Tricia Sullivan / Sep 15, 2019

Lightborn Lightborn is a mind altering technology that has revolutionised the modern world It is the ultimate in self improvement education and entertainment beamed directly into the brain But in Los Sombres

  • Title: Lightborn
  • Author: Tricia Sullivan
  • ISBN: 9781841494074
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Paperback
  • Lightborn is a mind altering technology that has revolutionised the modern world It is the ultimate in self improvement, education and entertainment, beamed directly into the brain But in Los Sombres, a renegade form of Lightborn has attacked the adult population, resulting in social chaos and widespread insanity.

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      • Tricia Sullivan

        Tricia Sullivan born July 7, 1968 in New Jersey, U.S is a science fiction writer She has also written fantasy under the pseudonym Valery Leith.She moved to the United Kingdom in 1995 In 1999 she won the Arthur C Clarke Award for her novel Dreaming in Smoke Her novel Maul was also shortlisted for the same award in 2004.Sullivan has studied music and karate Her partner is the martial artist Steve Morris, with whom she has three children.


    1. This is a story of a near-future cyberdisaster in California, with all the adults' brains corrupted by a massive software malfunction and two teenagers caught in the peculiar interactions of the badly damaged society. Neuromancer meets Hurricane Katrina, perhaps.I previously had tried Sullivan's Maul, which made the shortlist for both BSFA and Arthur C. Clarke awards a few years back, and wasn't enthused, completely failing to spot the link between the two story lines until I read someone else's [...]

    2. I liked the concept of this book but found that it wasn't particularly well explained. At the start you are introduced to one of the protagonists however there is just mention of shine with no explanation of what it is and how it is used, throughout the book it just takes the knowledge of shine as a given which I found quite frustrating. Overall I found the plot quite jumbled and not explained to the reader very well and so you had to fill in many gaps yourself and at the end of the book I found [...]

    3. I really enjoy Tricia Sullivan’s novels, but always find it hard to describe and explain their plots when looking back on them. ‘Lightborn’ seemed more comprehensible than Doublevision and Sound Mind. Her books tend to deal with strange, uncontrollable technologies and their unintended effects. Lots of science fiction writers do this, though. What singles out Sullivan is her excellent female characters. Maul is one of my favourite novels, as I love it when the psychologically oppressive ar [...]

    4. This book. I both loved it and hated it, loved may be too strong a word, as might hated. But I shall explain.I hated the start, it was so confusing. I had literally no idea what was going on. The book basically took you into a party full of people that you had never met and then left you to try and mingle. Yet this kept me reading, I had to know what was going on. I even put the book down for a day or two, intending to leave it, but the question constantly crept into my mind: What is the lightbo [...]

    5. The urge to unnecessarily classify a project is a strong one and accordingly as I began this book I found myself trying to do just that. The results were inconlusive, the two main protagonists are both in their early to late teens, so it could legitimately have been a coming of age story, but the book deals with the devastating although localised effect on humanity of a mind altering disaster and so my first thoughts were that it was a zombie apocalypse tale, although this evolved into thinking [...]

    6. For me this was an interesting, often admirable book, which I didn't enjoy quite as much as I'd expected given what I'd heard about this author -- and also what I'd witnessed at a couple of conventions. My main problem with the book was that it took too long to achieve take-off. The plot is stimulated by some interesting developments in AI and communications technology, and is set in a credible milieu, but the first two-thirds of the narrative wanders around this set-up at too great a length for [...]

    7. This was a very cool and intriguing read.I will confess that I was a bit annoyed about the beginning of this book. It immediately starts at the point where things go wrong. Now this shouldn't have to be a problem if the author manages to work in the backstory of how things were before things went wrong pretty quickly. She doesn't however and I had a hard time picturing how the world had been before the fall.That annoyance aside this was an amazing story. The setting was disturbing and grim: Sull [...]

    8. My first thought on this is it feels like a teen TV show. All the adults are no longer able to survive in a post-apocalyptic scenario and it's up to the kids to band together and save the day. This doesn't make it bad but limits it from being anything special, as used in one of the chapter titles it seems like just another zombie apocalypse.The device for this apocalypse is the Shine, a sort of direct brain interface training tool . However, you could replace it with magic, psychic powers, the s [...]

    9. Reviewers generally admired Sullivan's new spin on the fairly common postapocalyptic device of a world without functional adults. They noted that as with several recent SF novels with young characters (like Mira Grant's Feed and The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins) Sullivan forces her protagonists to face some very adult pain. Critics were somewhat divided on her world-building, however; some found the ubiquity of the Shine technology implausible, while others felt it to be a realistic r [...]

    10. By far the best SF novel I've read in a long time, LIGHTBORN is fiercely intelligent, with all the intense speculation of the best science fiction, but also with the sheer, heart-thumping excitement of a really great zombie thriller. The two POV characters are intensely real and sympathetic, grounding the speculative aspects of the novel in a strong emotional connection - I really, really cared about what would happen to both of them, but especially to Roksana, who's a really fabulous, strong bu [...]

    11. Every now and then you realise you’ve been remiss in not reading an author. This book isn’t perfect – there’s a mystical author handwave or two that slightly whacks you in the face – but it’s a fascinating work that dumps you into a brilliant, fascinating world where light codes human experience and knowledge, until rogue Ais get involved. It starts off in a fictional town on the night of The Fall, introducing us to our heroine, Roksana, a strong, interesting, fleshed out character o [...]

    12. I have read other books by Tricia Sullivan which were all good but so far Lightborn has been the best and most absorbing. At the beginning of the book I thought the character relationships and plots were slightly predictable however, about half way through things seemed to change up a few gears and the story became much more unpredictable and even more of a page turner.The concept of the Lightborn was also very interesting and one I had not encountered before in reading, definately looking forwa [...]

    13. This book has it all! Action! Big ideas! Lots of characters! More action! Old people messing with the world! Young people getting on with getting on! Mercs! Sneaky AI! Even more action!If ever a book deserved the description of non stop, this is it. It was exhausting. It's like a recipe where you justepdinggredientsr.ever. But the end result never coheres. Sometimes more is less. Though I'm glad Sullivan remembered you don't often go wrong with onions

    14. Stick with it! Good start, drags in the middle, but shakes things up at the end. Overall, it was not quite out there enough for me, felt a bit safe, especially compaared to the relatively similar New Model Army by Adam Roberts. Read Double Vision instead, that's much better. Although, if you have just read Neuromancer, and liked it, I'd recommend this as a good follow up, it feels a little like an updated version of that.

    15. I'm not entirely sure what the technology is that drives this book but I think that light is used to transmit information to the brain which happens once a child reaches puberty. Obviously it goes horribly wrong and a bunch of kids have to save their town. The ending swerves and involves onions and I'm not entirely sure who won.

    16. 3/4ths of a great book, Sullivan's novel ideas and whirlwind introduction are sadly let down by a clumpy and drawn-out finish. In trying to draw together all the explanatory points into an ex-machina-knowledge-dump, the credulity of the reader becomes unfairly strained, and the identities of the characters irredeemably blurred. Worthwhile, but flawed.

    17. I expected to love this as it's the kind of subject I like. Like 'Maul' it left me pretty cold. I gave up half way through.

    18. This book was hard to understand. Although the story itself was quite interesting, I finished the book and I'm still a bit confused.

    19. This is one of the best SF books I've read in recent years. It combines an elegantly simple idea with a compelling story and tight plotting. Marvellous stuff.

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