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Dragonfly Girl by Marti Leimbach
About The Book
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.
This is a beautiful reminder for young and adults of the power of science, how much it can change depending on who is using it. I know it may seem a weird statement, but believe me, there are people ready to do anything in their power to have the last discoveries in their hands… And sadly Kira Adams, our main character, will discover it too soon, risking her life and her loved ones for being at the wrong place at the wrong moment.
I have to say that I really enjoyed this read, I love science and I am quite aware of the risks and types of scientists that are in the world, the rivalry or the hate is quite normal in the science world, sadly. But Kira is too young to have seen this dark place in the world, possibly that’s why I was more invested in this book, having a little one it puts the stories in another perspective, putting yourself in the character’s skin and wanting to fight against the bad ones with them!
The story is not only about science, but about Kira’s life. Her life is not easy having her mom ill at home, and being shy and science obsessed doesn’t make it easy to make friends. But I enjoyed reading a story with a girl that loves science and wants to become a scientist, we need more books with nerdy girls!
I would recommend this book to anyone, specially to men scientists, to remember them that women are capable and good with science, it’s time to stop being so close minded!
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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.