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“If it’s war they want, they messed with the wrong girl.”

M. Savage—or Em, as she is called—has made a bewildering and ominous discovery. She and the other young people she was chosen to lead awoke in strange coffins with no memory of their names or their pasts. They faced an empty, unknown place of twisting tunnels and human bones. With only one another to depend on, they searched for answers and found the truth about their terrifying fate. Confronted by a monstrous enemy, they vowed never to surrender—and, by any means, to survive.

The planet Omeyocan may be the sanctuary Em and her comrades seek. But the planet for which they were created turns out not to be a pristine, virgin world. Vestiges of a lost civilization testify to a horrifying past that may yet repeat itself. And when a new enemy creeps from the jungle shadows, Em and her young refugees learn there’s nowhere left to run. They face a simple choice: fight or die.

In the midst of this desperate struggle, their unity is compromised from within—and a dangerous zealot devoted to a bloodthirsty god moves to usurp Em’s command, threatening to lead them all down a path to violent doom.

424 pages, Paperback

First published April 5, 2016

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Scott Sigler

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Profile Image for Laura.
425 reviews1,244 followers
March 7, 2016
Alright, so when Alive first came out, Scott Sigler included a note asking those who review to be mindful of spoilers and not post them. I would like to do the same thing with Alight, the sequel. Even for those who haven’t yet read Alive..I’ll be trying my best to keep out any developments from the first book that led to the second.

We again are with Em and the Birthday Children as they continue to make discoveries as to who they really are. They learn more about their past and identities which only opens doors to more questions. Em struggles with who she is or could become while also trying to lead her group to survival. The group faces many challenges, but all they really want is to survive.

Like with Alive, Alight has similarities to Lord of the Flies, The Maze Runner, and Divergent. I’d say the story itself is very much it’s own, though. There’s a lot going on in this book including a fight for leadership, undiscovered creatures, a battle between groups, and way more.

Scott Sigler does a great job at keeping up the pace in Alight. Sometimes in a trilogy “second book syndrome” takes over knocking the rhythm of the series out of whack, but that is not at all the case here. In fact, I felt like it was paced more quickly. There was also a great refresh on what happened in the first book in an organic sort of way. It felt natural and not like a boring recap. I think I actually enjoyed this book more than Alive.

There was a great deal that occurs. The ending concludes the story to our book very well, while leaving a great cliffhanger that has me dying for Alone to come out. My exact reaction was "What the....what?? That ending. This whole book. That was GOOD." At least October is not THAT far away! This really was such a great book. If you haven’t yet started The Generations Trilogy, I highly recommend you start on this dystopian series asap!

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review via netgalley
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October 4, 2016
OCTOBER 4, 2016
Hoo-rah, ALIGHT is out in paperback today!

JULY 19, 2016:
Check out the paperback cover for ALIGHT (hardcover out now, paperback out October 4, 2016). Del Rey, the publisher, is going for a whole new look with the series. They've also slated a new paperback cover for ALIVE, and that one will also be out about October 4. Publisher just ramping things up to push the hardcover of Book III of the trilogy, ALONE, out Marcy 7 2017.

Update 4/5/16
Ladies and gentlemen, ALIGHT is in stores today. It's mah Book Birthday, and to celebrate, I will pop this here bottle of Champagne.

Even for a full-time author, there are only a few days in a lifetime when a new book comes out. It's important to celebrate these days — this is what we work so long and so hard for, to bring you readers a new story. If I've done my job well, ALIGHT will carry you away to another world and leave your problems far behind, at least for a few precious hours. This is why I do what I do. And also for the champagne. Because that stuff is dope, yo.

Update 3/15/16
The first hardcovers came in! I'm quite excited.

Update 3/5/2016: Cover unboxing video!
I got the first final covers for ALIGHT in, thought I'd share the moment with all y'all. Click on the video thumbnail below to watch!

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Update 12/10/15:
I am borrowing a page from my author-buddy Michael J Sullivan and posting updates about my books in my "review" of the book itself. Seems to work well for him.

ALIGHT is in the final copyedit phase. I'm watching the talented folks at Del Rey catch the last few little typos and small continuity errors (at least I hope they are the last errors ...). Sometimes as an author, you are too close to the story, and you've read it so many times you miss small things. The fresh eyes of a copyeditor go a long way to ironing out those wrinkles.

I'm really exited to bring you this book. I busted my hump on it to create something that breaks the mold of the typical trilogy — this Book II is a story unto itself, not a place-holder between Book I and Book II. I want to keep you guessing right up until the end.

I hope you dig it! If you're looking forward to ALIGHT, add it to your "to read" shelf.
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3,465 reviews9,619 followers
March 13, 2016
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So they have landed on the planet.


I still love Em's character and a lot of the others, but crap on a cracker could someone get rid of Aramousky! This caused me to have a love/hate relationship with the book, but I guess we all have to put up with a jerk every now and then right? :-)


•Find out if the planet is hostile.
•Find out if there are other living beings on the planet.
•Find out how to eat contaminated food.
•Find out how to protect themselves from some nasty things that come up.

Anyhoo, there are some creatures on the planet and I have to say I like the spiders and I love the Springers! They are really cool :-)

I'm sad to say that some of the kids I really liked get killed, but you knew that was going to happen. Some big time craziness goes down and well..... oh and the craziness is going to get even worse in book three!

On the planet are a lot of buildings and a conservatory. They find out a few things about their past or future, depends on how you look at it. They have to go to war and I think Em does the best she can to keep as many of them alive as she can, but she's up against a big foe!

There is really not much else I can say without giving out spoilers! Uggg, the agony! I liked it, that's all I can really say and I look forward to the next book. Or maybe not depending if everyone gets killed!!

I am the wind...I am death

*I would like to thank Netgalley and Random House for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*
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2,030 reviews2,604 followers
April 2, 2016
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum http://bibliosanctum.com/2016/04/02/y...

Oh Scott Sigler, you have to stop writing books where the amazing parts are all spoilers! The things I want to praise and gush about in here would lead to too many plot reveals, so nope nope nope I’m not going to do it. Suffice to say, much like the first book Alive, the less you know going into Alight the better.

And that’s not all this sequel has in common with its predecessor. Alight carries on the horror-mystery tradition established in Alive, and even adopts a similar story structure. Our main character “Em” and dozens of others like her, known as the “Birthday children”, woke up in coffins with no memories of who they were before they went to sleep. Now they have more answers, but that hasn’t stopped the danger or their fight for survival.

In fact, their situation has only gotten worse. We know some things about our characters’ origins now, but we still don’t have the full picture, and the strange place Em finds herself in Alight plunges us back into the dark. New questions arise when what she thought was going to be a sanctuary turns out to be a death trap, with no food or safe shelter. What’s the story behind this alien jungle, with its peculiar ruins and exotic creatures and plants? The kids have also traded one monster for another, escaping their old enemies to end up deep in the territory of unknown and potentially hostile race. Worst of all, Em’s authority is still being challenged by her biggest detractor, who is relentless in trying to turn everyone against her by sowing doubt and fear. Em is trying her best to hold everything together but her grip on control is slowly slipping, and all the while she is struggling to remember her past and come to terms with the truth of who she is.

First things first: I definitely enjoyed this one more than Alive. I wasn’t even sure I wanted to continue the series, until I got to the end of the first book and the potential for the sequel was too much to resist. Even though book one works perfectly fine as a stand alone, Sigler finished it up by dangling all these tasty possibilities in front of my face and so I just had to know what would happen to Em and her friends. Alight satisfied that curiosity and gave me a lot more than that besides, and I’m very glad I picked it up.

Still, because this sequel is the beginning of another journey, there is again a fair bit of setup and the reveals are slow in coming. Like Alive, some patience is required to get to the good parts in Alight. About a third of the way through though, it feels like the story finally hits its stride, and even the writing style smooths out, becoming less stilted and distracting. As readers of the first book would recall, Em has the mind of a twelve-year-old inside a body that is in her late teens. The way she spoke, thought, and acted was probably the most grating aspect in Alive because Em was a petulant, naïve girl who only seemed to care about being “the leader”. Alight was much better because simply put, Em grew up. As the story progressed and our main protagonist started remembering more about herself, her mental maturity ended up catching up as well.

The second half of this novel therefore reads a lot more smoothly than the first half, not to mention all the action that goes down in the ramp up to the climax and finale. Alight is also better in other areas, including having a greater sense of urgency and much more at stake. The conflict in this sequel is fantastic, but of course this is all up to the reader to find out! That said, there were still a few issues that chafed at me, namely the strained love triangle (considering how I feel this book would have been even better with no romance arc at all) and Em’s awkward interactions with the two boys. But overall, the edge definitely goes to Alight. Picking up the next book was already a foregone conclusion even before I finished the book, but after that unbelievable tease in the epilogue, I’m now more intrigued than ever for the trilogy conclusion, Alone!
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920 reviews1,334 followers
May 4, 2016
“Temper us in fire, and we grow stronger. When we suffer, we survive.”

----Cassandra Clare

Scott Sigler, the New York Times best-selling author, pens the next book from his The Generations Trilogy called, Alight that unfolds the story of Em and other survivors who woke up from a closed coffin in a strange and horrifying place, later finding out that they were going to land on a strange planet called, Omeyocan. But this planet turns out to be challenging and deathly as a new nemesis threatens the whole group in this new land. Once again Em's group is caught in a race against time, but will they survive this time as the challenges become more life-threatening both on the outside as well as in the inside?


“If it’s war they want, they messed with the wrong girl.”

M. Savage—or Em, as she is called—has made a bewildering and ominous discovery. She and the other young people she was chosen to lead awoke in strange coffins with no memory of their names or their pasts. They faced an empty, unknown place of twisting tunnels and human bones. With only one another to depend on, they searched for answers and found the truth about their terrifying fate. Confronted by a monstrous enemy, they vowed never to surrender—and, by any means, to survive.

The planet Omeyocan may be the sanctuary Em and her comrades seek. But the planet for which they were created turns out not to be a pristine, virgin world. Vestiges of a lost civilization testify to a horrifying past that may yet repeat itself. And when a new enemy creeps from the jungle shadows, Em and her young refugees learn there’s nowhere left to run. They face a simple choice: fight or die.

In the midst of this desperate struggle, their unity is compromised from within—and a dangerous zealot devoted to a bloodthirsty god moves to usurp Em’s command, threatening to lead them all down a path to violent doom.

Em the leader of the group of survivors who survived from a death hole only to be sucked in once again by yet another death trap that was supposed to be their sanctuary. This strange planet that is filled with scary and dense forests becomes a daily struggle for them as the deadly creatures and life-taking plants tries to kill them. And the power struggle for the leadership is still on between Em and one of the survivors, Aramousky, that is becoming a real threat for her to continue her leadership inside the group as well as thinking about the well-being of the survivors from the outside threat. But without food and water, will Em and her group survive and be able to fight off the dangers from this new planet?

Once again just like the previous book, it becomes quite difficult to write the review without giving away the core of the story line. And yet once again the author gives a great justice to his dystopian-styled pot-boiling thriller that will suck the readers from the very first page itself. The story opens a bit slow, but catches up pace from the second half as the author introduces lots of mind-boggling twists and turns that will keep the readers turning the pages of this book frantically.

The author's writing style is quite articulate as well as engaging enough to keep the readers in the loop. The backdrop created by the author is vividly scary and is quite bound to give the readers a chill. The horrific and graphic descriptions of the scenes and the events unfolding in Em's surrounding, which gives a bone-chilling feel to those accounts. The narrative style is swift although there is not much conversation between the survivors, only thoughts spilling out from one character to another. The prose is easy to stay connected with the pace of the story which can be quite gripping at times.

The author's story building is done quite strikingly and with lots of in-depth details and layers that are peeled off page-by-page thus giving the readers a vivid image of the world these group of survivors landed upon. The author captures the backdrop with the proper atmospheric feels and that eerie environment that will creep out the readers with every slight noise occurring in the forest. The exploration scenes are also arrested intricately by the author in to this story line.

Unlike the previous book, the author tries to focus of the characterization of Em and other survivors by pondering on their past and back stories, thus letting the readers get a clear image into their minds. This time the readers will be able to connect with each and every character, as Em turns out to be a total badass heroine who will go at risky means to safeguard her troop. Their are some jealous characters that will make the readers hate them because of their irritating demeanor. The supporting cast are quite well-developed this time.

Once again the author gives his readers a slight taste of the chemistry between Em and other two boys thus promising the readers with a possible love-triangle, that is depicted with a bit of compassion. So, prepare yourselves to be enthralled by taking a ride on this roller-coaster filled with twisted challenges, adrenaline-rushing actions and never-ending suspense.

Verdict: If you have read the first installment, then do not miss out its sequel.

Courtesy: Thanks to the publishers for giving me an opportunity to read and review this book.
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73 reviews25 followers
February 22, 2016
Wow. I haven't blazed through a book that quickly in quite a while. It was a fun read. I enjoyed it more than Alive. Things happen a bit more quickly in the 2nd book of the trilogy now that a great deal of the groundwork is done. I won't go into details, but I enjoyed some of the surprises in the story as the "birthday children" find out more about their past and their fate.
Profile Image for Erin Dunn.
Author 3 books88 followers
March 21, 2016

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ebook copy of Alight By: Scott Sigler in exchange for an honest review.

Alight started right off where Alive left off and it was so easy to get back into the story. I loved that there was so much ACTION in this one and the ending has made me desperate for the third book to be out already!

Em and the group are now on Omeyocan and of course things are not going smoothly. They have to find food, fight for leadership, and deal with new creatures. There is so much that happened in this one, but I can't say much more. Alight, just like Alive, is so much better the less you know going in. So let me just sum up by saying that Alight has:

Excellent world building
Non-stop action
Characters that you care about
A plot that will keep you guessing

BOOM! What else do you need for a great book? Personally I enjoyed Alive a little bit more than Alight, but this one was still a fantastic read.

Overall I am so happy that I got a chance to read Alight, especially pre-publication because this is
one that you HAVE to read before the plot gets spoiled. I can't wait to get my hands on the third book and see how everything turns out for Em and the group!

I recommend Alight to anyone who has read and liked Alive and for fans of Lord of the Flies and The Maze Runner series.

Expected Publication Date: April 5, 2016

Profile Image for Karen’s Library.
1,064 reviews163 followers
April 7, 2016
I just finished Alight, and am still reeling a bit from that Epilogue! I need Alone now! Wow!

Alight picks up right where Alive ends with Em, Bishop, O'Malley, Spingate and the rest of the gang learning to cope with who they are, who each other is, and how to provide for their survival as they explore their surroundings.

Sigler does a great job subletly reminding the reader who everyone is that I felt no need to reread Alive first as a refresher (which IS refreshing!). I'm one of those who almost always has to reread the first books before reading a sequel if it's been over 6 months, so thanks for that, Scott!

The reveals and twists of this series are kind of amazing, and I was constantly sitting up and exclaiming out loud at yet another unique facet of this story. I love to be surprised and Sigler is VERY good at that!

I really don't want to give anything away as the biggest treat of both Alive and Alight are the *mouth hanging open* discoveries made along the way!

So many questions are answered in Alight... But... Now I have so many more new questions that have to wait for Alone before they can be answered! I Can Not Wait!!

Thanks to NetGalley and Del Rey Publishing for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I loved this so much that I have since purchased the hardcopy to add to my personal library.
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Author 21 books51 followers
March 8, 2016
I expected to enjoy Alight, and I wasn’t disappointed. I’ve already mentioned when I reviewed Alive last year, that I like this series more than the Infected series. Alight is another solid foray into a YA sci-fi survival adventure. Like its predecessor, nothing is held back from the YA audience.

Alight covers the gambit of emotions we can expect from people, both young and old: pride, fear, anger, xenophobia, and the idea that people we trust don’t always have our best intentions at heart.

In Alight, not all is as it appears, and threats both internal and external from the fist book threaten Em and her motley crew. The personalities and characterization continues from Alive, compounding on what we already know about the children.

Alight wasn’t as creepy as Alive, and I felt the story was a more robust insight into humanity. I can’t place my finger on a precise reason, but I think Alight is a better book than Alive. I had no issues following the story, but that could’ve been because Alive stuck with me for so long after reading it. There were tidbits here and there that’ll fill in someone who has just picked up Alight without reading Alive, but anyone considering reading Alight should read Alive first to appreciate the story the fullest.

Alight ends on a cliffhanger more cliffhanger-y than Alive, and usually, I’m not a fan of the cliffhanger trope, but Scott did it so well, I’m eager to read Alone, presumably in 2017. Alight is a four-and-a-half star read, and for this review, I’ll bump it to five stars.
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741 reviews99 followers
September 19, 2019
Oh my.. I don’t even know where to start.. I didn’t expect to be so engrossed in the story!! I mean, I LOVED book 1 Alive. But this one?? It was so unexpected, had twists and turns and kept me at the edge of my seat the entire time! I could do nothing else, but think about it. All. Day. Long. And most of the time I had to stop reading at parts that nearly drove me insane, because of suspense and plot twists and unexpected changes in loyalty and friendships and ahhhh.

Okay. Calm down.

Your brain gets so twisted all the time, because one minute you think one thing and the other all what you though is turned upside down and basically every idea that pops into your head might be true, but in an entirely different way.

This book also made me emotional. It is a heavy science fiction novel, with lots of action and explicit images, but there is also so much feeling in those words. Not only the emotions that young adults go through in their everyday life, but also human abysses. Thoughts about death, destruction and murder. Thoughts about having to sacrifice. And in Em’s head these things don’t seem foreign at all. Even though she’s only 20 or 12 years old, she is so strong! Emotionally and physically. This is a main character that I can’t help but love and admire and also pity, because I wouldn’t wish on anyone the burden that she carries every minute of her young life.

And I already loved the characters in book 1, but here they grow, inside and out, they become more mature and some of them become power hungry. It’s a constant struggle and again Em has to make all these tough decisions. Sometimes I was completely with Em, at other times I saw reason in those opposing her. And even the main Villain Mathilda isn’t all evil. I really hope that these things get elaborated more deeply in the final installment in this trilogy. Which I ordered yesterday. And which will probably arrive in about 2 to 3 weeks. How am I supposed to wait that long?? Especially with that ending. Ohhh that ending… I am afraid for all my babies. :(((
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180 reviews3 followers
June 2, 2016
To be honest, I liked the first book in the series more. I mean, this was good, but I have a real hard time following Sigler's style. It's not the plot that I don't get- it's more his geographic descriptions and how he writes action sequences. I have to read things a couple times and I am always left perplexed. I can't follow what he's saying or meaning, and it's not due to a comprehension problem on my end.

Another complaint for me is one I echo with many of these YA stories in today's time. I can't ever remember the side characters or who they were when I start these additional installments. And in my humble opinion, that is actually a major recurring problem. Authors can't or shouldn't assume that their series will be consumed like a Netflix show- all in one sitting. I pick up these second and third books and I can't remember every Bishop, O'Malley, Smith, Matilda, etc. Sure, maybe part of that is my age, but surely even youngsters can appreciate a summary. Makes me also think that writers shouldn't try to target for these trifectas.

I'm going to finish the third book because the story is worth concluding, but this second one caused me to lose some momentum. It reminds me of the same feeling I got when I read that second book in the 5th Wave series.
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35 reviews4 followers
April 5, 2016
Alight is the second book in the Generations Trilogy by Scott Sigler. Em and the rest of the children arrive on the planet Omeyocan. But things, as expected don’t go seamlessly for Em and the gang. What they find on Omeyocan eventually answers some questions but raises even more questions that need to be answered.
There may be some mild spoilers (although I really don’t think so) next so don’t read my likes unless you are OK with that.
Things I liked about the book.
1) The power struggle between Em and Aramovsky. This is well played out.
2) The first BIG obstacle that Em encountered on Omeyocan. I had nightmares.
3) The interplay between Em and a certain inhabitant of Omeyocan (you’ll need to read the book).
4) WE find out what the symbols mean.
5) The ending or should I say the cliffhanger.

In my opinion a great second book and follow-up to Alive. The book moved quickly and left me eager to get my hands on the third book
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433 reviews17 followers
March 11, 2016
After reading Alive I anticipated that now that Sigler had the groundwork laid, the second book would be even better. I was right. Unlike Alive, Alight is filled with non stop action. These kids just don't get a break. As if arriving on an alien planet wasn't difficult enough, they have to learn not only how to farm for their future, but they must also perfom medical care, & find fresh water. They must quickly figure out the native species, what is safe, what can be eaten, & what will kill. They must learn on their own with no help other than the fragmented memories of the Grownups, the information contained in the ship they arrived in & the secrets of the planet itself. They race to discover solutions to problems that could be deadly if they do not succeed.

Through this group of teens Sigler easily captures all the trappings of what it means to be human. The clans personality types as diplomats, warriors, healers, & trackers continue to develop but now with some societal influence. They learn that they have the ability to decide what kind of people they want to be, that just because they are the shells of the Grownups they don't have to be the Grownups. As the holes in their memories fill, discontent, mistrust & full blown war is on the horizon.

While Em & other key characters are exploring the secrets of Omeyocan to ensure the survival of their entire group, some are plotting to take over, embracing their Grownup natures. Em learns that she must both embrace her violent nature as well as fight against it in order to protect her people.

Alight shows that there are consequences to the choices that we make.
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419 reviews65 followers
May 25, 2016
A great sequel, even though my extremely high expectations ruined it a bit for me. The last half was amazing, though, and I simply cannot wait for the third one. I highly recommend reading this series.
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1,263 reviews156 followers
September 30, 2016
I really enjoy this book, I like the way the author manages to create something new ins this second book and this ending is just so stressfull. I like it.
4 reviews3 followers
March 30, 2016
Thank you Empty Set Entertainment for the ARC! Scott Sigler brings on a non-stop, nail-biting, roller coaster ride for the second book of the Generations Trilogy...ALIGHT.

ALIGHT begins immediately after ALIVE ends, with Em and the Birthday Children continuing their quest for knowledge about who they are, (and what that means), where they are, and their basic need to survive. Compile this with young adult angst, hormones and power struggles, then top it with a heaping shovel full of trial-by-fire, Every. Step. Of. The. Way...And you have ALIGHT.

Sigler breathes brilliant life into the strange, ruined, world of Omeyocan, and all that it contains, with his vividly detailed landscapes. Seen through the perceptive eyes of Em, this place presents unforeseen challenges, strange creatures, and more danger than anyone should face...Both from within, and outside the Xolotl. Em desperately shuffles her way through being a leader, (doing her best not to show it), occasionally stumbling. She isn't sure who she can trust, but knows she must do everything she can to save them all.

I truly love the way Sigler unwraps the story like a present, using Em's intellect, insight, and reason, to unwind the many twists and turns that Em must navigate to survive.

A stunning follow-up to ALIVE, and a titillating introduction to ALONE, ALIGHT stands on its own. The second book in most trilogies is often just a bridge of backstory and set-up for the final installment. ALIGHT manages to serve that purpose with a fireworks show, wrapped in a free-fall, and covered in a runaway train...With just a hint of puppy snuggles.

I cannot wait for ALONE...Hurry up October!!!

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Author 5 books142 followers
April 5, 2016
What a fantastic followup to Alive, the first book in this series! The author uses a nice technique for reminding the reader what happened in that book - something I appreciated.

Again, the group finds themselves in unfamiliar territory - this time a new planet where they face one obstacle after another, be it people or situations. This author really knows how to put his characters through the wringer using conflict and that's one of the reasons this series is so compelling.

The cast of supporting characters is diverse and enjoyable, but Em, the MC, is probably my least favorite. I kept getting whiplash from her rapidly changing emotions - sound decision-making to paranoia over others scheming to undermine her leadership, being sure of her feelings for one character, then all but forgetting about him when she was with another. I think that's just a personal thing for me, though.

Some new characters were introduced and others didn't make it through this alive, but you know I don't do spoilers. With the "What the *#$@?" moment at the end, the next book looks to be just as exciting as this one. I can't wait.

I received a digital ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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915 reviews79 followers
March 30, 2016
The Birthday Children are Back!!... I was so thrilled to get this ARC, the second book in the Generations Trilogy, from NetGalley & it didn't disappoint! Alight starts off right where the first book, Alive, ended. The birthday children are on the space shuttle heading to the planet Omeyocan, their new home. They're still learning who they are and now they're learning about their new home and how to survive on it, which isn't as easy as they were hoping it would be. They all face many day-to-day challenges especially Em, their group leader, who is expected to make everything o.k.
One of the things I like the most about this series is that you never know what's behind door number three. It's an adventure from start to finish, not only for the birthday children, but for the readers too. It really of reminds me of exploring on a treasure hunt, except what you find behind these doors is not always good. : )
*I received this ARC from NetGalley & Random House Publishing- Del Rey in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
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17 reviews
February 27, 2016
I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book and was able to read it early. I have enjoyed everything Scott Sigler has created. Alive was no exception, and I couldn't wait to read this one. I had no idea how this story could progress after the first book, but I couldn't be happier of how this story unfolded.

Alight starts right were Alive ended. It did a great job of giving a quick summary to reminded you about the events from Alive. Like the first book there are a few surprises that I didn't see coming, and I don't wish to spoil any of that. If you enjoyed Alive then Alight is a no-brainer. It a a quick and easy read with a great story. Sigh, now I have to wait for Alone.
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Author 301 books550 followers
June 22, 2018
Rereading again to finish the trilogy. Loved it all over again.
LOVED this book! I loved everything about it. If the series ended here, I would be satisfied. But the ending is open enough that I'm anxious to see what happens next.

Em is strong and resilient, and I only wish I had been able to read this book when I was younger. I can't wait to see how the trilogy wraps up in the last book.
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214 reviews63 followers
October 25, 2019
Adored this book, and I am eagerly awaiting my chance to read the final book in this trilogy!
13 reviews
April 4, 2016
First off, the version of the book I am reviewing is an Advance Proof I won in a Goodreads contest.

First off, if you haven't read Book 1, please do so before reading this review. There will definitely be spoilers for the first book!!!

This book picks up right after the events of Book 1: Alive. The Birthday Children have left the interstellar ship Xolotl on a shuttle bound to the planet they were literally made to live on: Omeyocan. With the threat from the "Grownups" behind them, they must now figure out how to live on this new planet. Will they be able to find food and water? Will there be threats? And if so, will it come from the planet or from within? Scott really ramps up the action in this one, and I'm sure there will be things you won't see coming. Hopefully you will find this as enjoyable as I did.
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633 reviews832 followers
March 16, 2017
Alive was way more engaging for me.
There were times when I was totally interested in the story but a lot of times when I couldn't care less. I almost DNF'd this book. It held on long enough for me to not give it a 1.
Unfortunately, I don't see myself reading the third book.
March 13, 2016
A page turner. Alight picks up right where Alive left off and doesn't miss a beat. Sigler has crafted another gripping story full of action, adventure, and romance.
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852 reviews59 followers
February 22, 2017
Once again I stayed up until 2:00 a.m. reading this, just like I did the first one in the series. What an exciting book, every single page, every single chapter. I love Scott Sigler's writing!!!
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341 reviews577 followers
July 2, 2017

Jakiś czas temu sięgnęłam po Alive. Żywi, nie spodziewając się po nich niczego znakomitego. Okazało się jednak, że było całkiem nieźle i, przede wszystkim, zaskakująco. Jakie wrażenie wywarł na mnie tom drugi od Scotta Siglera?

Em budzi się w trumnie. Nie takiej zwyczajnej. Bardziej kosmicznej. Wszędzie są dziwne rurki. Co gorsza, dziewczyna nie pamięta, gdzie jest, ani nawet - kim jest. Gdy okazuje się, że oprócz niej w podobnych trumnach zostało zamkniętych wiele dzieci, pytania się mnożą. Grupa dwunastolatków usiłuje połączyć siły, by wyjść cało z potyczek z potworami i odnaleźć normalność.

O ile w tomie pierwszym nasi bohaterowie przechadzali się po tunelach i zamkniętych przestrzeniach, tak tym razem znaleźli się w dzikiej dżungli, przepełnionej nieznanymi sobie gatunkami zwierząt i roślin. Przed nimi więc próby znalezienia pożywienia i osiedlenia się na nowym terenie. Niestety, jeszcze mocniej niż w rozpoczęciu serii przywodziło to na myśl, przynajmniej początkowo, Igrzyska Śmierci. Jednak skonstruowanie fabuły w sposób, w jaki zrobił to Scott Sigler, jest dla mnie jak najbardziej na plus. Spacerowanie po obcych terenach sprawia, że, podobnie jak bohaterowie, co chwilę jesteśmy zaskakiwani - nie mamy pewności, co za chwilę wyskoczy zza drzewa, czy będzie to ofiara czy łowca; nie wiemy, kto zginie, kto się zbuntuje i co właściwie kryje się za wszystkimi tajemnicami. Dzięki temu, przez niemal 500 stron, nie ma czasu na nudę. Autor musiał mieć dokładnie rozplanowaną całą serię i powoli, cichutko, nieświadomie odkrywa przed nami kolejne karty, byśmy w którymś momencie mogli zakrzyknąć "a więc dlatego tak to się zaczęło!".

Kwestie bohaterów w tym tomie są całkowitym sztosem. W Alive niekoniecznie zaznajomiłam się wystarczająco z postaciami, tu wiedziałam już, czego po kim można się spodziewać (mimo że początkowo brakowało mi przypomnień fabularnych i przez pierwsze rozdziały nie mogłam sobie przypomnieć, co się działo). Em wciąż jest irytująca, hierarchia między dziećmi staje się jeszcze bardziej istotna, natomiast pojawia się kilka całkiem nowych istot, które wzbudziły moją sympatię. Drażnił mnie jednak romans, który pojawiał się dość często, A POTEM AUTOR ZROBIŁ COŚ TAKIEGO, ŻE PFFFF!!!!

Alight. Rozpaleni było chyba jeszcze bardziej emocjonujące, niż tom pierwszy trylogii Generacje. Chyba gdzieś w głębi obawiam się, co autor zaplanował na trzeci tom, bo już tutaj wielokrotnie brakowało mi tchu. Z pewnością nas zaskoczy, bo w tym jest wyjątkowo dobry.

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Author 1 book25 followers
April 24, 2017
Wow! How to review this without spoilers?

It is very interesting how the story portrays the power of religion, especially in extreme situations. I think this is one of the best things the book has. I want to kick Aramousky in the face, but I won’t deny that he is very interesting to read.

I have a soft spot for planet exploration, even more if it has mysterious colossal ruins, so I was very into the story. More questions, more ethical dilemmas, more conflict and new struggles. I devoured it.

The bad

Em is a badass and a good leader… but she is not perfect. Her insecurity when it comes to emotions makes me want to kick her as much as Aramousky. Make a choice you idiot girl! I was so mad on how the love triangle evolved

On to the next one… I want all the answers!
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Author 5 books670 followers
April 21, 2016
Originally reviewed for YA Books Central: http://www.yabookscentral.com/yaficti...

3.5 Stars

A fast-paced, volatile follow-up to Alive.

"Our creators designed our bodies. Our faces are theirs--these scars are the only things we can truly call our own."

In the first book the so-called “Birthday Children” awoke—twelve-year-old minds in the bodies of 18 to 20-year-olds—unsure of who they were, what they were, or where they were. Much of that book was a Lord Of The Flies-styled journey of world-building discovery and sci-fi survival. In Alight, readers remain in the first-person present-tense perspective of M. Savage—contested-yet-fierce leader of the Birthday Children—as they land on the planet Omeyocan and start yet another race for their continued existence. Each of them begins regaining memories from their progenitors, which proves both an advantage and a looming hazard. It also repeatedly begs the question of just how different the cloned landing party can actually be from the ones who created them as “empty” vessels. In a matter of a few days, the group faces food shortages, biological toxins, the threat of the orbiting vessel they fled, mysterious creatures within the city and the possibility of intelligent and/or angry natives in the jungles beyond. As if things couldn’t get any worse… thanks to a religious fanatic in their ranks, Em may soon have a coup on her hands.

What I Liked:

Sigler does a surprisingly good job of recapping the events of Alive upfront—without falling into the trap of info-dumping. I still wouldn’t recommend starting with this book if you haven’t read the first in the series, but if for some reason you do, you’ll get the gist of what’s going on pretty quickly. It’s been nearly a year since this reviewer read the first book, and I had no trouble recalling where we’d left off. It was also a bit of a mercy that the minds of the central characters matured so rapidly, taking out most of the Middle Grade feel. The prose was notably less choppy than book 1 as a result.

Much more so than in the first book, Alight provides a subtle-yet-poignant analysis of concepts like identity, empathy, individuality, misjudgment, sentient (human?) rights, the value of the next generation/unborn life, and leadership accountability. The “sins of the father” is also a running theme that successfully provokes thought. The added element of an alien species proved both intriguing and ethically stimulating.

Characterization remains a high point. Em continues to be a strong character—almost to the point of masculine. She is flawed enough that readers will likely waffle between rooting for her to remain in-charge, and questioning her judgment. Her determination to not repeat the mistakes of her genetic code source is by far her most admirable trait—and perhaps will provide some opportunity for meaningful reader introspection.

What Didn’t Work For Me:

Unfortunately, the patience this reader had for the first book did not extend as well into this, the second book. The reveals were slow in coming up until right at the halfway point, and 200 pages is a long wait. (In this reader’s opinion, a lot changed for the better at the halfway mark—which I can’t really go into without dropping spoilers.) Up until the second half, it was difficult to sympathize with most of the kid/clones—as they continuously made poor decisions and regularly drove the question of whether or not they might be just as horrible as their creators. This reader spent a little too much time wondering if it wouldn’t be better for this tiny attempted colony to –not- survive.

The general feel of the book remains more on the fantasy end of light sci-fi fantasy, as there is little or no attempt to explain how or why any of the abundant technology works. What kind of power source is running most of this tech? (Guesstimated answer: Space magic!) There also remains a huge slew of historic background questions. Why all the Aztec architecture and imagery? What happened to Earth? Why the seemingly arbitrary caste system? What’s with the ritualistic murder obsession?

Unfortunately, the romance arcs often felt like needless over-complication that should have been put completely on hold—given the logical mindset of the MC and the constant crash of crisis situations. There was an allusion to scientific tinkering and raging hormones, and fortunately the rapid mental maturation made a degree of sense. But that didn’t quite justify all the rushed and rabbit-trailing talk of “love” among youth who’ve only had a week or two to form attachments. Due largely to the extremely crunched timeline, this reader simply couldn’t buy Em’s love-triangle or feel invested in her ultimate choice.

Content Note: The cussing is turned up significantly compared to the first book, and it’s indicated there was off-screen sexual relations (between two of the characters who may or may not have at the time presented as 12-year-olds on a mental level. The confusion there may either bother or placate certain readers and/or concerned parents. I won’t presume to guess which.)

As advertised, this series is likely to sit well with fans of Maze Runner. High adventure, strung along on mystery and copious amounts of withheld information.
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