Another Earth meets Perks of Being a Wallflower in this thoughtful, mesemerizing debut and subject of a TedX talk about the discovery of a mirror planet to Earth and how it dramatically changes the course of one Indian-American girl's junior year.
“[O]ne of the most powerful reads of the year. A novel about family, race, and discovering who you are, Mirror in the Sky promises a unique read that blends YA contemporary struggles with imaginative science fiction."
For Tara Krishnan, navigating Brierly, the academically rigorous prep school she attends on scholarship, feels overwhelming and impossible. Her junior year begins in the wake of a startling discovery: A message from an alternate Earth, light years away, is intercepted by NASA. This means that on another planet, there is another version of Tara, a Tara who could be living better, burning brighter, because of tiny differences in her choices.
The world lights up with the knowledge of Terra Nova, the mirror planet, and Tara’s life on Earth begins to change. At first, small shifts happen, like attention from Nick Osterman, the most popular guy at Brierly, and her mother playing hooky from work to watch the news all day. But eventually those small shifts swell, the discovery of Terra Nova like a black hole, bending all the light around it.
As a new era of scientific history dawns and Tara's life at Brierly continues its orbit, only one thing is clear: Nothing on Earthor for Tarawill ever be the same again.
About the Author
Aditi Khorana spent part of her childhood in India, Denmark, and New England. She has a BA in international relations from Brown University and an MA in global media and communications from the Annenberg School for Communication. She has worked as a journalist at ABC News, CNN, and PBS, and most recently as a marketing executive consulting for various Hollywood studios including Fox, Paramount, and Sony. Mirror in the Sky is her first novel. She lives in Los Angeles and spends her free time reading, hiking, and exploring LA's eclectic and wonderful architecture. For more information, visit aditikhorana.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Earth is real, but we've discovered a planet with a parallel reality. On it, our names are spelled just a little differently, the outcomes of some wars are the opposite, and our parents may not have passed away yet. Sounds captivating, right? It sounds just as captivating to the characters in Mirror in the Sky, who are forced to reckon with this alternate reality. As they go about their daily lives, they slip in and out of considering how real their world is and if they should trade it in for a different one. The protagonist, Tara Krishnan, struggles against the new planet, choosing, like most, to focus on her life in the present. However, her mother looses her grip on reality, moving across the country to join a cult that guarantees a connection with the parallel universe. As Tara reckons with the regular points of growing up: relationships, popularity, and love, she's also thrust into asking much bigger questions, which raises the stakes of the book. Khorana does a particularly good job of fleshing out Tara's concerns about being a mixed race young woman on a wealthy private school campus. While the focus of the book never turns to race fully, it's present in the background of many scenes, just as it is in life. Tara reads as an honest character, and her youth draws you in. Just be sure that you stop to put this book down every once in awhile. While it's a beautiful alternate reality, you do not want to become one of the characters.
This is one of the most thought-provoking books that I've had the pleasure of reading. MIRROR IN THE SKY poses some incredible philosophical questions about parallel universes and the impact the discovery of life outside our own planet could potentially have on our society. I loved getting to experience these events alongside these characters. This is such an intriguing and innovative story, and I would recommend it to readers of all ages. On top of the incredible scifi elements and the deeper themes of questioning where we came from and what we would be like if we were the parallel versions of ourselves in an alternate universe, at the heart of this story is a teenage girl still trying to figure out her place in THIS world. I really enjoyed Tara as a main character. Despite the upheavals in her family life and the world around her, Tara still has to cope with the day-to-day challenges of being a teenage girl and a young woman of color. Tara absolutely came alive for me while I was reading this. She felt so authentic, and I was rooting for her throughout the entire story. It is clear from this brilliant debut novel that Aditi is an incredibly intelligent woman and talented author, and I am so excited to read her next novel LIBRARY OF FATES.
The Synopsis Tara Krishnan is attending Brierly, a prep school on scholarship. Her junior is started by NASA discovering that there is a second Earth, one that mirrors ours. This means there is anther Tara, one that could have a better life than what she does. As the discovery of this other Earth unfolds, Tara starts noticing changes in life. First a boy at school finally notices her, then her mom plays hooky from work. And soon the changes become bigger, bending all the light around it. The Review First off can we just talk about the cover!?!?! The picture does not do it justice of how beautiful the colors in person are! This YA book was so interesting to read. I loved the unique concept of there being a second Earth. The characters were very real as they each had their own unique voice, passions, prejudices, and own character flaws. I'm glad i went into this book blind because I felt it gave me a better mystery while reading it. The story unfolds beautifully and into this amazing plot. The author did a great job with her world building as you progress through out the book. I wish there had been more detail about this other world, like a back story a bit more, but it didn't take away from how well the book was done. This book really shows what it's like for someone to toss everything aside and chase their dreams and go after what they really want. I don't want to give away too much about this book as I aid I think it's more enjoyable if you go into it blind. This book gets 4 stars from me! I cant wait to see what else this author writes! Thank you Aditi for sending me this book in exchange for my honest review!
“There are endless versions of us and none of us even knows about each other. That’s sort of beautiful.” Tara Krishnan is the odd girl out at Brierly, her rigorous prep school. Not only is she the scholarship kid, she also has different skin colour – Tara is Indian. It doesn’t matter, though, that her only friend is going to Argentina and the boy she is in love with loves someone else because Earth itself is changing. Everything they knew is changing. For out there, there is another Earth. Another America, another Brierly, another Tara. A parallel universe that they can’t reach, but one that has now been found. Another life for you to imagine yourself living. As news of Terra Nova spreads and affects people on Earth in ways you could never even imagine, Tara’s life begins to change as well. The popular crowd becoming her friends, her mother retreating out of Earth and into Terra Nova and Nick Osterman. It’s a whole different world, so get ready to be amazed. “I think that’s one of the best things about the discovery of Terra Nova. We go about our lives assuming we know everything we need to know, but there’s no end to the mystery of the world. It’s brought back a feeling of sheer wonder.” As an Indian, who identifies as an Indian-American purely on the basis of how my mind works, Tara was a character I was REALLY hoping I would connect with. I was hoping she would be someone who would really get me, for the most part. There were a lot of things I could identify with, like wondering what the world(s) had in store for her, problems with her mother, and even wanting to be in with the popular crowd, but she wasn’t all she could have been. I wish she was stronger and more self-confident but most of all, I wish she wasn’t such a wallflower, content with sitting around and letting everyone else make all of her decisions for her. I love Aditi Khorana’s writing style. She managed to capture the everyday teenager’s thoughts on the small things without making them seem too overdramatic, but not monotonous as well as the big questions going through everyone’s head. It was a gorgeous interpretation of what a teenager thinks and feels – one of the most accurate I’ve read in a while. I think some of the ending was beautifully done, so BLOODY REAL it makes me hurt, but some other parts – specifically with her mother was SO RANDOM, I re-read the scene again and again, and I just did not get why where her mother was turned into a war zone. Khorana’s emotionally charged writing will leave you craving more, and her characters will stay with you for a while to come.