Fans of The City of Ember will love The Mark of the Dragonfly, an adventure story set in a magical world that is both exciting and dangerous.
Piper has never seen the Mark of the Dragonfly until she finds the girl amid the wreckage of a caravan in the Meteor Fields.
The girl doesn’t remember a thing about her life, but the intricate tattoo on her arm is proof that she’s from the Dragonfly Territories and that she’s protected by the king. Which means a reward for Piper if she can get the girl home.
The one sure way to the Territories is the 401, a great old beauty of a train. But a ticket costs more coin than Piper could make in a year. And stowing away is a difficult prospect–everyone knows that getting past the peculiar green-eyed boy who stands guard is nearly impossible.
Life for Piper just turned dangerous. A little bit magical. And very exciting, if she can manage to survive the journey. – Goodreads
The Mark of the Dragonfly is the story of Piper, a girl who has never seen the Mark, and her life has been fine with that. Piper fixes things and she’s good at it and she is surviving that way. The only way she knows how. Then one day, when she is scavenging she comes upon a girl with the Mark and her life changes forever. Annnnnd that is where I ended.
This was a beautifully written book. Johnson’s prose is what kept me reading this book for as long as I did. Then I stopped and I realized for a few weeks I had not been reading it and I didn’t care to see where the story was going. While this is an amazing book for the right reader, it was not an amazing book for me. As I have stated in the past, I am trying to get better at not finishing books that I’m not interested in, and this sadly was one of them that I put down. One day I may be intrigued enough to come back to it but at the moment, I do not see that happening.