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 bestselling author of The Girls andThe Mountain Story Taking place overhours in the year , this is the story of Rory Ann 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 This compelling story takes place in the near future and features relevant issues, a tense plot, a strong main character and a shocking ending The intensity grows throughout the story, which is set over 48 hours, as two teenage girls flee for their lives when they re accused of bombing their high school s Virtue Ball.This is a Dystopian read where issues of socio economic disparity, immigration, climate change, the power of the government, media and fundamentalist religion are at the forefron This compelling story takes place in the near future and features relevant issues, a tense plot, a strong main character and a shocking ending The intensity grows throughout the story, which is set over 48 hours, as two teenage girls flee for their lives when they re accused of bombing their high school s Virtue Ball.This is a Dystopian read where issues of socio economic disparity, immigration, climate change, the power of the government, media and fundamentalist religion are at the forefront Abortion has been recriminalized and birth control is hard to obtain, which creates an underground Pink Market for these services The rights of women have been whittled away to the point where teen girls are told their place in society, which includes declaring a chastity promise to their fathers That s a whole lotta issues, but it works.Rory, as the protagonist, is a breath of fresh air I love her strength and conviction as she voices her opinions and relentlessly questions the way things are being done her outspokenness often being blamed on her being half Canadian Atta, girl She s one small voice in a sea of media, Christian fundamentalists and politicians who want to control the rights of women and keep immigrants in their place.This story has a strong Teen vibe to it which is great, but unexpected The only thing I didn t love was the teen speak which felt contrived and often grating For example, I wanted to tell Fee to go up and have a shower because smell This kind of dialogue occurred a lot and felt awkward like the author was trying too hard to sound like a teen.Overall, this was an engaging, eye opening read that handles some big issues within a compulsive story that shows the importance of people questioning how things are done and not just accepting what you see in the media as fact This is, obviously, a good pick for people itching for books with a Handmaid s Tale feel to it.Disclaimer My sincere thanks to Random House Canada for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review This Little Light is short but intense in a good way The story is set in the near future, in a dystopian southern California The narrator is 16 year old Rorie, who in real time recounts the events that led her and her friend Fee to become hunted fugitives Rorie is a smart, independent thinking and mouthy 16 year old, living in a privileged gated world where abortion is illegal and girls are pressured into making a pledge to their fathers that they will not have sex before marriage Meanwhi This Little Light is short but intense in a good way The story is set in the near future, in a dystopian southern California The narrator is 16 year old Rorie, who in real time recounts the events that led her and her friend Fee to become hunted fugitives Rorie is a smart, independent thinking and mouthy 16 year old, living in a privileged gated world where abortion is illegal and girls are pressured into making a pledge to their fathers that they will not have sex before marriage Meanwhile, outside the gated community, the world is populated by homeless people desperately seeking food and safe drinking water they are largely made up of illegal immigrants It s not hard to see where the idea for the novel comes from What really carried it for me was Rorie s voice At times, she is a petulant 16 year old and at other times she seems to be the only sane person in her crazy world Lansens s prose really flows smoothly, adding to the intensity and immediacy of the story And the end well the end is quite something but I can t saywithout spilling the beans This isn t my usual type of book, but it was well worth it Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy Kudos to Ms Lansens for writing a different genre but her contemporary fiction The Girls and her historical fiction Rush Home Road are two of my all time favourite reads This Little Light takes place over 48 hours in the year 2023 They live in an exclusive gated area where abortion is illegal and girls must pledge to their fathers that they will not have sex before marriage.This is the story of 16 yr old Rory on the run with her best friend because they are accused of bombing their upper Kudos to Ms Lansens for writing a different genre but her contemporary fiction The Girls and her historical fiction Rush Home Road are two of my all time favourite reads This Little Light takes place over 48 hours in the year 2023 They live in an exclusive gated area where abortion is illegal and girls must pledge to their fathers that they will not have sex before marriage.This is the story of 16 yr old Rory on the run with her best friend because they are accused of bombing their upper class Californian high school during an American Virtue Ball There is a bounty on their heads and they hide as law enforcement, helicopters and drones try to track them down Told through Rory s blog writings of the events that occurred it is also about women s rights, abortion, immigration, religion and friendship Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada for a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review This was a rough read for me I definitely ended up skimming the memories and just read the parts that were happening now so that I could just get through it.There was a good story in there, but the author s attempt to talk like a 16 year old was grating and pretty awful If Anne Frank were alive, she d totally be an influencer Ugh.The ending was good, but not enough to raise my 2 star rating.