Book Review – The Firefly Code

The Firefly Code
Megan Frazer Blakemore
Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Published August 11th 2016



“Mori and her friends live a normal life on Firefly Lane in their utopian community, Old Harmonie. In a world this safe and perfect, they’ve never had to question anything . . . never had to wonder about how their lives came to be. Until a new girl named Ilana moves in. She’s so perfect that Mori and her friends are curious . . . Where exactly did Ilana come from, and why does she act so strange sometimes? When Ilana’s secret is revealed, the kids on Firefly Lane must decide: is it finally time to start questioning the only world they’ve ever known?” ~via Goodreads



If first impressions were everything, I would tell you that I knew that this book was going to win me over just based on the cover. I know. I know. You should never judge a book by its cover. I can’t help myself. Look at it… The Firefly Code has one of those covers just feels magical and sparked a wonder in my heart.

Actually, the whole truth is that I initially sought out The Firefly Code because I had the awesome opportunity to read an advanced copy of its sequel Daybreak Bond. And yes, Daybreak Bond also struck my curiosity with its own beautiful cover. But really, I didn’t want to be at a disadvantage with a continuing story. So, what’s a girl to do? That’s right. I started at the beginning.

So, we know I love the cover. But did the book really win me over?
In a word – Yes.

The Firefly Code is a middle-grade, science fiction story written from the perspective of a 12 year old girl named Mori. Immediately, Mori and the rest of her friends are very like-able. They have the normal amount of banter but there is a special kind of closeness that is unmistakeable. Our protagonist, Mori, has the purest sense of eagerness about her but she is also careful and kind. I loved reading from her perspective! Mori and her close-knit group of friends live on Firefly Lane and their little world is just perfect. Utopian. And though they are kept separate from the outside world, there is very little that Mori and her friends question about their lives on Firefly Lane. Why would they? They are perfectly safe just as they are…

All is fine until… Enter the new girl on Firefly Lane. Ilana.

When Ilana moves in, Mori and her friends have an immediate curiosity about her. Ilana is a beautiful girl, almost too perfect but she also tends to act a bit peculiar at times. As the children spend more time with Ilana, they begin to question her strange behavior and the odd effect that she has on Firefly Lane. As more secrets are revealed, more questions are raised but not just about Ilana.

The Firefly Code is a fun and easy read. The story moves at a nice even pace that never bores you and the world that Megan Frazer Blakemore has created is wonderfully fascinating. You will want to know the secrets of Firefly Lane, just the same as Mori and her friends – the Firefly Five. And the end? Well, lets just say that I’ve already started Daybreak Bond… I just couldn’t wait!

I’m giving this book 4 very curious stars!

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