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City of Shattered Light

4.63  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  38 reviews
As darkness closes in on the city of shattered light, an heiress and an outlaw must decide whether to fend for themselves or fight for each other.

As heiress to a powerful tech empire, seventeen-year-old Asa Almeida strives to prove she's more than her manipulative father's shadow. But when he uploads her rebellious sister’s mind to an experimental brain, Asa will do anyth
Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: October 19th 2021 by Flux
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Claire The book has a bisexual love triangle (M/F and F/F), but the primary romance thread is F/F, with the two main characters :)

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OH MY GOD THIS WAS SOO GOOD. I did not see the plot twist in the last chapter coming but omg, the cliffhanger ahhhhh.

Review to come....


My ARC request just got accepted, I AM SO EXCITED ahh it looks soooo good!

💜~ Thank you to NetGalley and North Star Editions/Flux publishing for providing this eARC in exchange for an honest review ~💜


This looks so good OMG, hopefully my request for an ARC gets accepted because I am dying to read it.
katie ☾
i'm a simple person—i see sapphics on a cover, and i add it. ...more
rachel ☾
Cyborgs! Guns! Flirting! 🔥 Matriarchal crime syndicates! Heists! Brain-tech interfaces! 🎮 Girls kissing girls! Girls kissing boys! 💋 Bass-pumping cyberpunk nightscapes! 🌃 Queer found family! Possessed murderous tech! 💀 Drugged bubblegum! Creepy labs! Organ piracy! ⚡️ Cute girls who are actually steel-and-silicon death machines! Gravity-shifting gladiatorial pits! 🌆154-hour nights!

this sounds chaotic and i'm here for it

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ale ♡
Apr 02, 2021 marked it as to-read
sapphics and a beautiful cover? count me in

thanks to netgalley for the arc!
Aug 21, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2021-releases
March 10, 2021: The power this cover holds. Also, it's all about a "heiress who must join forces with a smuggler to outwit a monstrous AI to save her sister and their city" so it's one of those BLURB & COVER, BOTH ARE PERFECT.

August 21, 2020: We're being offered a neon-drenched sci-fi with monstrous AI and criminal hierarchy and SO I AM HERE WAITING FOR THIS
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Author’s note (content warnings at the bottom!)

This is the unexpected, scrappy-underdog book of my heart, with characters who already feel like old friends and a world that still pervades my dreams. City of Shattered Light is infused with so many of my favorite things—a ride-or-die disaster team, crystal-scarred cityscapes with Final Fantasy vibes, enigmatic and bloodthirsty villains, and a violently-colored cyberpunk world teeming with danger and adventure.

But beneath the flashy firefights and
Bill Adams
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an early version, and I can honestly say as an avid SFF reader, you are in for a treat with this book.

If there is one way to describe City of Shattered Light, it is with two simple words: tension rocket. The pace of this story is so breakneck, you're barely allowed to breathe, when you get said breath, you're aching for more. None of the world-building and plot arcs fall under this intense rush to the climax, in fact, you're almost wishing for more by the time you get
♠ TABI⁷ ♠
Oct 15, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: edelweiss
heard something about "monstrous AI" and literally cackled with anticipation ...more
Nicole Brake
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Firstly, I am SO JEALOUS of everybody who gets to read this for the first time soon. You are in for a RIDE!

CITY OF SHATTERED LIGHT is gritty, fast-paced and so much FUN. I fell in love with Riven, then Asa, and eventually declared that I ship them all! And I still do. The world is adrenaline-fuelled and drenched in neon. Danger & sin lurks around every corner and each page packs a punch!

The most excitement you can get in 300+pages!
amy :)
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The best way I can manage to describe this book is "Six of Crows" but make it sci-fi and also SAPHHIC!!! Another huge aspect of this book is found family which is one of my fav troupes so I obviously LOVED!!! This book does include a form of love triangle (f/m and f/f) which I usually hate but in this instance enjoyed!!! There is also mlm rep between two of the main side characters :)

I'm not normally a big fan of sci-fi as I find it a bit confusing at times but this book really wasn't!!! It was
Mar 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Thank you to North Star Editions/Flux via Netgalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review
Can I just say that everyone has to move this book to the top of all of their list? This book had hit all the necessary points for me and it was absolutely amazing. I applaud Claire for allowing us to connect with her characters and giving us enough detail to understand the plot of her story.

I would absolutely recommend this book
Mar 25, 2021 marked it as to-read
Shelves: not-released
i promised myself that i wouldn't read any books with the word 'shatter' in the title after this dumpster fire, but after some reconsideration*, i have decided to make an exception.

*i saw the cover
Feb 22, 2021 marked it as to-read
What the fuck I wanna read this so bad?!
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely the best!
I would say a solid 3.5 stars really.

Starting off, I think the writing style was very good. I loved the voices of the two main characters and how distinct they were. With the povs changing sometimes within chapters it was easy enough to follow along.

The plot I really enjoyed. The idea of one girl doing everything in her power to save her sister and the other to save her home while simultaneously lining up their objectives but not fully trusting each other was played out so well. I think they c
Apr 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

City of Shattered Light by Claire Winn is a fantastic sci-fi heist story with robots and space pirates. The story revolves around two female protagonists: Riven, the leader of a space smuggling crew, and Asa, who is an heir to her evil scientist father's tech company and who is trying to save her sister Kaya from his grasp.

Here is a quote from an exciting chapter from Riven's point of view:

"One by one, her bul
laura 🦦
* e-ARC provided through NetGalley *

3.5 stars because holy fuck that ending.

oh my god. so many thoughts, so few words.

I'm so glad I got to read an ARC of this book because it was already one of the most exciting reads on my sapphic tbr. I mean, look at that cover. it's so stunning and so, so gay.

now, to the actual review.

I don't usually read sci-fi. most of the time, I find it dreadful and uninteresting because of how serious its tone is. this time, I made an exception (because wlw, duh.) a
Apr 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
First things first: the action is bonkers, like, put-in-the-freezer-levels of tense at times. You know when critics write about how a debut novel is incendiary or whatever and you're like, ok calm down it's a book about a sad dentist? Yeah this book is no joke. The literary equivalent of throwing a firecracker into a room full of cats (that's mean and I would never do that but you have to admit you can imagine the chaos). The world-building is just...stellar, like, no, I don't want to live in an ...more
Apr 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to netgalley and Flux for the ARC!! All opinions are entirely my own.

Okay, I see you technology based, sci fi, interplanetary future. I’m here for you. What I’m NOT here for is the cybernetic body modifications. Blades grafted into bone? Mind links to wires? No thanks.

In this sci-fi, sapphic YA, we follow both Asa and Riven as they attempt to carve out their futures, Asa, as the heir to her father’s experimental tech industry, and Riven, as matriarch in a glorious crime syndicate. Wh
Vik Stone
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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The best thing about this book is that it was an action-packed, quick read. I liked the unique world building with exciting plot. The faced paced action scenes definitely did not disappoint. But that is all I liked about the book.

Most characters in this book were not fully explored. A little bonding between the crew might have made me care more about the characters and their dynamics. Other than the fast pace and the intense action scenes, nothing in the book worked for me. I wasn't very investe
Amy G
Apr 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
4.5 stars
Thank you to NetGalley for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This book was an amazing Sci-Fi heist. The vast amount of worldbuilding, plot and character development came through cleanly without any of it being dumped on you all at once which was super refreshing to read.
The book follows two lead girls Riven and Asa, who are from very different walks of life. Asa being a rich girl who we see as a big asset due to her mechanic skills. As well as Riven who is an amazing s
Mar 31, 2021 rated it liked it
This book had so much going for it. Sci-fi, being on the run, queer characters. Unfortunately, the characters and plot did not convince me.

Asa is the daughter of a tech mogul who does less-than-ethical experiments on her sister. When he transfers her sister’s consciousness into the brain of the long-dead alien race, it invites a virus into the system.

Meanwhile, Riven needs to prove herself to the matriarchs of the world she lives on, not too far from the bright and shiny planet that Asa grew u
Apr 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, ya, queer-lit
This is basically the smart, feminist, unabashedly bisexual, adventerous space opera of my absolute DREAMS.

I just...holy crap. It's so good. The world-building is top-knotch, the stakes are believably high, every character has a unique and developed relationship with every other character, the found-family vibes are wonderful, the subtle love triangle is believable and emotional and feels totally true to every character in it, and the small individual choices of characters have real consequence
Apr 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
I got the chance to read an arc of this through NetGalley, and wow! A dystopian novel dealing with sibling love, loyalty and gangs, featuring a romance that resembles June and Day from "Legend". This book was really easy to get into, with loveable characters and witty dialogue. I usually don't like love triangles, but I actually didn't mind this one. It wasn't overly angsty and everyone involved had love for each other. The plot was predictable if you've read enough YA, but not enough for me to ...more
Mar 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a great YA sci-fi read for anyone looking for something that feels different/more grounded than space opera. The tech is cool, but accessible, the world vibrant and gritty. The characters nail that found family feel.

For me, personally, the mark of a great sci fi is the mix of: how the hell did the world end up like this but also I'll take one of each of those mods, please. And this book nailed this balance.

A great read for someone crying out for more sci fi!
Renaissance Kate
Mar 20, 2021 marked it as to-read
Shelves: sci-fi, arc, lgbtqia, ya
ARC received!!

Per the author:
"If you love disaster sapphics, Six of Crows-style heist teams, and vibrant cyberpunk worlds, give it a try!"

Thank you to North Star Editions/Flux via Netgalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Terri Jones
Reading the NetGalley eARC, review entirely my own.
DNF at 3%, at chapter 2, I stopped. The author gave me these characters who weren't going to be allowed to be reasonably competent, not enough to survive in this very dangerous world, and I can't deal with that.
Mar 25, 2021 marked it as to-read
I saw the cover and I thought it looks like Elsa and Raven from Teen Titans and then I read the synopsis and found out that their names are Asa and Riven 😂 what
sera ✧˖*°࿐
Mar 25, 2021 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc-tbr
arc received via netgalley
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Claire Winn spends her time immersed in other worlds—through LARP, video games, books, nerd conventions, and her own stories. Since graduating from Northwestern University, she’s worked as a legal writer and freelance editor. Aside from writing, she builds cosplay props and armor, tears up dance floors, and battles with boffer swords. City of Shattered Light, her first novel, releases fall 2021 fr ...more

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