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Bright's Light [Hardcover]

Susan Juby
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Book Description

Aug. 27 2012

Like all the girls at the House of Gear, Bright has a higher purpose: to be, like, awesome. That means Bright’s engineered body must always look perfect. It means she must be appealing at all times. The minders are watching, after all. The minders see everything.

One of them, Grassly, is on a mission that will lead Bright toward a new future while exposing her to incredible danger. If the other minders catch a whiff of curiosity, rebelliousness or free will, they may decide it’s time to reboot the entire population—just as Bright is discovering a whole new purpose within herself.

Susan Juby brings her trademark humour to a dark, dystopian world in this thrilling new addition to the genre.

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About the Author

SUSAN JUBY is the author of the critically acclaimed Getting the Girl and Another Kind of Cowboy, as well as the bestselling Alice series (Alice, I Think; Miss Smithers; Alice MacLeod, Realist at Last) and her latest novel for adults, The Woefield Poultry Collective. After dropping out of fashion college and attaining a BA from the University of British Columbia, Susan went to work in the book industry. She holds a master’s degree in publishing. She currently lives on Vancouver Island with her husband, James, and their dog, who prefers to remain anonymous. Visit her online at

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2.0 out of 5 stars Unenlightened Oct. 4 2013
This book reminded me, by turns, of Scott Westerfeld's "Uglies" series, Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World", and Sonmi-451's storyline from "Cloud Atlas", but not in a good way. It shares all the surface elements - high tech urban settings, cute robots, genetic engineering, attempts to satirize modern consumer culture, and of course a totalitarian government - however, "Bright's Light" does not carry half the emotional or intellectual impact of any of these stories, and feels as shallow and superficial as the world the characters are trying to "save".

Firstly, none of the main characters quite live up to their characterizations. Bright, the heroine, is described as being smarter and more independent than the average "party favour", and looks down on her colleague Fon as being "clueless". However, in the opening scene, Bright uses a dangerous piece of equipment without having it inspected, simply to outshine Fon, and fails spectacularly. Later on, when they begin to work together to solve the mystery of the titular "light", Fon contributes just as much as Bright does - which, admittedly, is not very much. They spend most of their time running needlessly back and forth, across a city overrun with trigger-happy police officers, stopping to fetch their robots, play games, whine about their appearance and put on weird disguises while their compatriots are dying by the hundreds.

As for Grassly, the supposedly "enlightened" man from another planet, he is nothing but an arrogant teenager playing with people's lives. If his alien rite of passage requires that the civilization he saves "participate in their own rescue", what posessed him to design a pink helmet that emits mind-controlling beams of light? Seriously.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Legally Blonde meets Sci-Fi Feb. 3 2013
The title certainly is catchy, although Bright does steal her best friend's light and claim it as hers because it's pretty. Hmm, two girls rivaling over a boy -- sad. But two girls fighting over a ''special'' hat that shines? You don't see that every day. And so, I kept reading eager to discover what will happen when the light ends up bringing back memories that people had forgotten, creating havoc, and preparing them for the end of the world.

Sadly, the pieces were hard to add up. And the reason for their world destruction didn't make much sense. Hopefully, someone will shine some light on the matter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Original, fresh, and really funny Nov. 19 2012
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This is an entertaining sci-fi story, part dystopia, part chick lit. I'm hopeful that there's a sequel on its way, I was just starting to like those crazy characters because they were just starting to become seriously likable. I can guarantee that you have never read such a hilarious deconstruction of fashion. Elton John just has to read this - he'd kill himself laughing. The headgear!! My gawd. Does anyone remember Elton's 50th birthday hat? It might have helped inspire this story. Really fun read - go for it.
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