The cover for the final book in The Darkest Mind trilogy, In the Afterlight, has debuted over at Entertainment Weekly. And it’s so beautiful!
EW also chatted with author Alexandra Bracken about the cover and wrapping up the series.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What do you think of the cover?
ALEXANDRA BRACKEN: I love it more and more each time I see it, if you can believe it. Truly, madly, deeply. The texture, the color, the chains—everything. I’m a natural-born worrier, so I went into the cover process forIn the Afterlight nervous that it’d be hard, or somehow impossible, to live up to the first two covers, both of which are so fantastic. Totally baseless! Not only did they manage to make it click with the others, it has its own totally unique look.
I think this goes without saying, but the crescent moon symbol becomes hugely important in the finale, specifically in what it represents to the kids.
What can you tease about In the Afterlight?
I could go so many directions with this! My lips are sealed for the most part, but I’ll say that the events at the end of Never Fade have very much thrown Ruby off kilter, and she’s forced to really confront who she is and what she wants for herself. There’s a considerable amount of guilt and darkness to work through before she can step up and be the leader the other kids are looking to her to be. I’ll also confirm that yes, you do find out exactly what caused their mutation in the first place. I’m hoping readers will be as surprised as the characters are.
Where does book three pick up at?
The story picks up about two weeks after the ending of Never Fade, with our intrepid cast of heroes attempting to figure out how to get out of the recently destroyed Los Angeles. The big problem is the presence of the military, which is working overtime to not only find this remnant group of rebels, but also prevent anyone from entering or exiting the city.
In the Afterlight will be released in October.