Author: Jeff Sweat
Release Date: May 8, 2018
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Jemma has spent her life scavenging tools and supplies for her tribe in the their small enclave outside what used to be a big city. Now she’s a teen, and old enough to become a Mama. Making babies is how her people survive—in Jemma’s world, life ends at age seventeen.
Survival has eclipsed love ever since the Parents died of a mysterious plague. But Jemma’s connection to a boy named Apple is stronger than her duty as a Mama. Forced to leave, Jemma and Apple are joined in exile by a mysterious boy who claims to know what is causing them to die. The world is crumbling around them, and their time is running out. Is this truly the End?
Mayfly is an intriguing young adult dystopian novel that will leave the reader breathless and thinking about the possibilities our future may hold. There were a ton of things that I really loved about this book and a few that really bothered me, at least at first. The writing took me the longest to get used to. The way the characters talk and how they think really threw me for a loop. It took quite awhile to get used to it but I never ended up enjoying it. I think this was my biggest issue with the novel and a huge reason that I couldn't lose myself inside the story like I normally do. And that's super important to me, especially when it comes to genres like dystopia and science fiction. I just couldn't seem to really connect with Jemma or Apple very well, which definitely effected my reading experience as well. The plot was really fascinating and I loved learning all about their lifestyle, their home, histories, and every other little detail the author included about this crazy world. If I hadn't had so many problems with the speech and characters, I know I would've absolutely loved this book. This is only my personal opinion and other readers aren't going to have the same thoughts as I did. It's definitely not any reflection on the writing, the author or the book. Please keep that in mind. I really wanted to love this story, but it fell a bit flat for me in the end. I do recommend it for fans of YA, dystopia, and science fiction.
He led the content marketing team for Yahoo and pioneered its use of social media. He directed PR for two of the top advertising agencies in the country, Deutsch LA and 72andSunny. He now runs his own Los Angeles–based PR and marketing agency, Mister Sweat.
He grew up in Idaho as the middle of eight children—seven boys and one girl—and attended Columbia University in New York. Jeff lives in a big blue house in Los Angeles with his wife Sunny and their three kids, two cats, and a racing greyhound.
He loves to travel and writes everywhere he goes, even when there's not a desk. He likes karaoke, motorcycles and carpentry. He was once shot in the head with a nail gun, which was not a big of a deal as it sounds. But it still hurt like crazy.
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