Destroyer of Light by Jennifer Marie Brissett

Finished reading this book on February 5, 2022

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Reminiscent of China Miéville and Octavia Butler, Jennifer Marie Brissett, author of Elysium, has created a disturbing and haunting sf narrative in Destroyer of Light, interweaving mythology with interdimensional aliens, human refuges, child soldiers, and genetic engineering.

Over three hundred years in the future, all humans on the planet Eleusis are refugees following the alien destruction of Earth.

Within this society of haves and have-nots, of criminals and dissidents, of former alien conquerors claiming a desire for peaceful cohabitation, three stories intertwine: a young girl abducted by a violent warlord, twin brothers searching for the lost son of a human/alien couple, and a young woman with extraordinary powers who’s risen through the insurgent ranks in the borderlands called Night.

Their stories skate across years to build towards one moment, when the fate of all—human and alien—hangs in the balance.


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