companions. “That was our lives now, wasn’t it? Even. Steady. Accepting. Never allowed to get mad, never allowed to threaten, or even be perceived as a threat.” This narrative explores themes of family, abandonment, abuse of power; subjugation, fear and hope. I think the highlighted notes from my kindle which are available to view alongside this review showcase what either made me laugh or made me agree. Whoa...the juxtaposition of joy and darkness in this book is reinforced just by looking at those. This book is a ride....I can't explain how much I loved it. Reuniting with my old favourites, seeing the gang back together and meeting these two new complex characters whose backstory just further highlights how awfully people who are deemed different are treated. The Darkest Legacy is most definitely an allegory of the western world at this moment in time. It's disheartening and soul-crushing the majority of the time. But there's always hope and your voice to use. ΨΨΨ

  26. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    It’s no secret how much I ADORE these characters, I could happily read an entire 10 part series so long as it centred around Liam, Ruby, Zu, Vida, and Chubs. I’m so happy Alexandra Bracken decided to revisit The Darkest Minds, it was such a gift to experience this story through Zu’s perspective - all grown up. I really enjoyed the introduction of Roman and Priyanka to the crew, especially Zu’s sweet relationship with Roman. The world itself seemed darker, rawer, and the stakes higher which worke It’s no secret how much I ADORE these characters, I could happily read an entire 10 part series so long as it centred around Liam, Ruby, Zu, Vida, and Chubs. I’m so happy Alexandra Bracken decided to revisit The Darkest Minds, it was such a gift to experience this story through Zu’s perspective - all grown up. I really enjoyed the introduction of Roman and Priyanka to the crew, especially Zu’s sweet relationship with Roman. The world itself seemed darker, rawer, and the stakes higher which worked in tandem with Zu’s disillusionment and subsequent growth. She’s such a strong force, and it’s so great to get to see her realise that and roll with it. The only downside was the ending; it left a lot open to the reader and I would have preferred a less rushed conclusion. I’m not sure if that was done intentionally with another book in mind - but I’ve not heard anything from the author confirming this. However, there’s certainly enough story left for more. I hope so!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Adah Udechukwu

    The Darkest Legacy was awesome, spectacular and marvelous

  28. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    GUYS alex has done it again, TDL is SO GOOD. I was so excited to dive back into the world of TDM! It’s one of my all time favorite series so when I heard alex was writing another book in this world I was SO excited, and it did not disappoint it’s such a great store and I love Zu so much if you’ve read TDM I highly recommend picking up TDL!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    First let me just say that I adore Zu. As one of the main four from the original series, she always held a little place in my heart. So hearing that we get an entire book from her perspective I was all in. And what a ride it was. Picking up five years after the third book, we are instantly thrust into a world where everyone is trying to make sense of what happened and where to go from there. Psi kids are still being reunited with families and are still fighting for rights of their own. And just l First let me just say that I adore Zu. As one of the main four from the original series, she always held a little place in my heart. So hearing that we get an entire book from her perspective I was all in. And what a ride it was. Picking up five years after the third book, we are instantly thrust into a world where everyone is trying to make sense of what happened and where to go from there. Psi kids are still being reunited with families and are still fighting for rights of their own. And just like with anything political, there's a side for the Psi and a side against. Our Zu, along with Chubs and Vida, are currently working for Senator Cruz as she fights to bring the US back to the thriving country it once was all the while showing that the Psi children aren't to be feared. But not everyone wants this and when an attack at a college campus happens, Zu is the immediate suspect forcing her to go on the run with two complete strangers. This series has really grown on me. The first book was just ok. I liked it but I wasn't clamoring for more. But then I read Never Fade and everything went out the door. I was invested. I devoured the original three plus the book of novellas while I waited for this one to release. So being back in this world was a welcome and I wanted to fight right along side my friends. Zu has grown so much from the little girl who wouldn't even speak. She's a natural leader who feels compassion for everyone. She loves her friends fiercely and is constantly trying to keep everyone together. When on the run, she discovers that Ruby and Liam are missing and her mind immediately goes to finding them - not proving her own innocence. I adore the person she's become. Along with Zu we also get to see some characters we've come to love. One of my faves was back in all his sarcastic glory- yes, Chubs. But we also got to meet some new players, mainly Roman and Priyanka who blow into Zu's life and had me questioning their motives the entire book. They're Psi - but they're not and the explanation for them just opened up this entire new set of possibilities that I hope Bracken chooses to continue. While the book doesn't end on a cliffhanger, I also wouldn't say it wraps everything up. It was definitely left open intentionally and I just hope Bracken has more stories to come in this world. Because guys, I'm attached.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Caroline☁

    Read my full review here! The Darkest Legacy 4.5 stars I will start this off by saying, I wasn't a big fan of the Darkest Minds series to begin with, but this book's synopsis intrigued me. I enjoyed this book so much more then I did any of the other books in the series. I did feel like some of the parts of the book were not very descriptive. (view spoiler)[I had to reread certain parts, such as the rescue of Ruby and the last few pages of the book. (hide spoiler)] I loved Liam in this book (view spo Read my full review here! The Darkest Legacy 4.5 stars I will start this off by saying, I wasn't a big fan of the Darkest Minds series to begin with, but this book's synopsis intrigued me. I enjoyed this book so much more then I did any of the other books in the series. I did feel like some of the parts of the book were not very descriptive. (view spoiler)[I had to reread certain parts, such as the rescue of Ruby and the last few pages of the book. (hide spoiler)] I loved Liam in this book (view spoiler)[Even though he was barely in it, I enjoyed the bickering between him and Zu's friends. (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[I was disappointed by the ending with Zu finding Roman, I wanted their reunion to more joyous. I was happy though the book didn't end on a cliffhanger of Roman being gone. (hide spoiler)] I love Roman and Priyanka's relationship and the friendship they have with Zu. I'm sad that the book is over, but I still took great pleasure in reading it.

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