From time to time I like to read a YA novel, so when the opportunity to read this book came up, I took it.
Codename Firefly is the second book in a new Night School spinoff series that sees C J Daugherty back at her spine-tingling best. Gripping, thrilling, and filled with intrigue, Codename Firefly explores the nexus of power in the UK from a teenager’s point of view.
When Gary Langtry, the daughter of the UK Prime Minister, is moved to an elite boarding school for her own protection, her parents and security team believe she’ll be safe from both the press and the assassins who tried to kill her. But they are wrong.
Cloistered behind high walls, Cimmeria Academy provides year-round protection for the children of the country’s most privileged students, but it isn’t ready for the trouble that’s coming. Russian spies are determined to find Gray, and someone in the government is helping them. Even with a bodyguard at her side she feels vulnerable. She still bears the scars – mental and physical – of the attack that almost killed her. She struggles to learn how to trust those around her.
Dylan, a mysterious American student, seems to know more than he should – but he’s always there when Gray needs him. Can she trust him? Can she trust anyone?
As winter closes in and darkness grows, Gray will have to learn fast.
The hunters are coming…
I must admit that I did wonder if I was missing out on something by not having read the first book in the series. But I think it is fair to say that it easily stands alone as a single book.
I enjoyed the fact that the book is set in a school and I think that Daugherty handles the relationships between the various teenagers with sensitivity. It isn’t easy to move to a new school. Gray has to do this for her safety. As the daughter of the Prime Minister she feels this makes it more difficult to make new friends as well. But she does establish a friendship group as the school prepares to see if there is an attempt to kidnap/ hurt Gray again.
A plan is set to use the end of year school ball to lure the people who tried to hurt Gray and her mother again.
But who exactly is Dylan. Is he on Gray’s side or not. The answer to this is left to the final pages!
About the Author:
A former crime reporter and accidental civil servant, C J Daugherty began writing the Night School series while working as a communications consultant for the Home Office. The young adult series was published by Little Brown and went on to sell over a million and a half copies worldwide. A web series inspired by the books clocked up well over a million views. In 2020, the books were optioned for television. She later wrote The Echo Killing series, published by St Martin’s Press, and co-wrote the fantasy series, The Secret Fire, with French author Carina Rosenfeld.
While working as a civil servant, she had meetings at Number 10 Downing Street, and saw people disappearing through a small door to a staircase heading below ground level. This visit became the inspiration for Number 10. FYI: She still doesn’t know if there are tunnels below Number 10. But she hopes there are.
Her books have been translated into 24 languages and been bestsellers in multiple countries. She lives in the south of England with her husband, the BAFTA nominated filmmaker, Jack Jewers.