Title: Through the Dark
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Series: The Darkest Minds 1.5, 2.5, 3.6
Pages: 400 pages
Source: Borrowed from library
My Rating: 4.5 stars
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.
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.
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.
In Time – I didn’t think I would end up liking a novella that was from the POV of a skip tracer but I ended up enjoying it. While I was reading it I thought I knew what it was going to be and sure enough I was right. This novella touches on something that was briefly mentioned in either book 2 or book 3. Sorry I can’t remember exactly which one it was. It was nice having it elaborated on. I didn’t much like the main character Gabe at first but he kind of grew on me by the end. This also has one of the original main characters in it which I loved. (4.5 stars)
Sparks Rise – This novella is about a minor side character in the main book as well as a new character. Something happens in the main book and this novella is about what happened afterward. After reading the fourth book in the series I went into this bind up with little expectations but so far I am loving it. The first novella was kind of heartbreaking but I really felt more for the characters in this one that it hit me harder. I was literally on the verge of tears. This book gives us an insight into the brutality that went on at Thumond. It didn’t go into a whole lot of detail but it was still hard to read and it gives you just enough to really feel for the characters. All in all I really enjoyed this novella and it’s my favorite so far. (5 stars)
Beyond the Night – In the final novella we see the return of almost all of the original characters. I have loved these characters since the beginning and it was so nice to have them back. This one is told from the point of view of Sam who was in the previous novella as well as Mia who is actually Lucas’s sister. At first I wasn’t a fan of Mia because of how she treated Sam at first but that was quickly resolved and she grew on me. She actually reminded me a lot of Vida who was another character I wasn’t a fan of at first but ended up loving her in the end. My only issue with this one is that the chapters are super long and if you know me then you know I prefer shorter chapters. (4.5 stars)
Liam’s Story – This novella isn’t actually part of this bind up but I wanted to review them all together. When you sign up for the authors newsletter you will receive a PDF copy of this story. This novella touches on what happened to Liam after the events from the ending of book 1. Liam has always been a favorite character of mine and I was looking forward to having a story from his point of view however I am just meh about this. It is fast paced and again you get to see what people are willing to do but it was way to short for me to really get into. (3 stars)