Alight: The Generations Trilogy, Book 2

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Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Intense sci-fi saga piles on new complications.

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Educational Value

Alight explores what it means to be an effective leader. The book also asks questions about whether children are destined to repeat the mistakes of their parents.

Positive Messages

Societies with differing values can find accord if their members communicate effectively.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Even though it saves her life and those of her friends, Em is afraid of the killer's instinct that seems to live in her. She struggles to do what's right and fair, but she often ends up hurting someone.

Violence

Alight features many scenes of violence, close up and at a remove. Characters are killed and injured by muskets, spears, and laser-like disintegration rays. Em and her friends are beaten and tortured. All-out warfare occurs between the human and native populations, and there are many casualties.

Sex

Em is attracted to O'Malley and Bishop. She flirts with both of them and kisses each, but there's almost no time for romance. Two other characters, however, manage to conceive a child soon after they escape the starship.

Language

"Goddammit" and "dammit" are used most frequently, and "s--t," "bastard," and "bitch" are used one or two times each.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Alight is the second volume in the Generations Trilogy by Scott Sigler. It continues the adventures of a band of amnesiac children and teens who escape a starship and find themselves on a hostile new planet. There are many violent scenes in which characters are beaten, shot, stabbed, and disintegrated. Swearing is limited mostly to "goddammit" and "dammit," though there are a couple instances each of "bastard," "bitch," and "s--t." Sexual content is low, although one young woman becomes pregnant.

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Teen, 17 years old Written bymjett5577 June 24, 2016

Amazing sequel

Summary: Alight reveals to readers the further adventures of Em, Spingate, O’Malley, Bishop, and the other young heroes introduced in Alive. In Alive, Em fought... Continue reading

What's the story?

Having escaped from a starship where they awoke in strange coffins and with no memories of their pasts, Em and the other refugee children believe they have found sanctuary on the planet Omeyocan. Their sense of safety, however, is short-lived because they have landed in a ruined, vine-overgrown city with no water and dwindling food. Worse, giant five-legged spiders and other unseen inhabitants lurk in the jungle. With nowhere to run, Em and her young charges must fight or die, even if it means surrendering to their worst impulses.

Is it any good?

Tough, frightening, and eventful, this science-fiction saga of survival finds new uses for familiar tropes, keeping the reader off balance throughout. ALIGHT provides plenty of action and major surprises, but it also pays attention to the psychology of Em and her allies as they struggle to remain human and compassionate against daunting odds. In addition to being a crackerjack tale of first contact between humans and aliens, the novel presents amnesia, body swapping, and generational guilt with fresh insights and unusual perspectives. The cliffhanger ending opens up exciting new story possibilities that will bring readers back for the final installment.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the characteristics that make a person a good leader. What mistakes do leaders make in trying to lead their subjects and allies?

  • To what extremes do people go if they want to look younger than they really are? Why is youth revered by the media and pop culture?

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  • How important is memory to everyday life? What challenges would you face if you couldn't remember parts of your childhood?

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