About the Book
by Naomi Hughes
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Release Date: November 5th 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
After an attack on earth, all reflective surfaces become weapons to release monsters, causing a planet-wide ban on mirrors. Despite the danger, the demand rises, and 17-year-old Marty Callahan becomes a distributor in an illegal mirror trade―until he’s caught by the mayor’s son, whose slate is far from clean. Both of them are exiled for their crimes to one of the many abandoned cities overrun by fog. But they soon realize their thoughts influence their surroundings and their deepest fears begin to manifest.
With fast pacing and riveting characters, this is a book that you’ll finish in one sitting.
So, I don’t typically read sci-fi books but this book was an exception, which I think can tell you how good it was? I mean, if my opinion is even worth anything. The plot was amazing and, while I typically like my Aliens Luxen style, I was thoroughly intrigued by everything in this story! There was some anxiety and OCD representation from the squishable (this is a term of endearment for me) Marty and I felt that. I particularly loved the peek into his mind (because, dude, can he see into my mind? It looked too familiar) and how he actually applied some coping strategies from when he was able to get therapy… You know, before everything went cuckoo banana pants.
I have to say though, even with aliens invading earth, the most unrealistic part of this story was that a small island in Florida would be saved. When the scenery was being described I was thinking, “huh, this seems like it’s in Florida… But that can’t be right!” And lo and behold, IT WAS. I was shook. I couldn’t believe that the state I am currently settled in would survive. Maybe that makes me a pessimist? Maybe I just keep thinking that Florida is just going to wash away in a massive flood? I don’t know, but I giggled thinking that an island in Florida would survive an alien invasion… But then again, it makes sense?
But aside from my well intentioned snarkiness (welcome to my mind, this is what it’s like inside), this book was amazing! It has made me realize that I really need to expand what I read (which I have been really focused on doing lately) and open myself up to reading books that have *gasp* mc who are males or *double gasp* get over my random aversion to sci-fi. I don’t know why I am like this, but thank you to Refraction for opening my eyes to new wonders!
About the Author
Hey! I’m Naomi Hughes, writer of quirky young adult fiction (usually involving physics and/or unicorns). I live in the Midwest US, a region I love even though it tries to murder me with tornadoes every spring. When not writing, my hobbies include reading (of course), traveling, and geeking out over Marvel superheroes and certain time-traveling Doctors. My debut YA sci-fi standalone novel, Afterimage, is available now from Page Street Publishing. My next novel, Refraction (also a standalone YA sci-fi), comes out in Nov 2019. I also offer freelance critique services at naomiedits.com.
*I Received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*