Blog Tour (Review): Destroyer of Light by Jennifer Marie Brissett

 

ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08QGJ2G5C

Publisher ‏ : ‎Tor Books (October 12, 2021)
Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 12, 2021
Language ‏ : ‎ English
File size ‏ : ‎ 3854 KB

 

Praise for DESTROYER OF LIGHT

A 2021 Kirkus Best of the Year Book
A 2021 Kirkus Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Book

“[A] dark, poetic tale of struggling human colonists and ambiguously motivated aliens on a distant planet. Brissett uses the alien setting to explore contemporary issues, including racism, the complexities of allyship, and the trauma experienced by child soldiers. The author’s updated take on a classic myth is both clever and entertaining…Richly developed and profound” —Kirkus, Starred Review

“Destroyer of Light is proof positive that we’re living in a new golden age of science fiction.” ―Charlie Jane Anders, Hugo Award-winning author

“Destroyer of Light grapples with themes of both the human and post-human experience in a way that is wholly original and seductively engaging. Brissett builds a richly layered and imaginative world that reflects much of our own―the good, the brutal, and the truly monstrous―while daring us to dream of something more. This is a tale not only of becoming and transformation, but about the choices we make that bring us to our destinations. In a time of new, meaningful, and thrilling science fiction, Destroyer of Light is a must read.” ―P. Djèlí Clark, Hugo Finalist and author of The Haunting of Tram Car 015

“A saga that combines many of sf’s most beloved tropes―a remnant of humanity struggling to survive on a far away world, aliens whose goals are dangerously unknowable, alien/human hybrids with unpredictable abilities, suspense, plot twists, and that good old sense of wonder. Hugely ambitious, impressively accomplished.” ―Karen Joy Fowler

“Destroyer of Light confirms Brissett as one of our finest and most ambitious novelists. A world-spanning epic that explores and explodes what it’s like to be both human and post-human. Gorgeously written and heartfelt, it’s quite simply one of the best books I’ve read in a very long time.” ―Elizabeth Hand, author of The Book of Lamps and Banners and Curious Toys

Having destroyed Earth, the alien conquerors resettle the remains of humanity on the planet of Eleusis. In the four habitable areas of the planet—Day, Dusk, Dawn, and Night—the haves and have nots, criminals and dissidents, and former alien conquerors irrevocably bind three stories:

*A violent warlord abducts a young girl from the agrarian outskirts of Dusk leaving her mother searching and grieving.
*Genetically modified twin brothers desperately search for the lost son of a human/alien couple in a criminal underground trafficking children for unknown purposes.
*A young woman with inhuman powers rises through the insurgent ranks of soldiers in the borderlands of Night.

Their stories, often containing disturbing physical and sexual violence, skate across years, building to a single confrontation when the fate of all—human and alien—balances upon a knife’s-edge.

 
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I received a copy of Destroyer of Light for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.
Hands down, my favorite ancient Greek/Roman myth has to be the story of Hades and Persephone. Whenever there is a retelling involving a new idea with the myth, I’m all here for it. I must consume it. So, when I saw Destroyer of Light was a retelling, I was instantly intrigued. Add in the afro-futuristic sci-fi to it, a sub-genre that is new to me, and I was hooked.
Brissett pulls her reader into the narrative by separating the story into different narrative point of views. The first chapter is an example of first person but the narrator addresses one of the characters as “you”. It felt otherworldly and sets the reader on a tipping point. Using this, Brissett is tempting the reader from the get-go. Like she is saying: you have the choice to continue in this story, but you will feel unsettling moments.
If that was the intention for the first chapter, she isn’t wrong. The book has a trigger warning and because of that, I feel I should state that there are themes of physical and sexual violence. If that is triggering, you may not want to read it.
The other point of view used is third person which is used to describe and introduce the world. Eleusis is an interesting planet. The planet is separated by three different regions: dawn, dusk, and night. From the descriptions, the regions all seem to stay in the same mode of time, but that isn’t actually the case. It’s more of how the regions are culturally.
Brissett crafts a world that is rich and pulls the reader in. I didn’t want to put the book down. It is engaging, weaving together a well-known myth and placing it into a sci-fi setting filled with suspense and special abilities.
If you love a good retelling and sci-fi, grab this book. You aren’t going to be let-down. And now that I have had a taste of afro-futuristic, I’m wondering what other worlds I need to explore. If a book can inspire you to branch out into a sub-genre, it’s doing the right thing.
Photo Credit: Bradley Lau

JENNIFER MARIE BRISSETT has been a software engineer, web developer, and the proprietor of Indigo Café & Books in Brooklyn. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the Stonecoast MFA Program. Her stories can be found in Lightspeed Magazine, Motherboard/VICE, Uncanny Magazine, and FIYAH Magazine amongst other publications. Her debut novel, Elysium (Aqueduct 2014) received the Philip K. Dick Award Special Citation and has been a finalist for the Locus Award for Best First Novel and the Tiptree Award.

 

       
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