Alexandra Bracken – In the Afterlight Audiobooktext
Last volume of the trilogy that I found to be up to par, although the second volume will remain my favorite. There are also some small flaws, in my opinion, which weigh down the frame and accentuate a certain redundancy. The fact remains that the Insoumis have a very good conclusion, but I will come back to it in a little more detail at the end. . Alexandra Bracken – In the Afterlight Audiobook.
After the events of volume two, it’s hard to resist the urge to delve into what follows. I couldn’t wait to see how this was all going to end, especially considering the position of our heroes in the very last pages. Reduced to a few teenagers, the group can no longer trust anyone, and even less the soldiers of the League who frankly do not give the good role to adults. Fortunately Cate is here. The tension rises and so does the paranoia. the fact that the group is locked up doesn’t help. Cornered, the young people can only trust Cole and they see him as an outsider (his secret not being revealed). Liam is not helping at all. He is in constant conflict with his older brother, and his charisma makes many follow him. And yet, our heroes must resolve to act to free their fellow human beings.
Not easy. And yet, the author once again proves to us that adolescents can act and succeed. There is no “we are too young”. Adults take it for their grades from the start. This is a message that I find rather positive if you take it only in the sense that, yes, being a teenager does not take away your right to think and act. There is however a fairly significant bashing with regard to the over twenty years which is certainly credible but sometimes a little too anxiety-provoking. A point that did not prevent me from liking the chain of events. Between the establishment of the HQ, the organization, the preparation of the missions, we do not get bored for a single second and this is yet another aspect that is highlighted here. Admittedly, we find quite a military camp but with all the dynamics (and the little dramas) of young people. Reflection and inventiveness are as much part of the fabric as the emotional side. It is still Young Adult.
As for the characters … There is a lot to say. Already Ruby. We still see her evolve, take more responsibility, think about her actions and what she really wants. His instinct for survival and protection are at its peak. And we’re not making it easy for him. However, I had a little trouble with his procrastination. She doesn’t trust herself. This is a point on which I would have liked to see a greater evolution. She has reason to doubt, of course, but over the course of her journey she has proven over and over again that she is capable of great things. Her relationship with Liam doesn’t really help either. The two heroes are on a razor’s edge. They don’t have the same points of view, Liam tries to prove himself, acts on the sly … And Ruby must stay in her role of leader. Their lack of communication was very frustrating.
Fortunately Charles put them back a little from time to time … The latter, who does not appear enough for my taste, remains true to himself. A character that I loved to follow when he has nothing of the hero, but is the best friend there is. His relationship with Vida is developing in a very “charming” way. They might be opposites in every way, but they make a perfect duo. Vida opens more too. She is less the aggressive young rebel who bared her teeth all the time. However, she does not lose her bite. Cole … deserves a palm. He manages, from start to finish, despite the difficulties, his feelings, his frustrations … He was often an anchor as much for the characters as for the reader. Cate to finish. She was too ambiguous a character for me to begin with, and she ended up being such a heartwarming, loving maternal presence. We don’t see her much, but each time there was so much tenderness that it’s impossible not to love her at the end.
This last volume is also in the revelations at different levels. Already concerning the disease which affected all these children. I was more or less expecting something like this, but I admit that I found it a bit “light”. It’s plausible, and it wasn’t a topic you could spend hours on either, but I would have liked a little more depth. Revelations also because journalists come into play to FINALLY show what is happening. It was really about time… After seven years anyway… And people react… Pff… Again, I don’t necessarily imagine that things would have been different in real life, but it’s exasperating as possible. And I’m not even talking about the journalist who is a head to the wall not possible. Who would risk the lives of people to get their scoop …
To continue in the things that annoy and that we must talk about: Clancy. I do not understand that there was so much “confidence” in him. Our heroes, however, know what he is capable of. And there weren’t necessarily any other choices. the price is heavy. Very heavy. A death that many have found unnecessary compared to history. I partially agree. She does nothing but add a little more to Clancy’s deranged psychology. This is further proof that he is a psychopath, without any empathy. His fate is sealed with this event. A revenge that remains bittersweet but which I think gives Ruby the opportunity to prove to herself that she is not like him and that she will not become. Little consolation. Alexandra Bracken – In the Afterlight Audiobook.
And then there is this ending. A loop on many levels. the return to camp, reunion, pardons, taking charge of their destinies. So yes, the end of the trilogy remains very open. We find our heroes who decide to escape for a few hours by taking the road. We don’t know what will become of them, what will actually happen, but personally, that doesn’t bother me. I don’t see them being separated. With what they went through, their very strong feelings, even though they are hundreds of kilometers apart, they can never be truly separated. There is hope in this end and also choices to be made. Their choices. And that’s what the story has been all about from the start: the right to choose.