Composure and planning are the watchwords of a society that seems to runs like clockwork until nature gets the upper hand in The Valley with the Butterflies.
Zois, 12, and his friend Kora, communicate solely by computer. Their parents, senior functionaries, are rarely at home and the children study online, their free time strictly regulated. Zois is disappointed by his eagerly-awaited young brother, Zois 2, the product of advanced reproductive technology, who is disconcertingly perfect.
When Zois’s mother investigates the effects of unprecedented rains, Zois hacks into her files and the children set off to explore outside their city’s protective dome. They encounter more adventure than they have bargained for, and come to appreciate Zois 2 and the household robot. Though Dikaiou has a compelling message to impart about the way our world might be heading, she leaves young readers to discover it for themselves in this exciting and humorous adventure.
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