The Light Pirate by Lily Brooks-Dalton

I practically ate this novel whole. From the first page all the way through to the very last page, I was completely enraptured.

Here in SW Florida we are right smack-dab in the middle of hurricane season. Not much has been happening storm-wise, yet, and here I have been reading a book that begins with a violent super cyclone that directly hits a small town on the shore near the Florida Keys. I surely have lost what is left of my mind.

Reading this amazing novel was like passing a wreck on the highway and not being able to look away. The writing is wonderful. And I have to say it is somewhat reminiscent of CRAWDADS. I will go out on a limb entirely and say I may even have liked this novel MORE.

Brooks-Dalton manages to give us a frightening peek at what climate change could look like in the not-so-distant future. If you’ve seen any news lately you have to be aware of the freakish trends in our weather these days. Almost daily, news reels roll with horrific scenes of entire towns being flooded and washed away. People displaced. Fires are eating away at the Pacific coast. Hurricanes are not just blowing toward Floridian shores; they are coming on shore all along the Eastern shore and even traveling across the mountainous areas in the Carolinas and Tennessee. Tornadoes are ripping up towns not just in the midwest but in the north and the south. And the storms are no longer mild at all. They are more likely to become super-storms. We also know Miami is sinking. Just like Venice, just different.

So when I began reading this heart-pounding novel about our changing world especially here in Florida, I decided to keep a very open mind. I am not usually one to read anything dystopian. And this novel is in the future. But I absolutely LOVED it even though it scared the bejesus out of me. As well it should.

How ready would you be if THE BIG ONE hit your town? Have you prepped so that you will have food, water, batteries? One woman in the small town of +++++ has enough food and supplies put by to keep her going for a long time. It’s not a fluke. She’s a scientist and has been working on this for years. She can live off the grid if, or I should say, when, the time comes. She lives alone.

Wanda was born during the worst hurricane recorded. The storm was named Wanda. This is her story. A story of survival against all odds. What a wild ride.


I read this novel months ago, way before hurricane Ian decided to blow into town and spend an entire day blowing houses down and drowning dozens of human beings right here in my world. Right through my house, right through Sanibel and Captiva islands. Right through Pine Island which is just down the road from our house. And right through and over Fort Myers Beach. Yes, it was most certainly a super storm. I had no idea something like this storm was on its way, would change our lives forever, and make people wonder if they truly did lose their minds when the storm stopped and changed direction and part of the eye managed to come right over our house.

I fell in love with this tenacious young woman named after an awful storm. Wanda begins life as her mother’s life disappears. So many tragedies for someone so young. But when she hooks up with Frida the world begins to make more sense and so does everything Frida’s been preparing for. The time has come.

Survival at any rate is the theme of this stellar debut novel from an author who is going places.

I’m glad I read THE LIGHT PIRATE way before the storm because I am not sure I could be persuaded to read it now after going through an actual super storm. Wanda and Phyliss are a force. Phyliss shows Wanda how to live off the grid and we learn that this part of the country is slowly wasting away. So much so that most of the people who used to live south of Miami have long gone; moved to somewhere they deem safer, wherever that is…

The dystopian section of bookstores should soon read: Non fiction.

THE LIGHT PIRATE will be available for purchase next week on December 6. Just buy it!

The writing is spectacular. The story is unforgettable. I was transported to Wanda’s world from page one. I think you will be too.

My review copy was provided by Grand Central Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Honestly, it’s an amazing story that everyone needs to read!

2 thoughts on “The Light Pirate by Lily Brooks-Dalton

  1. My name is Beth Kallet @ Wildcat Run Community We would like to book you for a book talk for this year. I have you come twice and receive your comments and posts. Looking forward to hearing from you.

  2. I read the Light Pirate several weeks ago and liked the book. Having received the Lark Ascending by Silas House for Christmas, I could not believe the similarities between the two books. The premise of the books were the same

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