Through the Dark Review

25453426Through the Dark by Alexandra Bracken

Published: October 6, 2016 by Disney Hyperion

Genre: Dystopian/Science Fiction

Rating: 4.5/5

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 TimeSparks Rise, and Beyond the Night.

The Darkest Minds is one of my favorite series of all time, however, for whatever reason I did not read the collection of novellas from the series, Through the Dark, until recently. They were all a delightful addition to the series and I especially loved the ones with Sam. Instead of reviewing the book as a whole, I’ll go over each novella separately.

“In Time”

This is the perfect fill-in for what Zu was doing when she left the squad after The Darkest Minds. It was also cool seeing things from the eyes of a reluctant skip-tracer, highlighting that not everyone is this dystopian world is horrible. Some are just trying to survive whatever way they can.

If you were wondering about some Zu’s development, her experiences during this little novella really contributes to her change in view during In the Afterlight.

“Sparks Rise”

I always was wondering about what Sam experienced after Ruby left her, and her two novellas were really wonderful. A good love story against all odds is always amazing. At times, it did get a little graphic but I feel like it really made the torment that the children went through in these camps more present and real.

Lucas is a character which many people will see a shard of their childhood in, and was perfectly lovable. He overcame impossible odds in an attempt to save his family.

“Beyond the Night”

So glad I got to see the Squad after the end of the official story. How the world was treating the children after the collapse of the camps was an important part of this story, and a question that readers were left with. I’m glad that Bracken took on this difficult topic of children being treated as other because of outside circumstances.

This also provided closure for Sam’s unfinished story. Although I absolutely loved these last two, Beyond the Night was a little less engrossing to me, just because it kept flashing back to the Squad. While I absolutely loved them, some interactions between them did distract from Sam’s story.

This book did provide me with more closure for this series, and I do recommend it for any fan of the series.

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I am also so excited for the movie that is coming out with Amandla Stenberg playing Ruby!

Thank you for reading!

Emily

Goodreads Book Tag

I was tagged to do this Book Tag by the lovely Maggie at MassachusettsNovel.

What was the last book you marked as read | You Make Me by Erin McCarthy

Let me preface this by saying that I like to turn to romance novels to overcome the post-Maas slump after every book. After finishing Empire of Storms this weekend, I turned to this book which was free on Amazon. This book was a little lackluster as the retellings go. It was supposedly a retelling of Wuthering Heights, a book which I love but it wasn’t really except for same vague concepts and names. Overall very average, and okay for a free book.

What are you currently reading | Winter by Marissa Meyer

I am actually reading four books right now, two of which are re-reads, but out of all of them I absolutely love this book. Unfortunately it got put on the back burner when Empire of Storms released, but now that I have read my mandatory romance, I’ll be picking this one back up.

What book do you plan to read next | Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone is one of the books that I am currently re-reading because I would like to finish the original trilogy before I read Six of Crows. While I have read the first book before, I never finished (or started) the other two books. Hopefully I will be able to finish before my Duology hardcover set comes!

Do you use the star rating system | Yes

I always try and star the books I read, for me as much as anyone else who could be seeing them. Sometimes I’ll go back through by read list and totally forget what a book was about. The starring helps me remember how I felt at the time, and will sometimes remind me of impressions the book left.

Are you doing the 2016 reading challenge | Yes

I always like to set goals for myself as to what to read the coming year. This also tends to keep me on track and focused, as I can get easily distracted by life. This helps to remind me to take time for myself.

Do you have a wish list | No

If I want a book, I will either buy it or request it from the library. Don’t really have to “wish” for anything, unless it’s a foreign edition or such.

What book do you plan to buy next | Six of Crows Duology

I don’t know if it counts, but I do have the Six of Crows Duology box set pre-ordered. I’m getting the signed editions from Books of Wonder! I can’t wait to read this series because I have heard nothing but good things.

Do you have any favorite quotes. Share a few | Of Course

“All that is gold does not glitter/ Not all those who wander are lost.” -Tolkien

“My name is Celaena Sardothein and I will not be afraid.” -Maas

“She is my fireheart.” – Maas

“When a girl cries, few things are more worthless than a boy.” -Bracken

And I will stop there, although I could probably go on forever.

Who are your favorite authors | Sarah J. Maas (obvi.) and Alexandra Bracken

Perhaps I’m not a true Bracken fan because I still have not read Passenger or her first book, however I really do love The Darkest Minds enough for her to qualify as one of my favorite authors. If you haven’t read me waxing poetic about Sarah J. Maas before, you probably  only need to go back a few posts.

Have you joined any groups | No

I have always been a quiet reader. It wasn’t until recently when I found my Big Maggie (who tagged me for this post) and my G-Big that I really started getting in the “book club” mood. I don’t see myself joining any groups in the future either, in part because of some vicious posts I’ve seen in some when people don’t agree.

 

Thank you for reading! Feel free to do this tag, and keep stopping by!

-Emily