The Darkest Legacy (The Darkest Minds, #4)
Five years after the destruction of the so-called rehabilitation camps that imprisoned her and countless other Psi kids, seventeen-year-old Suzume "Zu" Kimura has assumed the role of spokesperson for the interim government, fighting for the rights of Psi kids against a growing tide of misinformation and prejudice. But when she is accused of committing a horrifying act, she is forced to go on the run once more in order to stay alive.Determined to clear her name, Zu finds herself in an uncomfortable alliance with Roman and Priyanka, two mysterious Psi who could either help her prove her innocence or betray her before she gets the chance. But as they travel in search of safety and answers, and Zu grows closer to the people she knows she shouldn't trust, they uncover even darker things roiling beneath the veneer of the country's recovery. With her future-and the future of all Psi-on the line, Zu must use her powerful voice to fight back against forces that seek to drive the Psi into the shadows and save the friends who were once her protectors.From #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken comes a harrowing story of resilience, resistance, and reckoning that will thrill loyal fans and new readers alike.

The Darkest Legacy (The Darkest Minds, #4) Details

TitleThe Darkest Legacy (The Darkest Minds, #4)
Author
ReleaseJul 31st, 2018
PublisherDisney-Hyperion
ISBN-139781368023245
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy

The Darkest Legacy (The Darkest Minds, #4) Review

  • Alexandra Bracken
    January 1, 1970
    I can’t believe that this story is finally(!) heading your way, and I’m so excited for you guys to see what everyone has been up to in the years after ITA. If you happen to get an early copy, whether that’s an ARC or a finished copy, please consider putting any spoilers under a cut so other readers can choose if they want to peek or not. (Personally, I think this one is best read knowing as little as possible going in!) 🖤 Thank you and happy reading!
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  • Lexie
    January 1, 1970
    Why did I just find out about this?! Holy gosh! This also makes me pretty excited for the movie. Imma have to reread this awesome series! I better get to see Liam and Ruby and Clancy and Vida and Chubs in this! And in that order of preference. Haha! I NEED THIS NOW! This series is so amazing and so underrated for it's simple yet deep and utter brilliance and oh my gosh if only they could make the novellas movies too! I love this series so much and can't wait for this and can't wait for the movie Why did I just find out about this?! Holy gosh! This also makes me pretty excited for the movie. Imma have to reread this awesome series! I better get to see Liam and Ruby and Clancy and Vida and Chubs in this! And in that order of preference. Haha! I NEED THIS NOW! This series is so amazing and so underrated for it's simple yet deep and utter brilliance and oh my gosh if only they could make the novellas movies too! I love this series so much and can't wait for this and can't wait for the movie but they better do it justice!!!
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  • alexandra
    January 1, 1970
    I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS
  • Cesar
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars.“We’ve inherited the darkest legacy, but they don’t know that we’ve learned how to thrive in shadows and create our own light.”If I had to describe The Darkest Legacy in one word, it would be redundent.I know that sounds a bit mean considering a lot of people, myself included, like this series. But I'm sticking with my guns on this and saying that The Darkest Legacy shouldn't have happened. That's right kids, it's time for an unpopular opinion because who doesn't love unpopular opinion 2.5 stars.“We’ve inherited the darkest legacy, but they don’t know that we’ve learned how to thrive in shadows and create our own light.”If I had to describe The Darkest Legacy in one word, it would be redundent.I know that sounds a bit mean considering a lot of people, myself included, like this series. But I'm sticking with my guns on this and saying that The Darkest Legacy shouldn't have happened. That's right kids, it's time for an unpopular opinion because who doesn't love unpopular opinions?Going back to why I think this book shouldn't have happened, the original trilogy finished with a satisfying conclusion to the series. Things got settled and it seemed like it would be a happy ending. Or at the very least, a somewhat happy ending. Because there was more room for a story because obviously, not everything is going to be wrapped up in a nice little bow.Then The Darkest Legacy was announced and I was both intrigued and apprehensive about it.This brings up the question of whether or not The Darkest Legacy was a good follow up to the original trilogy. The answer to that is yes and no. Yes, I do believe there was room for a new story in a corrupt government system. And no because there were a lot of flaws I had with this story in particular. Namely, I had issues with Zu and the redundancy of the story. Let's get the bad out of the way because I feel like I have too many grievances with this story. I have read the original trilogy and I liked it. Mind you, I did have issues with Ruby in the first book (that went away in the 2nd and 3rd), the pacing was sometimes too long, Liam as a love interest, and some unnecessary pages. But I still think it was a pretty damn good trilogy and I liked how it ended off.With The Darkest Legacy, it had the change to open up a new world where it would be from Zu's perspective. But, I think the story should've been told from someone else's view, not Zu. Because in my opinion, Zu was a boring protagonist. I did not like her nor did I hate her. I just didn't find her compelling enough as a protagonist. Ruby was a protagonist I could get behind because she went from a girl thinking she was a monster to someone who was in control and could handle most situations. Zu, on the other hand, was about as interesting as watching paint dry. She did have her moments where she was good and I do like her determination, but there wasn't any room for development. There wasn't even a proper character arc for her. I know she does develop into a different character, but I just could not connect with her. It was like she was a watered down version of Ruby. Had the story been told from someone else instead of Zu, I might've liked it. I wasn't impressed with her character arc.Another big issue I have here is the romance or rather, the lack of chemistry. This happened in the original trilogy where I did not like the romance between Ruby and Liam. I like them as characters but as love interests? No. And here, Zu has a love interest and the chemistry is basically nonexistent. There was no spark (no pun intended... okay, pun intended) and it didn't even need to be there. Not to mention that Roman has the personality of cardboard. By themselves, they can be decent characters. Together as love interests, no.My next issue isn't really a big one but it's something I notice in Alex's writing and is that sometimes, pages drag on and other times stuff happens so quick you literally have to go back and read what just happened in order to understand just what the hell is going on. The stories Alex writes are engaging and entertaining, but I wish she would shorten some parts and add some more scenes in another instead of it just happening so quickly.The two saving graces of the story are Priyanka and the pacing.Priyanka is hands down, the best character in the entire series. I love her so much. She's funny and straightforward and those are two qualities I love in a character. Along with that, the pacing of the story is surprisingly fast. Fast that I was able to get through some of the longer chapters pretty quickly. There's still the issue of Alex having long pages that could've been cut short, but thankfully the pacing rectified that issue. Verdict A disappointing start and return to The Darkest Minds. I liked the idea of expanding the universe, but I still believe that this series should've ended with the original trilogy and not continue. It's still a good story, don't get me wrong, but in my opinion, it was redundant.Will I be continuing the series after this? Yes because I'm not the type to quit a series after one book if I see the potential. I just pray that the next book will be the final one and not expand to another trilogy. Give us more duologies!Thanks for listening to my review!-Cesar****************************************So my overall thoughts on Alexandra expanding the Darkest Minds series is a mixture of excitement and concern.I'm excited because I get to go back into the world of the Darkest Minds and seeing Zu and all the other characters. I did read a sneak peak of the Darkest Legacy from the paperback edition of Through the Dark and I'm already hooked on it.My concerns would have to be the plot and Alex's writing. The ending of In the Afterlight does leave room for more world building since not everything is tied up in a nice little bow. But I worry about where this story will go. It is a standalone story (according to the summary) which I'm glad it is otherwise I'm not sure how Alex would expand the world. As for the writing, I'll admit, it can be very long and tedious. I enjoyed The Darkest Minds and her Passenger series, but a good chunk of those books did go on and on and on and on. Even with my concerns, I'm still looking forward to Zu's story!
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  • joanna ☽ the little brown fairy
    January 1, 1970
    actual rating: 4.5 stars but i can’t decide whether to officially put it down as 4 or 5 stars asdfghjkl
  • ambsreads
    January 1, 1970
    Trigger Warnings: PTSD, anxiety, flashbacks, torture on children, mentions of terrorist acts, murder, experimentation on childrenHEAD OVER TO MY BLOG TO SEE MY REVIEW FOR THE DARKEST LEGACY AND MOREI was a bit nervous going into The Darkest Legacy. I had read The Darkest Minds series two years ago when I was still new to the book community and loved it. However, I remembered almost nothing from it and over the years my reading tastes have changed quite a lot. It seemed I had nothing to worry abo Trigger Warnings: PTSD, anxiety, flashbacks, torture on children, mentions of terrorist acts, murder, experimentation on childrenHEAD OVER TO MY BLOG TO SEE MY REVIEW FOR THE DARKEST LEGACY AND MOREI was a bit nervous going into The Darkest Legacy. I had read The Darkest Minds series two years ago when I was still new to the book community and loved it. However, I remembered almost nothing from it and over the years my reading tastes have changed quite a lot. It seemed I had nothing to worry about because this book was amazing. I was absolutely thrown back into the dystopian world I had grown to love in the original trilogy and given an even better lead character, Zu. This book basically had everything I love in an urban fantasy/dystopian/fantasy novel. It had snark, romance, and action. The endless action that had me gripping the book for dear life. Honestly, it was thrilling. It’s been a while since I read a book that wasn’t a romance and this was a good book to jump into.I also want to mention quickly here that this review may contain mild spoilers for the previous The Darkest Minds series. If you haven’t read them I would advise coming back after. With that, I would also recommend reading the original trilogy before trying to jump into this one. There is a lot of character development and references that will make a lot more sense. This continuation is definitely not a spinoff.The Darkest Legacy follows Zu, who we know well from The Darkest Minds. Zu is a yellow, which means that she can control electricity. However, since the events of In The Afterlight she is now working with government, along with Chubs and Vida. Liam and Ruby have been missing for years, has taken off due to their own free will. The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken starts off with a bang though. We are instantly thrown into a chaotic world and a series of events after Zu is blamed for a terrorist attack. Forming an uncomfortable alliance with Roman and Priyanka, Zu goes on a mission to save her name and find Ruby and Liam. There is just so much to this story and honestly, I don’t want to say too much on this plot because I feel it’s best to go in not expecting anything. There is secret keeping, murder, and a sweet romance that kind of makes you want to gush.Where do I even start with what I actually liked about The Darkest Legacy? Hell, I gave it five damn stars. I think my favourite thing was Roman and how he constantly got common English phrases wrong. It was amusing as heck and made me laugh so much. Roman is Russian and English is obviously not his mother tongue but he tries so hard. I just loved Roman actually. Fun fact: I am actually a quarter (I believe) Russian. So, I obviously love when characters in books are as well. However, Roman was a mixture of the biggest softy and badass. It was an interesting mixture but I loved how Alexandra Bracken merged the two together.Priyanka and Zu were also so fucking kickass. The pair of them were badass ins o many different ways that I am struggling to even draw an example. I loved the way the pair worked together and how the skills Vida had taught in the previous books were implemented through Zu. I absolutely love female characters in books and additionally, I am here for supportive female friendships. I am so happy to say The Darkest Legacy had that. Which is a major fuck yeah.I will end what I liked there because I don’t want to spoil anythingMy biggest problem with The Darkest Legacy was that one of the ‘evil’ characters is someone who likes females – I can’t specify sexuality because it is never discussed in full. I feel this will change with the sequel but I did find it a problem while reading at some points. I know a lot of people who do like females get annoyed when characters who also do are evil or killed so I just wanted to mention it. Again, I do think this will be an issue resolved in later books but for now, it was like eh.My only other complaint was that I was so involved in The Darkest Legacy that 569 pages weren’t enough story for me. I desperately was flipping the pages wanting more. Especially with where the book leaves off. I can’t believe that it’ll be a whole years wait before the sequel to this releases. At least The Darkest Minds movie will come out before then.Overall, Alexandra Bracken creates yet another spectacular dystopian world that I don’t want to live in. The story has all the key elements to keep you absolutely riveted and engaged. The writing style has only improved and the character development is spectacular. Not only that but the diversity is present in the story which makes it even better. Ultimately, The Darkest Legacy left me speechless. I loved the kickass characters and the sprinkling of romance throughout is barely enough to mention, which is how I love fantasy books to be.
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  • ALEXA
    January 1, 1970
    First ThoughtsI am overwhelmed with adrenaline and feels after just finishing THE DARKEST LEGACY. I admittedly don’t read as much dystopian fiction as I used to, but damn if Alex Bracken didn’t once again succeed in writing a story that left me impressed. She made me feel all the feels about Zu and other folks in this story! While it does have a slower start as Alex weaves the foundations together, the pay-off was definitely worth it. I loved it so, so much. Also? I wouldn’t be opposed to having First ThoughtsI am overwhelmed with adrenaline and feels after just finishing THE DARKEST LEGACY. I admittedly don’t read as much dystopian fiction as I used to, but damn if Alex Bracken didn’t once again succeed in writing a story that left me impressed. She made me feel all the feels about Zu and other folks in this story! While it does have a slower start as Alex weaves the foundations together, the pay-off was definitely worth it. I loved it so, so much. Also? I wouldn’t be opposed to having more books in this world and with the characters. I AM JUST SAYING.Full ReviewHere’s how I know that I’ve read an amazing book: when I finished reading The Darkest Legacy, it was 12:45 in the morning and I was so hyped up on adrenaline and feels that I couldn’t sleep for another hour and a half because my mind just wouldn’t calm down. It’s been some time since then, and I still get such a rush of feelings just thinking about The Darkest Legacy. Because it was just so darn incredible, and I will not be able to rave about it enough.(This is probably a good time to mention that, if you have not yet read The Darkest Minds series from Alexandra Bracken, you are going to be spoiled for it if you read any further. Also, you should definitely fix this by going out, getting a copy of The Darkest Minds from your bookstore or library, and reading it ASAP.)I don’t read a lot of dystopian fiction these days, but I knew I was going to be making an exception for The Darkest Legacy. It’s a spin-off of a series I loved and about a character I hold dear to my heart, so it was a no brainer! And holy moly, but did Alexandra Bracken succeed in writing an impressive new story set against the backdrop of the world of her first series, only five years later when everything (and everyone) has changed.Here’s a brief list of all the things I think Alex wrote about wonderfully in this new book of hers:-Suzume “Zu” Kimura | Alex did an incredible job portraying Zu’s personal growth, including the PTSD that Zu suffers from after all that she’s gone through and the way her thoughts are shaped and informed by the experiences and ideals she possesses.-Roman & Priyanka | I loved these two new characters so damn much. They were instantly alive off the page just based off of their very first interaction with Zu, and I kept growing fonder of them as the story progressed.-Familiar faces | I’m not going to tell you who is mentioned or who shows up, but suffice to say that I am very pleased by how Alex wove some familiar folks into this story. It allowed Zu to be the primary focus, but it also gives fans like me some fun bits to be excited over.-The banter | I’m always here for the banter. And for the clever commentary. The sheer amount of sass in the comebacks in this book is perfection.-The plot | Slow starter, this one. But it all builds up beautifully into one explosive story that will have you hooked and unable to take your eyes off the page because you need to know what happens next. Alex has a deft hand at weaving multiple plotlines into one cohesive whole in this story, and I loved seeing it all come together.-The political landscape of her dystopian United States | Listen, the world of The Darkest Minds series is effing terrifying, and Alex does not pull any punches in her portrayal. It’s a shitty world with terrible circumstances for certain types of individuals, and there is plenty of corruption and complicity to keep the cycle going. Even though I was so angry and heartbroken and terrified for those suffering the consequences, it was such a raw portrayal and felt so damn real and being able to make me feel that way is impressive.-The themes | The two primary themes that I really noticed coming into play were centered around power and morality. There are so many questions that arise based on all the corners Zu finds herself backed into, and it certainly made for something interesting food for thought as I was reading.In case you couldn’t already tell, I loved The Darkest Legacy. I had no idea what to expect going into it, but it delivered above and beyond anything I could have ever hoped for or dreamed up myself. I loved the story. And, best of all, I fell head over heels in love with Zu all over again in the most satisfying way (she’s my girl!). As with all her previous work, I continue to be in awe of Alex’s ability to write a damn good story with such excellently portrayed characters. (and I aspire to reach that level of storytelling skill one day). I’m so happy that The Darkest Legacy is out in the world very soon, and I can’t wait for everyone else to read (and love) it too!
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  • noor
    January 1, 1970
    pre-read: FDSKLFJEWKLFNLKNDF IM SO EXCITED FOR THIS ALEX BETTER RIP MY WIG OFFpost-read: I. LOVED. IT. Okay, so it wasn’t The Darkest Minds, and while I enjoyed that trilogy a lot more than this book, I loVED HAVING ZU’S PERSPECTIVE. Seriously, Suzume is my freaking hero. So the book is pretty thick, and you’d think that it would just be 75% filler, 25% plot, right? Switch the percentages. I was surprised at how little unimportant stuff there was in this book, and even more surprised that I was pre-read: FDSKLFJEWKLFNLKNDF IM SO EXCITED FOR THIS ALEX BETTER RIP MY WIG OFFpost-read: I. LOVED. IT. Okay, so it wasn’t The Darkest Minds, and while I enjoyed that trilogy a lot more than this book, I loVED HAVING ZU’S PERSPECTIVE. Seriously, Suzume is my freaking hero. So the book is pretty thick, and you’d think that it would just be 75% filler, 25% plot, right? Switch the percentages. I was surprised at how little unimportant stuff there was in this book, and even more surprised that I was somehow able to read it all in one sitting.Anyways- I LOVED THE CHARACTERS. NEW AND OLD. Seeing the old characters all get together and joke around with each other and reading Vida roast the shit out of everyone added 28 years to my life span. And Roman!!!! I would DIE for Roman! I feel like I was kind of iffy with him at the beginning, because of how much he and Priya cared for Zu when she was a stranger to them, but then everything started to add up and make sense and once again, I would dIE FOR HIM. I can’t really say too much without spoiling (which I don’t want to do because you all need to read this), but just know I enjoyed this novel with Zu as our main character.In conclusion- I would marry Roman and Liam Stewart so fast you wouldn’t see it happen, thank you for coming to my TED talk.
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  • Vathna Dany
    January 1, 1970
    The cover!!!
  • ♆Hayley
    January 1, 1970
    What? What! WHAAAAAT!? I’m kind of excited about this and kind of not. The first book was amazing (I loved the whole concept) but I felt like the series kind of.. fizzled out as it progressed. I feel like she is only revisiting this world because of the movie? I would like to say that the trailer looks amazing.
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  • mith
    January 1, 1970
    okay i know this is a standalone but now i have to reread the first two books and actually finish book 3 this time around HOO BOYBUT THIS IS FOR ZU, MY GIRL GETTING THE BOOK SHE DESERVES
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    3/28/18Loving the cover reveal! I wonder if I can just skip the other two books and just jump straight into this one lol ---I still have to finish book 2 and 3, but hey I liked Zu and I’m glad she’s getting her turn at the wheel!
  • Lena
    January 1, 1970
    "We deserve to be free. We deserve more than this. We've inherited the darkest legacy, but they don't know that we've learned how to thrive in the shadows, and create our own light." HOW ABOUT NO?! MY FUCKING EMOTIONS ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE. This was definitely something else but quite frankly, every fan of The Darkest Minds should read this. LIAM FREAKING STEWART IS IN THIS Y'ALL*cries into cup* I was not expecting this to be as good as it turned out to be. There's reunions with most of our "We deserve to be free. We deserve more than this. We've inherited the darkest legacy, but they don't know that we've learned how to thrive in the shadows, and create our own light." HOW ABOUT NO?! MY FUCKING EMOTIONS ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE. This was definitely something else but quite frankly, every fan of The Darkest Minds should read this. LIAM FREAKING STEWART IS IN THIS Y'ALL*cries into cup* I was not expecting this to be as good as it turned out to be. There's reunions with most of our beloved (*cough or hated *cough) characters and the action was a top notch, heartpounding race. This book focused on a very political side of the series but when has TDM not been about politics and the stupid government destroying what took these poor kids so long to rebuild?!Full review to come.
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5Wow I loved this!! But the ending was not enough. I need more answers here Ms. Bracken!! You can't drop a bomb like that and not tell me all of the details! But I am seriously impressed with this book. The mystery and tension from the previous three books was compiled and shoved into this one book which made for a fantastic plotline. There were so many moving parts to this and I think drawing on current political tension gave the world additional suspense and a very realistic tone. I could 4.5/5Wow I loved this!! But the ending was not enough. I need more answers here Ms. Bracken!! You can't drop a bomb like that and not tell me all of the details! But I am seriously impressed with this book. The mystery and tension from the previous three books was compiled and shoved into this one book which made for a fantastic plotline. There were so many moving parts to this and I think drawing on current political tension gave the world additional suspense and a very realistic tone. I could feel the atmosphere of heavy despair warring with a glint of hope. The main cast was so awesome too! I love Zu as our narrator. Besides Zu, we have two new main characters: Roman-a Russian male that learned English as a second language and Priyanka- an Indian-American girl who had a relationship with a girl. Not sure if she was bisexual or strictly lesbian but I loved how diverse this main crew was! Of course we still get to see Vida and Chubs (<3), and Ruby and Liam have their parts to play as well. The only problem I had was that there were various parts of this that were told in flashback and it kind of confused me. It was very choppy with the execution in some parts. But it could also be me not paying enough attention to what was happening. Either way I seriously loved this and I'm going to go devour the novellas for this series.
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  • Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)
    January 1, 1970
    ACTUAL REVIEW I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS.Five years after the unfortunate events in The Darkest Minds trilogy, Zu takes center stage in this new stand-alone spinoff. Zu embarks on a quest to face the antagonistic forces set upon her and her fellow Psis. The title was fitting considering the fact that the book does get darker as it progresses. Immediately, the reader gets thrown into an anxiety inducing event followed by an unforgettable action-packed scene. Bracken's beautifully descriptive writi ACTUAL REVIEW I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS.Five years after the unfortunate events in The Darkest Minds trilogy, Zu takes center stage in this new stand-alone spinoff. Zu embarks on a quest to face the antagonistic forces set upon her and her fellow Psis. The title was fitting considering the fact that the book does get darker as it progresses. Immediately, the reader gets thrown into an anxiety inducing event followed by an unforgettable action-packed scene. Bracken's beautifully descriptive writing (albeit wordy sometimes) gripped me till the last page, leaving me wanting more from the story and its characters. Unfortunately, this novel seems to be the last piece from the world of The Darkest Minds.While the pacing had been slow, the payoff was great. If you were a fan of the trilogy, expect to be hit with nostalgia as some beloved characters indeed makes a comeback. I also loved the new characters that Bracken introduced in the novel even if I wasn't entirely a fan of how they connected to the story. It seemed like the mystery in the novel had been dragged out to further the plot. Otherwise, I appreciated the character development especially from the former characters in the original trilogy.All in all, I thought Bracken did a great job in coming up with another book in the world of The Darkest Minds because its been years since the books came out. *This review and more can be found in my book blog. PRE-REVIEW "Besides, where we were headed there was someone who could take care of any unwanted memories they might make-or at least guarantee they'd never remember the way back."OMG OMG OMG OMGI really want an arc. Trust me you'll want this book. (also this quote is from the sampler, all quotes are subject to change)SAMPLER WAS INTENSE!
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  • Cassi
    January 1, 1970
    When I heard that Alex was writing a new book in the world of The Darkest Minds I was over the moon. I absolutely love that series and I was so excited to find out what happened next to these characters. And I really enjoyed this book. It was a good companion and an enjoyable return to the world.Speaking of the world, I think that was the best part of this book, the world. Alex does some really interesting things with this book. Usually you don't get to check back in and find out what happened a When I heard that Alex was writing a new book in the world of The Darkest Minds I was over the moon. I absolutely love that series and I was so excited to find out what happened next to these characters. And I really enjoyed this book. It was a good companion and an enjoyable return to the world.Speaking of the world, I think that was the best part of this book, the world. Alex does some really interesting things with this book. Usually you don't get to check back in and find out what happened after the characters save the world and dismantle the government. It was great to be able to do that with this book, especially because things were not all sunshine and rainbows. It showed how hard it is to not only restore the government but also regain the trust of people who viewed you as enemies for entirely too long. There was a lot of politics in this book. It's a near future dystopia but this feels very current. It was fantastic and interesting in a way that I love in my books.There was also a lot of really interesting things that this book did with the powers. In the first few books we learned a little bit about some of the psionic powers but the one that we got the most information about was Orange because Ruby was the protagonist. Now our main character is Zu so we learned a lot more about Yellow powers. And wow, have Zu's powers developed. She uses them in some really cool and really hardcore ways throughout the book. But then there are new characters with new powers in this book. I don't want to give too much away but just suffice to say, there are some really cool new powers and I liked seeing them in action.The other thing I really appreciated about this book was the characters. I feel in love with the gang in The Darkest Minds trilogy so being able to find out what happened to them next. Zu is just a preteen in the original series but now she is all grown up. And grown up Zu is even more amazing than Zu in the original series. If you were hoping for the demure and shy girl that we first met then you will sadly be disappointed. Oh wait, no you won't because this Zu is smart, resourceful, sassy, and tough. I love this Zu. I also love seeing some of the other characters from the original series. We get a good amount of Chubs which was fun and some great moments with Vida, Liam, and a little Ruby. But Zu and the new characters really take center stage here and that was perfectly fine with me.My only criticism with this book is the plot. Now don't get me wrong, I liked the plot. There was alot of action and adventure, the stakes were incredibly high, and I spent a lot of time on the edge of my seat. The only problem however is that it didn't really feel like a standalone, which it was. It was a weirdly self-contained story that didn't really feel complete. It's a long book, which I am cool with, but I think this book would have been a little bit better if it was a duology. I think some of the plot points could have been explored a little more if there was a second book. It wasn't bad, I just think it could have been better if there had been more. But maybe that is just because I am not ready to say goodbye to these characters and this world.All in all this was a interesting and engaging read with a fantastic world and amazing characters. It was great companion novel to one of my favorite series.If you are a fan of The Darkest Minds then you definitely need to read this book to find out what happens next to your favorite characters and the world of this series.
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  • Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐
    January 1, 1970
    I NEED THIS SO BADDDDD
  • Anna Banana
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsI really cannot believe how much I loved this book. I told myself before going into this book not to have high expectations. I kept repeating/reminding to myself that this was going to be different, that while the original gang would be there it wasn't going to be about them and so I had to try not to focus entirely on them. I was so worried that I would not really care about the new characters and would only be reading for Liam, Chubs, Vida and Ruby (and of course Zu) and while every t 4.5 starsI really cannot believe how much I loved this book. I told myself before going into this book not to have high expectations. I kept repeating/reminding to myself that this was going to be different, that while the original gang would be there it wasn't going to be about them and so I had to try not to focus entirely on them. I was so worried that I would not really care about the new characters and would only be reading for Liam, Chubs, Vida and Ruby (and of course Zu) and while every time they did show up I was excited and happy and just freaking EMOTIONAL throughout this book, I'm so happy to say that these new characters more than won over my heart. This book takes place 5 years after the end of In the Afterlight, where Zu is now 18 years old and shit is just plain crazy. I think after reading In the Afterlight, we all had the hopes that things would change and everything would work in the favor of the Psi, but realistically, those changes don't happen easily. And this book reminded me of that. Seeing how hard not only Zu but the rest of the Psi have to fight to not be treated like animals (and still have half the population secretly thinking it of you), honestly just breaks my heart. The one thing I loved about this original trilogy was how the author wasn't afraid to really look at the way people treat others who are different and how the government plays into that and uses that fear for their own agendas. And with The Darkest Legacy, she continued that. Honestly I feel like it's really hard to talk about this book without spoiling so I'm going to keep things very brief in terms of plot other than to tell you that there wasn't a single moment that I wasn't obsessed with this book while I read it. It was fast-paced and it was hella interesting and I really couldn't stop reading. Well, it was more like I struggled between wanting to finish this book in one night because of how amazing it was and then also wanting to make it last forever because once it was over, then that was it. I really cannot express how great this book is. I feel like a lot of times authors come back to a popular series and they end up disappointing me because the story just feels forced but that didn't happen with this book at all. Alexandra Bracken brought her freaking A-GAME with this book and it feels so necessary, honestly I feel like her writing another 3-5 books feels necessary because there's just so much there that could be talked about and I NEED for it to be talked about. Ok so before I wrap up this review I will say that the two new secondary character Roman and Priyanka now have a piece of my heart!! At first I was suspicious of them and wasn't sure what to think but I really couldn't stop myself from loving them because they are so awesome. I love how soft and yet so strong Roman is and I love how badass Priyanka is and yet she even admits that she is a hopeless romantic with a big soft side. I also have to say I loved how much diversity was in this book. Not only do we get so many POC characters but we get LGBT+ rep too! And not only do we get LGBT+ rep but we actually get a F/F couple and (I'm assuming though it wasn't explicitly stated) two lesbian characters! I especially loved this because I feel like F/F is often forgotten about in romance books and whenever there's going to be LGBT+ rep, it's often M/M and listen, I think rep is needed for everyone, but I especially feel like there's a need for more F/F couples because they are highly underrepresented, especially in romance. I just think all the characters are complex and you can tell that the author really developed them and made them feel so real for the readers. As for the moments with the original group, they were really amazing! While we do see them, most of the book is Zu talking about them versus actual on-screen moments between all the characters. Also, seeing how different part of the dynamic was between the original black betty group, especially concerning Zu originally kind of disappointed me but I do feel like it's realistic and I do understand why the author did it like that. It just doesn't make sense for 5 years to go by and have nothing change. I do feel like this book is completely Zu's and I feel like even without the group moments, I more than loved this book because I fell in love with the new additions to the black betty crew, however I would've definitely loved more on-screen moments with all of the crew like we got towards the end of the book. I definitely love the dynamic between both all the old and new characters and of course I was freaking out over my favorite couple Vida and Chubs who will always be my favorite but the old cast never overshadowed the new ones. Overall this was a freaking amazing addition to the series and I am praying that this won't be the last because there is so much more story left and I will never not want more. If you're a fan of the original trilogy I really think you're going to love this book and you will not be disappointed. And if you've never read this series before, I urge you to go back to the first book and enjoy the journey!
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  • Chelsea
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.5
  • Morgan Blanch
    January 1, 1970
    ZU GETS A BOOKI GET TO SEE LIAM AGAINI GET TO SEE CHUBS. AND VIDA. AND ASDFGHJKL!!!!!right no it's cool
  • saskia
    January 1, 1970
    “We deserve to be free. We deserve more than this. We’ve inherited the darkest legacy, but they don’t know that we’ve learned how to thrive in shadows and create our own light.” The Darkest Legacy is a thrill of a read. The feel of impending doom followed me throughout the story and I couldn't, for the life of me, put this book down once I got a quarter of the way through. Our protagonist Zu is well known to many of us who have read the original trilogy. She is very much the same as we see he “We deserve to be free. We deserve more than this. We’ve inherited the darkest legacy, but they don’t know that we’ve learned how to thrive in shadows and create our own light.” The Darkest Legacy is a thrill of a read. The feel of impending doom followed me throughout the story and I couldn't, for the life of me, put this book down once I got a quarter of the way through. Our protagonist Zu is well known to many of us who have read the original trilogy. She is very much the same as we see her in In The Afterlight : sassy, wouldn't take any crap, but definitely a lot more grown up and bolder as we our allowed into her mind. In this novel, we find out that Zu has been the poster-PSI-child employed by the Interim-Government for the past five years, reading prepared speeches to grounds of people and spreading this message of needed cooperation by the entire population, PSI or not, in order to reenter a world of normalcy very much the same as pre-camp America. However, after one of her speeches a bomb goes off and an attack ensues for which Zu is framed for. The rest of the novel follows Zu attempting to find out who is trying to frame her, who is trying to make the PSI look detrimental to society's progression towards normalcy, and along the way several other mysteries become apparent and unfold during her trip on the road with her two companions. “That was our lives now, wasn’t it? Even. Steady. Accepting. Never allowed to get mad, never allowed to threaten, or even be perceived as a threat.” This narrative explores themes of family, abandonment, abuse of power; subjugation, fear and hope. I think the highlighted notes from my kindle which are available to view alongside this review showcase what either made me laugh or made me agree. Whoa...the juxtaposition of joy and darkness in this book is reinforced just by looking at those.This book is a ride....I can't explain how much I loved it. Reuniting with my old favourites, seeing the gang back together and meeting these two new complex characters whose backstory just further highlights how awfully people who are deemed different are treated. The Darkest Legacy is most definitely an allegory of the western world at this moment in time. It's disheartening and soul-crushing the majority of the time. But there's always hope and your voice to use.ΨΨΨ
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  • Adah Udechukwu
    January 1, 1970
    The Darkest Legacy was awesome, spectacular and marvelous
  • Theresa
    January 1, 1970
    GUYS alex has done it again, TDL is SO GOOD. I was so excited to dive back into the world of TDM! It’s one of my all time favorite series so when I heard alex was writing another book in this world I was SO excited, and it did not disappoint it’s such a great store and I love Zu so much if you’ve read TDM I highly recommend picking up TDL!!
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    First let me just say that I adore Zu. As one of the main four from the original series, she always held a little place in my heart. So hearing that we get an entire book from her perspective I was all in. And what a ride it was.Picking up five years after the third book, we are instantly thrust into a world where everyone is trying to make sense of what happened and where to go from there. Psi kids are still being reunited with families and are still fighting for rights of their own. And just l First let me just say that I adore Zu. As one of the main four from the original series, she always held a little place in my heart. So hearing that we get an entire book from her perspective I was all in. And what a ride it was.Picking up five years after the third book, we are instantly thrust into a world where everyone is trying to make sense of what happened and where to go from there. Psi kids are still being reunited with families and are still fighting for rights of their own. And just like with anything political, there's a side for the Psi and a side against. Our Zu, along with Chubs and Vida, are currently working for Senator Cruz as she fights to bring the US back to the thriving country it once was all the while showing that the Psi children aren't to be feared. But not everyone wants this and when an attack at a college campus happens, Zu is the immediate suspect forcing her to go on the run with two complete strangers. This series has really grown on me. The first book was just ok. I liked it but I wasn't clamoring for more. But then I read Never Fade and everything went out the door. I was invested. I devoured the original three plus the book of novellas while I waited for this one to release. So being back in this world was a welcome and I wanted to fight right along side my friends. Zu has grown so much from the little girl who wouldn't even speak. She's a natural leader who feels compassion for everyone. She loves her friends fiercely and is constantly trying to keep everyone together. When on the run, she discovers that Ruby and Liam are missing and her mind immediately goes to finding them - not proving her own innocence. I adore the person she's become.Along with Zu we also get to see some characters we've come to love. One of my faves was back in all his sarcastic glory- yes, Chubs. But we also got to meet some new players, mainly Roman and Priyanka who blow into Zu's life and had me questioning their motives the entire book. They're Psi - but they're not and the explanation for them just opened up this entire new set of possibilities that I hope Bracken chooses to continue. While the book doesn't end on a cliffhanger, I also wouldn't say it wraps everything up. It was definitely left open intentionally and I just hope Bracken has more stories to come in this world. Because guys, I'm attached.
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  • Shelley
    January 1, 1970
    *Source* Publisher*Genre* Young Adult / Dystopian*Rating* 3.5-4*Thoughts* The Darkest Legacy, by author Alexandria Bracken, is being sold as a companion novel to go along with the release of The Darkest Minds movie based on the book. It has been four years since In The Afterlife was released. In this world, it has been 5 years since the rehabilitation camps that had imprisoned Zu, Chubs, Ruby, & Liam who made up the group known as the Black Betty gang were destroyed. Now, 17, Zu has assumed *Source* Publisher*Genre* Young Adult / Dystopian*Rating* 3.5-4*Thoughts* The Darkest Legacy, by author Alexandria Bracken, is being sold as a companion novel to go along with the release of The Darkest Minds movie based on the book. It has been four years since In The Afterlife was released. In this world, it has been 5 years since the rehabilitation camps that had imprisoned Zu, Chubs, Ruby, & Liam who made up the group known as the Black Betty gang were destroyed. Now, 17, Zu has assumed a role in the interim President's administration hoping that she can make things better for other Psi.*Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*http://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/201...
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  • Kori (_livelaughread)
    January 1, 1970
    When I first saw that Alex was coming back to the Darkest Minds world, I was so excited. I love original trilogy, but didn't realize how much I missed the gang until I picked up TDL and saw them all again!This book is an adventure from page one. I don't feel like it slowed down at all! Catching up with the Black Betty gang was definitely my favorite part about this -- the SASS was as present as ever, and the characters clearly still love each other, even though some have gone their separate ways When I first saw that Alex was coming back to the Darkest Minds world, I was so excited. I love original trilogy, but didn't realize how much I missed the gang until I picked up TDL and saw them all again!This book is an adventure from page one. I don't feel like it slowed down at all! Catching up with the Black Betty gang was definitely my favorite part about this -- the SASS was as present as ever, and the characters clearly still love each other, even though some have gone their separate ways. I absolutely loved watching Zu grow into the woman that Liam raised her to be in this book. She still struggles with a lot, but she's is strong, loyal, and kind and that is a beautiful thing *tears* I also loved the new characters! Alex knows how to write #squadgoals better than anyone.My only real complaint with the book is that the ending happened soooo quickly. For awhile I thought for sure it was going to be a major cliffhanger because there was just no possible way to resolve things in the few pages I had left. But somehow, it seems like she tries to? There's definitely room for more books, which leaves me questioning if this is indeed a standalone! It's a long book, and I think a few extra pages at the end are needed.
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  • Aneeqah
    January 1, 1970
    UpdatedHonestly a little surprised that I didn't fall in love with this one. In a lot of ways, it almost felt too similar to The Darkest Minds and Ruby's emotional journey? Plus that ending was waaaay too rushed. Can't put my finger on why exactly I didn't love this book as much as I did TDM, but still loved getting to see the gang back together. Vida's lines actually made me laugh out loud. <33//No, YOU'RE the one freaking out that one of your favorite series of all time that you reread freq UpdatedHonestly a little surprised that I didn't fall in love with this one. In a lot of ways, it almost felt too similar to The Darkest Minds and Ruby's emotional journey? Plus that ending was waaaay too rushed. Can't put my finger on why exactly I didn't love this book as much as I did TDM, but still loved getting to see the gang back together. Vida's lines actually made me laugh out loud. <33//No, YOU'RE the one freaking out that one of your favorite series of all time that you reread frequently because you love it so much is getting another book and that you'll get to see your favorite cast of characters one more time. Definitely not me. (Feeling so ridiculously blessed that we get one more book.)
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  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    3.5Lemme tell you it was good hOWEVER, where was the juice?? I wanted MORE. Don’t get me wrong I like a happy ending but Christ allmighty the end was just so argh. I wanted more depth from the characters, heaps of shit changes in 5 years but I just could see CHANGE and it’s just argh thanks for listening y’all
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  • Aaron
    January 1, 1970
    I'm so glad to return to the world of 'The Darkest Minds,' with Zu at the center. No longer a quiet little girl, but a strong and capable leader to take up Ruby's mantle and lead the Psi's in the next installment of this great series. Alexandra Bracken did an excellent job in introducing the new characters while still keeping the old characters readers fell in love with at the forefront. Can't wait to find out what happens.
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  • emma
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVE EVERYONE SO SO MUCH THIS WAS GREAT THANK U ALEX BRACKEN
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