When Light Left Us by Leah Thomas

When Light Left Us

When the Vasquez siblings’ father left, it seemed nothing could remedy the absence in their lives . . . until a shimmering figure named Luz appeared in the canyon behind their house.Luz filled the void. He shot hoops with seventeen-year-old Hank’s hands. He showed fourteen-year-old Ana cinematic beauty behind her eyelids. He spoke kindly to eight-year-old Milo. But then Luz left, too, and he took something from each of them. As a new school y...

Details When Light Left Us

TitleWhen Light Left Us
Release DateFeb 13th, 2018
PublisherBloomsbury USA Childrens
GenreYoung Adult, Science Fiction

Reviews When Light Left Us

  • Kristen
    Review can also be found on my blog, here: Kiwi Can ReadI was so stoked to receive a Net Galley e-arc of this book. This was one of my 2018 most anticipated releases. I read Leah Thomas' Because You'll Never Meet Me last year and LOVED it so much. It instantly became one of my favorite books of all time. I'm sorry to report that I can't say the same for this one.The premise was so original and compelling, I thought for sure I would love it. I end...
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 3.5*This is a very... different sort of book. I mean, you see in the synopsis that Luz is an alien who is having an impact on this particular family. A huge impact, basically. But I'll let you read about that. Point is, an alien invading a family isn't your run of the mill story. Also, this alien is kind of an asshole. The book started ...
  • Emily
    It's a little bit of bizarre premise if you're not into aliens but this book is SO GOOD and yeah there's an alien but even more so, it's about life and family and friends and trauma and loving yourself. Read this book with a friend because you are going to need someone to talk about it with!! I was so sad when I reached the end because I didn't want to leave these characters!
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    This book was an absolute struggle for me. STRUGGLE. Why? It was too wordy... as if Thomas was trying so hard to make this story magical and engaging. Was it? Not at all. It was hella confusing and I had no idea what was going on... It was simply trying to be a bigger story than what it was.--------Full review can be found here: https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com...**I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank ...
  • Suzanne (The Bookish Libra)
    When Light Left Us by Leah Thomas is one of the more unique books I’ve read lately. At its heart is the Vasquez family, in particular, siblings Milo, Ana and Hank, who are reeling from the fact that their father has just walked out of their lives without so much as a goodbye. They are all trying to cope with the loss as best as they can, until one night something happens that changes everything…a shimmering alien figure named Luz appears in t...
  • Erin
    I loved it. This isn't a perfect book, it's a little mangled as far as a time line goes with pre-Luz, Luz, post-Luz but I was racing near the end to get to the ending that had me welling up. Leah Thomas has found just a great blend of sci-fi and realism. I forgive this book for not being the next book in the Because You'll Never Meet Me series, it's really that good.
  • Kelly Gunderman
    Check out this, other reviews, and more fun bookish things on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!I honestly had no idea what I was expecting when I started reading When Light Left Us. I had read the synopsis, of course, and it kind of made me a bit more confused, and when I started the book, read through it, and finished it, I came out feeling puzzled about the whole thing.Don't get me wrong, I did like When Light Left Us. I though...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    5 starsOH MY GOSH THIS BOOK.I picked this up at my library in the uncatalogued section (where they have some ARCs) on a whim, and I regret nothing.When I started reading it this Friday night, I knew nothing about it. I hadn't read the summary and I probably wouldn't have actually started if I didn't schedule this post weeks ago thinking I would read this book before then.I wasn't sure what I was expecting--maybe something fake-poetic based on the...
  • Shoshana
    Holy shit, this book. Hooooly shiiiiit. Punched in the feels, over and over. In the best possible way.
  • Trisha
    Images from this complicated, layered, grief-imbued story will stay with me.Extraordinarily affecting.
  • Valerie
    Confusing start, but other than that this was totally a me book? Loved the characters.
  • Celia Daughter)
    Thank you Netgalley for the ARC!This is a story of three siblings who get possessed, in a way by an alien parasite. Sounds simple, right?Nope.First off, this story is told by multiple POV's so if you're not into that, you can stop here. What I love about this is that you are seeing the story through different ages since the kids range from age seven to almost eighteen. And then you have the mother and the alien toward the end.The story gave me a ...
  • Brittani
    TW: self harm and suicidal thoughts.If you're a fan of Shaun David Hutchinson's writing, I definitely recommend you check out a book by Leah Thomas. Their books both have the whole "contemporary except this one specific science fiction aspect that's completely normal/accepted" thing going on and they're both really excellent at it. I went into this thinking it would be one thing and it completely surprised me by being almost the exact opposite. I...
  • Ashley Collins
    A solid 4.5 stars!Not (as much of) my favorite like the BYNMM duology, but I'm so in love with the concept that I don't care that I didn't cry this time! I love how this all wrapped up, love these characters (especially Milo! what a cutie!), and am so happy to see Leah trying new, cool sci-fi concepts in each book she's written thus far. Can't wait to buy the published, physical copy - hopefully it has a gorgeous hardcover!!
  • Mary
    Full review tk. In short, book is way too long and takes far too long to get to the meat of the story. This seems to be a hallmark of Thomas's writing: excruciatingly slow, dull build then a lot of out-of-nowhere action at the end. Good stuff about kids viewing the beautiful chaos of humanity through the lens of an alien visitor, but she really didn't need 400 pages to tell this story.
  • Krista Stevens
    See Kristen's two-star review.
  • Miriam
    A messy little gem of a book. In this case, the messiness is a good thing.
  • Katrina
    Such a poetic writer and completely original and imaginative.
  • Myron Brown
    Three years after their father left them, the Vasquez siblings find an alien parasite which stayed with them for a summer. Once the parasite left, one of the senses of each sibling was profoundly affected. Underneath the science fiction premise of When Light Left Us is an emotional story about family and the ways people in the same family both know each other and are strangers to each other at the same time. Told in alternating chapters from the ...