#Review: Firefly, by @JenMinkman

FireflyTitle: Firefly
Author: Jen Minkman
Rating: 3/5 stars

As decreed by the State, the Citizens of Ebrus are not allowed to:

Visit the ocean surrounding the Walled City.

Ignore curfew and stay out after seven.
Call in sick more than three times a year.


A short, dystopian story about the spirit of Christmas. (description from Goodreads)

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Firefly is the second Minkman work of fiction I’ve read. The first was The Island, and like that novella, this short story incorporates some cultural elements from our world into a dystopian society far in the future where our society has been long forgotten. I enjoyed the way Minkman worked these into this story.

The author was able to build up a great world for this not being too long of a story. But with that, I feel it didn’t leave much room for the story itself. It was paced well, and was building up for a good conclusion, but then it just ended. It was this ending that dropped my rating down a bit. It wasn’t that this is a cliff-hanger for another story, either. It felt as if another scene or two were cut off the end, considering where the story was headed. There was room for expansion on the underlying conflict if it had kept going.

All in all, I enjoyed the story mostly. Minkman’s writing still has the ability to draw me in. It was just lacking near the end.

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You can purchase a copy of Firefly from:


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About the Author:

Jen Minkman (1978) was born in Holland, in the town of Alphen aan den Rijn. When she was 19, she moved between The Hague, Salzburg (Austria), Brussels (Belgium) and Cambridge (UK) to complete her studies in intercultural communication. She is currently a teacher of English, career counsellor and teenage coach at a secondary school in Voorburg, Holland. She tries to read at least 100 books a year (and write a few, too!). She is a published author in her own country, and translates her own books from Dutch into English for self-publication.

In her spare time, she plays the piano, the guitar and the violin. For every novel she writes, she creates a soundtrack.

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