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"Catching Butterflies" by Sandra J. Jackson

The Escape Series book #2

5 out of 5 stars

Published by Creativia on June 11th, 2019

Format: audiobook

Genre: YA Sci-Fi/ Dystopian

Finished in 2 weeks

Sat on my TBR for 4 months

Sandra J. Jackson is a Canadian author that loves to tell stories. She has received multiple awards for her books, short stories, and articles and is currently working on the third book in the Escape Series


The Escape Series follows two sisters, April and Beth, as they try to piece together what has happened the world in the last five years. 

The plot of the last two books has kept me on the edge of my seat. The plot is fast, but still leaves time to digest what is happening around them. Jackson does a great job of slowly giving the reader the information they need to help the sisters piece together the mystery of the Butterfly Virus. 

The world-building is perfect and nothing to convenient. Jackson wrote the story, so the girls wouldn't suddenly remember what happened to them. The girls needed to experience and encounter to trigger a memory, and I thought that was brilliant. (Also, the world they live in is absolutely terrifying!)

The organization is straightforward, and I was never confused. 

In the first book, I didn't like the girls as much as I wanted too. I found them both to be too immature, but on in this book. As the sisters regain their memory, they become more relatable and lovable. 

My favorite part was the big plot twist at the end. I had been waiting for that moment for so long, and I was so happy when it happened. 

My least favorite part was around the middle of the novel. The girls stumbled across the location where they were held captive for five years. During their search through the rubble, I found that scene to be slightly slower from the rest of the novel. 

I give Catching Butterflies 5 out of 5 stars. I loved almost everything about this novel. Specifically, the characters stood out to me the most because they drove the story in a positive direction, and they developed significantly over time. 

I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys YA dystopian novels. I liked this better than  The Darkest Minds trilogy by Marie Lu!

For more information about Sandra J. Jackson and her books, please check out her website at https://www.sandrajjackson.com/bio

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