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The Daybreak Bond Wraps Up a Heartfelt Dystopian Duology for Middle Grade Readers

Book Review, Middle Grade
The Daybreak Bond by Megan Frazer Blakemore. Book 2 in The Firefly Code duology is a science fiction adventure for kids ages 8-12. A group of kids living in a dystopian society realize that perfection isn't always ideal. They leave home and encounter people living on the outside. Themes in this middle grade book include artificial intelligence, friendship, and bravery. It's a good book for kids who like dystopian books but aren't old enough for The Hunger Games. | batchofbooks.com

The Daybreak Bond (The Firefly Code Book 2) by Megan Frazer Blakemore

Age Range: 8 – 12 years | Grade Level: 3 – 7 | Hardcover: 336 pages | Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (September 12, 2017)

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About the Book

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.

 

My Review of The Daybreak Bond

I didn’t realize this was a sequel until it showed up in my mailbox. So, then I felt like a doofus and couldn’t decide if I was going to read the first book first or just dive in with the second.

I dove in.

Major mistake. I should have read The Firefly Code first because I was SO lost at the beginning. Over the course of the book, I got things figured out, but it would have been much easier to read the first book before jumping into the middle of the story with the second.

Other than my mistake, the story was pretty good. It’s a dystopian science-fiction adventure novel for kids in the 8-12 age range. Kids that aren’t ready for The Hunger Games or Divergent will appreciate this book. It tackles issues like control, freedom, choices, genetic modification, and helicopter parenting.

It was quite interesting and I can see how our society could easily fall into the trap that Old Harmonie was in. Where science has advanced so far and we don’t know how to deal with the consequences.

The thing I liked about this book was that it brought up a lot of important questions. Should parents pick and choose what traits they want in their kids? Should parents change their children if they aren’t perfect? And most importantly, what makes someone human? At what point is a person — naturally created or artificially designed — entitled to a human life?

Like I said, it’s interesting. And a good way to introduce younger readers to tough themes like this and get them thinking.

That said, The Daybreak Bond is not an edge-of-your-seat story. It’s a heartfelt story about a group of kids that discover their world isn’t what they thought it was. It has themes of friendship, kindness, trust, and bravery.

Content: Clean.

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Source: The publisher sent me an Advanced Readers Copy.

 

Find the Book

The Daybreak Bond by Megan Frazer Blakemore. Book 2 in The Firefly Code duology is a science fiction adventure for kids ages 8-12. A group of kids living in a dystopian society realize that perfection isn't always ideal. They leave home and encounter people living on the outside. Themes in this middle grade book include artificial intelligence, friendship, and bravery. It's a good book for kids who like dystopian books but aren't old enough for The Hunger Games. | batchofbooks.com

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Other Books in This Series

The Firefly Code by Megan Frazer Blakemore. Book 1 in The Firefly Code duology is a science fiction adventure for kids ages 8-12. A group of kids living in a dystopian society realize that perfection isn't always ideal. They leave home and encounter people living on the outside. Themes in this middle grade book include artificial intelligence, friendship, and bravery. It's a good book for kids who like dystopian books but aren't old enough for The Hunger Games. | batchofbooks.com

The Firefly Code (Book 1) by Megan Frazer Blakemore

 

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