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The Butterfly Code (Girl on Fire 1) by Sue Wyshynski

The Butterfly Code, Sue Wyshynski, book review, Girl on Fire
My name is Aeris Thorne. I am a genetically modified human.


All it took was a chance meeting--one tingling glance across a darkened street to change my life.

I'd been searching for my two best friends in the crowded Zenith Club, which was a really bad idea because I'm totally claustrophobic.

I burst outside, and that's when I came face-to-face with the incredibly gorgeous Hunter Cayman. Dark-haired, tall, and leaning against an insane sports car, my pulse went haywire. Maybe things weren't so bad after all. The young doctor had his long muscular arms crossed over his leather jacket clad chest, and all his six-foot something would make any girl's knees turn weak. But then, if what Ella said was true, Hunter was the kind of guy who left behind a trail of broken hearts. And heartache was the last thing I needed right now.

Yet there's something strange, something almost superhuman about Hunter. It's more than that infuriatingly knowing grin. I'm trying to stop thinking about him, and I get the feeling he's avoiding me, too. Yet Deep Cove is a tiny town and every time we run into each other the tension literally crackles, sparking around us. It just figures that when suddenly I'm in danger, he's there to save me.

In truth, I should be dead. By all the logic in this world, I should be shattered to pieces. How fast was I going on that ATV when I smashed into those iron gates? Ninety? A hundred? And the men who were chasing me, where did they go?

Somehow I'm whole.

Maybe better than whole.

There's no one I can talk to, not even my best friend, Gage. Gage hates Hunter. He wants Hunter's laboratory to be shut down. He thinks Hunter's a monster. And yet, if that's true, if Hunter's a monster...than what am I? I'm not sure what terrifies me more, the metamorphosis taking place inside me, or the intensely powerful connection with a guy whose heart and soul has become linked with mine.
Source: This book is free on Amazon.
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: October 15, 2015
Series: Girl on Fire


When Aeris Thorne stumbles out of a popular nightclub with her friends, she finds herself staring at Hunter Cayman. Her father dislikes the guy, but won't tell her why; her friend, Gage, can't stand him either. Despite their feelings about him, Aeris is drawn to this mysterious young man. What she doesn't know is that the secrets he hold will put her and those she cares about in danger, and that he knows more about her mother than even she does.

With a premise like this, I was expecting to be blown away; however, I really wasn't. The book has an interesting premise: genetically modified humans; research that, if it falls into the wrong hands, could be used as a weapon; a doomed romance; and a protagonist whose deceased mother may have discovered the key to human immortality.

The character development in the book was excellent; perhaps it was a bit too detailed because the plot would drastically slow down in places so that readers could learn a bit more about the characters' pasts or personalities. At first I thought the author was building anticipation to reveal a plot twist, but then realized that the author was explaining why some characters were reacting they way they were. This normally doesn't bother me; however, when the action is put on hold for most of the chapter to discuss a character or to share dialogue that doesn't really move the plot forward, I start to feel a bit let down.

I liked Aeris, I liked her from the first chapter. I felt like the author was overselling Aeries; apparently it wasn't enough that I liked Aeris from the first chapter and was emotionally invested in her story. I wanted to know more about the circumstances surrounding Aeris' mother's death and I wanted to know more about how her mother was connected to the research that Aeris ultimately benefited from.

The setting also felt overwrought at times. There were times in the story where I didn't give two figs about where Aeris, but cared more about what she was doing or what she was about to discover. Between this and the character development, it made the book a little longer than some young adult novels and I found myself growing impatient with the book in general.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. Aeris is a fantastic protagonist and her story is compelling. Definitely worth reading this book to learn more about the events leading up to the more action-packed and revealing sequel, The Infinity Gene.

About Sue Wyshynski

Sue Wyshynski, author
Sue Wyshynski is a small town Canadian girl who moved to the United States to pursue the American dream. Sue grew up in the same place as musician Justin Bieber. Her last name is pronounced wish-in-ski.

Sue’s style has been described as immersive, emotional, and action-packed.

According to Sue, “Writers must do more than write; they must try to speak to the hearts of the world.”

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