I great read from a new author, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The story is written in the first person from the point of view of a number of protagonists. It is therefore easy to become emotionally involved in the characters There are some excellent flowing passages with a poetic edge. The dark post war world is beautifully drawn, if that is the right word, for the words create a dark and soulless place devoid of true human emotions. This is one of many things that keeps you turning the pages. You are continually asking can some sort of humanity or true feelings be restored. It is a very British novel in the way it creates such a sinister world. There is no gloss instead a world of black and white. The Leader deciding what is good or evil for the new world. The word chilling would describe the start of the novel. I liked all the characters, but fell in love with The Teacher and Karen. There is a depth to their emotions lifting them off the pages. They are ordinary, but brave women waking to their potential to change things. To summarise the book shows a post war world with a realistic scenario weaving science with personalities that we learn to love. So if you want a good read from a new author I recommend this book wholeheartedly.
The Night Butterflies takes us to the near future, a few years after a nuclear war leaving a world filled with deadly radiation requiring constant anti-poison just to survive. Written from the point of view of different characters, the story focuses on the problem of reproduction of healthy children within the group of survivors, testing the relationships between mothers and their children with some disturbing characteristics.
The result is a book which paints a bleak picture of a micro society in a ruthless dystopian world with a gripping plot that keeps your imagination turning.
After the book arrived I was very eager to start reading it, it didn't take me long to start the book and then soon be engrossed in the interesting story which has you hooked at every chapter. The story is beautifully constructed and the writing style reflects what I have been reading for years. Finished it within a day and am very tempted to pick up and read again. 5/5 for an amazingly creative story, one which I never wanted to end.
This book was recommended by a friend and my initial expectations were not too high - I don't usually class myself as a fan of dystopian fiction, but I decided to give it a go.... I am SO pleased that I did. The different characters narrating the story in the first person are all so different yet equally engaging. I was hooked after meeting Jimmy-1, one of the narrating triplets. Thank you Sara Litchfield for introducing me to a new genre of literature!
I read The Night Butterflies in one sitting as I just couldn't put it down. An engrossing story of a post-apocalyptic society gone awry, it reminded me of Margaret Atwood. A well-written, fantastic first novel.
Just finished reading this book. Thoroughly enjoyed it, couldn't put it down! Can't wait for a sequel?? This is the way we are heading unless society makes changes. A very successful first novel. Huge congratulations x