Tuesday, November 11, 2014

November 11, 2014: 'In the Afterlight'

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Date: November 11, 2014

Spoilers Ahead

In the Afterlight
Alexandra Bracken

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.

City Calendar:
This is what happened during the week.
Ruby and the League almost get betrayed by people from within. They leave with Clancy. Liam almost gets hit by a Humvee, a government one. They find Zu and reunite. The group goes to the Ranch a safe house the League made. They find Cate there who has to deal with Jude's death. Liam goes on a mission for food without telling anyone. He comes back unharmed. They attain information on Thurmond from Clancy. Cate gets taken. The group scrambles to get her back. They discover where the First Lady is, and Chubs and Vida go rescue her. The group goes on an Op without Liam who shows up with Alice a reporter in the middle of the Op. The Op is successful. Chubs and Vida come back with a broken Lillian Gray. Zu is interview by Alice and finally speaks. They find Cate at last. Cole tells Liam about him, Cole, being a Red. Liam negatively reacts but goes to Ruby for comfort. Cole and Liam go on an Op that Clancy suggested. Cole is burned and shot. Ruby decides to turn herself in. She frees her friend at Thurmond Sam's memories she suppressed so long ago. She starts the Op at Thurmond but is injured. Her ankle is broken, and she is beaten. She is saved by Liam who comes and finds her. He shows her that the parents are rallying, wanting their children back. The soldiers relent, letting the children through their blockade. The fight starts to end. The international governments start to help rebuild. In the end, Ruby, Vida, Zu, Liam, and Chubs go off into the sunset for an adventure.
And that's what happened this week.

Personal Ads:
Orange. Can control minds. Tough but not too tough. Has a Southern boyfriend who is reckless. (See Liam Stewart.) Determined to destroy Thurmond and other camps. Easily influenced by different stressorsbut not defenseless.

Liam Stewart.
Southern. Easy on the eyes. Kind. Funny. Easy going. Determined. Passive but not passive. Blue. Can move things with his mind. (If he wants to.)

Cole Stewart.
Cole Stewart was many things. A friend. A leader. A dangerous menace. But he was human. And he died human. Fighting for his last stand.

I think this book...was satisfying. Enough. Not that I enjoyed the ending.
I do like how Chubs and Vida got together. I mean...you saw that coming. Right? It was obvious enough. They hung out enough. And, with YA books, hanging out a lot together means instant relationship. Right?
I like how you can see Ruby and Cole fighting their demons. They are trying their best. They just want to protect the ones they love.
As usual, the romance was a bit...much. The Liam and Ruby scene in the office? Really? We don't need that. Not at all. But I'll still use the phrase 'you wanna go build some shelves?' until the end of time.
The story was good. The plot was a bit...confusing. But it was good. Not too fast. It had a good amount of action and drama. It was balanced. And I was pleasantly surprised at the lack of constant face sucking. Good job, Alexandra Bracken.
The ending wasn't fantastic. It was just subpar. It seemed rushed. And unrealistic. The parents finally band together? Not really, Bracken. I don't believe it.
I don't really like the reckless actions these characters take. I get it. You're sad and scared. Can you not risk your life for it? With YA books, I wouldn't be surprised if Bracken considered killing off poor Ruby.
And Ruby isn't the best... I wish she got more developed. She has drastic change from the beginning...but I don't like her in this book. She follows Cole too willingly. Why? She's more powerful than him. Can't she lead?

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