Greetings friends, and your eyes don’t deceive you… for the first time in months I am posting a tag 😱!
My friend Amna @ Perusing YA created The Lightbearers Book Tag to celebrate the upcoming release of London Shah’s debut The Light at the Bottom of the World. The book releases on October 29th, and here’s the synopsis in case your eyeballs haven’t yet been blessed with this cover.
At the end of the twenty-first century, the world has changed dramatically, but life continues one thousand feet below the ocean’s surface. In Great Britain, sea creatures swim among the ruins of Big Ben and the Tower of London, and citizens waver between fear and hope; fear of what lurks in the abyss, and hope that humanity will soon discover a way to reclaim the Earth.
Meanwhile, sixteen-year-old Leyla McQueen has her own problems to deal with. Her father’s been arrested, accused of taking advantage of victims of the Seasickness-a debilitating malaise that consumes people,often claiming their lives. But Leyla knows he’s innocent, and all she’s interested in is getting him back so that their lives can return to normal.
When she’s picked to race in the action-packed London Submersible Marathon, Leyla gets the chance to secure his freedom; the Prime Minister promises the champion whatever their heart desires. The race takes an unexpected turn, though, and presents her with an opportunity she never wanted: Leyla must venture outside of London for the first time in her life, to find and rescue her father herself.
Now, she’ll have to brave the unfathomable waters and defy a corrupt government determined to keep its secrets, all the while dealing with a secretive, hotheaded companion she never asked for in the first place. If she fails, or falls prey to her own fears, she risks capture–and her father might be lost forever.
- The prompts for the book tag are adapted from the different elements present in THE LIGHT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD.
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The Lightbearers Tag
💙 The LIGHT book cover features the city of London. Name a book that depicts a real or fictional city on its cover.
Have you ever had a total brain fart? Because it was as if every single cover I have ever seen exited my brain when I read this question! I just spent 10 minutes looking at the books on my shelves and noticed a pattern with the books I own, hahaha.
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon is the one that stands out to me on my shelves (largely in part due to its bright colors). I haven’t actually read that chonker yet so, I also want to include Rage by Cora Carmack as I love how the covers for the trilogy not only reflects Aurora’s personal growth but also her relationship to the City of Pavan.
📝 Related: Read my spoiler-free review of Rage!
💙 Leyla McQueen is a champion submersible racer. Name a character you would like to see race against her in the London Submersible Marathon.
Part of me wants to steal Amna’s answer because Ezra Mason from The Illuminae Files is such a fantastic choice for this question. (So is Nik Malikov after Gemina.)
One of my absolute favorite craft-maneuvering characters is Wash from Firefly, and honestly I would love to see his leaf on the wind soar through the waters of London, provided they made some changes to Serenity first.
📝 Related: While The Ghost Machine doesn’t come out until April 2020, you can read my spoiler-free review for the first book in the series, Big Damn Hero.
💙 Leyla ventures outside of London for the very first time in LIGHT. Name a book where you enjoyed exploring its world.
I absolutely loved following Fie and learning about the intricate world and unique magic system that Margaret Owen created for her debut fantasy novel The Merciful Crow. I am currently reading The Beautiful by Renee Adieh and this book gets an honorable mention for the amazing atmosphere of New Orleans in the 1800s.
📝 Related: Read my spoiler-free review of The Merciful Crow!
💙 Leyla and Ari are reluctant companions on a long journey. Name a character you would want on an epic adventure with you.
I might have trust issues, but I still would want Simon from Furyborn to be my adventure buddy.
📝 Related: Read my spoiler-free review of Furyborn!
💙 Leyla is never far from her brolly, or umbrella, in LIGHT. Name a character accessory you wish you had.
This is a hard one, but for some reason my eyes kept catching on my copy of Legendary and I remembered how much I love Scarlett’s dress from Caraval! Talk about not needing a lot of closet space with a magic dress that changes with your mood (it can match the emotions I can’t hide on my face).
📝 Related: Read my spoiler-free review of Caraval!
💙 Books from the Old World are considered valuable in LIGHT. Name a book that you hope would survive for future generations to read.
I love this prompt because one of my favorite things about LIGHT is how books are coveted antiques getting the appreciation they deserve!
I definitely want more people (read: everyone) to be able to read A Spark of White Fire, The Fever King, and Descendant of the Crane. All three of these books are incredible and ones I think about often.
Thank you so much for tagging me, Amna, I had a lot of fun with this tag (also I forgot how hard they were)! What do you think of my answers?
Let’s go on another adventure together!