Book Review – The Daybreak Bond

The Daybreak Bond
Megan Frazer Blakemore
Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children’s Books
Publication Date: September 12th 2017

★★★★

 

Mori and her friends Julia, Benji, and Theo have never seen life beyond the walls of their perfect society, Old Harmonie. That changes when their new friend Ilana is threatened by the rules that are supposed to keep them all safe. They escape together, hoping to find help in Boston with Dr. Agatha Varden, one of Old Harmonie’s pioneering founders.

But the outside world is nothing like they anticipated. As they face challenges they never expected and encounter a group of kids from the outside, Mori and the others begin to understand the complicated reality of their supposedly perfect community. With the help of these new friends, they just might be able to save Ilana . . . but at what cost?

This thought-provoking sequel to Megan Frazer Blakemore’s stunningly imaginative novel, The Firefly Code, gives readers a chance to see our world in a brand new light. ~via Goodreads

The Firefly Five are back in this quick-paced, exciting sequel to The Firefly Code. The Daybreak Bond picks up seamlessly from where our previous tale left off and I absolutely love it for that. Mori and her friends are back to seek new truths, save their friend and to prove that there are some things that just can not be taken away – no matter what.

The Daybreak Bond, while still an honest-to-goodness sequel, reads much differently than The Firefly Code. Depending on how much you loved the first book, this could be a good thing or a bad thing. Personally speaking, this did not bother me – but was just a fact that did not go unnoticed. I loved the feel of the first book. This second book was much more adventurous. What is most important to me is that Megan Frazer-Blakemore stays true to the world she created and the mission of The Firefly Five.

Some notable differences you will encounter in The Daybreak Bond is that the kids are much bolder, they are taking considerable risks and they are introduced to bigger dangers. Everything around them is strange, unfamiliar and forbidden. As the five friends encounter new children, new bonds are forged, while others are tested.

There were so many questions and possibilities left to explore when we finished The Firefly Code. What was the outside world like? What are the people like on the other side of the fences of Old Harmonie? Would Mori, Benji, Theo, and Julia be able to get Ilana to Dr. Varden? If they did make it, would Dr. Varden be able to help Ilana? Everything you’ve been dying to know is all here in The Daybreak Bond.

I gave this adventurous tale, 4 brave stars!

I want to thank NetGalley and Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books  for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

p.s. Some points to ponder… At what point does Science begin to overreach? Where do we draw the lines in what we allow Science to change, improve, and correct in what is simply “the human condition”? What is necessary and when does it become dangerous?

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