The Light Pirate

Hardcover, 320 pages

Published Dec. 6, 2022 by Grand Central Publishing.

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4 stars (4 reviews)

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 …

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5 stars

This is one of the best novels I’ve read yet about trying to live with and survive the near-future impacts of climate breakdown. The prose is occasionally poetic or lyrical, but generally straightforward and matter of fact. What I especially like is that it's mostly showing, without much telling. It asks the reader to engage. Overall, this book is beautifully written, touching, sad, and haunting. A real gem, highly recommended.

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2 stars

Listen, this was a good book. I'd even go so far as to say it was a really good book. But while I don't mean to sound like I'm "not like other girls," this book spoke to some deep, deep anxieties and trauma that I experienced. Being a Louisiana native and having lived through the worst of Hurricane Katrina, I really have to commend the author for her chest tightening descriptions of what it is like dealing with a hurricane that you should have evacuated for. The preparation, the dread, the fear, the unknown, it was all well done and too real. This, mixed with the climate change throughline of "nowhere else is safe" and the multiple natural disaster deaths that happened in the book made me feel nothing other than intense sadness and unease.

I could speak about the effective way the characters were built over the years. I …