Review: In Time by Alexandra Bracken

Title: In Time 
Author: Alexandra Bracken 
Series: The Darkest Minds #1.5
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia, YA
Publication date: July 16, 2013 
Rating: ★★★★★ 

Synopsis: 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. It's hard to be the person who gets left behind, and never the person who gets to do the leaving.


I’m not a huge fan of novellas to be honest. Too often they focus on characters I don’t really like or tell stories that are weak in comparison to the main books. But this one was good, even though it broke my heart in the end.

The novella focuses on Gabe, a guy in his twenties who has lost everything. His father, his money, his confidence, his goodness and frankly, his will to live. He realizes that in order to build a life for himself, he needs to get out of his mother’s house and the community he lives in. They are dragging him down. He needs to get away from the depressive mood IAAN brought all over the country. And the only way for him to do that is by becoming a skip tracer.

They want you to think that darkness or evil is only something that gets inflicted on you by the outside world, but I know better, and I think the freak does, too. Sometimes the darkness lives inside you, and sometimes it wins.

In order to get into the system and to become an ‘official’ skip tracer, he has to bring in a kid. A psi worthy of a 10 000 dollar reward. He needs the money to build his life back up, so he sets out to find some runaways. After all, the children he hunts are nothing but animals. They don’t really deserve to be alive, so it’s not a big deal that he’s going to capture one. That’s what he keeps telling himself. And of all the kids he could stumble upon, it’s Zu that eventually ends up in his custody.

I really loved the dynamics between Zu and Gabe. Zu is always brilliant, but there were so many beautiful small moments between them. He’s the skip tracer and she’s the prisoner, but she is the confident one in this relationship. I love her way of handling things and her optimism that everything will end up okay. She’s both a child and an adult. So wise, so smart, so kind. Gabe found his way to my heart as well. Despite his efforts of trying to prove he is tough and in control, he is really just a lost puppy. I felt so much sympathy for him. I got where he was coming from and all I wanted was to tell him everything was going to be just fine. With him. With Zu.

I can't tell which direction is right or wrong anymore, but I know I want to stay.

But then Alexandra Bracken happened. I am once again crying. How am I ever supposed to get over this? I also cried over something good though. I’m not about to spoil what it’s all about, but for those who have read it:

Liam is safe.

That scene really moved me.
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