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Jemma has spent her life scavenging tools and supplies for her tribe in the 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
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Published May 8th 2018 by Feiwel and Friends
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Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Set in a somewhat sexist sounding society Mayfly by Jeff Sweat is a young adult dystopian scifi thriller. At some point the world has mostly died off leaving children raising children to carry on the human race. Seventeen has become old age in this society so the kids need to grow up fast to begin having their babies before they go.

Jemma knows nothing other than trying to survive but now that she’s at the age to become a Mama she’s not sure that is what she wants. Generally in Jemma’s world the
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 4.5/5

Mayfly has almost all the components that a good science fiction, dytopian needs. Right from the completely wrecked, no-hope-can-be-seen world to curious protagonists who want to find a solution, and an excellent writing, research, and plotting accompanying it, Mayfly impressed me.

Let’s start with what I admired the most--the immense world building. The dystopian cliche was torn away in this book when the future world didn’t consist of just one set of survivors; the
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I stayed up way too late reading this thing. I received an advanced copy of this book and immediately found myself sucked in. The world of Mayfly is dangerous and exciting. One girl, Jemma, wants so badly to have a life—and she wants it with Apple, a boy she's known all her life. But time is running out for her love Apple, and Jemma knows that if they don't find answers fast she and Apple will lose everything—their lives, their friends, and worst of all each other.

I don't know what is the most m
KarenJo Custodio
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 - Wonderfully Unique, Weirdly Fascinating, and Thrilling Edge of Your Seat Story

Mayfly by Jeff Sweat is a wonderfully unique, weirdly fascinating, and thrilling edge of your seat post apocalyptic adventure. It's fast-paced, well-written, and dangerously exciting from start to finish. 

This book's a masterpiece, but I did have some minor issues in the beginning. After  reading a few chapters, I actually wasn't sure I would like the story. I did think the concept was interesting, but there were
Rachel Branwen
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of this book and WOW. Couldn't put it down. Loved the characters from the outset and was immediately captivated by their world and worried about what would happen to them. This is the kind of book that will keep you up reading past your bedtime.

Full of unexpected twists and an epic journey through the future post-apocalyptic wasteland that once was LA, you'll love these characters and be sad when you finally do come to the end of the book. Luckily, I h
Chrysula Winegar
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A dystopian LA where no one lives past age 17. It's a complex world set in the ruins of one of the world's most iconic cities. I read an early advance and was compelled from the get go. The characters are vivid, with complex social hierarchies that quickly draw you in. I am already anxiously waiting for the next installment. Sweat is a good writer, and has the makings of a masterful storyteller. ...more
Barbara Howell
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure if I really wanted to read this book, but I am so glad I did. In fact, I've read it three times! The characters are well written and defined; I could see the action taking place in my mind and I came to care about what happened.

Jeff Sweat really made it come to life. Now, as I go around the SoCal area, many landmarks from the book remind me of what the characters were doing.

It has stayed with me for a long time. I plan to give this to friends.
Z. Core
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read an advance copy of this book and it's just terrific. Well-paced, and delivers well on the premise. The Mad Max-meets-Hunger Games is a unique twist on the genre. Fans of dystopia fiction won't be disappointed. ...more
Paige Green
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I bought my own copy of this book! Support your authors!

Book: Mayfly

Author: Jeff Sweat

Book Series: Mayfly Book 1

Rating: 4/5

Recommended For...: dystopian, science fiction

Publication Date: May 8, 2018

Genre: YA Dystopian

Recommended Age: 16+ (pregnancy, sex, rape mentions TW, violence, death)

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Pages: 356

Synopsis: Jemma has spent her life scavenging tools and supplies for her tribe in the their small enclave outside what used to be a big city. Now she’s a teen,
Steven G. Loertscher
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an advance copy of this book, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

What would happen if all of the adults suddenly died, and kids were left to fend for themselves before they also perish as they reach adulthood? Mayfly sets forth Jeff Sweat’s vision of how this scenario might play out. Young adult post-apocalyptic fiction has become a popular genre in recent years, but I found the this take refreshingly different. Mayfly is sort of like Lord of the Flies meets Divergent, although that doesn’t q
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult / Post-Apocalyptic
*Rating* 3.5


Mayfly, by debut author Jeff Sweat, is the first installment in what is believed to be the Mayfly series. The author has created a curious post-apocalyptic world where the Parents are gone thanks to an unknown plague which kills almost everyone once they become an adult. 15-year old Jemma lives in a place that the author is calling Holy Wood. In Holy Wood, when you turn 15, you are supposed to become a Mama until the E
Aug 14, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a slow starter hence the three stars. Once Jemma, Lady, Apple, and Pico went searching for the cure, it became more fast-paced and interesting. In this dystopian world, death arrives at the age of 17 unless one has suffered a brain injury. Needless to say, any remnants of civilization are in the hands of children. This is a cruel and barbaric world. But Pico wonders why this has happened and convinces the others to help him discover the reason. I especially liked the idea that reading h ...more
Matthew Luis Rodriguez
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Page-Turning Work of Brilliance!

Mayfly is an fast-paced dystopic thriller that begins perched atop the Hollywood Hills, and much like a roller coaster, descends rapidly into dizzying adventure.

Jeff Sweat, has masterfully chronicled the landscape of Los Angeles through the eyes of someone who has a deep knowledge and love for the City of Angels. His insight into human nature and its tendencies craft a palpably possible future where adolescents and teens struggle to survive, gather resources, p
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read an advance copy and this book is thoroughly enjoyable! Being in LA, I loved seeing the city through the eyes of these kids who are trying to fight for their survival. But the author’s descriptions are so fun and he’s created such an interesting world that I believe a y.a. reader from anywhere will like this story. I loved that it kept me guessing in trying to figure out why no one in this world survives into adulthood. Highly recommended for a new take on dystopia!
Sep 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Unfortunately, this book wasn't for me and I had to dnf it.

I really couldn't get into the story and to be honest, I'm not curious enough to find out more about this weird society. Only the children survived somehow and since the characters are young, I felt like they didn't know much about what happened and therefore, I was a little confused. In Mayfly, the boys and girls are not equals and girls have to be "mamas" at 15 even if they don't want to. It's probably what I'm going to remember from
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read an advance copy. Talk about a great read!

In Mayfly, for some reason, nobody lives past age 17. In a tough but beautiful world, Jemma, the main character, and her group of friends are determined to survive. Mayfly's the kind of hero's journey that will keep you flipping pages, working along side them as they try to figure out this life-or-death mystery. These characters just want to grow up and see what will happen to them next—and you'll want to find out, too.
Julia Edits
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wowee, I loved this book. Sweat does a masterful job of imagining a world so similar to ours...yet after the total breakdown of society as we know it. The book is gripping, scary, adventure-filled, tremendously moving and even funny at times. A great read, whether or not you're a young adult yourself.

(I received an advance copy; this is an honest review.)

May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
MAYFLY is a spectacular debut that will have fans of post-apocalyptic dystopian fiction on the edge of their seats. Jeff Sweat has created a fantastic blend of edgy and smart with an extra helping of thrills added in for good measure.

We first meet Jemma, a scavenger living in the hills of Holy Wood in Ell Aye. She is one of the girls tasked with going into the abandoned streets to search and find any item that could be of use to their community. But as her fifteenth birthday approaches, she face
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*I received this book from NetGalley and Feiwel & Friends in exchange for an honest review*

I thought this was a unique take on a YA dystopian book. In this world, all the adults are gone. You die at 17 and the only way to keep the population going is to have babies around 15. I thought it was interesting to see a book from a the view of a world run by kids pretty much. It's been over 100 years since the parents died we lea
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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MAYFLY is a spectacular debut that will have fans of post-apocalyptic dystopian on the edge of their seats. Jeff Sweat has created a fantastic blend of edgy and smart with an extra helping of thrills added in for good measure.

We first meet Jemma, a scavenger living in the hills of Holy Wood in Ell Aye. She is one of the girls tasked with going into the abandoned streets to search and find any item that could be of use to their community. But as h
Sandra Vander
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to read an advanced copy of this amazing work by first-time novelist Jeff Sweat.
Teens run what's left of the world in Ell Aye, after an unknown devastation has wiped out anyone older than 17. Jemma is a powerhouse protagonist who I loved from the beginning of the book. She shows us around this brave new world and how it operates, and I loved every detail, from how the work is split up, to how easily generations forget how to read, to how Southern California has split into
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I got ahold of an advanced copy of Mayfly, and boy am I glad I did.

This book has it all.

Violent kids ruling over a dystopian LA? Check.

Power grabs and gender fueds? Check.

So much more? Yup.

Mayfly keeps a quick pace while allowing the author's vivid descriptions of a world gone to waste, punctuated by biting dialogue that takes you to a time and place that doesn't actually exist, hearing the words of children who will never be.

My words don't do Mayfly any justice. Just read it.
Tina Shepherd
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
What happens when the oldest people in your tribe are 17 and on the brink of death? When the caregivers of the babies are babies themselves. When the army is an army of youth. This novel explores what happens when kids are the ones who run the world. The characters will stick with you and you will wonder what happens next.
I read an advanced copy.
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was so much fun to read! I received an advance copy of this book, but wasn't sure I was going to like it. I don't normally enjoy this genre, but decided to give it a try anyway. I was so surprised by how much I liked it. The author really makes you feel like you're a part of the world he has created. The characters were engaging and interesting and I found myself trying to figure out what was going to happen next. It was so hard to put down this book! I highly recommend it to ANY reade ...more
Cat aka Booksnblabbers
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I was sent this book for a review by the author and publishers - but this has in no way affected my opinion.
I struggled in the beginning to get into the story but once I got accustomed to the language the characters were using. Once I overcame that struggle, I got sucked into the story. This is a book I highly recommend for anyone who loved “Legend” by Marie Lu or “The 100” by Kass Morgen.
I love the characters and the idea behind the whole story. It’s a Dystopian novel.

Marissa DeCuir
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mayfly is stunning, gritty, and fast-paced, offering a fresh take on YA dystopian fiction!
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This beautiful novel is set in post-apocalyptic California. If I had to describe the novel in two words it would be "unapologetically honest." Think Lord of the Flies + The Giver + The Hunger Games. Jeff Sweat paints a beautiful picture of love, fear, heartache, and above all...hope.

The different points of view and the beautifully honest narration made for a compelling and fast read. Although I devoured it in a mere handful of days, the story and characters have remained with me. I anxiously aw
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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 aw
Brooke McCoy
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Book club book this month. Had a really hard time with it in the beginning but then reminded me of Lucifer’s Hammer and Maze Runner. Good ending 👍
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Jeff Sweat has made a living from words his entire career, as an award-winning tech journalist and as a pioneer of content marketing at Yahoo. He directed PR for some of the top advertising agencies in the country, and now runs his own PR and consulting firm, Sweat + Co.

He grew up in Idaho as the middle of eight children—seven boys and one girl—and attended Columbia University in New York. Jeff li

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