We Light Up the Sky by Lilliam Rivera is coming this fall just in time for your creature feature bingo cards, because this one my friends has aliens! I love books with aliens, (as well as my movies & graphic novels), and just sci-fi in general. But this one isn’t just all sci-fi, this is layered within the ramifications of the contemporary setting of Los Angeles that comes with all the social issues and racism, especially when three latinx teens are trying to save the world. Put this on your TBR for the October 5th release!
We Light Up the Skyby Lilliam Rivera
Published by: Bloomsbury YA
on October 5, 2021
Genres: Sci-Fi, Young Adult
In a haunting, genre-bending YA, award-winning author Lilliam Rivera explores the social and racial ramifications of an alien invasion from the perspective of three Latinx teens.
Pedro, Luna, and Rafa may attend Fairfax High School together in Los Angeles, but they run in separate spheres. Pedro is often told that he's "too much" and seeks refuge from his home life in a local drag bar. Luna is pretending to go along with the popular crowd but is still grieving the unexpected passing of her beloved cousin Tasha. Then there's Rafa, the quiet new kid who is hiding the fact that his family is homeless.
But Pedro, Luna, and Rafa find themselves thrown together when an extraterrestrial visitor lands in their city and takes the form of Luna's cousin Tasha. As the Visitor causes destruction wherever it goes, the three teens struggle to survive and warn others of what's coming--because this Visitor is only the first of many. But who is their true enemy--this alien, or their fellow humans? Can Pedro, Luna, and Rafa find a way to save a world that has repeatedly proven it doesn't want to save them?
Pura Belpré Honor-winning author Lilliam Rivera examines the days before a War of the Worlds-inspired alien invasion in this captivating and chilling new novel.