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3.41  ·  Rating details ·  365 ratings  ·  110 reviews
In the wake of crash-landing on a deserted tropical island, a group of private-school teens must rely on their wits and one another to survive.

Having just survived a plane crash, Samantha Mishra finds herself isolated and injured in the thick of the jungle. She has no idea where she is or where anybody else is -- she doesn't even know if anybody else is alive. Once Sam co
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 27th 2018 by Scholastic Press
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Chandra Prasad Hi Ali,
Yes. It is a stand-alone novel. It can be read on its own or in tandem with Lord of the Flies (many Grades 6-12 English teachers are opting to…more
Hi Ali,
Yes. It is a stand-alone novel. It can be read on its own or in tandem with Lord of the Flies (many Grades 6-12 English teachers are opting to pair the two books). Damselfly features an original plot and unique characters.

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Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Aptly described as a modern Lord of the Flies, Chandra Prasad’s Damselfly follows a group of prep school teens as they try to survive after the private jet carrying their fencing team crashes onto a deserted tropical island. The story is told through the eyes of Samantha Mishra, an unassuming and unassertive girl who often finds herself overshadowed by her more confident and socially extroverted classmates. Sam doesn’t a
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
If you ever wondered what would happen if you put teenage girls in place of young boys in the classic “Lord of the Flies”, then “Damselfly” will definitely answer all of your questions. The narrator, Samantha wakes up on an empty island, covered in bruises and mosquito bites. She soon recalls the plane crash and starts looking for her classmates. Some of them turn up dead while others are battered but alive. They soon organize themselves but under the pressure of danger from the unknown person a ...more
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-copyright
I really struggled, at first, with my opinion of Damselfly. As a former English teacher, I spent several years teaching Lord of the Flies. There were many aspects of Damselfly that were almost too close to Lord of the Flies for my comfort. However, by the end of the novel, I found that I really enjoyed the parallels and Prasad's modern take on Lord of the Flies. I love that there is potential for a sequel, and I love the way Prasad tackles race and privilege. I have already shared my opinion of ...more
Jul 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: teen
Modern “Lord of the Flies” this is not. Definitely one of the dumber teen books I’ve read. Looking for an exciting story of survival? Keep looking, because this bore of a book won’t cut it.
Kelley Wood
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Modern day Lord of the Flies meets Seneca Crane behind the creation of the island. So glad I got this ARC. Quick read, fast-paced, good characters. I need more please Ms. Prasad.
3.5 Out Of 5 for this re-imagining of The Lord of the Flies

I never read The Lord of the Flies…I wasn't even sure what it was about…until I looked it up when I was about a third of the way through this.  The author has a spot at the end of the book where she talks about her inspiration for the book and as an author.  She calls this a Lord of the Flies with a diverse cast of strong female characters.  It does have male characters also, but they are definitely secondary to the females.
Damselfly is
Maddie Brown
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I gave this book a 5 star rating because right when I started reading this book, I was already carried in and just kept on wanting to read more. Personally, I enjoy when books start off with the main conflict and slowly progress background information as you read on, and this book definitly had done that. Highly recommend if you enjoy suspenseful books.
Jamal Lewis
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This first-person tale is told through the lens of Samantha, who wakes up on an empty island. She is bruised and has been bitten by insects, but that's the least of her worries. She all alone, or so she thinks, as she stumbles across the dead bodies of her classmates, also victims of a plane crash. She soon finds other plane riders that are alive, albeit in bad shape. They want off the island, but that's no easy feat, as there is a protagonist looking to thwart that. In the blink of an eye, they ...more
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it
this book was enjoyable to read - sort of creepy, but in a slow and sneaky way. it was a really good reading experience, actually, because i didn’t put this book down. i just wish it fleshed out its characters and themes more - there’s nothing more annoying than things that are half-assed. and a majority of this book felt half-assed.

let me use one example so i don’t spoil the book: the title, Damselfly. About 80% (!) into the book, we’re told by Mel and Sam that damselflies are like dragonflies,
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
You wake up in a tropical island with a human eyeball in your hand...

I mean, seriously, you start it there?!?
SUCH a good hook.

I loved the concept of this book - a boarding school fencing team's plane crashes on an island, and they have to survive. If it sounds familiar, yes, it's a remix of Lord of the Flies. I loved the update, the characters, the action, and suspense. I love the cover, and the fact that it's ownvoices.
I took this out to local middle schools in 2019.

Great stuff.
I thought that this book was extremely good. The ending left plenty of room for imagination, and the story was a perfect blend of bittersweet. It was quick and though it's not my preferred genre, it was a book I will read again.
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed "Lord of the Flies" so much, I thought I'd like this one, and I was right. Kept me in suspense from the very beginning until the end, I was just left hanging though with that ending.
Jun 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
I was annoyed that it was basically a remake of a classic, “Lord of the Flies,” down to the encounter with a wild pig and the brutal death of one of their own. No rescue here though. Which was fine - I didn’t mind the ambiguous ending. I have seen it presented as a bunch of teenage girls but that isn’t totally true, although they do drive the story and backstory. It also seemed like Prasad needed to do a bit more research. About half way through the main character notes the long toe nails of Ann ...more
Te De
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Bolden James
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Got my hands on an advance copy. So glad I did. Loved this book for multiple reasons.

First, it’s a fast and furious adventure story. I could not put it down. I kept wantign to read more and more: what will they do next, how will this compare to the boy's actions in a similar situation....Oh, what a book!

Second, there are some very memorable characters, notably the two best friends: the narrator, Samantha, and awkward, tough, wildly inventive, McGyver-like Mel (short for Amelia).

Third, I can co
Issy Jackson Stone
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Ateefah Sana Ur Rab
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If I were, to be very honest, I thought when I saw the genre of this novel that it would be like other romance novels that are enthusiastically read worldwide. I had not a clue about what was actually in the book and it would be unfair to say that it didn’t catch me off guard. From the very first pages, I was hooked. I would look forward to when I’d finish other work and continue reading. I was anxious to know what might happen next in the book and what will happen in the end.

The book started wi
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A few kids. A crash landing. An island that may or may not be inhabited (or possessed). It’s the stuff of a story we don’t seem able to stop telling.

William Golding’s 1954 version, Lord of the Flies, lives on in our collective imagination, resurfacing in songs by Iron Maiden and on random television shows like The Simpsons. Golding’s take was inspired by The Coral Island: A Tale of the Pacific Ocean, an 1858 book by R. M. Ballantyne. In Ballantyne’s version the kids who crash on the island are m
Leira Panganiban
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have read diverse books before but not one wherein the people of color were the ones who bully. It was perfect. This book covers racism, hypocrisy, representation of the under minority, and something that was opposite White Supremacy but the cruelty and discrimination is all the same.

Damselfly was a good quick read I am surprised why I haven’t heard of this book before but I am partly glad I had the opportunity to read it before it will be a best seller (because it would be and it should). Ms.
Tanya Biondi
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One word: fantastic! I have absolutely loved this book from the very beginning. The setting is that of Lord of the Flies, only with a fresh, contemporary cut. A group of teens, forming the fencing team of the private school Drake Rosemond, find themselves stranded on an island after a plane crash. The small island is mostly covered by the thick vegetation of a jungle, an overwhelming environment to which the youths must adapt quickly, just as they must immediately deal with the loss of some of t ...more
Given that my high school English class experience became fairly self guided starting my junior year (and I was more interested in creative writing, Shakespeare, and Greek Mythology), I never took a class that had me read LORD OF THE FLIES. I know enough about it from the cultural zeitgeist, but deep cuts and references might be a bit lost on me (besides poor Piggy). But knowing that DAMSELFLY by Chandra Prasad was a slight homage/deconstruction of LORD OF THE FLIES made it an interesting concep ...more
Carrie G
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I often teach "Lord of the Flies" in my literature class, so I was intrigued when this book was touted as a modern-day version of LotF. But the title really confused me, as did the picture on the back of the book of someone holding a damselfly in their fist. I spent the whole book trying to figure out how a damselfly fit into things - FINALLY figured it out in the end! I was also constantly making comparisons between the two titles. And, honestly, there are a lot of similarities. But there are a ...more
Cindy Hudson
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
When Samantha Mishra and other members of her high school fencing team crash land on an uninhabited Pacific island, they are sure they will be rescued within a couple of days. The teammates attend an elite private school, and as some of their parents are very wealthy, it seems likely that no expense will be spared to find them.

But as the days go by and no ship or airplane appears, it becomes clear they may have to survive for a long time. They set up systems to find and ration food, water and sh
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to not only get to read this book, but host a teen book discussion with the author herself and 11 teens!

Eleven is a significant number in this book because 11 teens survived a plane crash to land on a remote island. All are members of the Drake Rosemont's fencing team, but nothing could have prepared them for what was to come. Inspired by Golding's Lord of the Flies, this is a modern day imagining, of a female-centric and diverse group of teens alone on the island...or are the
Lady Reads
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Damselfly is Lord of the Flies, but told from the perspective of a teenage girl. Right away, the author makes it clear that she's pulling no punches just because her work is a children's/YA book. Some of Sam's, the protagonist, classmates are dead and she wakes to find a man's glass eye clutched in her hand.
Just like in the book's inspiration, the kids begin to devolve their learned social etiquette. When one, a brilliant student but awkward teen still, gets hurt it becomes clear that the weak
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
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Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating plot. A plane full of teenagers crash onto a deserted island and the pilot does not survive. They have no adult leadership and no idea is they will be rescued. The story is told from the perspective of Samantha Mishra -- a biracial girl whose father is from India and her mother is from Detroit. The group is from an elitist private school, so there are challenges with learning to survive and power struggles to deal with. The power struggles are the most interesting as the ki ...more
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Wow. This book was way better than expected. I didn't think it was going to be any good, because it's a new release and no one has said anything about it. This book is about this fencing team who was going for a tournament in like, Japan or something, and their plane crashes. They're stranded on an island, and not only are they struggling to survive with no materials, they are also receiving threats by some person who's also on the island. And to top it all off, they're trying to surviv
American Mensa
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mysterious and packed with adventure, Damselfly is a modern classic. Sam and Mel, both girls, are instant heroes who navigate their tragic situation as relatable teenagers. Fans of the Hunger Games, Survivor, Lord of the Flies and Lost will be enthralled and unable to put this one down. I read it all in one day, anxiously waiting for the mystery to unravel and for the culmination of this well written story. Teenagers stranded on an island fighting each other for survival doesn’t get any better t ...more
Rick Martin
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was delightfully surprised by the fully-developed, well thought-out characters in this novel. I thoroughly enjoyed getting lost in this book. Author successfully takes the theme of the story to new levels with unique view points and intelligent plot twists. I tend to be a fairly critical reader when it comes to this genre, so I really appreciate the balance of the book - suspense, thrill, and just great story-line to make it appealing without being over the top. By far, the best part of the bo ...more
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ATTENTION ENGLISH/ELA TEACHERS: My YA novel DAMSELFLY is an increasingly popular read in middle and high schools across the country. Damselfly can be read as a stand-alone novel or in tandem with Lord of the Flies as a modern parallel text. The book grapples with modern issues that are relatable to today’s teens: bullying, racism, social media connectivity, and mental illness, among others. Resour ...more