The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen

The Light of the Fireflies

Paul Pen with Simon Bruni (Translator)

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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 ...
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tense 73%
dark 66%
emotional 60%
sad 46%
challenging 33%
mysterious 33%
hopeful 13%
adventurous 6%


medium 46%
slow 30%
fast 23%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 44% | A mix: 33% | Plot: 22%

Strong character development?

No: 60% | It's complicated: 30% | Yes: 10%

Loveable characters?

No: 70% | It's complicated: 30%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 60% | It's complicated: 30% | Yes: 10%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 80% | N/A: 10% | No: 10%

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