Alexandra Bracken Books In Order

Publication Order of Darkest Minds Books

The Darkest Minds (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Never Fade (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In Time (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In The After Light (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sparks Rise (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Through the Dark (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Star Wars Books

A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Passenger Books

Passenger (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Brightly Woven (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Alexandra Bracken is an American New York Times bestselling author born in 1987. Her first novel, Brightly Woven, was published in 2010 by EgmontUSA.


Alexandra Bracken grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona. Graduating from Chaparral High School in 2005 and attending The College of William and Mary in Virginia, Alexandra graduated with a degree in History and English in May 2009.

+Literary Career

Alexandra wrote her first novel, Brightly Woven, in her freshman year in college. It was a birthday present for a friend during her sophomore year. The book received relatively positive reviews, many critics calling Alexandra the debut author to watch.

In 2010, Brightly Woven placed third in the GoodReads Choice Awards for Best Debut Author.

Her next book, The Darkest Minds, A Young Adult Thriller, was published in 2012 by Disney Hyperion. The first novel in the series of the same name, the book’s primary protagonist is a sixteen year old girl named Ruby with abilities she can barely understand.

Upon breaking free of a ‘rehabilitation camp’ within which she had been imprisoned, she gathers a rag-tag group of fellow escapees; their goal is to locate the slip skid, an individual that offers shelter from those young individuals in danger. The book was initially titled ‘Black is the Color’.

The film rights to Alexandra Bracken’s first novel have already been optioned by twentieth Century Fox; Shawn Levy is set to produce the ‘Darkest Minds’ adaptation under the banner of 21 laps, the development expected to be overseen by Missy Foster and Billy Rosenberg.

+The Darkest Minds

Ruby quickly realized that something had changed when she woke up on her tenth birthday. Whatever had happened, it’s alarming enough that her parents had chosen to lock her in the garage, eventually calling the police.

It’s something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a vicious government rehabilitation camp. Ruby survived a disease that killed most of the kids in America. However, she also emerged with special powers, abilities that she has no control over.

At sixteen, Ruby is now one of the dangerous ones. And she has barely escaped Thrumond with her life. Now on the run, desperate and determine to find East River, the one place safe for kids like her, a safe haven, Ruby joins other children that escaped their own camps.

Their leader, Liam, has fallen for Ruby; however, want him as she might, Ruby cannot risk reaching out to him and getting close, not after what happened to her parents.

The group eventually reaches the East River; however, nothing is at it seems, especially the mysterious leader of East River. But, with terrible forces at work, this along with people determined to use her to fight the government Ruby will have to make a terrible choice, a decision that might lose her the only chance she has at a normal life.

The interest surrounding this book varies depending on the reader. Sufficing to say, fans of the young adult genre love Alexandra Bracken’s first novel in the ‘Darkest Minds’ series, many of them using words like ‘beautiful’ and ‘breathtaking’ to describe their experience with the book.

The most common argument made by fans of ‘The Darkest Minds’ is the fact that this book novel isn’t quite like the typical dystopian book series. As opposed to the many rivals it might have on the market, ‘The Darkest Minds’ sets itself apart by creating a world that is not only terrifying but realistic. By keeping the story somewhat grounded, the novel creates the sense that Alexandra’s world could come to fruition in the coming years, which only adds to the thrill generated by its darkest elements.

Alexandra Bracken creates a universe in the first novel of her series that is truly immersive. Taking place in a future where a considerable portion of the younger generation have been infected and seemingly eradicated by a disease, the story focuses on the survivors, children with special abilities that adults do not understand.

Scared and uncertain of their futures, these children are locked away in camps where they are condemned to a life reflective of the typical prison.

The story is tinged with many dark and gloomy elements, the author representing the struggles of the kids in as heartbreaking a manner as possible.

Ruby doesn’t differ that greatly from the typical Young Adult genre heroine; she is strong and fierce, almost overflowing with passion. Remaining strong despite all that she has suffered, she has strived to maintain her sanity, determined to understand what happened to her parents.

Along with Liam, she heads a cast of unique individuals trying to find a place of safety in a world that is a little too dark.

Because ‘The Darkest Minds’ is decidedly Young Adult, any readers with little interest in the genre might grow impatient with the novel; indeed some might complain amount the irrelevant love story, the lack of chemistry between the characters, the unnecessary car chases and so much more.

For those with a particular taste for the likes of ‘The Hunger Games’, ‘The Darkest Minds’ is definitely the sort of story they have been looking for.

+Never Fade

Ruby never asked to receive abilities that nearly lost her her life. However, she must learn to call upon them every day, heading difficult missions to bring a corrupt government to its knees. Breaking into the minds of her enemies on a daily basis, the other kids might call her ‘leader’ but she only sees a monster.

When entrusted with an explosive secret, Ruby must leave the Children’s League behind and embark upon another dangerous mission.

Having survived all attempts to destroy it, crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s kids and gave Ruby her powers remains stored on flash drive in the hands of Liam Stewart, a boy she once hoped would be her future but who wouldn’t recognize her now.

Setting out across a lawless country to find Liam and the answers to the catastrophe that destroyed her life, Ruby will find herself torn between her old friends and her duty to the league. Will she strive to protect her loved ones if winning the war means losing herself?

The second novel in ‘The Darkest Minds’ series more than exceeds the first, delivering fast paced action, breathtaking drama and unexpected plot developments.

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