Destroyer of Light Tour – Review & Giveaway

About the Book


ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08QGJ2G5C
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Tor Books (October 12, 2021)
Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 12, 2021
Language ‏ : ‎ English
File size ‏ : ‎ 3854 KB

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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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

Review

Read that synopsis and tell me this doesn’t sound like an EPIC story, I dare you! And this is also just the type of story I personally need in a science fiction, so it’s safe to say my Persephone loving self enjoyed this! Plus the tie-ins to present issues really heightened the story and gave it such depth.

One thing I often find lacking in science fiction is world building, I feel like sci-fi focuses much more on throwing us into the story and it often lacks that fantasy-esque world building I love. BUT, this story didn’t do that and it’s probably one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much! There’s so many complexities to this story, the characters, and the world yet everything comes together so well.

This is one of those books that may be a bit difficult to read due to the nature of the story (and the way it relates to current issues), but it really is an amazing story that deserves a chance!

About the Author

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.

Tour Schedule

WEEK ONE
DECEMBER 6th MONDAY JeanBookNerd INTERVIEW
DECEMBER 7th TUESDAY Kait Plus Books INTERVIEW
DECEMBER 8th WEDNESDAY Insane About Books EXCERPT
DECEMBER 8th WEDNESDAY #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog EXCERPT
DECEMBER 9th THURSDAY TTC Books and More GUEST POST
DECEMBER 10th FRIDAY BookHounds REVIEW & INTERVIEW

WEEK TWO
DECEMBER 13th MONDAY Ya It’s Lit REVIEW
DECEMBER 14th TUESDAY The Momma Spot REVIEW
DECEMBER 15th WEDNESDAY Casia’s Corner REVIEW
DECEMBER 16th THURSDAY Bri’s Book Nook REVIEW
DECEMBER 16th THURSDAY Crossroad Reviews REVIEW
DECEMBER 17th FRIDAY Movies, Shows, & Books REVIEW

Giveaway

– 3 Winners will receive a Copy of DESTROYER OF LIGHT by Jennifer Marie Brissett.
– 1 Winner will receive a 25 Amazon Gift Card.

Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter


*JBN is not responsible for Lost or Damaged Books in your Nerdy Mail Box*

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Izzy Newton and the S.M.A.R.T. Squad 2: Newston’s Flaw – Nerd Blast & Giveaway

About the Book




Publisher ‏ : ‎ Under the Stars (November 23, 2021)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 192 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1426371543
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1426371547

When middle-school mishaps happen, five friends form the S.M.A.R.T. Squad and use their collective skills and the power of STEM to bring order to their school. Join Izzy Newton in the second adventure of this fun new fiction series, where science reigns supreme.

With their first mystery solved and first-day jitters triumphantly behind them, Izzy and her pals—the Solving Mysteries and Revealing Truths Squad—start to settle in to the normal day-to-day at Atom Middle School. Izzy even works up the courage to try out for an all-boys sports team! Things are going well until a mysterious illness threatens to shut down the media center—and maybe the entire school. The S.M.A.R.T. Squad is on the case in a race to figure out what ails them. But that’s not all. A pop-up science fair causes excitement and tension for the Squad. And Izzy’s failure to speak up in her speech class feels like an obstacle she can’t overcome. Can the girls pull together to solve the media center mystery? Will their STEM smarts help them rock the science fair? Or will Izzy Newton’s flaws mean the end of the S.M.A.R.T. Squad?

Plus, learn more about the real science behind the fiction and meet some amazing real-life scientists.

Join award-winning author and American Girl series co-creator Valerie Tripp and the diverse, brilliantly brainy S.M.A.R.T. Squad gang in this charming second book in the series.

And don’t forget to check out the first book in the series, Izzy Newton and S.M.A.R.T. Squad: Absolute Hero.

You can purchase Izzy Newton and the S.M.A.R.T. Squad: Newton’s Flaw at the following Retailers:
 

Praise for Izzy Newton

Wholesome entertainment for preteens, offering positivity without didacticism. ―Kirkus

Praise for IZZY NEWTON AND THE S.M.A.R.T. SQUAD: ABSOLUTE HERO

This series opener highlights diverse, sympathetic characters using their smarts and their emotional intelligence to solve scientific and social challenges. Charlie has light-brown skin and speaks Spanish with her two moms, Allie presents white, Marie presents Asian, and new girl Gina Carver is black; Izzy is a winning black protagonist who steadily challenges herself and nurtures her friendships. Bowers’ half- and full-page grayscale illustrations add personality to the characters. Backmatter offers further information on the characters’ real-life inspirations and women scientists. Wholesome entertainment for preteens, offering positivity without didacticism. ―
Kirkus

Written by girl-power expert Valerie Tripp—the author behind some of your favorite American Girl stories—the Izzy Newton and the S.M.A.R.T. Squad series features five brainy friends inspired by iconic scientists—Izzy Newton, Allie Einstein, Charlie Darwin, Marie Curie, and Gina Carver—as they go through the wild time that is middle school, with stories on friendship, growing up, and of course, solving mishaps with science and the scientific method. … It’s one thing to have children’s books about scientists or podcasts or stories about strong women in STEM, but it’s another world entirely when your children get to feel represented by the characters they’re reading about. The characters in the Izzy Newton and the S.M.A.R.T. Squad series are diverse, smart, and sure of themselves the way all middle school girls are—through their dreams and newly acquired skills they’re still getting used to. ―Romper

About the Author

Photo Content from Valerie Tripp

Part of the creative team behind the American Girl series, Valerie Tripp has written many of the American Girl books about Felicity, Josefina, Samantha, Kit, Molly, and Maryellen. She also wrote American Girl’s Welliewisher and Hopscotch Hill School books. Tripp has also written numerous levled readers, songs, stories, skills book pages, poems, and plays for educational publishers and is the editorial director of the Boys Camp series. She is a frequent speaker at schools and libraries.

Giveaway

– 5 Winners will receive a Copy of IZZY NEWTON AND THE S.M.A.R.T. SQUAD 2: NEWSTON’S FLAW and IZZY NEWTON AND THE S.M.A.R.T. SQUAD: ABSOLUTE HERO by Valerie Trip.
– 1 Winner will receive a $20 Amazon Gift Card.

Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter

*JBN is not responsible for Lost or Damaged Books in your Nerdy Mail Box*

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