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Beyond The Night
Author/s Alexandra Bracken
Release Date December 18th 2017
Publisher HarperCollins
Series The Darkest Minds
Pages 100
Preceded by
In The Afterlight
Followed by
The Darkest Legacy

Beyond The Night is a short story written by Alexandra Bracken.


The government-run "rehabilitation camps" have been shut down, but kids with Psi powers are anything but free. Sam would rather be on her own than put in the care of a foster family and given the "cure"--a dangerous procedure that unclaimed kids across the country are being forced to undergo. But there's more at stake than just her own safety. Sam once made someone a promise, and the time has come to fulfill it. Now that she's out of her camp, Mia only has one thought in her head: finding Lucas, her beloved older brother.


At the start of the book, we are in Mia's perspective and we see how many Psi kids are being re-homed against their will and how they are treated like animals and not given the choice about where to go. Then we change to Sam's perspective and she rescues Mia from where they were keeping the unclaimed kids until they could give them the "treatment" and send them to another family. Sam told her that her brother is broken and that she doesn't know how to help him or if she even can. She shows her how her brother only responds to orders, just like he was trained to do. This makes Mia mad, because she thinks that Sam isn't trying hard enough to help him, even though she's trying everything she can. They are later captured by bounty hunters looking for the rest of the unclaimed kids, but they are rescued by Ruby and the rest of the gang. They try to rescue Lucas, even though Ruby is in danger by this, because she has a multi-million dollar bounty on her head, and she needs to check in with the government every once in a while to make sure she can still be trusted on her own. Ruby tries to help him with her abilities, but he's so far into his own head that all she sees is a story from Greenwood, the imaginary world that Lucas, Sam, and Mia made up. To help him come back, they had to go to Lucas and Mia's old home, where the stories were kept, because Ruby said that maybe he would respond to hearing the story he had been trapped inside. They travel there as a group, and finally found the story.