Rejoice, fans of Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds Series, rejoice! Earlier today, Alex made an exciting announcement; a second eBook novella will be released next week to bridge the gap between Never Fade and In The Afterlight. The novella, Sparks Rise, will be the second novella in the series by the Bestselling author, and will center around Sam, a character fans will remember from the first book in the series.
While many fans had expected any future novella stemming from the popular series to focus on the series’ main villain, Clancy Gray, Bracken spoke on her tumblr of how every time she had considered telling a story of Clancy’s time at Thurmond, her mind kept reverting back to Sam — an important character from the beginning of the first book, and friend of Ruby’s at Thurmond. Below is the official description of the novella, taken from Alexandra Bracken’s announcement post.
Don’t miss the thrilling novella that connects the last two novels in the New York Times best-selling Darkest Minds trilogy. Sam didn’t think things could get worse at Thurmond rehabilitation camp. Then the Reds arrive. Everyone assumed the kids with firepower had been killed years ago. Instead they were taken away, brainwashed, and returned as terrifyingly effective guards. To her horror, Sam recognizes one of them: Lucas, the one spark of light in Sam’s dark childhood. Lucas has a deadly secret–he beat the brutal training that turned his fellow Reds into mindless drones. When Sam defends herself against an attack by a vile PSF guard and faces a harrowing punishment, Lucas must risk his everything to save her. Includes a bonus preview chapter from the final Darkest Minds novel, In the Afterlight.
Fans can be confident that this novella will be just as good as any book in the main series, after the first novella In Time, released before the second book in the series came out, turned out to be hugely popular with fans. Much like In Time bridged books One and Two of the series, Sparks Rise will bridge books Two and Three
And it won’t be long after Sparks Rise comes out until the final installment in the series hits shelves. In The Afterlight will be with us on October 28th, and we can be assured that it will crush our souls in the way that only an Alexandra Bracken novel can!