Saturday, July 10, 2010
Don't Die, Dragonfly is a thrilling first installment of a series that I am eager to read more of. It's a book that deals with the most frightening burden of power: social ostracism. Sabine's struggles to both own her powers and save her classmate's life are skillfully intertwined as she must learn to trust others with her secret in order to do what's right.
Singleton also sets up plenty of teasers for future installments, from the mysterious Dominic who moves into Nona's barn at the beginning of the story and makes cryptic intimations about the future of Sabine's family, to the effect of her new alliances on her old friendships and her new boyfriend. And her strained relationship with her mother not only longs for resolution, but is completely relatable to anyone who has ever been a teenager. I can't wait to read more-- including the final book, Magician's Muse, out in October!
(By the way, if the plot reminds you of Blue is for Nightmares, you're not alone. But whether you love or hate those books, you should give Dragonfly a try, because the two books/series are plenty different!) You can read the first two chapters here.