Rating: 4 / 5
THE LIGHT BRIGADE by Kameron Hurley was the July pick for the #DeepDarkReads buddy read on Instagram. This was another new to me pick, but the premise sounded like it had the potential to be right up my alley!
THE LIGHT BRIGADE follows Dietz, a soldier in the war against Mars. Technology allows troops to be broken down and sent anywhere as light to fight battles where needed. Soldiers are expected to do as instructed without question and Dietz is trying to follow along, but things go awry. Dietz is dropped into a setting not prepared for, but no one else seems to experience the war the same way. Those who come back from their transitions ‘different’ are called the Light Brigade. Is Dietz going mad as a member of the Light Brigade or are things really different?
The premise of this one instantly intrigued me, but I was not sure I was going to make it through this book in the early chapters. One of the side effects of the breakdown used in transportation is a lot of bodily discomfort. There is a LOT of violent bodily discharges discussed as the troops go through training and learn to adapt and I really could have done without that. That said, I am glad I stuck with the book (and that the book didn’t stick with the topic).
I thought the author did a fantastic job of following Dietz’ very different point of view in comparison to the surrounding soldiers. This book is weird (hence why it was up my alley) and often confusing, but I think the author did well bringing a confusing storyline into a reasonably understandable story arch.
This is a book where it is best to go in without a lot of foreknowledge of what is going on, so I’m going to stay vague, but I did very much enjoy the book as a whole and would definitely pick up more from Kameron Hurley.