Alight, by Scott Sigler


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 to assert herself as leader and her friends tried to comprehend their own mysterious identity; now she must wrestle not with the challenge of winning power but the grave responsibility of having assumed it, and she and her friends must contend with a grim fact: the revelation of their identity is not an answer but another question—and one with terrifying implications.

I expected to enjoy Alight, and I wasn’t disappointed. I’ve already mentioned when I reviewed Alive last year, that I like the Generations series more than the Infected series. Alight is another solid foray into a YA sci-fi survival adventure. Like its predecessor, nothing is held back from the YA audience.

Alight covers the gambit of emotions we can expect from people, both young and old: pride, fear, anger, xenophobia, and the idea that people we trust don’t always have our best intentions at heart.

In Alight, not all is as it appears, and threats both internal and external from the fist book threaten Em and her motley crew. The personalities and characterization continue from Alive, compounding on what we already know about the children.

Alight wasn’t as creepy as Alive, and I felt the story was a more robust insight into humanity. I can’t place my finger on a precise reason, but I think Alight is a better book than Alive. I had no issues following the story, but that could’ve been because Alive stuck with me for so long after reading it. There were tidbits here and there that’ll fill in someone who has just picked up Alight without reading Alive, but anyone considering reading Alight should read Alive first to appreciate the story the fullest.

Alight ends on a cliffhanger more cliffhanger-y than Alive, and usually, I’m not a fan of the cliffhanger trope, but Scott did it so well, I’m eager to read Alone, presumably in 2017. Alight is a four-and-a-half star read, and for this review, I’ll bump it to five stars.


New York Times best-selling author Scott Sigler is the creator of fifteen novels, six novellas and dozens of short stories. His works are available from Crown Publishing and Del Rey Books. In 2005, Scott built a large online following by releasing his audiobooks as serialized podcasts. A decade later, he still gives his stories away — for free — every Sunday at His loyal fans, who named themselves “Junkies,” have downloaded over thirty-five million individual episodes. Scott is the co-founder of Empty Set Entertainment, which publishes his Galactic Football League series. He lives in San Diego, CA, with his dog Reesie.


About Mark Gardner

Mark Gardner lives in northern Arizona with his wife, three children and a pair of spoiled dogs. Mark holds a degrees in Computer Systems and Applications and Applied Human Behavior. View all posts by Mark Gardner

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