28 June 2014

Mirror X ARC Review

Mirror X - The Van Winkle Project #1
by Karri Thompson

What they say: 
I was born more than a thousand years ago.
Put into a cryogenic tube at age seventeen, forgotten during a holocaust that decimated the world, I've finally been awakened to a more serene and peaceful future.
But things at the hospital are new and strange. And it’s starting to scare me.
Everyone is young. Everyone is banded and tracked. And everyone is keeping secrets.
The cute geneticist Michael Bennett might be the only good thing in this crazy new world where “life is precious” but no one seems free to live it. The problem is, I don’t think he’s being totally honest with me, either.
When I’m told only I can save the human race from extinction, it’s clear my freeze didn’t avoid a dreadful fate. It only delayed the horror…

  • ISBN: 9781622660582 - Coming 30th June 2014 by Entangled Teen.

I received a copy from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: Mirror X is the story of american teenager Cassie, who wakes up to a new and scary world as a result of being cryogenically frozen for over a 1000 years. The society she wakes up to is a sort of sci-fi/dystopia crossover. This new world is a sort of mixture of the worlds seen in 1984, The Hunger Games, Divergent and Fated, with a stronger sci-fi twist. 

Cassie soon discovers her entire life has changed and not only has society moved on, but also the rules have completely changed. Her hospital is more like a prison and she's not sure who to trust in a world with a very different viewpoint.

Cassie meets the hot and talented, young Doctor Michael, who goes all out to help her. He seems to have a never-ending amount of patience because Cassie is kinda petulant at times. I liked Michael, although I really wanted him to open up to her and tell her everything rather than dodging her questions (and mine). Even though I really liked him, I was always slightly suspicious of him - I'm not entirely sure why. I wasn't always convinced by the insta-attraction thing, but I enjoyed seeing them get to know each other. Travel was a great addition to the book, I have to admit I was suspicious of him too but then again I think the idea was to doubt everybody like Cassie herself does.

I did find the ending a bit quick and it could have been developed a bit more. I was left with a lot of unanswered questions as it seemed there we're a few plot points which I hope will be addressed in the next instalment. I really loved the concept behind Mirror X because it's both clever and kinda scary. Thompson analyses the value of life and she takes her readers on a morality tale (albeit with a fun YA sci-fi twist). She has created a clever concept and good starting point for her series which has a lot of potential.

4 Stars in my Sky!


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