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The Light Pirate


—Book Review—


Title: The Light Pirate

Author: Lily Brooks-Dalton

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Genre: Literary/Dystopian Fiction


Say hello to my first five star book of 2023! I’m not sure why this one called out to me originally, because anything labeled dystopian I usually assume is not for me. That’s not a genre I read. However, lately, I’ve become a restless reader. I’m looking for more. More knowledge, more what if’s, more magic, and just frankly more fun. When I saw this book made many of my book friend’s favorite’s list in 2022 and I finally put away all things Christmas, I immediately prioritized it. And I couldn’t put it down.


Lush writing and uniquely told in four parts—power, water, light and time; our story begins during a hurricane in Florida with a baby being born and named after the hurricane. A special girl named Wanda.


“Because she knew right away that you were a powerful girl and she wanted you to have a powerful name,”


“She wanted you to know where you come from. And you come from storms, which can be hard, and people don’t always like them, but storms are important. They’re nature. You come from um…”


“You come from the elements,” “From the wild.”


As Wanda grows and Florida continues to unravel, A Light Pirate is a story of survival and resilience spanning Wanda’s lifetime. Wanda watches her community disappear and people leave and her town becomes abandoned by civilization and turned back into the nature it started as. Through it all, she finds her purpose.


Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I loved the writing. I loved the story. As things got more destitute and Wanda lived in the marshes the book sort of reminded me of Where The Crawdads Sing. Sort of. I adored Wanda’s relationship with Phyllis. If I had to nit-pick one thing, I found the storyline with Bird Dog towards the end a little too neat and convenient. I highly recommend this book!


Thank you, again, to @grandcentral for this #gifted copy!


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