"An engrossing and exceptionally relevant pre-apocalyptic tale that begs for a sequel."
"Sharp social commentary, on-point humor (“I’m not mentally prepared for this part of the dystopia”), and a tender exploration of grief add heart and depth to a novel that’s just right for fans of Attack the Block."
"A heart-pounding, eccentric and emotionally complex sci-fi."
"A nonstop run-for-your life kind of narrative."
"More than just a riveting alien-invasion story, though, this novel deftly weaves commentary on colonialism, police violence, and racial injustice into the chaos, leaving the main characters to wonder if the only people worth saving may be one another."
"We Light Up the Sky is still an action packed SF that forces us to examine who we are at the end. It’s definitely a must read for YA SF!"
"The short chapters and sharply focused narrative made it easy to pick up and put down, and the realistic characters kept me eager to come back for the next chapter"
“We Light Up the Sky is an unflinching look at a Los Angeles that already feels dystopian to marginalized communities. Rivera’s expert hand guides science-fiction and the contemporary lives of three teens in a race for survival.”
Zoraida Córdova, award-winning author of Labyrinth Lost
“Intense Angeleno realism all of a sudden morphs into even more intense science fiction, and you will read as fast as you can to see how these great young people deal with it. A marvelous story about how we are all being flung into the future unprepared, and have to hang together as best we can.”
Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the Mars trilogy
Awards & Accolades
YA Editor's Pick for Publisher's Weekly U.S. Book Show
Kirkus: "Best Books of the Year"