Review – In Time by Alexandra Bracken

Posted November 25, 2014 by Emily in review / 1 Comment

Review – In Time by Alexandra Bracken
TITLE: In Time
SERIES: The Darkest Minds #1.5
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
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RATING: 5 Stars

Gabe's life has been devastated in the wake of the economic crash. The only option left for someone like him to escape his tragic past is to leave his small town behind and to attempt to become a skiptracer. This already almost impossible task is made all the more difficult by his first score, a young girl who won't speak, but who changes his life in ways he could never imagine.

Note: I wrote originally wrote this review before I read Never Fade and In the Afterlight, but as it is going up after I have read them both, I have updated the review a bit.


I loved reading The Darkest Minds so naturally I needed to read In Time while I waited impatiently to get my greedy hands on Never Fade.

I really liked how Gabe developed throughout the story. It was nice to see him gradually change as the story progressed. Gabe is from the generation that just missed being infected by the disease that left most of the kids dead and others with Psi powers and it was interesting to see a different perspective in the same world. It really helped me understand the world better.

It was even nicer to see Zu, who is arguably my favorite character from The Darkest Minds. In Time allowed me to learn a bit more about her. It’s not necessary to read In Time to understand Zu but I felt like it did give me a better understanding of where she comes from and why she acts the way she does. In Time also gives a little tidbit (squishes fingers together) about Liam’s background, but it was so tiny.

Urgh, the ending. Although it was really realistic, I mean I would be kind of surprised it didn’t happen, View Spoiler » I still don’t like the way it ended. View Spoiler » Le sigh. Another thing that kind of threw me off was the time frame. When I first read In Time, for some reason I thought it took place before The Darkest Minds. Maybe that’s just me? But after reading In the Afterlight, it was obvious it took place while Never Fade was going on, after Zu leaves East River to go to California.

In Conclusion…

I really enjoyed In Time I just wish it was a bit longer and didn’t end as it did. I enjoyed seeing Gabe’s character development and learning more about Zu. You don’t have to read In Time to understand In the Afterlight, but it does provide more depth and details of what happened with Zu while she was separated from Ruby, Liam, and Chubs.

Final Rating
5 Stars
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5 Stars
World Building
5 Stars
Overall: 4.8


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