Posts in The Darkest Minds
The One(s) you can order!

Hi guys! I hope your 2015 is off to a great start... I've been busy finishing up a draft of PASSENGER (more information soon!) and trying to get my head on straight for the upcoming year. I should have A LOT of fun stuff to share with you soon! In the meantime... If you're in the Philadelphia area, I'll be in your neck of the woods at the end of February for ApollyCon!

When: February 28th

Where: Embassy Suites Philadelphia Int Airport

What: I'll be signing paperbacks of The Darkest Minds and Never Fade plus the hardcover of In the Afterlight.

** Please note that you need to reserve a ticket to attend--please click the link above for more info!

Can't attend but want a signed, personalized copy of one or all of the books? Head on over to this page! Ordering is open to both US and International residents!!

The One that is FREE FREE FREEEEE!

Okay, lots to cover in this post BUT FIRST:

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The Darkest Minds is iBooks' Book of the Week... which means that you can download this 500 page beauty FOR FREE on all of your iOS/Apple devices!! Here is the link to the iBooks page. Go forth! Download! Tell your friends to download! Force it on your family members! ;)

If you're new to the series, or thinking about starting, here's the order:

Book 1: The Darkest Minds

e-novella: In Time 

Book 2: Never Fade

e-novella: Sparks Rise

Book 3: In the Afterlight

(The e-novellas are absolutely not required reading, but they do flesh out the world and connect with the main storyline.)

If that isn't enough excitement for you (It is for me--someone bring the smelling salts!), I'm so thrilled and incredibly excited to tell you guys that The Darkest Minds series is debuting at #7 on The New York Times series bestseller list!!

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Thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting the series over the last three years--it's been such an incredible journey, and I can't believe that there won't be more books, that I won't get to keep checking in with the gang (aka ruining their young lives). How lucky am I that I not only got to tell a story with characters I love, but also connect with all of you? Thank you for coming on this crazy ride with me.

Next week, I think I'll go ahead and post a FAQ list for the final book and the series, but I still want to give folks another week to finish reading before I potentially spoil them!

Also, if it's of interest, In the Afterlight's playlist is up in full on Spotify! Have yourself a lil'listen:

The One About IN THE AFTERLIGHT!

Hooray! Today is the day! Happy book birthday, In the Afterlight!  I don't want to say much about the book right now... I really want you guys to have a chance to read it first and form your own thoughts and feelings before we delve a little deeper. But I'm so excited to be able to share the end of Ruby's story with you at long last. It's been an incredible journey in more ways that one. When I finished the copyedits on this book and sent it back to my editor for the last time, I had that same feeling I had after finishing the first draft of The Darkest Minds--I just missed the characters and wondered what they were doing and if they were okay. The feeling was more pronounced this time around, knowing that it was the end of the line. The Darkest Minds series is the first trilogy I've ever attempted and I learned so much about myself as a writer and storytelling over the past few years. Gosh--four years?? I still remember the apartment I was living in, the job I was working at, coming home each and every day tired but still desperate to get back to writing The Darkest Minds. 

Thank you guys from the bottom of my heart--I'm so honored and thrilled you've come along for the ride and that you care about these characters as much as I do. You are the best, the best, the best.

 

 

OKAY!  Time to get down to business:

 

Twitter chat with @NookBN TODAY!

I'm chatting with B&N today on Twitter at 4:30 PM EST time and everyone is invited! Ask me all your burning questions! Or just follow along on the hashtag: #NOOKTalks.  I'm hoping to keep this pretty spoiler-free for IN THE AFTERLIGHT. 

 

Launch Party at Books of Wonder TONIGHT! 

If you're in the NYC area, my eternal fave Books of Wonder is hosting the launch party for IN THE AFTERLIGHT from 6PM to 8PM.  We'll start with a chat between me and my fab editor, Emily, and then open it up to audience questions (if you have any!). After that, I'll sign books! It's going to be a ton of fun--I hope I see you guys there!

 

More upcoming events!!

Tomorrow morning I'm flying home to Arizona for an event at the Phoenix location of Changing Hands on Thursday, October 30th at 7 PM.

And then, on November 3rd, I'll be at Blue Willow Bookstore at 7PM!

On the east coast? I'll be at YALLFest in Charleston on the weekend of November 8th. Will post my signing time and panels next week!

 

NEVER FADE is 99 cents!

Yes, the good news never stops! ;) For a limited time the ebook of book #2 in The Darkest Minds series, NEVER FADE is available for less than a buck. Here's the Amazon link, and here's the link for B&N.

IN THE AFTERLIGHT Playlist 

I've been slowly but surely adding tracks to the playlist each week! I'll be adding the last three songs this Friday. Here's the playlist so far:

 

I think that's it for now... I can't wait to hear what you all think of book 3! Let's chat a bit more next week about the story itself :)

The One with Three Chapters

I'll make this short and sweet because yours truly is on deadline and having to write like a crazy person (seriously--you should see the state of my apartment).  We have less than 20 days(!!!!) until In the Afterlight hit shelves. To tide you over, my publisher has released the first three chapters for you to read. Chapter 1 was previously released with Sparks Rise, but the material in chapters 2 and 3 is all new. Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

And next Monday, my publisher will be releasing an all new trailer!

I suppose now is as good of a time as any to remind you guys that if you happen to find an early copy of the book floating around bookstores or libraries, please try to refrain from posting spoilers!  Please. It really mean a lot to me and I know your fellow readers will appreciate being surprised by some of the reveals in this book.

IN THE AFTERLIGHT Events

Hi guys! A number of you have been asking me about signing events surrounding the release of In the Afterlight.  Here’s the confirmed list—I hope I see you guys at one of them! September 27, 2014 Boston Teen Author Book Festival Cambridge Public Library 449 Broadway Boston, MA 02138 Panel: Characters Who Forge Their Destiny (2:00 PM) Book Signing: 3:00 PM

October 9-10, 2014 New York Comic Con 2014 Jacob Javits Center 655 West 34th Street at 11th Avenue New York, NY 10001 10/9: In Booth Signing with Disney: 4:00-4:30 PM 10/10: Damsels in Distress Need Not Apply: 3: 15 PM (Room 1A01)

October 28, 2014 Launch Party at Books of Wonder My editor, Emily Meehan, will be joining me as we discuss the series! (You can ask her how bad my first drafts are,  ;))  We’ll probably chat for about a half hour and then I’ll sign books.  I think I’m going to bring a cake/baked goods, so get excited! 18 West 18th Street New York, NY 6:00 PM

October 30, 2014 Changing Hands Bookstore 300 W. Camelback Road (<-- Note the event is in the Phoenix store, not Tempe!) Phoenix, AZ 85013 7:00 PM

November 3, 2014 Blue Willow Bookshop 14532 Memorial Drive Houston, TX 77079 7:00 PM

November 7, 2014 YALLFest Charleston Panel and Signing Details to come!

The One with Film News!

That's right! Three years after the rights for The Darkest Minds were optioned (back when it was still called Black is the Color!), I have some news for you--they've hired a very awesome screenwriter to start adapting the book for film. I had the opportunity to talk with Chad this summer and I think we're all in very good hands!  There's still quite a way to go production-wise, but this is an amazing first step in a long process.

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Chad Hodge, the creator of the Fox TV series Wayward Pines, has been tapped to adapt the first book of the Darkest Minds YA trilogy byAlexandra Bracken.

Shawn Levy and his 21 Laps banner are producing.

The book is described as combining superhero conventions with tones of coming-of-age stories such asStand By Me and postapocalyptic survivor tales like The Walking Dead.

Minds is set after a pandemic kills most of America’s children and teenagers. When some survivors develop various superpowers, they are deemed too dangerous for society, taken from their families and placed inside internment camps.

The first book tells of a 16-year-old with telekinetic powers who escapes her camp and joins a group of teens on the run from the government.

Minds was published December 2012 while the second book, Never Fade, was released in October 2013. Both were New York Times best-sellers. The final book, In the Afterlight, is due to hit stores October 2014.

With the hiring of Hodge, Fox is signaling a serious push into the YA field. The studio has YA adaptation The Maze Runner opening Sept. 19 and sees both Runner and Minds as franchise hopefuls.

Billy Rosenberg and Dan Cohen are overseeing Minds for 21 Laps. 

As a director, Levy has the Warner Bros. dramedy This Is Where I Leave You opening Friday (it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival) followed by Night at the Museum: Secrets of the Tomb, opening Dec. 19. On the producer side, he has Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day opening Oct. 10.

WME-repped Hodge hails from the TV world, where in 2011 he created The Playboy Club.Wayward Pines, which is set to air as an event miniseries in 2015, boasts a cast that incudes Matt DillonCarla GuginoTerrence Howard and Melissa LeoM. Night Shyamalan directed the pilot.