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Letters From The Light

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  52 reviews

In a future Australia, where light is only for the powerful and the poor struggle in darkness, Sam grew up praying for a way out. Living as the only sighted boy in a town of blind workers was tough. Discovering it didn't have to be that way was tougher.

Sam is just one of five desperate people, each from vastly different societi
Kindle Edition, 406 pages
Published December 18th 2019 by Inspired Quill
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Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, 2020-shelf
For a book full of underdogs, marginalized characters, and pretty clear-cut bad guys that cross the line back and forth between being allies and antagonists, I still developed a distinct impression that I was reading a pretty standard SF adventure. You know, rebellion against the social machine, disgust with the old order, and the hard-scrabble for survival against stacked odds. That's fine for what it is, but it's not overly unique.

On the other hand, this novel is also jammed-packed with massiv
Cori McCarthy
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I kick off this review, I would first like to thank the author and publishing team for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review! I was truly excited to read it, and now let's get to it!

This book was an absolute adventure! When I read the synopsis for this book, I was immediately intrigued because it was something unique and something I personally haven't heard of before. This is a dystopian read set in Australia, and light being the one source not everyone can have. The elite
Caroline Noe
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A craft, filled with the sleeping, travels through space on a rescue mission. A girl almost drowns in a flood. A boy lives in perpetual darkness, surrounded by the blind, whilst a privileged few party in the light, oblivious to the suffering around them. Politics and faith are not what they seem in Calopa's extraordinary science fiction novel, taking these and many more disparate strands and weaving an intricate, mysterious plot that twists and turns in the style of a thriller. Characters grow, ...more
I would love to give a huge thank you to Brigid over at Inspired Quill for sending me a digital copy in exchange for my honest review. When I got the blurb for this book, I was very excited. This is a sci-fi/dystopian read. And boy was this an adventure. The story is set in Australia in which human as well as artificial intelligence live together in a world by which light is the source not everyone is permitted to. Indeed, with the class system, the elites have access to the light and unfortunat ...more
Anne Goodwin
Letters from the Light is an Australian sci-fi fantasy adventure, in a vivid world where only the elite have access to light. While some toil underground in darkness, blinded in infancy so they won’t stray, royalty parties above ground. While the Rats plot revolution, a wide cast of characters tease the reader as allies become enemies, and enemies friends. Expect lots of alternative world building, jeopardy, nods to diversity and touches of humour: I particularly liked the notion of a verdant Sy ...more
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Look I will never say no to a dystopian book – I read them so I am mentally prepared for that day to come. Because at this stage in life, anything is possible!
So basically the concept of the dystopian future really sits well with me and the fact that is based in Australia is also a bonus point since most people forget that we are even on the map. In this future setting light is basically
RJ Henne
DNF - the world building, writing, and characters didn't resonate enough with me to continue. Everything has been used before, been repurposed, or just poorly developed (except for the premise, which was actually really cool) . I am doomed to be woefully disappointed by most attempts at sci-fi it seems :( ...more
Julia Blake
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an interesting and imaginative read this was. A long-time fan of sci-fi, I don’t tend to read much of it now and this novel was a timely reminder of just how much I enjoy it. The world-building was superb, and straightaway we are introduced to a strange and dark land which sounds like Australia, but you quickly realise is very far from the land Down Under we know and love.

In the very beginning, the characters are thrown at you in a scattergun effect and the years jump by at a light-speed pa
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: female-author
I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Shel Calopa, and the publisher, Inspired Quill UK, for this opportunity.

Full review available at

I really enjoyed the concept of this book. In the dystopian future of Letters from the Light, light is a rationed resource, reserved by the wealthy as the poorest in society are forced to live in darkness. The poorest members of society are purposefully
Laura Escamilla
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First and foremost, I would like to thank the author and publishing team for sending me an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I haven't read much Science Fiction so I was truly excited to read this book after I had the chance to review the synopsis. 

Letters from the Light by Shel Calopa was a great adventure and a must read for all Sci-fi fans. In Calopa's Australian-like dystopia, humans and artificial intelligence (AI) live together in a world in which light is a ra
David Baldwin
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion, the beauty about reading is that you find yourself in the mind of an author and into their world. ‘Letters from the Light’ has the ability to take you into Shel Alopa’s world and one that may not be too far away from our own reality. I will say, the author does introduce one too many characters and storylines early on, in which it is easy to get lost in the madness of the different sects of society and organization for the future world in Australia. But, once one becomes familiar ...more
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the author and a representative from Inspired Quill for providing a digital copy in exchange for an honest review!

Overall, this was a wonderful and enjoyable read! It really does reflect a interesting dystopian world, with a mix of government and religion within it. Though I felt it was a long read, it has many redeeming qualities to help you through it. The imagery used within the book was fantastic - I could picture myself in this world without feeling overwhelmed or bored. I am v
This was one book that kept me guessing right up until the very end!

This book drops you right into the action from page one. The characters are introduced individually, so there are a lot of names to get to grips with in the beginning. But as the story progresses, and the characters meet, it all fell into place!

The story centres on the struggle between two opposing characters: the Master, a corrupt and power-crazed old man; and the Light, an AI who has developed a personality. As they fight for
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story is set in the future in dystopian Australia. Where light is for the rich and the poor live in darkness. Reading the first chapter gave me a City of Ember vibe, only to change in the next coming chapters. If you have read Harrison Bergeron, then you know how the government limit its citizens and make people have handicaps so they can be "equal" with everyone. Well in Letters from the Light, it's slightly different. People are controlled by religion and are blinded at birth. Light is use ...more
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A huge thank you to Brigid at Inspired Quill for the digital copy in exchange for my honest review.

I really enjoyed the last book that I reviewed for Inspired Quill so, when asked again, I jumped at the chance. After reading the synopsis, I was very excited and intrigued. Letters From the Light's premise was very unique so I was hoping for something new. It did not disappoint.

There were a lot of characters and it took me some time to remember who everyone was. The five main characters were very
T.K. Toppin
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's clear that Shel Calopa has been working on the concept of this book for some time. It's a well thought out clever, imaginative, detailed and meaty tale, filled with unique characters that each have their own voice. All this set against an Australian background with a dystopian theme. The melange of ethnicities and cultures blended with concerns that reflect, all too glaringly, our own real-world problems was brilliant. My personal favourite character was Sam, and I also thought the part whe ...more
Kristy Harvey
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, ai
The book is set in a world where light is only available to the upper class of society. The main protagonist in the beginning of the story is about a boy named Sam who has grown up in a town full of blind workers.

I really enjoyed the references that the author made to Australian cities and culture. The author has mixed this well in a setting with advanced technology given to the elite and very basic and poor living conditions of the working class.

I found this story quite creative and there wer
Di Reyliner
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Letters from the Light is a fast-paced, feminist allegory that make us question the stark barriers between humankind and humanity, the path to Illumination and the realm of Darkness and the hard choices between loyalty, survival and morality. It's setting is an intricate tapestry, weaving together subterranean settlements, pockets of futuristic landscapes and a cosmos traversed by mankind. The characters overcome various barriers of class, disability and gender-based oppression as they come toge ...more
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I received a free copy of this book from the author via voracious readers only in exchange for an honest review*
This was one of those books which I find really hard to review, not because I didn’t enjoy it but because I just want to shout “it was amazing, you must read it now” and have done with it. Everything about it was so well executed, Shel introduces us to this amazingly complex and diverse world jam packed with secrets. There were so many twists and turns that I didn’t expect that kept m
Dorothy Winsor
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is set in a dystopian future Australia in which most people live in literal darkness and light is reserved as a privilege for the powerful. That’s a great premise that serves as a subtle comment on our current ecological uncertainty. The book has a large cast and a packed plot that sometimes left me scrambling to keep up. There are truly hateful villains and some valiant, clever rebels to cheer for. If you’re looking for a story you haven’t seen a dozen times before, this is it.
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sunlight is now only for the rich while the poor live in darkness all the time. Nearly everyone around him are blind while he can see. He will be joined by a few different people who try to help an AI defend an ancient evil. Will they be able to do so? Can they beat it? What will happen if they do? See where you will be taken on this read

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
P.A. Mason
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shel Calopa takes us to a new world with familiar names for fellow Aussies. Where light is a commodity, a caste system springs up favouring those with superior genetics. In true Aussie spirit, the underdogs band together to take it up to the elitists and seek equality and retribution for heinous crimes against infants. With detailed world building, Shel transports us to a brand new place and time, where ‘The Light’ is elusive and civil war is more complicated than it appears.
Christine Farragher
This book had everything in it. Little romance, a sisterhood corrupted by the light and a brotherhood corrupted by the Master. Lots of underdogs that meet up to have to bring down dark forces and a corrupt society. Had different sects of community and different socioeconomic classes. Plus it took place in the future. Which side wins the light or the master? You will have to read the book to find out. Very interesting read and kept you guessing until
The very end.
We recently received a copy of Letters From The Light by Shel Capola. We love when authors gift us their books to read and review! This is her debut novel and it’s of the dystopian sci-fi genre. Now this is not my favorite genre. Sci-fi language is not my jam...however, once I really got in to the story, I enjoyed it. I loved the characters that Shel was able to bring to life through her imagination. She is a truly talented author and I highly recommend that you give this book a try, even if it’ ...more
Natalie Esperanza
LOVED this book with a capital L. If you want to push your boundaries and stretch your imagination then this book is for you. It’s a delicious dystopian sci-fi story and that will have you turning the pages through the night! If you’re like me and tired of the same old same old...please give this book a try! You will not be disappointed
Pat Eroh
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A very good dystopian read with a great message. We are alike and different and mutual respect is paramount. This book grabbed me and kept me reading throughout.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Veronica Strachan
A well-crafted and unique world populated by a broad cast of the good and the bad. This is a multilayered story with strong threads of culture, politics, societal inequities, religion, and revolution.
Loved the Australian flavour.
Violeta Stolevska
If you like to escape from every day life and immerse yourself in the adventures of fictional characters fighting for light this book is for you.
Berni Stanley
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic read!
Massimiliano Barsoum
Great read!!!
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