Thursday, December 31, 2020

The Darkest Legacy

Book: The Darkest Legacy
Series: The Darkest Minds #4
Author: Alexandra Bracken

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.-Goodreads

Review: I read the first 3 books in this series 5 years ago. While the world building was top notch and Bracken is certainly an extremely talented writer, the 3rd book fell short for me. That said, I was still invested in Ruby, Liam and their troupe of friends. I saw this book available at the library and jumped right now. The positives: the pacing of this story was good. It's a long book (close to 600 pages hard cover) but I felt the plot kept moving. I loved the addition of Priyanka, she is one of my favorite characters in the series. I think jumping forward a few years and showing what was happening in the government was a smart move from a plot perspective. The not so positive would be Zu herself. I didn't dislike her, she was just a tad bland for a main character. Her romance story arc was not necessary to the plot and could have been eliminated (without impacting the story in any way). 

Overall-entertaining. I can't wait to see what Bracken comes up with next.  

Grade: 3/5 

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