Tuesday, January 27, 2015
"Y.A. Tuesday": Mirror X (The Van Winkle Projects) by Karri Thompson
Genre: Y.A., Science Fiction & Dystopian, 362 pages
Price: $3.99 ebook, $16 paperback
Publisher & Date: Entangled Teen (Sold by Macmillan Publisher), Jun 30, 2014
Book Link: Click Here
Listed Rating: .2
Price I Paid: Zip,**I received a free copy in return for an honest review**
Imagine waking a thousand years in the future, finding out you had be in a cryogenic sleep all that time only to be awake as the "Miracle" for the new world? That is exactly what the main character Cassie Dannacher feels upon awakening in the new world of 3025. Cassie had been only a 17 year old girl traveling the world with her paleontologist mom, and her team, when next she knows her world of 2022 is gone and all she knows now is lies, deceit and secrecy. All Cassie knows for sure now is if she wants the truth about herself and the world she now finds herself living in, she will need to rely on her doctor and geneticist Dr. Michael Bennett, who seems to also be hiding a few things from her despite their *ahem, connection.
I really wanted to like this book as this is not my first and probably not my last read in the Y.A. dystopian genre. However, I just could not get past how overly cheesy and fast Cassie fell for guys, especially Dr. Bennet. I mean seriously I know she is a girl and is a bit hormonal, but come on, connections or biology aside, realistically no girl would be all swoony upon waking up. No, a real girl would totally be either loony or cray cray at that point, personally I'm voting cray cray, with tears galore since even Cassie asked for her momma, I know I would (I ain't ashamed). The whole Cassie and Micheal relationship just seemed overly forced into the plot and didn't flow as naturally as it could have making me almost wish it didn't exist until at least half way through the book. It's not till the latter half that I'm actually a bit more okay with it, but then it's more complicated and all a mess that honestly it makes the book hard to love and enjoy thoroughly.
Overall this book and the concept is relatively really innovative. I applaud the author for taking some crazy ideas and spinning them into a new dystopian that can be unique in the genre that has been flooded in the wake of more big name books in recent years. This book ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, and I use bit lightly. Will I read the second book, most likely as I truly did enjoy the story, it's just the relationships I had a hard time with. So in the end, yes I do recommend it, because I'm hoping the series turns into a great one.