Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Mirror X by Karri Thompson Blog Tour + Review

by Karri Thompson
Release Date: 06/30/14
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
Cassie Dannacher wakes up in a hospital over 1,000 years into the future after her space capsule is retrieved from space. She soon learns that 600 years prior to her arrival, the earth was struck by a plague, killing over half of the world’s population. Naïve and desperate, Cassie, who longs for home and is having trouble adjusting to the new, dictatorial 31st century government, is comforted by Michael Bennett, the 20-year old lead geneticist at the hospital where she was revived.

But why is Cassie in genetics’ hospital in the first place, and why do several of the people around her seem so familiar, including Travel Carson, the hot and edgy boy she is fated to meet? Soon she discovers there is a sinister answer to all of her questions – and that they want something from Cassie that only she can give.

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Review: Dystopian! Now, you all know that I love a good YA Dystopian book. They are, by far, my favorite alongside contemporary. However, when reading them a lot of them can be quite similar in nature. That makes sense, as the idea of a Dystopian setting is pretty specific, and will have similarities to other books. Despite that, I do feel like Mirror X was much different than any other dystopian that I have read to date. I was so glad to be able to read something that I love, but to have it be a complete change. I'm not sure that I can truly put into words how much I enjoyed this book, but I am sure going to try! 

In the book, we are introduced to Cassie. She awakes after 1,000 years, and the world is completely different from what she remembers. Everyone she knew is dead and gone, and she is stuck in some sort of genetics hospital that she knows very little about. Upon waking up, she discovers the horrible state that the world has been left in. A plague hit, and all of the women were left infertile. The world is now 100% clones, and it seems like she is the only person that can do something to change that. From the beginning I felt for Cassie. She wakes up in a completely different time and place, and automatically has all of this pressure thrust onto her shoulders. If I were her, I would have given up on everything pretty quickly, but that was not something that she did. 

The characters in the book were so beautifully developed. Cassie is the ideal main character. Someone strong, but still flawed. Someone that you cheer for and you want to see succeed through all of the difficulties. Along with Cassie, we have Michael, one of the doctors that is helping to keep her confined. My feelings about him went back and forth throughout the whole book, and I did not really decide if I liked him or not until a surprise at the end (no spoilers, sorry!). Another character I really enjoyed was Travel, a clone of a boy that Cassie remembers from her home. I loved him, but heartbreak seemed inevitable. 

The only thing that I do think could have been improved on a bit was the actual world building. As the focus was elsewhere a majority of the time; which made complete sense, I did want to know more about the world they were now in. I felt a little clueless at times, just like I'm sure Cassie felt. Perhaps Thompson did this on purpose. Nonetheless, I do hope that the next book in the series will go into a bit more detail and answer some of these questions.

Ultimately, this book left me thinking, which is always a wonderful thing. While it's a tragic thing that's happening, what's so scary is that it seems like it could be realistic at some point in time. It is very much something that could eventually happen, and that leaves the reader with a lot to think about. Along with that, we go through things with Cassie, wondering how she will possibly make the decisions put on her, and how she will deal with situations when she is not actually given a choice. I loved this book, resulting in reading it in a day without putting it down. Thompson's writing was wonderful, and I very much look forward to the next book.

Rating: 4.0 / 5.0

About the Author 
My debut YA novel, Amateur Angel, was released May 1, 2012. The next book in that series, Hollywood Angels, comes out September 1. The first book in my upcoming dystopian trilogy, The Van Winkle Chronicles, will be released by Entangled Publishing Summer 2013.

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