I am joining the blog tour for Dragonfly Girl by Marti Leimbach today. Many thanks to Marti, and Katherine Tegen Books for providing me with a copy of the book, and to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part.
In this spellbinding thriller and YA debut from bestselling author Marti Leimbach, Kira Adams has discovered a cure for death—and it may just cost her life.
Things aren’t going well for Kira. At home, she cares for her mother and fends off debt collectors. At school, she’s awkward and shy. Plus, she may flunk out if she doesn’t stop obsessing about science, her passion and the one thing she’s good at . . . very good at.
When she wins a prestigious science contest she draws the attention of the celebrated professor Dr. Gregory Munn (as well as his handsome assistant), leading to a part-time job in a top-secret laboratory.
The job is mostly cleaning floors and equipment, but one night, while running her own experiment, she revives a lab rat that has died in her care.
One minute it is dead, the next it is not.
Suddenly she’s the remarkable wunderkind, the girl who can bring back the dead. Everything is going her way. But it turns out that science can be a dangerous business, and Kira is swept up into a world of international rivalry with dark forces that threaten her life.
Dragonfly Girl is a fascinating book exploring scientific discovery that to my very unscientific brain seemed beyond the realms of possibility. The idea of being able to bring something previously dead back to life planted this book firmly in the sci-fi genre in my mind. Imagine my surprise then when, halfway through this book, I stumbled across a news story about doctors successfully transplanting hearts that had effectively died into teenage patients. This blew my mind, and made me read parts of this book through very different eyes.
Although it is pretty heavy on the complex science at times, I still found this book an easy read and my lack of understanding of the intricacies of the science didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the larger story. Whilst I wasn’t, for reasons I can’t quite pinpoint, overly keen on Kira herself, I loved the quirky supporting cast of characters, particularly poor, damaged Dimitry and rat-loving April.
Dragonfly Girl is a fast-paced YA thriller that sucks you in from the very start and leaves you wanting more at the end. I hope it won’t be too long before we see a sequel being published.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Marti Leimbach’s latest novel is DRAGONFLY GIRL, a YA action/thriller about a high school girl with a gift for science who discovers a “cure” for death and ends up embroiled in an international rivalry. It is published by Harper Collins in February 2021.
Marti Leimbach is known for her bestsellers, Dying Young, made into a film starring Julia Roberts, and Daniel Isn’t Talking. She is interested in neurodiversity and has shared the stage with young inventors at the Human Genome Project (Toronto), the National Autistic Society, and the University of Oxford.
She teaches on the Masters Programme in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford. Dragonfly Girl is her eighth novel, but her first for young adults.
Don’t forget to visit the other blogs taking part in the tour to read more about Dragonfly Girl.