Jemma has spent her life scavenging tools and supplies for her tribe in their small enclave outside what used to be a big city. Now she's a teen, and old enough to become a Mama. Making babies is how her people survive - In Jemma's world, life ends at age seventeen.
Survival has eclipsed love ever since the Parents died of a mysterious plague. But Jemma's connection to a boy named Apple is stronger than her duty as a Mama. Forced to leave, Jemma and Apple are joined in exile by a mysterious boy who claims to know what is causing them to die. The world around them, and their time is running out. Is this truly the End?
This book was AWESOME! I loved it!
It is set in a post apokoliptic world (yeah, I know that's not how you spell it. Read the book!), where there are no adults, and everyone dies when they turn 17. In Jemma's group, girls rule, boys are only kept around for necessities, and when a girl turns 15, she must become a Mama to help populate the next generation.
If you've read the Gone series by Michael Grant, which was also awesome, you might find a few similarities (minus all the talk about baby making). However, in Gone, the adults disappear in the first book, and the kids have to figure out how to live without them. In Mayfly, the adults have been gone for quite some time, and the kids have their own culture and systems set in place, with jobs for everyine, starting from a very young age. Also, everyone dies at 17, which is a total bummer! It also, as you might expect, leads to some interesting plot lines.
I ❤Jemma and Apple, but Pico is my favorite! Also even though this book touches on some pretty heavy topics (like rape), there is also humor sprinkled throughout the book.
This is Jeff Sweat's debut, and I can't wait to see what he does next. Hopefully, he writes a sequel, although there is no info on GoodReads about one, yet. 😞
I received a copy of this book from the publishers, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.