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Light Raid

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  361 ratings  ·  27 reviews
When Ariadne was 17, the laser beams blasted from the sky--destroying her home, leaving her father helpless and putting her mother in prison for treason. Now, as civil war divides North America, Ariadne must face the greatest challenge of her life--clearing her mother's name and surviving! ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 263 pages
Published April 1st 1990 by Ace Books (first published May 1989)
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Aug 07, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
A teenage biotech is evacuated from her parents and their corporation (she has an equal amount of loyalty to each) because they’re under attack, but returns when she suspects something has happened to her father. Ariadne cleverly maneuvers her way through checkpoints, rubble and other impediments of war time, but when she gets home, she finds her mother has been charged with sabotage. Has the water supply been sabotaged? Is her mother really a spy? And what are the true loyalties of the adults a ...more
Aug 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I can't help but love Connie Willis's blatant tropes: war on the home front, irritating romance connections, and constant aggravated misunderstandings. An alternate future from 1989 with a lot less cringe than you'd expect, a wartime spy thriller with a scifi twist, and a plucky heroine who is really too young to be involved but if she was any older the evacuee plot wouldn't have worked, and Connie Willis loves her some evacuees. Good fun and short enough not to pall. ...more
May 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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J.L. Dobias
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shelf-002
Light Raid by Connie Willis Cynthia Felice

I really liked this book and would have given it a 5 star except that I was disappointed that the e-book taken from the Ace original has some major glitches in the punctuation and a couple of obvious spelling errors. I try to be lenient toward self published and perhaps its being a bit mean spirited to pick on the traditionally published authors but I do expect more from them.

The story is excellent with really good world building and some great character
Isabel Jazmín
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Los personajes del niño Beejum y la bebé Verity Ann me recordaron mucho a los niños refugiados que aparecen en toda la saga de los viajes en el tiempo: aparentemente están como personajes secundarios pero tienen mucha más relevancia para el desarrollo de la trama de lo que aparentan.
Mavis Duncanson
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good fast read. As others have said it is lighter than works by Connie Willis on her own. Somewhat flippant in relation to death and destruction. Includes love interests and a matchmaking computer. I was kept guessing until the end and overall enjoyed this book very much.
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-f
This . . . was not what I expected. I love Connie Willis, but I expected this to be an adult book, and it read very solidly as YA. That isn't bad, but it wasn't what I expected. Still, I definitely enjoyed it. ...more
Daniel Díez
Sep 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Entretenida novela para chicas emprendedoras con final feliz.
Muy naif o juvenil. Algunas escenas con suspenso bien hechas. Pero en general obran todos sin fundamento, y hay demasiadas traiciones y confusión.
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was published in 1989, so it's a little dated in its view of the future. Having said that, it's always wonderful to read about an area of the world you know and this takes place in "Denver Springs" (i.e. the mega-city spanning the entire front range of the Rockies in Colorado). The political entities of North America have rearranged themselves so that Quebec has declared war on what used to be the U.S., while "Victoria" (British Columbia) has been neutral in the war and the rest of what use ...more
Emily Loveall
Oct 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Set in a future North America where America is in a civil war. Protagonist Hellene Ariadne was sent to Victoria to escape from the dangers of the war, but she runs home when she has the suspicion that something has happened to her dad. She finds out her house has been destroyed by a light raid, her dad is in shock, and her mom is in jail, arrested for suspicion of sabotaging the war. What follows is an intense thrill ride full of twists and turns.

The book kept me guessing. I wasn't sure whether
Jun 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
It is an amusing, romantic, adventure/science fiction novel. A little rough around the edges and somewhat predictable, but it filled my light fiction craving. I have enjoyed everything I have read by Connie Willis so far. She always has a nice central love story intertwined with her main story arc/theme. I find her novels a bit same-ish character wise, but that can be comforting. She has some interesting "what if" ideas and can come up with some very good idea synthesis. Also she can do action a ...more
Don O'goodreader
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Ariadne Hellene is 17 as has been evacuated from Colorado Springs to Victoria, British Columbia, because of the light raids (aerial laser attacks from satellites, aka batellites) from the Quebecers. But the North American war is is a distant problem. Her daily problems at the unscrupulous Mrs Ponsonby's home of evacuated children are more along of lines of being starved and forced to clean house and baby sit. The story opens with Ariadne changing Verity Ann's diaper.
Aug 13, 2007 rated it liked it
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
As is usually the case with books written by Willis in collaboration with Cynthia Felice, Light Raid is a lot lighter than books written by Willis alone. I was a bit disappointed when I first started reading novels by Willis & Felice but now that I've gotten used to their lighter prose I find these novels quite enjoyable. Light Raid is a fun, quick read and the plot flows effortlessly. An entertaining read. ...more
Sep 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Lots of fun in an old-style juvenile science-fiction adventure with a girl heroine.

I found this in a used bookstore in northern Michigan - someone should reprint these collaborations. A lot lighter than Connie Willis alone, but shares touches of her sly humor and this book has moments reminiscent of the madcap fast pace I loved so much in To Say Nothing of the Dog.
Maureen E
Feb 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
I wasn’t super wild about Water Witch, the other book I’ve read by these two authors. Light Raid, on the other hand, I really enjoyed! I liked the feeling of a futuristic World War II and kept thinking I was reading one of the Oxford books (minus the time travel). I also thought I had the plot called and then it totally surprised me! And the romance was nice as well. [Jan 2011]
Apr 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Engrossing, as WIllis' books usually are - although as so often happens, I was left wishing more had been explained (I am particularly curious as to why all the grecian overtones to Hydra corp), but the plot was tight, the romance charmingly un-mushy and just right, and ... well, reader, I liked it ...more
I would have loved this in middle school, when "future" technology would not have seemed so laughable (really, guys, why did no one tell me in the 90s that Connie Willis existed?). But in the 21st century it just doesn't hold up. Still a fun, light read. ...more
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
I enjoy finding little gems in used books stores; in this case, I picked this up a Goodwill. This novel seemed more a novel of intrigue rather than a novel of science fiction. A good, fast-paced read.
May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Compared to later Connie Willis, this novel doesn't show to best advantage, but it's still smart and fun and clever. In my opinion, its most redeeming qualities are not in the science fiction elements but in the characters, which are pleasantly well-developed. ...more
Dec 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Slow reading, took quite some time for me to get somewhat interested. I'd skip this one, just my opinion. ...more
Jan 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
I've read most of Willis' books and have enjoyed almost every one. This one, which had a co-author, was very well-done. With a juvenile heroine, it reminded me of some of Heinlein's early books. ...more
Mar 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
light, fun
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spy story/love story/science fiction with 17 y/o girl main character.
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Constance Elaine Trimmer Willis is an American science fiction writer. She is one of the most honored science fiction writers of the 1980s and 1990s.

She has won, among other awards, ten Hugo Awards and six Nebula Awards. Willis most recently won a Hugo Award for All Seated on the Ground (August 2008). She was the 2011 recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award from the Science Ficti

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