The Light of the Fireflies

  • by Paul Pen, Simon Bruni - translator
  • Narrated by Scott Merriman
  • 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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....


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Customer Reviews

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Unbelievably good, 5 star plus

I was put off buying this book as I felt from the write up it would be the usual pyscho/sociopath keeping people locked in the basement, with a dash of horror, mental and physical cruelty. However because Audible will let you return a book if you don't like it, this was a good excuse to try it.

I am so pleased I did, it was unbelievably good. Luckily there was no pyschopath, just the most amazing plot, that caught my attention from the start and blew me away.

It made me question what my reaction would be to this family crisis. I understood their motives as to what they did and why, but it still left lots of questions which were revealed slowly over time in the course of the book.

I will not spoil anything for future readers, but there are so many facets to this story to talk about and mull over. I feel this book should be on a school curriculum and certainly a must for any book club as its content is noteworthy of many discussions.

I note one reviewer had compared it to the book Room, but apart from the isolation from the outside world there is no comparison in its merits. I particularly like the way it was narrated with no names for the characters, just references to my mum, grandma, sister etc. So despite the fact I know none of the characters names, I feel I know them all personally.

Enjoy, you will not be disappointed.

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- Sigrin

kept me guessing...

...right to the end. fabulously acted voices were excellent. would highly recommend foe something different.
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- Karen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-04-2016
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio