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Lily Brooks-Dalton: The Light Pirate (Hardcover, 2022, Grand Central Publishing) 4 stars

Florida is slipping away. As devastating weather patterns and rising sea levels gradually wreak havoc …

Review of 'The Light Pirate' on 'Goodreads'

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 could speak about the stunning, atmospheric writing. I could speak about the three distinct acts and how each were or were not successful. But at the end of the day, frankly, this book scared me and I understand that others have enjoyed it for a multitude of reasons but it was just too real for me. Maybe it is unfair to give this rating to a book that was technically very strong, but it's my review and it made me upset.