The Light of the Fireflies

The Light of the Fireflies

A haunting and hopeful tale of discovering light in even the darkest of places.

For his whole life, the boy has lived underground, in a basement with his parents, grandmother, sister, and brother. Before he was born, his family was disfigured by a fire. His sister wears a white mask to cover her burns.

He spends his hours with his cactus, reading his book on insects, or touching the one ray of sunlight that filters in through a crack in the ceiling. Ever since his sister had a baby, everyone’s been acting very strangely. The boy begins to wonder why they never say who the father is, about what happened before his own birth, about why they’re shut away.

A few days ago, some fireflies arrived in the basement. His grandma said, There’s no creature more amazing than one that can make its own light. That light makes the boy want to escape, to know the outside world. Problem is, all the doors are locked. And he doesn’t know how to get out.…

Title:The Light of the Fireflies
Edition Language:English
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    The Light of the Fireflies Reviews

  • Kenneth Buff

    So let me start off by saying the writing was good, and that the pacing and story pulled me in—I read it to the end. Which was the real problem. The book starts off interesting. It's Room, but with ...

  • RedemptionDenied

    3.5 stars.This was an intriguing story, about a family living in the basement of their former home. After reading the first two chapters, it was evident that this was going to be a dark tale, that too...

  • Melki

    A door loses its meaning if you don't ever go through it. It becomes a wall.The boy has spent ten years of his life in the basement. He was born there, and has only seen the outside world in picture b...

  • Zoeytron

    A mask. Think of what it can cover, and what it cannot hide. Some very creepy family dynamics take front and center stage for this unsettling novel. The characters are never named, and it worked well ...

  • Lacey

    I was going to give this book three stars because the author's writing was good enough to keep me reading until the end, but the more I thought about the story, the more I leaned towards reducing the ...

  • Claudia Ramrez

    4.5 estrellas.No sé qué es lo que exactamente siento por este libro. Esta dividido en tres partes (+ un epílogo) y durante las dos primeras partes estuve muy ansiosa y no me terminaba de gustar la ...

  • Kevin Ansbro

    Convoluted, implausible beyond belief, gossamer-thin characterisation; what do these people even look like? Not impressed.: (Yours, Mr. Grumpy Pants....

  • juan carlos

    Este libro pasa de la oscuridad al brillo, de la intriga, al desconcierto. Del misterio al horror. El brillo de las luciérnagas es un reloj con una maquinaria perfecta, donde cada día es un engranaj...

  • Lisa

    I wanted to like this one but unfortunately it didn't live up to expectations The Light Of The Fireflies by Paul pen was a bit like Room but way out there the premise starts out in the before then goe...

  • Steve

    Room on steroids. (Sorry, I never saw the movie, Room, but I did read the book. As an interesting aside, the original, pre-translation version of this came out only 2-3 years after Room. I'm curious t...