Review: Through the Dark by Alexandra Bracken + Giveaway!

October 28, 2015 Giveaway, Review 12 ★★★★

Review: Through the Dark by Alexandra Bracken + Giveaway!
Through the Dark by Alexandra Bracken
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Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Source: Publisher
Pages: 416
Release Date: October 6th 2015
Series: A Darkest Minds Collection
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, General, Thrillers & Suspense, Young Adult
This collection of thrilling--and utterly heartbreaking--novellas set in the in the world of the Darkest Minds is an absolute must-have for fans of the New York Times best-selling trilogy.

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, available in print for the first time, 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.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


IN TIME 3 stars

It’s been a long time since I’ve last been immersed in Bracken’s THE DARKEST MINDS, but I came back to this series like an old friend. This collection of novellas made me realize how much I missed her writing style and how easy it is to slip into the worlds she creates.

IN TIME introduces a funny, sort of sarcastic main character I can relate to. He can be a little annoying at first because he isn’t exactly off to do good things but CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. It also added some humor, which I loved!

This one is made a lot more powerful if you have already read THE DARKEST MINDS because some familiar faces appear and the story comes off more meaningful. That being said, you don’t need to read the book first but it would greatly behoove you as this is technically book 1.5. The same goes for the rest of the novellas.

“When you have nothing for so long,
you forget the terror of having something to lose.”


Now I’m just wondering why all these novellas are so depressing! But I love it. This one hit me a little harder emotionally because I felt we got to know the characters so much more deeply than the ones in IN TIME. SPARKS RISE focuses more on the characters and less about what is going on around them, although that stuff is still relevant and important and leads to a conclusion that I NEED resolution on, stat!

We spend a lot of time in the character’s heads seeing their wants and fears and dreams and personalities so I really connected to them and genuinely worried about them. SPARKS RISE made me feel ALL THE EMOTIONS. The cruelty Sam experienced was especially hard to read, the kids in these camps face both mental and physical pain and it made me want to gather them all together and make sure nothing ever happened to them.


“Hell isn’t a place you go; Hell is where we live now. Hell is being helpless to protect the people you care about the most, and save them from themselves.


Luckily, this one takes place after IN THE AFTERLIGHT, the final book in The Darkest Minds series and ties up some loose ends we might have had, including one major one from the last novella!

It was really fun to see what our favorite characters are up to and how their stories intersect with those from SPARKS RISE. This one was not devoid of the FEELS either, the ending made me tear up-in a good way!

Overall, I think this series of novellas really adds something to the story of these characters and the world they live in and would recommend adding it to your collection. You’re in luck because we are giving away a copy courtesy of Disney-Hyperion!


One (1) winner receives:

  • A Copy of Through the Dark by Alexandra Bracken

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About the Author: Alexandra Bracken

AlexBrackenAuthorPhoto Alexandra Bracken is the New York Times bestsellingauthor of The Darkest Minds and Never Fade. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved east to study history and English at the College of William&Mary in Virginia. Alex now lives in New York City, where you can find her hard at work on her next novel in a charming little apartment that’s perpetually overflowing with books. Visit her online at and on Twitter @alexbracken.

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About Alexandra Bracken’s Newest Series: Passenger



passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever.

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Rating Report
Overall: 4

12 Responses to “Review: Through the Dark by Alexandra Bracken + Giveaway!”

  1. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    HOW is it that I haven’t read The Darkest Minds yet?! I mean, I own a copy of the first book, I’ve heard NOTHING but PRAISE for the series and if that wasn’t enough, these novellas are seriously tempting! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on these Alise and good luck to everyone entering the giveaway :D
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    • Alise

      It’s a really interesting dystopian series! The novellas are made stronger by knowing the background of the world so I might recommend reading the series first. Sure! :D

  2. Joy @ Thoughts By J

    It’s been years since I read The Darkest Minds, so I’m a little fuzzy on the characters and plot, but I do remember that HEARTWRENCHING ending. Seriously wtf!! I’ve been meaning to continue with the series for a long time now, but just haven’t gotten around to it :( Through The Dark seems like a good way to ease myself back into the world again I reckon. :D

    So, so glad to hear that you enjoyed them Alise, looking forward to picking up this book now :D
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    • Alise

      I feel you, I was worried I was going to have the same problem. Aha, yep, that ending definitely sticks with you. I think so! :D Thanks :)

  3. LY

    Isn’t finding a sense of closure the most wonderful feeling–especially a good one from what this sounds like? That little clip of Emily Clarke (aka the fierce Danny) is hilarious! ^_^
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    • Alise

      Agreed! I wait until reviews come out and see if anyone says they add something to the story and then I’ll check them out.

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