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Publisher's Note:

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? In a stunningly imaginative story, critically acclaimed author Megan Frazer Blakemore takes readers on a journey with five friends--new and old--that will have everyone talking about not just what makes people human, but what makes them true friends.…

The Firefly Code (The Firefly Five 1)

by Megan Frazer Blakemore

Overall Book Review:

How far would you to go for a friend?  That is the question that Mori finds herself facing when her new friend Ilana is caught up in trouble.

The Firefly Code by Megan Frazer Blakemore is the first book in The Firefly Five series.  Blakemore weaves a fascinating world in which an ensemble of characters lives.  In contrast to the popular dystopian fiction movement, Old Harmonie is a functioning utopian society nestled within the “real world.”  Operated by the tech giant Kritacorp, the inhabitants live as close to a perfect life as possible while pursuing cutting-edge science.  Because of this, Blakemore is able to spin a wonderfully unique coming-of-age story.  The ringleader of our ensemble is Mori, a bright and curious young girl, who loves nature and questions the world around her.  Rounding out the cast is the overly competitive Julia, logical Theo, brilliant skater boy Benji, and the mysterious Ilana.  With this diverse group of characters, the reader is not lacking for likable and relatable characters. 

The Firefly Code is a beautifully engaging tale–blending character development, science, and a bit of mystery into a story you won’t want to put down.

Review of an Advanced Reader’s Copy

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Bloomsbury USA

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Reference to a measles outbreak; reference to a grandparent’s death; character states she will throw herself in front of truck (dramatically); character suffers headaches after surgery; character references a boy ripping his heart out (dramatically); character falls out of a tree; character has a severe reaction to bee stings; community is locked down due to a potential outbreak; character is hit by a cell phone; boy flicks another boys shoulder; multiple girls fall off treadmills; character scrapes her knee; character blacks out in a pool; girl squeezes another girls arm painfully; hail storm breaks windows; a building catches fire; several references to brain surgery; character’s life is threatened.

Sex/Nudity:  Girls hug/hold hands in friendship; girl talks about her crush; girl touches boys arm comfortingly; vague reference to possible homosexual relationship.

Mature Subject Matter:

Friendship, science and genetic engineering, ethics, family, death.

Alcohol / Drug Use:


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I always say that I love to read and that books are my passion, but as I have grown a little older, I have come to realize that isn’t entirely true. I do love reading, but my true passion is stories. For as long as I can remember I have been completely enthralled with a good story, no matter the medium: books, theater, movies/TV shows–even a few video games (yes, I am a nerd).