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The Dying Butterfly
D.L Fletcher, author
Holly and Tony were a young couple in love. They thought they had all the time in the world but they were wrong... As the illness spread and the population was dying, chaos sprang forcing Holly and her group of family and friends to hit the road. A plan set and necessities stocked they left their homes. One night as the deranged charged their camp they were forced to scatter, separating Holly from everyone she knew and loved. In her search for her group she stumbled upon a small community. By the light of a flickering candle, from a typewriter she found in her travels Holly tells us about the illness, her new life, and her search for the ones she lost. She shares her new philosophies on life, all that we take for granted each and every day, and human vulnerability as she reminisces the past, and her dreams of one day being reunited with the love of her life and her family.
Entrada Publishing

What a truly captivating and gritty novel, the word fantastic fails to capture the creative and intriguing tale D.L. Fletcher has spun. The reader is thrown into Holly’s chaotic life as a virus has spread throughout the world, killing millions and destroying life as she knew it. D.L Fletcher creatively shows Holly’s life before the virus spread through her country and home town, and how she handled with the new chaotic post-apocalyptic world she found herself in, with the perfect use of flashbacks and foreshadowing.

The author expertly crafts a creative web of remarkable fiction that has the reader hooked on every last word. Many a sleepless night will be taken by this book, as each chapter just gets better and better. As a reader it is impossible not to get swept up in the wide range of emotions, from pure fear and worry to brief moments of happiness and romance. D.L Fletcher creates immensely emotional scenes with beautiful imagery, which will no doubt bring tears to the reader’s eyes.

D.L. Fletcher has taken a post-apocalyptic, zombie like, narrative and breathed new life into what could be seen as an exhausted genre; this is not an easy feat and something to be commended.

She has kept what feels comfortable about a zombie narrative, such as biting, virus outbreak and threat of life. However, Fletcher has thrown away all the other rules, twisting the standard narrative of the genre into something that is truly unique and something she can call her own.

While it could appear all doom and gloom within the novel as the world Holly and others know it is turned upside down and practically destroyed, the author brings a flashlight to lighten the darkness. She skillfully weaves light, often humorous, scenes within the overarching virus apocalyptic narrative; thus proving that light can be found even in the darkest of moments and circumstances.

Young love is often classed as a fling or something without great substance but D.L. Fletcher turns that conception on its head. When it comes to the love between Holly and Tony the author proves that while they may be young it is anything but a fling or without substance. Even with the turmoil surrounding their family and friends the romantic storyline still holds strong, often driving the main character, Holly, forward when she would have otherwise given up. It is no mere feat to skillfully combine the main horror apocalyptical arch with long running sweet romance storyline, and yet Fletcher does it so very well.

While many authors can focus on the virus, the military and political efforts when it comes to a similar storyline as in The Dying Butterfly, Fletcher moved to focus on the human element of the story. Her use of first person perspective places the reader directly into the action and it is impossible to not to be swept away in the waves of emotions that befall the characters. Taking this aspect of the genre, the human element, is a slice of ingenious creativity as it pulls on the reader’s wonder of what they would do if placed in a similar situation. It’s a question everyone has thought about at one point in their life, what they would do if the world suddenly ended/changed.

Overall, D.L. Fletcher has created a creative awe-inspiring novel that keeps the reader hooked on every word. Even leaving them hanging on the edge of a cliff practically begging for more from the tale.