The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen

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...


Details The Light of the Fireflies

TitleThe Light of the Fireflies
Author
Release DateApr 1st, 2016
PublisherAmazonCrossing
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Mystery, Thriller
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Reviews The Light of the Fireflies

  • Kenneth Buff
    1970-01-01
    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 the whole family, grandmother and all. There's a lot of twists in the story that keep you reading, but then the book takes a weird turn, going from a 1st person perspective to a 3rd person multi POV in the middle of the book, and this part is also a ...
  • RedemptionDenied
    1970-01-01
    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 took on an even darker tone when it changed to a third person perspective: which serves as the back-story of why they ended up living underground for so many years. It also explains how they were able to survive down there without ever leaving.The first...
  • Melki
    1970-01-01
    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 books. His mother, father, older brother, and grandmother all have burn scars on their faces; his sister's scars are so bad, her face is hidden behind a mask. They all live together in the basement and try to maintain as normal a lifestyle as possible...
  • Lacey
    1970-01-01
    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 stars. The reason? About halfway through the book, you begin to get the back story. At that point a very well written story that I thought was heading towards a touching and inspirational end as the editorial review would have you think, turned into ...
  • Zoeytron
    1970-01-01
    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 here.Hear the sound of the mother's nose oddly whistling as she stirs the carrot soup. Smell the talcum powder emanating from the grandmother. Consider the Cricket Man, a face that is inside out, and a little boy who loves his book about insects. A s...
  • juan carlos
    1970-01-01
    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 engranaje que tienen marcado en sus dientes "Cada día hay un sorpresa"DE LOS MEJORES LIBROS QUE HE PODIDO LEER EN MI VIDA, DIRECTO A LO MEJOR DEL 2017. ¿Para qué leer el brillo de las luciérnagas?1. La historia, es muy original, atrapante, subyugante, at...
  • Claudia Ramírez
    1970-01-01
    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 historia, eso sí, todo el tiempo me mantuvo muy interesada. Luego llegamos a la tercera parte y todo se puso mucho más intenso. Se descubren cosas (algunas me las esperaba y otras no) y se terminan de atar todos los cabos. Los capítulos finales me...
  • Kevin Ansbro
    1970-01-01
    Convoluted, implausible beyond belief, gossamer-thin characterisation; what do these people even look like? Not impressed.: (Yours, Mr. Grumpy Pants.
  • Lisa
    1970-01-01
    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 goes forward. There are no characters told by Mother, father, Sister, brother & grandmother . they live in the basement due to a fire which severely burned them all.But from then on I just didn't get it even though they were safe inside rather than out ...
  • Steve
    1970-01-01
    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 to know if the author had read it before or after.) Basically, I think that's all that needs to be said. Nonetheless...this is not for the faint of heart. The book is deeply disturbing. Without offering any spoilers, the book raises the bar on dysfunc...
  • Franco Santos
    1970-01-01
    Un libro hermoso. Una historia sobre la familia, de cuánto es capaz por proteger a un ser querido. También trata de cómo la exclusión puede provocar en alguien reacciones impensables; que te harían cuestionar quién sos vos realmente. Es una trama triste y emocionante, de buscar superar la barrera a lo desconocido aunque eso amerite tomar riesgos, porque sin riesgos no hay cambios. Está lleno de mentiras y de misterios que se van a ir devel...
  • Scarlet Cameo
    1970-01-01
    Lectura con el grupo 221 b Baker street "Me sentí perdido en esa oscuridad que siempre había sido mi mundo. Ajeno a ella. Extraño en el sótano." Una historia que es principalmente triste, llena de mentiras y fantasías, sueños de ser y de vivir pero limitado al mundo que te han creado, a espacios pequeños y situaciones repetitivas pero con la enorme ventaja de tener un narrador que, gracias a su fragilidad e inocencia, hace dinámicos los s...
  • J Omar Vidrio
    1970-01-01
    Me sorprendió todo de este libro. Amé los giros, la oscuridad tan envolvente y las situaciones tan drásticas. No le pongo 5 estrellas, porque me faltó más un mensaje de vida al final.Aún así es 100% recomendable.
  •  Simply Sam ツ
    1970-01-01
    This book. Alright. Here it goes.So there's this family living in a basement. In fact, the boy has lived his whole life there (10 years). He shares the space with his Mom, Dad, sister, brother, Grandma and now a new baby nephew. Just FYI, they are never named and are only ever referred to by their relation to the boy. The entire family (with the exception of himself and the new baby) have been disfigured by a fire and never leave the basement. Ev...
  • Shanny Diaz
    1970-01-01
    Es muy grato decir que pude tener en mi manos este maravilloso libro y decir que pasa a ser uno se los mejores que he leido en mucho tiempo o nunca se volvio uno de mis favoritos,le di 5 estrellas aunque merece mil mas...es absolutamente lindo inocente dulce y oscuro pero que al final te llena de amor y esperanza te dan ganas de tener tu propio tarro de luciernagas ...removio mis corazon y sentimientos a no mas poder,ame este libro y lo amare sie...
  • Christina
    1970-01-01
    No. This book is crap. It tries to be profound or shocking but one does not earn profundity just by throwing a lot of weighty topics (abuse, incest, living in a basement for ten years) at a "plot" and then doing the Gone Girl sort of twist where I'm supposed to be shocked that NOTHING IS WHAT YOU THOUGHT WOOO JAZZ HANDS DUN DUN DUNNN. Nope. The characters are not empathetic even once you're supposedly given all the stories, and a father is abusiv...
  • Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
    1970-01-01
    Man, this book had so much potential and I was stoked to get started on this, but it was just okay.
  • Anabel
    1970-01-01
    Tengo que confesar que pese a que me ha gustado me ha faltado algo y es que yo iba con las expectativas muy altas. La primera mitad del libro no me ha enganchado aunque quería seguir a ver que pasaba con tanto misterio. Ya a la mitad del libro ha pasado algo de revelaciones que me han enganchado mucho más y me ha tenido en vilo, así que por mi parte un aprobado, pero lo recomiendo por ser un libro diferente y muy crudo en muchas partes.
  • Lucía
    1970-01-01
    *4.5*Este libro haló mis sentimientos de la manera mas hermosa y tragica posible.
  • Denisse
    1970-01-01
    Quizá ha llegado ese día en que el ansia por saber es mas fuerte que el miedo a lo desconocido. Muy buena novela, excelente narración, giros espectaculares.Un thriller psicológico en su mas puro estado. Que jugara contigo para ver en donde esta tu lealtad pero que al final todo se queda reducido a quienes tienen el valor de seguir.Supongo que si me frustra un poco no saber los nombres de los personajes, pero tampoco me quita el sueño(?). Nue...
  • Sub_zero
    1970-01-01
    A medio camino entre el thriller psicológico y la novela de suspense, El brillo de las luciérnagas se ha convertido para mí en una auténtica sorpresa, un relato ciertamente adictivo, conmovedor, oscuro y terrorífico en cierta manera que ningún aficionado al género debería perderse. Paul Pen sabe indudablemente meterse al público en el bolsillo a base de inesperados golpes de efecto, misterios que no acaban de resolverse hasta el último ...
  • María
    1970-01-01
    4 de 5 estrellas ⭐⭐⭐⭐(Me ha encantado) Es un libro que me ha producido muchísimas sensaciones y sentimientos diferentes desde asco hasta ternura..... No tenía ni idea de porque esta familia vive bajo tierra y el desarrollo de su vida en el sótano produce nauseas, claustrofobia, angustia y ganas de dejarlo.La razón, la historia, el porqué y todo lo demás te descubre un novelón y yo que no soy de llorar, he estado con la lagrima asom...
  • Jillian
    1970-01-01
    Truly don't understand the hype around this book. It was written well, but it was just confusing and kind of dull. The family's reasoning for doing the things they did is convoluted and not relatable. There's probably a lot more symbolism and allusions than I'm willing to analyze though. So I guess if you're into faux complex and symbolic novels with a couple of "twists" then this is the book for you.
  • Carlos
    1970-01-01
    Uff cuanta intriga hasta el final....Me ha gustado bastante, y seguro que leeré más cosas de este autor que no conocía...
  • Michelle
    1970-01-01
    I have to admit that I absolutely enjoyed this novel and the very troubling story that lies within. The writing and translation are amazing.This is a very dark story about a family that lives in a basement and are never allowed to leave. They have a son that is born while underground and has no idea of the "real world" above. As he grows older (10 yrs) he begins to grow more curious with the stories he's being told. He's not sure if he trusts his...
  • Danny Phanton
    1970-01-01
    Reseña completa en mi blog: La cueva de Danny.No tengo palabras para describir lo mucho que ame y me gusto este libro. Me hizo mantenerme enganchando todo el libro queriendo saber el gran secreto y lo que llevó a todos a esto de acabar viviendo en la oscuridad. No puedo creer las cosas tan erróneas que los padres hicieron desde el comienzo a su familia, desde los abuelos hasta los papás. Y la forma de culpar a la hermana por todo.Estoy sin pa...
  • Beverly
    1970-01-01
    Horror story--started out great, but descended into child abuse, incest and parental misconduct. Ugh!
  • Fernanda Romo
    1970-01-01
    MI CORAZÓN.Hace tiempo que mi corazón no se aceleraba de esta manera al leer un libro, hasta el grado de dejar de leer y tomarme un tiempo para procesar todo lo que ocurría.Creo que estos son los libros que se te quedan por siempre, que te hacen temblar y te hacen darte cuenta de lo crudo que puede llegar a ser el mundo, como el amor puede ser lo más bondadoso o lo más oscuro y que como seremos humanos todos tenemos brillo y oscuridad en nos...
  • Neïra Neïra
    1970-01-01
    Relectura de una de las mejores lecturas de 2014 y vuelvo a darle las cinco estrellas. Paul Pen crea una historia brutal. Un thriller psicológico intenso, adictivo, bien construido, con unos personajes complicados y con una narración brillante.A destacar que la primera parte ( está dividido en tres) está narrada por un niño de diez años. Esa mezcla de ingenuidad, miedo, ternura... perfecta.Sigue siendo uno de mis libros favoritos dentro del...
  • Holly Muller
    1970-01-01
    I hated this book. Yes, I finished it as I thought, surely, there would be some redemption. No. Awful, just awful. Depressing. Dysfunctional family? This doesn't even come close. To those who have said they "loved it", please seek psychiatric treatment immediately. I hated to give it 1 star.