The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen

The Light of the FirefliesThe Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story is absolutely demented, so I obviously enjoyed it.

This is also the perfect example of how my refusal to read book summaries and book blurbs out of an absolute dislike for even the tiniest and mildest of spoilers contributes to me sometimes selecting books that end up being absolutely nothing like I expected them to be. That’s just the price that must be paid by someone who likes to go into every story as unaware of the content and storyline as possible. (Sorry to all the people who spend endless, painful hours writing perfect book summaries and book blurbs that I will never, ever read, but you can’t change me. I’m committed to a preference for full ignorance when it comes to starting a new book).

So, basically, I saw a bright blue and yellow cover with fireflies and expected a potentially whimsical story about long summer nights or some such enchanting nonsense. But that’s not at all what I got.

The first two chapters alone imply 4 different kinds of child abuse, and all kinds of neurotic psychosis. Plus, there’s the whole super creepy setting, and then, there are some majorly epic twists that occur, throughout, that just make this story and world even more insane.

This is an intense, unusual read that is unexpected at all times. That’s what I like about it. The actual content and feasibility are all questionable. Many characters make many poor decisions that I still don’t understand, but that adds to the intrigue. This is one shocking, psychological, mess of a story, so I couldn’t look away.

Book 106 read in 2018

Pages: 338

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