Series: Damselfly #1
Release Date: July 9, 2013
- Not quite enough world-building. I call this a semi-dystopian tale because I wasn’t 100% clear on what the situation outside of Lilliput was. Apparently there was a food shortage, which is what prompted the Lilliput project. I thought that this was kind of a crazy jump – there isn’t enough food, so the most obvious solution is to create a race of tiny people who won’t need to eat as much? Really? That’s the best they could come up with? It seemed a bit far-fetched to me, but I chose to suspend disbelief on this one and just enjoy the rest of the story. We also knew (from Jack) that there was a second Civil War in the U.S., but I wasn’t really clear on what the war was over or how it really affected the country. Jack lived on a reservation, but he was Native American, so it was unclear to me if it was just a regular reservation or if there was more to it than that. Since most of Damselfly took place in Lilliput (or at least in Lina’s world), though, it made a bit of sense that we didn’t see much of the rest of the world – I’m hoping that we get a bit more explanation about what’s happening in the outside world in the next book.
- The mystery. From reading the blurb, I thought that this book was going to be mostly about the Bachelorette-type program that Lina was participating in, but this wasn’t really the case. I would say that the mystery of what Lina’s creators were hiding was more the main plot with the TV show being the background for that story. This was actually a pleasant surprise for me because, while I thought that the TV show idea was intriguing, I wasn’t sure how I felt about the whole book being about that – especially when you knew that Lina was already in love with someone else and didn’t really want to choose any of the Toms. I thought that Bozic did a great job of creating mystery around what Lina’s creators were up to – and I was surprised about the twist toward the end of the book when the show and the mystery converged!
- Lina. I thought that Lina was a great main character. Even though she was tiny, she was still feisty! She felt very much like an average, rebellious teenage girl who was living a life that was anything but average – I thought that it was a fun juxtaposition. When Lina started making discoveries about her creators, she was not going to stop until she figured out what was happening – even when it started to look like that might be a bit dangerous for her.
- The Toms and Jack. I liked all of the Toms, especially Blue and Row. I do wish that we’d gotten to know them a little bit better, though. The TV show itself was fun – I thought it was both interesting and a bit cruel that they based it all off of Lina’s real (or, actually, virtual) relationship with Jack. I thought that Lina and Jack were sweet together and I look forward to reading more about them in the next book!
About the Author
I met my husband in the World of Warcraft and we live in Los Angeles with our cat. We spend our time playing video games, reading, hiking, sweeping up cat hair, and cursing the terrible traffic.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Religion and Philosophy from Hillsdale College, and some of my past jobs have included: swimming lessons teacher, lifeguard, furniture salesperson, barista, and loan officer. I was especially terrible at the loan officer bit and that’s what prompted me to make a major change and go off to Canada to get a diploma in 3D Animation and Visual Effects. After that, I moved to Los Angeles by myself and roomed with two crazy sisters I found on Craigslist. But that’s another tale.