Bethany Keatley was diagnosed with a rare bone disease after she was born that doctor’s said would be a death sentence. Bethany’s father however is a scientist and became determined to save his little girl and began a series of experiments to help her survive.
Now at fifteen Bethany has defied all the odds and survived but she is small for age which brings on the bullying at school. While tormented Bethany has still been determined that she would do well and become a scientist like her father one day but unfortunately now after all the years of his experimenting on Bethany things have taken a turn for the worse and it’s not sure whether Bethany will be able to survive until her next birthday yet again.
Butterfly Bones was a book that I was on the fence with through most of the time I was reading this one. My biggest problem with this one stood with the bullying that Bethany goes through during the course of the book. I know that bullying is a real problem and many kids suffer from it but in this day and age school staff should be aware and some of the situations in here didn’t seem realistic and a bit too over the top.
But on the other hand with this book there are some really interesting sci-fi stuff going on with Bethany’s mad scientist of a father. The experiments and outcome really made for some engaging reading since this one seemed truly unique on that area of the plot and I rather enjoyed the creativity behind it all.
In the end I decided to give this one 3.5 stars. Good writing, interesting ideas behind the sci-fi side of the plot but the bullying seemed to go on a bit too much in my opinion. I already felt sorry for the main character and her disease while being a walking experiment her whole life that I didn’t need the extreme amount of teenage drama.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.