The Light Pirate

Thank you, Grand Central Publishing, for the gifted copy of The Light Pirate {partner}

Genre: Science Fiction
Trope: Dystopia
Format: 🎧
Pub Date: 12.6.2022
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆


“Florida is slipping away. As devastating weather patterns and rising sea levels gradually wreak havoc on the state’s infrastructure, a powerful hurricane approaches a small town on the southeastern coast. Kirby Lowe, an electrical line worker; his pregnant wife, Frida; and their two sons, Flip and Lucas, prepare for the worst. When the boys go missing just before the hurricane hits, Kirby heads out into the high winds to search for them. Left alone, Frida goes into premature labor and gives birth to an unusual child, Wanda, whom she names after the catastrophic storm that ushers her into a society closer to collapse than ever before.

As Florida continues to unravel, Wanda grows. Moving from childhood to adulthood, adapting not only to the changing landscape, but also to the people who stayed behind in a place abandoned by civilization, Wanda loses family, gains community, and ultimately, seeks adventure, love, and purpose in a place remade by nature.”


“Swamps that had been dredged and drained and developed reappeared, bubbling back up to the surface in parking lots, highways, and gated neighborhoods….Houses, roads, and crops disappeared into the edges of the ever-encroaching wild.”

While sci-fi and dystopian novels are always difficult to read – I often gravitate toward them. Why? I’ve asked myself this question a dozen times, and it’s because the stories give me hope. They give me hope that I would be able to adapt and move forward.

The premise behind the book’s four parts (Power, Water, Light, and Time) is that instead of humans taking control of the land and environment, it’s all about nature reclaiming what has always belonged to her and the people learning to adapt.

The author, Lily Brooks-Dalton, wrote with a deep appreciation for nature, and it showed through her characters. I adored Wanda and the fierce way she took on life in the new world. Like the hurricane she was named after, she was a force to be reckoned with. Her birth signaled the end of so many things in so many ways, yet she didn’t let it bring her down.

I would compare her writing style to Delia Owens because Brooks-Dalton brought to life everything within the pages of this book in the same way Owens did in WTCS.

💨 Told in four parts (Power, Water, Light & Time)
💪🏼 All about adapting
🌱 Beautiful descriptions of nature
🌊 Felt unnerving realistic (post-Hurricane Ian)

The Light Pirate is a must-read, and I recommend picking it up if you enjoyed reading After the Flood by Kassandra Montag or other similar dystopian novels.

I’m giving away three copies (two finished and one ARC) of The Light Pirate over on my Instagram — see this post for details on how to enter!

Format: 336 pages, hardback
Published: December 2022
ISBN 9781538708279 (ISBN10: 1538708272)

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