The Darkest Legacy (The Darkest Minds, Book 4)

The Darkest Legacy (The Darkest Minds, Book 4)

by Alexandra Bracken


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The long-awaited new novel in the New York Times best-selling Darkest Minds series, now a major motion picture.

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.

From #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken comes a harrowing story of resilience, resistance, and reckoning that will thrill loyal fans and new readers alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781368057523
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Series: Darkest Minds Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 62,843
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Alexandra Bracken is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Darkest Minds series. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved East to study history and English at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. After working in publishing for several years, Alex now writes full-time and can be found hard at work on her next novel in a charming little apartment that's perpetually overflowing with books. Visit her online at and on Twitter @alexbracken.

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The Darkest Legacy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This plot nice and THICC
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the most exciting thing to happen since ice cream was invented, or maybe even chocolate! Alexandra Bracken is back, with a new heroine: Zu. Zu is strong-willed and a fighter, which I always love in a book. I love a character you want to fight for, a character you want to win. She is definitely one. She won't let the guys fight for her. No, she wants to do it for herself. She won't back down, and you end up rooting for and absolutely loving her. The writing is fluid and makes you want to keep turning the pages. There are no complicated, ridiculous scenarios; it all seems very real, too real. It's got everything: suspense, mystery, a great heroine and awesome supporting characters, and hopefully romance, because you always need that!
WeezieL 9 months ago
Won Hardcover ARC from! Suzume Kimura finally gets her chance to shine. I loved Zu in the original Darkest Minds trilogy. She was mute but fierce, a whole lot of silent attitude packed into a 12-year-old yellow-latex-gloved body. I still liked her in this one but a little less. Actually, once she started talking, I liked her a little less. She became a little less unique. But this was still an enjoyable trip back into this messed up kid-powered world. Because new things are still happening! The government is still trying to recuperate and citizens are not happy. Zu, Chubs, and Vida work for the government while Ruby and Liam are on the lam, having slipped the government to make their own impact in their own way, by keeping rescuing kids. The book is long. And covers a lot of ground. And goes back and forth in time. We were Present, Three Days Earlier, Present, Three YEARS Earlier, Present. Agh, I didn't like that. I like when things are just told in simple chronological order. Zu meets a couple kids with seemingly similar but different abilities, she learns the government might be trying to cover up some bad stuff, she very slowly learns who she can trust. The book ends pretty openly, leaving Bracken room to dive back in when the urge strikes. I'm not mad about that. I have enjoyed this series and my favorite parts were between Liam and Chubs, as per usual, and when the gang gets back together.
Scarlett Gauthier More than 1 year ago
I say this was my least favorite book of the series so far. I think it may have been different if I had read the original trilogy years ago and was excited to return to this world and characters after a long time, but it's only been a few months and so I think there wasn't enough anticipation to up my excitement despite how much I enjoyed the first three. I loved Zu as a character in the original trilogy, but I don't think I loved her as the main character/narrator. I can't put my finger on exactly what it was, other than that I just liked Ruby more. So that's complain number one. Complaint number two is that the storyline was just too complicated. Politics and mafia and secret plots and secret organizations and kidnappings, on top of too many secrets being kept for stupid reasons other than for the truth to come out as a "big reveal" halfway through the book. I don't know. Like I don't even know if I could give a summary of this plot because I don't think I truly understood everything that was going on. Way too many things were going on. Overall the book was just ok. I liked the new characters a lot and I liked the new layer of powers manifesting other than just Green, Blue, Yellow, Orange, and Red (I especially like the one who can influence computers and technology like an Orange influences humans), but the rest of the storyline was just too complicated. Add that to the fact that there's clearly going to be another book because not everything was wrapped up in this one. As much as I really liked the original trilogy and loved the novellas and just really enjoy this world and characters and feel like Alexandra Bracken is a great author, I just don't feel like I can give it more than 3.5.
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Katizee More than 1 year ago
I won a copy via a Bookishfirst giveaway so thank you to them and the publisher. I would say the actual rating is about 3.5 stars. The pros: I liked getting back into this world and seeing what has/has not changed since the last book and I loved seeing Zu grown up and seeing the story through her eyes. I also liked the romance and the relationships as well. The cons: there was a lot of redundancy within the story and I felt like most of the middle was a wild goose chase for filler's sake. The end was wrapped up a bit too quick and tidy as well. Overall, I did enjoy this book, just not as much as the original trilogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I saw The Darkest Legacy was coming for release, I was so excited. I had just recently read the Darkest Minds series and fell in love. With a movie and another book coming out, I was ready! I was disappointed. I feel bad giving a star review because to be one hundred percent honest, I didn’t finish the book. I tried. But after it sat untouched on my table for a month with a bookmark at two hundred pages, I gave up. Zu made a fantastic supporting character — which says a lot about Alexandra Bracken and her writing skills because Zu is a character that says few words — if any. But as a main character, I wasn’t impressed. I felt her actions in this book didn’t go with what she would have learned from the original trilogy, and it made it difficult to read. Hopefully I’ll be able to give it another go in the future, but as of now it’s in the DNF shelf.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Action-packed dystopian! Thanks to Bookish First and Disney Hyperion for the opportunity to read, review and win a copy of The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken! Suzume is the main character of this Darkest Minds book and she acts as a Psi representative, speaking on the behalf of all Psi. Suzume is expected to mend relations between Psi and non-Psi people. As she’s ending one of her speeches, she receives a message on the teleprompter telling her that someone is there to kill her. Everything turns violent quickly and two teens help Suzume get away only for the three of them to be captured, tied up and drugged. She’s not sure if the two teens are trustworthy and she takes them to Haven to get help from her friends only to discover that Ruby and Liam left two weeks before and haven’t been heard from since. While Suzume catches up with everyone and discusses the teens she showed up with, someone cuts Haven’s power. Haven is under attack and something or someone is blocking their powers. After Suzume escapes with the Haven residents, they discover that she’s being framed for an airplane explosion. Suzume looks for Ruby with Priyanka and Roman, the two teens she’s been with since the attack during her speech. While on their search they come across human trafficking, among other awful discoveries. The ending leaves me pondering Ruby and the future of all Psi. 4 stars for this dystopian action-packed adventure! *I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration and all opinions and thoughts are my own.
onemused More than 1 year ago
"The Darkest Legacy" continues The Darkest Minds series after the resolutions of the trilogy. This time, we follow Suzume (Zu). Zu has been working for the government, trying to help get the country back on track and work within the system to protect the Psi. However, what she is beginning to realize is that she is becoming a mouthpiece for a government that is no longer working with her. At a talk where they are getting her to announce a new law (without warning her in advance), a warning scrolls on the screen that someone is out to kill her. Soon, she realizes that the protectors with her are actually against her and a bomb explodes. Zu is now on the run with two highly trained Psi, Roman and Priyanka. They are not being honest with her, but she is not sure why. Without anyone else she can trust and on the run from the government she used to work for but now is accusing her of terrorism, Zu must trust these two- to an extent. As they work together, they learn more about what the government is really doing, and the path to freedom and reconciliation is not as straight-forward as it seemed at the end of the trilogy. This book felt very much like the earlier books, except now, at the end of the trilogy, it had seemed optimistic and closed- now, corruption abounds and the path to where they want to be is again occluded. The new characters brought some interesting elements into the series. Although we don't delve into it so much, we see some of the work Zu has done with her therapist to try to recover from the terrible events of the past. However, now we are back on the run and dodging danger at every turn, while also trying to work towards a better future. I believe it is necessary to have read the first books in order to understand this one; it is not a stand-alone. It is action-packed and has the suspense-like feel you would expect in this series. I was expecting something a little different with more recovery and smaller problems, after the ending of the third book. However, this easily drew me back in to the world, and I am curious to see where this will go in the next (there is a non-conclusive ending but we do get some small closures/not a huge cliffhanger). I liked Zu and I enjoyed getting into her head in this story- I also enjoyed the new characters, though I wasn't totally sold on the romance here. Hopefully, this will develop more in future books (they don't spend much time getting closer in this one). Overall, this was a good read and I am curious to read Zu's next book! Please note that I received a copy through bookish first. All opinions are my own.
spellbindingstories More than 1 year ago
First and foremost, I'm so happy Alexandra Bracken decided to return to this universe and create another story for fans. Zu was my favorite character in the initial trilogy, so getting a standalone centered around her and told from her perspective was a wonderful experience. Though Zu is a prominent figure in the first three books and part of the core four characters, readers didn't learn as much about her as the other three. Part of this is because she is younger than the others, and the other part is because she does not speak and therefore relate her thoughts and feelings in the same way the other characters were able explicitly do so. However, this book is 576 pages of pure Zu thought. Readers are able to learn so much more about her, her powers, and how she's grown. Plus, we get an inside look into how her relationship with Chubs, Liam, and Ruby has developed following the end of In the Afterlight. Seeing her interact with new characters was also really great, but my heart sang whenever she was with or even thinking of the other core three (Also Vida, of course!). I really loved this story, but I did have to knock off a star because of how rushed the ending was. The book had spent so much time setting up certain things and making them important, only to brush over them in the end. I wish more time had been dedicated to the ending to really flesh out what happened so the story could have felt like it had a more definite end. I heard this was a standalone, but the ending left so many loose threads that I'm not so sure anymore. I don't know if it was initial or not. Other than the ending, this story was great and my love for these characters is now eternal. 4 stars!
Librarian_V_Reader More than 1 year ago
Librarian: Of course this one will be among the ordered books for the year. We have all of the previous books in the series, so why would we not order this one as as well? Not ordering the fourth book in a popular series would just be silly, especially right after the movie came out. Even though the movie didn't do so hot, it caused enough of a readership spike that we need the next one. Reader: I'm not a huge fan of this series. I've always found them to be a bit derivative. Still they're very well written and the set up is a world that's quite a bit more infuriating than the worlds of other books in the genre. That remains true in this book, even as the lens shifts to become focused on Zu. She proves to be a strong main character, and I look forward to seeing more from her perspective in the future. (It's not like my job is going to let me stop reading these.)
meigan More than 1 year ago
From the beginning of this series, Zu has been one of my favorite characters. Maybe even my only favorite. Although the rest of them have ‘favorite’ potential, but none are quite as dynamic as sweet Suzume. In Darkest Legacy, Zu is all grown up and finally using her voice not only as the rest of do on a daily basis, but in hopes of changing minds and finally making progress. When the original trilogy ended, things were looking better, but certainly not as hopeful as everyone would have liked. 5 years later, it may look like the world has finally accepted that Psi children are simply children with gifts, but look a little deeper and there’s still a large percentage of the population that still look upon them as monsters. And there’s still plenty of factions out there that want to study them, use them, and torture them. While Zu (and Chubs and Vida and anyone else working in the government) are living in a bubble, it’s not until Zu is dragged into a conspiracy that she realizes nothing really has changed, in spite of all the work she’s done, only this time the enemy is bigger and badder than before. This series is really such a fantastic series, and one that I put off reading for so long until I heard that book 4 was being released. Any time a new book is released in a series that ended years ago, that’s usually an indication that the series is a really good one. At least in my estimation, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed in this instance. The transition from the trilogy to this new installment was so flawless that it’s hard to tell that it’s a book that was released years after the original. The Darkest Minds had the same sense of hopelessness and heartbreak that the trilogy carried, each and every character retained the qualities that made them so unique, and the world around them is just as harsh and unforgiving as it’s ever been. I’m really hoping that this series continues (again) because there’s so much story left to be told and so many aspects that aren’t settled. And I know that with this series, there will never truly be a happy ending, but I’d like to at least see these characters finally have some peace. And with the world Bracken created, peace seems like a misnomer for sure. Bottom line — fantastic continuation of the original trilogy, with a new star in the spotlight (literally. Zu can shine as bright as a star). The Darkest Minds is definitely a book that will appeal to both longtime fans of the series and newcomers alike. Highly recommended and I have my fingers crossed that we’ll see a ‘book 5’ in the future.
BookCoholic More than 1 year ago
Chillingly appropriate for our times For someone who didn't read the original series, I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to follow The Darkest Legacy to its full enjoyment since I didn't know the back story. The Darkest Legacy delivered an amazing read for a stand alone book, and it now opens up a world for me to read the prior novels. That's a win for any reader! The world that Alexander Bracken delivers to the reader is scary as hell as she brings to life the dilemma of what a government grapples with once it attempts to reunite children who have been separated from parents by its very own regime or as it determines what services to put in place with children who can't be returned to their parents. As it turns out, this new authority is far from perfect. The government is authoritarian, dark, and repressive. Zu is a poster child for the Cruz regime, not realizing how imperfect the Cruz world is, but Zu gets a quick and horrifying introduction at a university public appearances when the regimented world turns into chaos with explosions, shooting, death, and mayhem. This university appearance is when the action in the book turns into a journey for Zu where her eyes are opened to the horrifying realities of corporations and the government's continuing abuse and mistreatment of the Psi youth. Along Zu's travels, Zu is accompanied by Roman and Priyanka, and they are part of Zu's education into the real world. We also get to meet up with Zu's compatriots from her earlier days. This book is full of emotional turmoil, plot twists and break neck action. Finishing The Darkest Legacy, I was left with competing reactions: a sense of despair that humans will never learn to overcome their darkest powers and yet a sense of hope that there is enlightenment and grace with each successive generation. Thank you to the publisher for supplying me with a copy of The Darkest Legacy in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In The Afterlight was such a wonderful ending, but I couldn't help feeling the need for a little bit more, this was what the doctor ordered. I really hope she continues this as a series of it's own, but if its left like this I'd be satisfied. Great story, great continuation of the characters, just all around excellent. Thank you for the ride!
readingrapunzel More than 1 year ago
The Darkest Legacy is a masterpiece. I not only laughed, but I also screamed, and cried (a lot) while reading this book. Zu and the TDM characters mean so much to me and it was amazing to be reunited with them will reading The Darkest Legacy! It kept me on the edge of my seat and made me love these characters even MORE (which I honestly didn’t think was even possible at this point) If you loved The Darkest Minds, you will absolutely LOVE TDL. I love that this is Zu’s story and not a direct continuation of the original trilogy (It’s set 5 years after ITA). After reading In the Afterlight, I always wanted to learn more about Zu as a character and how her power works.. TDL totally answered all my questions and solidified my undying love for Zu. LISTEN EVERYONE, SUZUME KIMURA IS SO POWERFUL. I was completely blown away by her strength and courage in TDL. It was so cool to be able to explore her thoughts, after being inside of Ruby’s head for three books. I love the way Alex took this world and Zu’s story and intertwined it with the lives and whereabouts of the characters in the original trilogy. I stand by the fact that this book is ART and Alex is literally a genius. The characters are outstanding. One of the many things I admire about Alex as a writer, is her ability to create such great characters that you immediately become attached to! Once again, in TDL she totally got me hooked on these new characters. I would probably die for them and give all my coins to a sequel that follows Zu, Roman, and Priyanka! Ok I’ve rambled enough you get the point. I felt so many emotions while reading, and I don’t think I will ever get over this book. PLEASE PICK IT UP. It’s honestly amazing. I’m so proud of Alex and this story. We’ve reached the end of my review. This is so sad, Alexa play “Come on Eileen” Seriously if you are still reading this, just pick up this book. I don’t know how to end reviews.. BYE!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I laughed, cried, and threw a pillow. I need more!! This needs to be a trilogy. Though that ending was awesome and satisfying, I feel the beginning of a sequel for Zu in her new role at the end of the book. This story felt so true to Zu, and I loved watching her grow into herself and her beliefs. Seeing her take charge and learn to lead when all everyone tries to do is shield her was amazing. Roman was the perfect character to balance her out, as all he did was believe in her power. The scenes between them were my favorite. I also love Priyanka's sense of humor. The characters in here were amazing, and I would pre-order the next book in a heartbeat to see more of Zu's story unfold with her new group and the old group meshing and supporting each other.
courtofbingereading More than 1 year ago
Alexandra Bracken is one of my favorite authors when it comes to YA dystopian novels. She weaves a spell-binding tale full of vibrant characters, a post-apocalyptic world, along with the perfect amount of humor and heart-wrenching moments. I adored Zu in the first three books of this series. So, naturally, I couldn't wait to read this book as Zu is the narrator AND this story takes place 5 years after the original trilogy ended. Throw in the fact that Alexandra Bracken described this book as a mystery within a mystery within a mystery, how could I resist? I'm so happy I got the chance to return to one of my favorite worlds along with some of my favorite characters--and new favorite characters! The Darkest Legacy is a thrilling, dystopian novel.
Danii17 More than 1 year ago
Awesome Adventure!!! Amazing! I absolutely adored this series when it came out! I remember I was always highly anticipating the next one. Then after, Ruby's story was done, my love faded. But Zu remained my favorite character, I just loved everything about who is is. Now, after such a long time this book felt like a gift. I loved the narration as well as the story. I thought it was very interesting how Alexandra Braken was able to give this book the same general feel of The Darkest Minds series, yet have it feel so unique and have it be very much it's own story. I'm very happy to have read this book especially so close to the release of the movie version of the first one. Basically, everyone should read these books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This new addition to the darkest minds series brings all the feels. It makes you laugh with the characters new and old while also giving you background to the characters innner most emotions of heartbreak, betrayal, and most of all self doubt. Zu being the lead role was a perfect fit showing the way her charter really shined and inspiring the whole PSI world. The Darkest Legacy is a must read and will definitely keep you on edge till the very last page. Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Legacy focuses on Zu, a girl finding herself and fighting against her past and making her own reputation, she will not stand for others to tell her what to do. Especially with her new friends Roman and Pryia bringing in the rest of the old Black Betty Gang the feeling of family never fades. Again, read this book and give some love to Alex and her beloved and true characters so hopefully we can see even more of them in the future!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved!! These books just get better and better.
anemoneee More than 1 year ago
I had gone into The Darkest Legacy without reading the first four books in the series but seeing as this book is kind of independent from those series it wasn't an issue for me. I think that really won me over was Suzume's journey throughout the book and her development. I just really love it when we see a character live with trauma and their reaction to it. It's really hard to write trauma well and I think that Alexandra did that very well. I thought that the pacing of the story was good, the characters and their development aside from Suzume was really good. I was surprised by the amount of description that was in the book, as there were some descriptions that kind of made my stomach turn, but I think that just says more about how well Alexandra writes over everything else. Overall, I loved it, and I read it within a few days of receiving it.
ReadingCornerforAll More than 1 year ago
Alexandra Bracken should be crowned as a dystopian queen. She is able to write such a gripping story that follows so well with her previous works in The Darkest Minds series. Reading The Darkest Legacy was like crossing a steel wire. It's edgy, tense, and the view from above both thrills and frightens you. It's really great to see how the narrative has developed so much from the first installment in the series. I am so happy with Zu got her own story! I enjoyed reading through the flashback sequences and seeing how the past is so closely intertwined with the present. This is a standalone work so if you're just getting into the series you'll be fine. It complements The Darkest Minds series so well though!
YourDreamComeTrue More than 1 year ago
So, I jumped right into this book as it's been a while since I have been in the Darkest Minds world, but nevertheless, I loved every page of this!! I love Alexandra Bracken's writing from the Darkest Minds books and it still carries on in The Darkest legacy. I am super hyped for the movie, releasing this Friday - August 3 - and I love these characters so much. I was glad to see Suzume in a better light and her journey in this book is certainly one of intrigue and interest as she tries to clear her name. I love this series so much, and since reading this, I've picked up a copy of the Darkest Minds to sort of re-read, since it's been years, so I can fully appreciate this book later on, even though it was amazing this first read around!
gelm More than 1 year ago
Great Continuation of an Amazing Series I read The Darkest Minds series a few years ago and was so excited when I heard there was going to be another book in the series! This book is told from Zu's point of view several years after the events in In The Afterlight. Some of this book is actually about Zu, but I would not say that it is exclusively about Zu. The second half of the book is mainly focused on finding Ruby and bringing the old gang back together. I was happy to see Zu really evolve as a character and how she has grown up. The world the characters live in is really depressing and most of the adults are fairly disappointing (especially the government), but everyone manages to find some sort of hope and the book has a mostly happy ending.
Angie0184 More than 1 year ago
Dystopian awesomeness. I haven't read any of the other book(s)? in this series. I don't know how many there are, and I am not familiar with the back story or any of the other characters. I'm guessing this was written to be a standalone, and that I don't have to read the one that is now a movie. The Darkest Legacy is pure greatness. The characters are complex and beautifully written, they're unique and individualized and the plot is rip roaringly fast and detailed. Basically, never trust the damn government. I mean, really, how much has changed? There is a lot going on this book and so many characters to try to keep track of but Bracken has done such a bang up job of treating them like the real life people that it was no trouble at all following who was who throughout the novel. This book is a rare treat and I'm thankful to Bookishfirst for the opportunity to read it!