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YA's 'Mark of the Dragonfly' transports readers to steampunk world

'Mark of the Dragonfly' by Jaleigh Johnson

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Author Jaleigh Johnson takes readers to a planet where scrap falls from the sky like a meteor shower and the inhabitants of the world survive by trading the goods they recover from the scrap-fall. Her YA novel “Mark of the Dragonfly” spins a powerful yarn of doing what it takes to get by and learning to trust others.

A dragonfly marks a special girl in Johnson's novel.
Cover art courtesy Delacourte Press; graphic by Mary Beth Magee

Piper, a young orphan, has a gift for repairing damaged mechanisms. She uses that talent to repair items broken by the fall from space to the ground below. When one of the broken items she encounters turns out to be Anna, a young girl with a dragonfly mark on her arm, Piper finds herself thrust into a deadly race to get the girl back to her family in another part of the planet.

The two youngsters must face an array of enemies, both obvious and disguised, and learn who they can trust if they are to live long enough to succeed. Along the way, they meet an intriguing variety of both flesh-and-blood and mechanical characters.

Johnson’s prolific imagination has portrayed a world of fearsome danger yet amazing beauty. Her characters face trials of courage and strength as they learn they can trust and who they must avoid. With layers of fantasy, science fiction and steam punk laminated into a coherent whole, Johnson draws readers deeper and deeper until they can smell and taste Piper’s world.

Readers will find heroism, mystery and excitement in this YA novel, which is available in both print and electronic versions.

“Mark of the Dragonfly” by Jaleigh Johnson

Published by Delacorte Press

ISBN 978-0-385-37615-0

Disclaimer: This review is based on a review copy provided by the author or publisher with no restrictions as to content. All opinions are my own.

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