Sunday, September 14, 2014

MIRROR X by Karri Thompson

The Van Winkle Project, #1
Entangled Publishing, July 2014
Obtained via:  publisher
(ISBN13: 9781622660582)
Young Adult/Dystopia

Karri Thompson’s MIRROR X is a young adult romance set in a post-apocalyptic world.

Cassie Dannacher has spent the last 1,000 years in a cryogenic state after a helicopter accident leaves her near death.  She awakens to find that 600 years ago a plague struck the earth, killing more than half the world’s population and leaving its women infertile.  In order to survive, cloning of humans from buried DNA has been perfected, but there is a finite supply and it is slowly running out.  Cassie finds that she has been awakened to repopulate the planet.

Karri Thompson’s imaginative future world populated by clones dying out for lack of fertile women was extremely clever and fresh.  Cassie wakes up in a world where everyone she knew has died hundreds of years earlier and she is being told that she is earth’s last hope for continuing.  For a teenager, or anyone really, these revelations are mindboggling.  And the surprises just keep coming, while poor Cassie just wants her freedom back.  The setup for this story is excellent.  However, for this reader, things start to unravel after that.

This reader felt the story pace was uneven, moving fairly slowly until the end of the story nears and then it picks up before simply ending, leaving readers in a state of confusion and disappointment.  Then there is the romance that just simply doesn’t work.  While Cassie is trying to get her feet under her in this new world where she has such incredible responsibilities foisted upon her, she finds a kindred spirit in the cloned young geneticist that is leading her project, Michael Bennett.  Their instant romantic relationship came out of nowhere and really seemed out of place and inappropriate.

Lastly, Cassie was simply difficult to like.  She was more concerned with getting free than saving the planet and it came off just plain whiney.  And while it was understandable to some degree as more and more shocking news arises and Cassie realizes she is a pawn to politics, just as the story started getting interesting and this reader was looking forward to how her situation was going to be resolved, the story just up and ended.

If you are looking for some terrific world building, MIRROR X may be just what you are looking for.

Reviewed by T. Barringer

"This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book."

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