Don’t miss the thrilling novella that connects the last two novels in the New York Times best-selling Darkest Minds trilogy. Sam didn’t think things could get worse at Thurmond rehabilitation camp. Then the Reds arrive. Everyone assumed the kids with firepower had been killed years ago. Instead they were taken away, brainwashed, and returned as terrifyingly effective guards. To her horror, Sam recognizes one of them: Lucas, the one spark of light in Sam’s dark childhood. Lucas has a deadly secret–he beat the brutal training that turned his fellow Reds into mindless drones. When Sam defends herself against an attack by a vile PSF guard and faces a harrowing punishment, Lucas must risk his everything to save her. Includes a bonus preview chapter from the final Darkest Minds novel, In the Afterlight.
For months I’ve been getting questions about whether or not there would be another novella and I’m very, very happy to report that YES! You not only get one, you get it next Tuesday. For 99 cents! And you get the first chapter of In the Afterlight included at the very end!!
When my editor asked if I’d be interested in writing another novella, I was so sure that I was going to write Clancy’s story of his time at Thurmond… but the more I thought about the camp, the more my mind seemed to circle back to someone else: Sam. For a while there, I was getting a lot of Asks about Sam and I was inwardly freaking out a bit that you guys had somehow divined I was working on Sparks Rise, or that I had unconsciously dropped a hint! In any case, once she started talking to me, I knew it was the right story to tell. She is a fierce, brave girl, and I LOVE her. I was also very surprised about her backstory and I hope you will be, too.
One of my favorite story tropes is Hero of Another Story the idea being that while the main character is running around, having all of this exciting/terrifying stuff happen to them, there are hundreds, thousands of other people populating their world that are the heroes in their own stories. That’s one of the reasons why I’ve always resisted the temptation to write novellas from one of the other main characters’ POVs. I want you to see what’s happening outside of Ruby’s main storyline. In Sam’s case… it’s not pretty.
And because I like to play around a bit more in the novellas with point of view and tense, you get ANOTHER point of view in this story. Lucas is… well, you’ll see. He made my little black heart swell.
Much like In Time was a bridge between TDM and NF, Sparks Rise is a bridge between NF and ITA—but you do not have to read it before ITA!
But unlike In Time, it does, indeed, have a mini playlist:
I can’t wait to hear what you think!!