Friday, 19 December 2014
Book: Firefly by Jen Minkman
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I've enjoyed Jen Minkman's dystopias before (The Island trilogy) and so when I got the email about Firefly I knew I had to read it and the first thought I had about it was that it is amazing the amount of world building that Minkman has managed to do in a short number of pages. The dystopia definitely felt developed, and I do hope that there is going to be more from the world of Ebrus because it did sound like such a good alternative world.
There were very few characters in Firefly, mainly due to the length I suspect, and the only characters who felt like they were developed were Zlata and her grandfather, though I didn't think that this was a detriment to the story. Only really focusing on Zlata's development meant that it felt believable and worked within the context of the story.
I also liked the fact that Minkman didn't just make this about finding a way to celebrate Christmas in this dystopia, in fact she included festivals from Hinduism, Judisim and Buddhism as well as Christianity, something that I do think is overlooked by many authors. There are great celebrations that also needed to be included.
I enjoyed this short dystopian read, and I do hope to read more from this world. Also I love the cover, I think it works well once you've read the story as well as being eye catching!