Lighthouse Island

Lighthouse Island

by Paulette Jiles


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Paulette Jiles, the bestselling author of the highly praised novels The Color of Lightning, Stormy Weather, and Enemy Women, pushes into new territory with Lighthouse Island—a captivating and atmospheric story set in the far future—a literary dystopian tale resonant with love and hope.

In the coming centuries the world's population has exploded. The earth is crowded with cities, animals are nearly all extinct, and drought is so widespread that water is rationed. There are no maps, no borders, no numbered years, and no freedom, except for an elite few.
It is a harsh world for an orphan like Nadia Stepan. Growing up, she dreams of a green vacation spot called Lighthouse Island, in a place called the Pacific Northwest.

When an opportunity for escape arises, Nadia embarks on a dangerous and sometimes comic adventure. Along the way she meets a man who changes the course of her life: James Orotov, a mapmaker and demolition expert. Together, they evade arrest and head north toward a place of wild beauty that lies beyond the megapolis—Lighthouse Island.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062232502
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/08/2013
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Paulette Jiles is a novelist, poet, and memoirist. She is the author of Cousins, a memoir, and the novels Enemy Women, Stormy Weather, The Color of Lightning, Lighthouse Island, and News of the World, which was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award. She lives on a ranch near San Antonio, Texas.


Southwest Texas

Place of Birth:

Salem, Missouri


B.A. in Romance Languages, University of Missouri

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Lighthouse Island 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Keja More than 1 year ago
I love dystopian novels and this one will rank among the best. The thing about this one is that it's way too plausible to see this could easily happen a couple of centuries from now if all initiative, striving for improvement, individual liberty, self-sufficiency, even basic respect for human life were to slowly erode to nothing. The kicker here though, is that Lighthouse Island is written by a poet with such a talent for the language that it transcends any genre. That she applied her poetry to dystopia is a bonus for me since I might not have discovered her otherwise. What beautiful language for such a depressing topic. No spoilers here, but over the week I took to read it, I was in a constant depression over the bleakness and struggles, and the hopes of Nadia for a somehow magical retreat was in the back of my mind unrealistic for her. Ms. Jiles' unique prose kept me going. It's literary. Is that a kernel of redemptive (for mankind) hope at the end?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an interesting story! With our climate changes and growing populations, it is not inconceivable that water would be so strictly rationed, cities located practically on top of each other, and new goods and clothing only available to the rich. I loved the heroine's story and the hopeful ending. Good read!
BookReferees More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. I feel it would have made a little more sense to me if I had read the first two installments. Which I will be putting on my TBR list. I have read two other books by this author from another series and really enjoyed them. This was no exception; I liked that this book was very fast-paced and full of action.  The characters were all interesting and made me want to keep turning the pages. I loved the group dynamic of the story and that this unlikely group was humanities only hope for finding a cure to a deadly alien disease infecting the human population.  I liked the authors' style of writing, and I think it worked well with this type of story. I was left with a few questions, that keep nagging me, but I'm hoping for another installment in this series to tie up the loose ends. Great story for anyone who enjoys a post-apocalyptic series.  5 Stars
Anonymous 8 days ago
Maybe it's just me but I couldn't even get past chapter 2 the editing was SO bad. What a waste. Plus, the story didn't flow well and it was depressing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had high hopes starting this but became increasingly dismayed page after page and had to finally quit reading after 40+ pages in. Dark and depressing for me. A very negative, toxic view of the future. I became angrier as I read, not because of the story, but at the author. I have loved to read all of my life and this is this is one of the first times I can remember feeling this negatively about a book. I will attempt to finish later.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Jiles writing. This book was much different than what I normally read. It definately kept my attention. The setting, time period, and futuristc events were riviting. Readers of romance novels will like it. Readers of survival books will enjoy it. Readers who like sci-fi should get this book too. Readers who like to read about horror will definately need to read this - to begin to understand what big government can do when it becomes evil and takes total control - and people become too dependant on government and false television messages and propaganda. Highly recommended. Another excellent book on the NOOK is The Partisan by William Jarvis. This is a great historical fiction with a truely evil character that is based on an actual person. Included is information on how corrupt media helped the Nazi movement during WWII. Both books deserve A+++++
25jump More than 1 year ago
I am not into this type of book so it was difficult. Where children are left behind to take care of themselves or have someone else take care of them is not my kind of read. Did not finish the book only got about half way and then had to put it away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good read, but not a true science fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey sorry to keep you waiting i wasnt feeling well yesterday
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When did things happen in this book?? People appear as if they have always been part of the story...the continuity man/woman must have taken long breaks or maybe didn't show up at all. The beginning of the book had such promise...then it went bad quickly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sagelight or lightsage or something or other
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is blossompetal here?