Alexandra Bracken is an author of young adult fantasy novel that ranges from time travel to psychic abilities in teenagers. The author has written so far three series, including Darkest Minds, Passenger, and the latest one, Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding, whose first book was written in 2017.
If you enjoy young adult dystopian books (Darkest Minds), time travel (Passenger), or middle-grade paranormal stories (The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding), you will have fun reading the Alexandra Bracken books in order, which are all listed below.
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Darkest Minds Series
- The Darkest Minds (Darkest Minds #1), 2012
- In Time (Darkest Minds #1.5), 2013
- Liam’s Story (Darkest Minds #1.6), 2016
- Never Fade (Darkest Minds #2), 2013
- Sparks Rise (Darkest Minds #2.5), 2014
- In The Afterlight (Darkest Minds #3), 2014
- The Darkest Legacy (Darkest Minds #4), 2018
Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
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- Brightly Woven, 2010
- Star Wars: A New Hope The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy, 2015
Alexandra Bracken Bio and Books
Alexandra Bracken was born in 1987 in Phoenix, Arizona. It was the third grade that gave Alexandra a passion for writing when her teacher asked the class to do creative writing units.
She knew then that writing was what she wanted to do when she would grow up.
She attended Chaparral High School from where she graduated in 2005. After that, she enrolled at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia from where she graduated in 2009 with a magna cum laude earning a degree in History and English.
At some point, she moved to New York City where she lived for several years. She worked in the children publishing industry as an editorial assistant, followed by working in marketing.
While in college, she wrote her first book which was never published. When she finished that book, at the age of 19, she started writing a second novel, Brightly Woven, as a birthday gift for a friend. This would be the author’s debut novel, to be published in 2010.
This book was followed by what would become the first in a new young adult futuristic dystopian novel with the title The Darkest Minds.
It focuses on Ruby, a teenage girl who discovers that she possesses special abilities. She was imprisoned in a so-called rehabilitation facility from which she breaks out with the help of new friends, a rag-tag group.
The book’s original title was Black is the Color, however, in 2011 it was changed to The Darkest Minds.
While initially, the book should have been part of a trilogy, Alexandra Bracken has in the meantime also written several short stories and is also publishing a new 4th book in the Darkest Minds series with the title The Darkest Legacy.
Ruby’s story will be soon featured in a movie by 20th Century Fox to be released September 2018 starring Amandla Stenberg as Rubi Daly, Harris Dickinson, Mandy Moore, and several other actors, including Golden Brook’s as Ruby’s mother.
In 2016, the author Alexandra Bracken started yet another series, with the title of the series and first book Passenger, with the main theme being time travel. An atmospheric novel featuring two main characters, violin virtuoso Etta Spencer and her African-American love interest, Nicholas.
Etta discovers that she is a time traveler when she finds herself miles away from home and from her own time as well. Soon Etta realizes that she comes from a family of time travelers since her mother, Rose, is one too.
The Passenger series has a second book that came out with the title Wayfarer in 2017.
Also in 2017, Alex Bracken came out with yet a new novel, this time in a new fantasy series for teens and middle-grade kids with the first book having the long title The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding, released by Disney Hyperion Books. The story centers around a 12-year-old boy named Prosperity Oceanus Redding (indeed, that’s his name), coming from the Redding family of Redhood, Massachusets.
Everyone in the Redding family is lucky, wealthy and famous except Prosper. While he feels quite crappy for not inheriting any of the family fortunes when he makes a horrible discovery he realizes that things are not quite as they seem. Because Prosper is, indeed, about to find the main skeletons in the proverbial closet.
A second book in the Prosper Redding series is being published early 2018 under the title The Last Life of Prince Alastor.
In addition to her three series, Alexandra Bracken has also written a Star Wars story with the title Star Wars: A New Hope The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy, which takes a deeper look into the lives and forces that drive the three main protagonists, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo.
Since most of her books are rich in history, the author dedicated a lot of time to do proper research, especially for her Traveler series, which goes back into the past.
There is much more to come from Alexandra Bracken, whose books keep growing and growing into an ever-bigger list. Besides her new middle-grade series, she is also working on yet another standalone novel, while writing more in her Passenger series.
Praise for Alexandra Bracken
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A riveting emotional read that kept me on the edge (Melissa Marr)
Riveting, romantic … Fans of Outlander will see so much of Claire in Etta (Victoria Aveyard)
Passenger grabs you by the heart from its opening notes and doesn’t let go until its knockout, blockbuster finale. (Sarah J. Maas)