October 30, 2014

Blog Tour: In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken – Interview and Giveaway

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Welcome to our Tour Stop for

In the Afterlight (The Darkest Minds #3) by Alexandra Bracken

presented by Disney Hyperion!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

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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. Only Ruby can keep their highly dangerous prisoner in check. But with Clancy Gray, there’s no guarantee you’re fully in control, and everything comes with a price.

When the Children’s League disbands, Ruby rises up as a leader and forms an unlikely allegiance with Liam’s brother, Cole, who has a volatile secret of his own. There are still thousands of other Psi kids suffering in government “rehabilitation camps” all over the country. Freeing them–revealing the governments unspeakable abuses in the process–is the mission Ruby has claimed since her own escape from Thurmond, the worst camp in the country.

But not everyone is supportive of the plan Ruby and Cole craft to free the camps. As tensions rise, competing ideals threaten the mission to uncover the cause of IANN, the disease that killed most of America’s children and left Ruby and others with powers the government will kill to keep contained. With the fate of a generation in their hands, there is no room for error. One wrong move could be the spark that sets the world on fire.

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In the Afterlight (The Darkest Minds #3)
by Alexandra Bracken
Publication Date:  October 28, 2014
Publisher:  Disney-Hyperion



Top Favs with Alexandra Bracken

Top 3 Favorite authors (dead or alive) and why

  • JK Rowling – Because she is the queen.
  • Diana Gabaldon—I found the Outlander series a few years ago, and reading them helped me through a particularly hard time in my life. I also think Diana is crazy smart (seriously—go read/watch her interviews) and has created the most perfect male hero.
  • Roald Dahl – My obsession with Roald Dahl in third grade is the reason I knew from a young age I wanted to write books for kids and teens. The dark humor is still, to this day, right up my alley.

Top 3 Favorite snacks while writing and why

  • Mountain Dew – Basically the nectar of the gods. My addiction is real and I’m constantly trying to “get off the Dew”
  • Twizzlers – Every now and then I’ll buy a little thing of Twizzlers and remember that time in college where I got up every morning at six AM to revise Brightly Woven in one of the school’s computer labs. I’d buy three things for breakfast from the vending machine: A bottle of coke, a package of Cheez-Its, and Twizzlers. Breakfast of champions, y’all.
  • Double Bubble – This is yet another addiction I have, which I’m pretty sure has, over the years, resulted in jaw issues. But I can’t give them up!

Top 3 favorite songs to listen to while writing and why

I’m going to answer this for In the Afterlight, since this tends to vary book-by-book and I have pretty elaborate playlists for each one. The songs with the most plays are:

  • Sea of Love by The National: This was the song I started with every time I sat down to work on the book; it helped me sink back into the world.
  • Whole Made of Pieces – Jonsi: Without giving too much away, this one really touches on one of the emotional arcs of the book. Ruby describes her group as a “whole made of pieces.” :)
  • Comrade – Volcano Choir: Ahhh. This song is really intense and I had to listen to it on repeat to get my brain amped up for a particularly tough/action-y scene.

Top 3 favorite techniques to overcome writers block and why

  • Go for a walk. Go for multiple walks. Usually when I have writer’s block, it’s a sign that something is amiss in the plot or one of the characters, and I haven’t quite figured out what the snarl is or how to fix it. So taking a lap through Central Park gives me time away from the computer where there’s nothing to do but think.
  • Switch from writing on the computer to writing out scenes by hand. I’m not totally sure why works, other than I’m tricking my brain and forcing it to “reset.” It also removes the temptation to procrastinate online!
  • Keep a notebook by your bed and write out a paragraph or two of the scene you’re working on the next day. I always think it’s easier to get more done/find your writing groove when you have a jumping-off point to get the ball rolling.

Top 3 favorite movies of all time and why

Waaaah. This is way too hard!!

  • The Empire Strikes Back – I am a Star Wars fangirl for life, but if I had to pick just one of the movies as my favorite, it’s this one. The darkness, the game-changing reveals, the character development—love, love, love!
  • Roman Holiday – This is such a beautiful, sweet love story. Audrey is such a babe, and Gregory Peck is a stone cold fox. I still watch it and hope for a different ending. I suppose it’s taught me that a perfect ending is sometimes the bittersweet one.
  • The Shawshank Redemption – Speaking of endings that get me every single time, I’ll never get over that soaring feeling that comes with the amazing escape at the end.

Top 3 favorite animated movies and why

  • Beauty and the Beast – This is one of the first movies I saw in theatres, and I still remember hiding behind my seat during the part with the wolves! But I have such a soft spot for book-loving Belle and the idea of the transformative power of love.
  • Mulan – It’s just so good. Mulan is my hero!! I have been known to randomly breakout into songs from the movie from time to time.
  • Anastasia – I believe there is a whole generation of girls who were—no joke—in love with an animated character, and I am one of those girls. Dmitri. Swoon.

Top 3 favorite movie moments and why

  • Any scene with Han and Leia. Specifically, the scenes they’re fight-flirting.
  • Eowyn’s “I AM NO MAN!” scene in The Return of the King. This was epic on the page but even more epic on screen.
  • The reveal in The Usual Suspects. Will not spoil, but it is a masterful must-see.




Alexandra Bracken was born and raised in Arizona, but moved east to study at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. She recently relocated to New York City, where she worked in publishing and lives in a charming apartment overflowing with books.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Tumbler


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  1. Brooke

    I am a huge sci fi fan. I just love that they have powers. Like Xmen! Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Eileen

    I haven’t read it yet but I’m super excited to meet Ruby and Liam! I’ve heard so many lovely things about this trilogy :D

  3. shell

    Thanks for the chance

  4. Viki S.

    Haven’t read it yet but am all set to begin.

  5. Judy Cox

    I haven’t read any of these yet, but they do look like great reads. I will be putting them on my TBR list.

  6. Susan T.

    I actually haven’t started the series yet but I’ve bought the first two books for my Kindle (#2 was on sale today). I can’t wait to start!

  7. Sioux

    I’ve had the first two on my TBR list forever! Now with the trilogy complete, I can finally dive in. I can’t wait!

  8. Ashley

    I love that it doesn’t feel tired. Dystopians are so common these days, but this series has always felt fresh and original. Also, I love the Ruby/Liam tension!

  9. Rinvee

    so excited for this book!

  10. Mary G Loki

    I love the powers the kids have! I would love to be a Red or Orange!

  11. Mary G Loki

    I love the powers the kids have! I would love to be a Red or Orange!

  12. Hannah

    Haven’t read yet but want to badly!!:D
    Thanks for the giveaway<3

  13. Katherine

    This series is AWESOME! Why? The characters actually have incredible growth, and they’re not perfect,like so many other typical characters are. They have their flaws, but their struggles are so real to you that you can’t help but empathize and urge them on. And can we just talk about the writing. So, so, so many amazing quotes. Alexandra Bracken never fails me. THE PLOT. Is beautiful. Complex. Heartwrenching. You will not regret it

  14. BookLady

    Love the suspenseful storyline!

  15. Monica M

    I bought the first book in the series a little while ago, but I haven’t gotten the chance to read it yet (though it’s next on my to-read list) . I have heard amazing things about the series and I am incredibly excited to start reading it!

  16. Len D.

    I haven’t started on this yet but I loved her Brightly Woven so really excited!

  17. Alisha Sienkiel

    I haven’t started this trilogy yet but I love the idea of the powers that they have!

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