Book Review: The Light Pirate by Lily Brooks-Dalton

“The light flows in every direction. It is composed of many minds, many eyes. It is one creature, and it is many. An awareness that grows and deepens. An intelligence that is made to join and join and join. This is how life began; this is how it goes on living.”

Lily Brooks-Dalton, The Light Pirate

Title: The Light Pirate
Author: Lily Brooks-Dalton
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Literary
Pages: 357 (Kindle)
Published: December 6th, 2022

My Rating: ★★★
Read: 6/8/2023 – 6/11/2023


Choosing to read this book while vacationing in Florida was perhaps not the wisest decision, but I guess it did give me a certain level of appreciation that I might not have had otherwise…

Set sometime in a not-so-distant future in an ever-shrinking Florida, Wanda is born in the midst of a terrible storm. The story sees this extraordinary child through to adulthood. In her lifetime she’s privy to constant changes in her family and climate. Even when things reach total disaster, she’s reluctant to leave her home. 

I loved the writing. It was atmospheric and created vivid imagery. What lacked for me was the characterization. I didn’t connect to anyone which kept me from getting fully immersed into the story. A ‘me’ issue, I’m sure. I did like it, I just didn’t latch onto it. 

Likes & Dislikes:

What I liked:

  • Atmospheric writing.
  • Interesting plot.

What I didn’t like:

  • The characters were great but still lacked depth to me.
  • Ran a bit long for my taste.


I liked this book more than I expected to when I first saw it in the Book of the Month lineup. My friend Skylar recommended it to me and I’m glad I gave it a chance.

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