Original title: Korento
Author: Anne-Maija Aalto
Genre: Young Adult (13 or 14+)
- Independent prequel to 2021 Finlandia winner Where the Light Comes In!
- Topelius Prize Nominee 2020
- Young Aleksis Award Nominee 2021
- Rights sold to Editions Milan in France in a two-book deal!
A shocking, brilliantly told story about resistance in an unequal society. Two young women, Satomi and Mai have always stuck together. They were born in an internment village on an island that was called Japan before sea level rose. They are non-citizens whose purpose is to serve full citizens.
On good nights they go to the seaside together to wade. They still have that, even if everything else has been taken away from them.
Then Commander Rafikov takes Mai to make her a Nymph.
And Satomi can’t just wait anymore.
“I’m standing here and coming apart inside, just like that. I’m only thinking of the end.”
“Dragonfly is a dystopian set in the near future, a world after a flood. [--] The impactful book narrates with a beautiful language a story about friendship, loss, and the inequality in society and between genders.”
–Topelius Prize jury motivations
FRANCE: Éditions Milan