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Daughters of Forgotten Light

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  39 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
A floating prison is home to Earth's unwanted people, where they are forgotten... but not yet dead, in this wild science fiction adventure

Deep space penal colony Oubliette, population: scum.

Lena "Horror" Horowitz leads the Daughters of Forgotten Light, one of three vicious gangs fighting for survival on Oubliette. Their fragile truce is shaken when a new shipment arrives f
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Angry Robot
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The Captain
Aug 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandon-ship
Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .

This book appealed to me because it is by an author whose work I have had an interest in reading and it is about a prison city in space with gang warfare.  Unfortunately I don't think I was the target audience for this one and two issues led me to abandon ship at 25%.

So this book starts with a gang on a "motorcycle" ride through the space prison.  Now why would a
Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
Do you ever read a book and feel like you might have liked the storyline better if it was written by someone else? That’s sort of what I felt about Daughters of Forgotten Light.

In a future devastated by an unexpected ice age and constant war over resources, mothers have total control over their under-eighteen children. Once the child is twelve, they can be sent to either the army or, if they’re a girl, to the floating space prison known as the Oubliette. A limited and fixed amount of food is als
Take all the best bits from Mad Max Fury Road. Gender switch all the cast of Escape from New York, but keep all the 'snark', throw in the blazing neon colour (and bikes?) from Tron... set it off planet.
Persist, Resist, This Girl Can all apply. This is the book you've been waiting for.
Add more awesome. More diverse.
More action. All the pace.
Add more again.
It doesn't pander. It is violent.

Read it.

Full review to follow...
Anna Stephens
Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it
A punky, pulpy Blade Runner-feeling, Gangs of New York-feuding, all-girl fighting, motorcycle-riding far-future Sci Fi.
Not entirely without its issues, but it's a fun enough ride that you won't mind. Excellent diversity and some really well thought out elements make this fairly short book a breeze to read.
Tom Smith
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
My friends know I'm not crazy big on sci-fi, but Sean's a cool dude and he asked me to read this so I did.
And I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. It has a different kind of futuristic sci-fi bent to it with a Grindhouse type feel.
When I first finished it I wasn't happy with the abrupt ending, but the more I thought about it the more I thought it worked perfectly.
Having read this AND Smoke Eaters, I have to say that I think Sean Grigsby's strength as a writer comes from his ability to grab
Joseph  Zak Bailey
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A top sirloin cut of sci-fi pulp marinated in the perfect blend of B-movie spices. The world is in an dreadful state, most of it's either frozen or at war. Young women are shipped off to the prison planet, Oubliette, where biker gangs rule the roost. Things only get more messed up when a baby is shipped to the penal colony and is handed to the Amazons, a group of mad cannibals. Lena "Horror" Horowitz, the head of the Daughters of Forgotten Light, makes it her mission to get the baby to their sid ...more
Beth Cato
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, blurbed, horror, science
I read a galley and blurbed it.
Nerine Dorman
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The first thing that sold me on Daughters of Forgotten Light by Sean Grigsby was the cover – good goddess that's some amazing design right there. The second thing was the title. Then I read the back cover blurb, and I was all over the idea of the story. In a nutshell, it seems as if the earth is rapidly headed towards another ice age; nearly all the men are at the front fighting a war neither side can win; and to combat overpopulation, mothers are given the authority to ship their daughters to a ...more
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Have you ever watched one of those Exploitation movies from the 70s? I've seen a few and wow does this book give off a similar vibe--grisly deaths, prison life, gangs, violence, sticking it to the man, etc. It does avoid the worst aspects of the genre but I have some mixed feelings about it nonetheless.

Daughters of Forgotten Light centers around the lives of Lena "Horror" Horowitz and the members of her biker gang on the space prison Oubliette. Earth has finally felt the full effects of climate
Brian's Book Blog
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-audiobooks
See this and many more reviews on Brian's Book Blog

Extremely Poignant Cyberpunk Sci-Fi

I’ve had this one since I requested it as an ARC – unfortunately life got in the way and I wasn’t able to finish it in time (or even near pre-release). But, I’m glad that I checked this one out. It was a well thought out adventure.

I honestly picked this up synopsis-unread because of Sean’s first book Smoke Eaters. I loved that book so much that I knew I needed to read whatever else he put up. Plus, check out
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Take Sons of Anarchy, cross over to Lord of the Flies, then stage it in Escape from New York but in space. Add in light cycles and Tron throwing disks and you're nearly there to this novel.

Earth is dying as a new ice age is making its presence known. The US continent is in a forever war with, well, basically everyone else that's still alive over environmental shielding technology that's currently keeping people alive. The war is all consuming of people and resources. This is a place where it's
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This novel is somewhere between the Barsoom novels, the 70s movie Warriors, and the comic Bitch Planet. I really enjoyed the nonstop action, implausible technology, cursing, and general insanity. It was a nice break from my diet of "normal" Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Sheldon Wiebe
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The all female residents of a space Australia (called The Oubliette) prepare to take vengeance on the folks on Earth who sent them there after a baby arrives with the latest shipment of unwanted ypung women and girls.

Daughters of the Forgotten Light is a fast-paced science fiction whizbang of a tale. Great characters; plenty of good, clean (and not-so-clean) action and a few ideas and a touch of satire.

Well worth checking out.
No One
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I mean for the cover alone is amazing but damn that story was so utterly gripping I utterly adored it. It's everything I've ever wanted in a Sci Fi book and I would love more.

I've never read such a diverse cast before

-Fearless and brutal leader with down syndrome
-Deaf transgender cutie
-Asian main character with cool modified blue hair and a conscience
-Sexually frustrated lesbians

Oh and don't forget the...

-Space cannibals
-Space prison
-Bike gang in space
-Tron bike
Laurie Bell
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This is a mad, bad, dangerous dystopian adult scif fi that is, at times, hard to handle. What I mean by that is that as you read it, you wonder… can this happen and the frightful answer is YES. Full of violence and anger, this is a book about the darkness that sits in us all, and what is created when government gives people an “easy” way to limit population growth and get rid of criminals at the same time. By sending them (problems) away – out of sight, out of mind. And it’s all completely
Rachel Noel
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*Book received via NetGalley for an honest review.

Long story short, this is a book that shows multiple ways of being a bad ass woman. Each character perspective we get, Senator Linda Dolfuse, Lena "Horror" Horowitz, Sarah Pao, each of them is a bad ass in their own right. Admittedly Dofluse and Pao kinda need some time to grow into it, but when they get there, you're rooting for them. Lena is introduced as the leader of the gang Daughters of Forgotten Light, maintaining her cool when confronted
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
okay. so.

daughters of forgotten light has a pretty cool setting - it's an all-female prison in another planet called oubliette. here's how it plays into the story: earth has entered another ice age and is deep into another never-ending pointless war,and to solve the overpopulation issues the government has decreed that mothers have complete rights over their children's life until they turn eighteen, and from the moment they turn 12, said mothers can either sell their sons into the military, or
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
DNF at 31%. It took me three and a half weeks to get this far, and I just couldn't bear it anymore. Not when goodies like Women Talking and Exit, Pursued by a Bear are burning a hole in my Kindle.

Normally I'd blame this on a reading slump - and, to be fair, I am rather preoccupied with an upcoming cross-country move - but really, I've come to realize that's a cop-out, because I hate writing critical book reviews. That is, as long as there's nothing egregiously offensive to really earn my ire. As
Mike Saurers
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Snake Plissken read this book and wished he had a damn cyclone to ride roughshod all over The Duke of New York’s face.
Loved the book-read the synopsis to get the idea. My main takeaway is that I grew up inhaling 80’s sci Fi Action flicks and this book scratched that itch. Escape From New York, Tron, mixed with some political intrigue. John Carpenter needs to make of movie of this. Sean Grigsby is going to occupy a lot of my future reading time. Get on board with this writer. Not high brow liter
Jason P.
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good pulp novel. I enjoyed this.
Michael Rousseau
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Grigsby's second novel ups the ante with a dystopian future not too far removed from our own, a diverse cast of women, and an aesthetic that marries Escape from New York and TRON together in an orgy of blood, violence, and vengeance.
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Sean Grigsby is a professional firefighter in central Arkansas, where he writes about lasers, aliens, and guitar battles with the Devil...when he’s not fighting dragons.

He is represented by Paul Stevens of Donald Maass Literary Agency.

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