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This Little Light

Written by: Lori Lansens
Narrated by: Nora Hunter
Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
4.3 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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NATIONAL BEST SELLER

This brilliant new novel is an urgent bulletin from an all-too-believable near future in which the religious right has come out on top. And where a smart young girl who questions the new order is suddenly a terrorist. By the best-selling author of The Girls and The Mountain Story.

Taking place over 48 hours in the year 2024, this is the story of Rory Anne Miller, on the run with her best friend because they are accused of bombing their posh Californian high school during an American Virtue Ball. There's a bounty on their heads, and a social media storm of trolls flying around them, not to mention a posse of law enforcement, attack helicopters, and drones trying to track them down. Rory's mom, a social activist and lawyer, has been arrested and implicated in her daughter's "crimes" whereas her dad (who betrayed his wife and daughter in a nasty divorce) is cooperating with the authorities. The story exists in a universe of gated communities, born-again Christians, Probationary Citizens (once known as "Dreamers"), re-criminalized abortion and birth control, teenage virginity oaths and something called the Red Market, which is either a Conservative bogey-man created to further polarize the "base" or a criminal network making money from selling unwanted babies to whomever wants them and fetal tissue to cosmetics and drug companies.

Rory is cynical and scared, furious and scathing, betrayed and looking for something or someone to trust. What she has to say about the dads and bosses and politicians lining up to keep women in their place, and about the ways women collaborate in their own undermining, is fierce, and funny, and sad, and true.

©2019 Lori Lansens (P)2019 Random House Canada

What the critics say

“In This Little Light, Lori Lansens imagines a near-future that is stark, visceral and terrifyingly real. Hallelujah for the audacious self-professed heathen, Rory Ann Miller, who holds the adults in her world accountable while reminding us to never stop fighting for freedom. This book is a one hell of a wake-up call. I was rooting for Rory from page one.” (Ami McKay, author of The Birth House and The Witches of New York)

“Lansens throws her readers right into the action and keeps them there, as thirsty, hungry, and frightened as two young girls on the run. A crazy-good coming-of-age thriller that will make you sweat, starting at page one.” (Christina Dalcher, author of VOX)

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Loved the book, narration not so much

This Little Light draws you in. You expect to spend an hour or two listening and before you know it you’ve gorged yourself on half the novel - partly to find out what happens next, partly because the novel’s reality isn’t that far removed from present day US. You read it while either telling yourself it’s going to happen or it’s will never happen. The big disappointment however, is the narration. The constant upward lilt at the end of each sentence by Nora Hunter quickly becomes annoying, then grating, then impossible to overlook to the point where you are focusing more on that than the story. Whether it was done to add more tone to the character or this is simply the way Ms. Hunter reads it added nothing to the book.

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Flew through this book!

This was a teenaged dystopian view which brought to mind The Handmaids Tale. This boom would nearly perfectly line up to take place just before the holy wars which result in Atwood's Gilead. I loved the perspective of the religious oppression through the eyes of a teen living in a gated community. Someone aware of how to blend in, but hg saving a desperate desire to speak up and demand what's right instead. I highly recommend this book. One of my favourite reads of 2020.

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Entertaining!

Very compelling story, easy listen, it felt like it flew by. Very thought provoking concepts and I really a enjoyed it.