Published by Disney-Hyperion on October 28th, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Ruby can't look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government's attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers. Only Ruby has any power over him, and just one slip could lead to Clancy wreaking havoc on their minds. They are armed only with a volatile secret: proof of a government conspiracy to cover up the real cause of IAAN, the disease that has killed most of America's children and left Ruby and others like her with powers the government will kill to keep contained. But internal strife may destroy their only chance to free the "rehabilitation camps" housing thousands of other Psi kids. Meanwhile, reunited with Liam, the boy she would and did sacrifice everything for to keep alive, Ruby must face the painful repercussions of having tampered with his memories of her. She turns to Cole, his older brother, to provide the intense training she knows she will need to take down Gray and the government. But Cole has demons of his own, and one fatal mistake may be the spark that sets the world on fire.
For most series, the last book tends to hold the most outlandish plot twists, stakes that will leave you on the edge of your seat, and the final resolution. Though In the Afterlight does meet all of these key aspects; however, there are a few exceptions. In all honestly, I was completely disappointed with this book. The vast majority of the book was lying and waiting for something, anything to happen. I felt confident in the first few chapters, but after reading 200 pages, I wondered if anything new and exciting would occur. There were a few spurts of action but only to the frighten the character more than the readers. During this long, dull period of time, the characters experienced an endless amount of teenage angst. The teenage rebellion between characters grew quite annoying and ridiculous quickly. I never expected to find myself hating Ruby. Whenever she did anything remotely dangerous or went behind Liam's back, the other characters pushed it aside as if it were nothing. But when the situation is flipped around, Ruby explodes. I understand that she is just trying to protect her friends, but could she be any less of a hypocrite? I had to put the book aside for a few days just so my brain could breathe. Ruby was exhausting. It was no surprise that the last two chapters contained the most action since Never Fade's conclusion. I felt cheated when other characters, such as Viva and Chubs, went out on their own missions. Instead of tagging along, we were forced to withstand Ruby's internal tirade. It would be a few chapters until the missions were either deemed successful or a complete failure. Not only are the characters faced with new challenges, they also obtain answers. Answers that have been withheld since the very beginning. I guess since my expectations were so high for this book, I was hoping for a better explanation than (see Goodreads my complete spoiler review). The ending felt incredibly rushed and convenient. If anything, In the Afterlight gives off a series case of Second Book Syndrome. I did enjoy a few aspects, such as the final sentence. I don't mean that in a sarcastic way, I mean it in a remember-Jude-forever-way.