I was born more than a thousand years ago.
Put into a cryogenic tube at age seventeen, forgotten during a holocaust that decimated the world, I've finally been awakened to a more serene and peaceful future.
But things at the hospital are new and strange. And it's starting to scare me.
Everyone is young. Everyone is banded and tracked. And everyone is keeping secrets.
The cute geneticist Michael Bennett might be the only good thing in this crazy new world where "life is precious" but no one seems free to live it. The problem is, I don't think he's being totally honest with me, either.
When I'm told only I can save the human race from extinction, it's clear my freeze didn't avoid a dreadful fate. It only delayed the horror…
About the Author
Karri Thompson grew up in San Diego County and attended San Diego State University,
graduating cum laude and earning a bachelor's degree in English, a master's degree in education,
and her teaching credential. She is a high school English teacher and lives just east of San Diego
with her husband, son, and two dogs. Her debut novel, Amateur Angel, was released on May 1,
2012. In her free time, she likes to jog, ski, and travel, but writing novels is her greatest passion.
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"Can you see me?" A hand pressed against my forehead for several seconds, leaving a cool spot above my eyebrows.
Blink. Blink. Blink.
Two people stood at my side, blurred like dark smudges on a gray wall. Another series of blinks brought them into focus: one male and one female.
"How about now?" asked the male, holding a small penlight above my face.
"Yes," I forced through dry lips. "What happened?" My jaw hurt at its hinge, my lips burned with each labored breath, and I could taste blood. The victim was my tongue, swollen and sticky with a puncture wound from my right bicuspid.
"You gave us quite a scare last week, but your vitals have been stable for the last three days. We don't anticipate any more complications."
The center of my chest hurt, a hard and heavy throb, matching the pain welling in the middle of my forehead. "Where's my mom? Where am I?" I sputtered as the words rapped against my aching throat and the man pulled away.
I was in a room, in an inclined bed, my body tucked cocoon-like in a blanket, but my arms were lying free atop it, positioned on either side of my torso. The blanket pulsed with warmth and emitted a steady beat, creating an intangible, unrestrictive comfort. It was the only thing that kept me from screaming at them.
"I'm Dr. Michael Bennett, and this is Dr. Susanne Love."
But he was too young to be a doctor. He couldn't have been more than twenty-one years old. Dr. Bennett's shoulders were broad, squared sharply under the maroon uniform he wore. The thick fabric, fabric that made a soft, scratchy sound when he moved, clung to his skin from his chest to his waist, hinting at the hard muscle underneath. With golden, smooth skin and controlled, purposeful movements, he looked like a high school football player in disguise.
"Where's my mother?" We were together. She must be here, too. She had to be, but what was this odd place? Nothing looked familiar — the cylindrical lamp to my right, the panel of equipment at the foot of my bed, the domed ceiling infused with tiny lights that glowed like stars.
Dr. Love brushed a strand of hair away from my eyes and tucked it behind my ear. I strained to flinch but couldn't move. She was Dr. Bennett's opposite. She was short, her facial features large and angular. Her uniform was way too tight, accentuating large hips and a protruding belly, but her smile was fantastic: bright teeth behind naturally thick, red lips. "Cassie, you're in a research and treatment hospital in Los Angeles, California."
Hospital? This was unlike any hospital I had ever seen. I swallowed hard, shifting my eyes away from the doctors. The wall to my left was covered with small, flat screens that pulsed with lights and lines that rose and fell and blinked. Two tubes rode up from the floor, draped over the side of my bed, and disappeared under my sheet. What parts of my body they were connected to, I didn't want to know or even think about.
"What's wrong with me? What's ...?" But the words rattled into a croak and died.
My hands were usually tanned and calloused from years in the desert wielding pickaxes and shovels, and brushing the dirt away from tiny bits of bone. But the hand I barely managed to lift from my bed was skeletal, soft, and pale.
The effort made me shake. The muscle in my forearm burned. "Ouch," I said, clenching my teeth and letting my hand drop.
"We can give you something for the pain, but only time can bring back your mobility," said Dr. Bennett.
Dr. Love walked around to the other side of the bed, and after pushing a series of colored squares on one of the panels, the pain ceased and my stiff body relaxed and sank into the softness of the sheets.
"What did you do?"
"This machine feeds a series of electronic impulses into your nervous system, blocking your pain receptors," Dr. Bennett replied, his tone controlled but cautious. "Since the human body adapts rather quickly to the stimuli it receives, the pain will eventually come back. When that happens, Dr. Love will reset the system with a new wavelength in order to keep tricking your body. We're doing everything we can to keep you comfortable."
Dr. Love placed her hand on my cheek. "Your muscles haven't moved by your own accord for a very long time. The pain you're experiencing is normal, but don't worry. Soon you'll make a complete recovery, and within a day or two, it'll be easier to speak. Muscle stimulators affixed to each limb will accelerate the healing process."
"Recovery from what? What's happened to me?" A single, hot tear slid down my face, followed by its twin a moment later, but I was unable to move and wipe it away before it left a warm streak on my cheek.
Dr. Bennett put his hand to his chin. "Tell us the last thing you remember."
"Um, well, I was with my mom, and Daniella, and Ian, and ..." I swallowed hard. "Where's my mom?"
"Please, just tell us the last thing you can remember, and then we'll tell you about your mother. I promise." Dr. Bennett raised one eyebrow.
"We were on-site. My mother found a tooth, serrated on one side, smooth on the other, most likely from a Ceratosaurus. We were eager to keep digging, but a storm was coming. We worked for another hour, then we secured the site and waited for the helicopter to take us back to Phoenix for the night ..." I paused as my throat tightened. "But we never made it to Phoenix."
"There was an accident." Dr. Bennett spoke softly, compassion in every word. I could see it in his eyes and sense his intensity as he furrowed his brow.
"We stayed too long. We should have left earlier." My nostrils flared. I took a deep breath and blinked hard to delay another set of tears, but the effort was futile. Before I could exhale, my cheeks moistened with a steady stream of tears. "The storm arrived just before the helicopter came. Ian tried to talk us into staying, but we were all sick of camping and just wanted dinner at a restaurant and a soft, warm bed. No one would listen to him." I sniffled and coughed to clear my throat. "Within minutes after takeoff, there was a flash, and we dropped from the sky. That's all I know. Now tell me about my mother. Where is she? What happened to her?" I cried with muffled words and a raw tongue.
"Everyone escaped the crash with minor injuries."
"Oh thank God. Then she's okay."
"Everyone survived — except you," said Dr. Bennett slowly.
"You had multiple fractures in both legs," the doctor continued, "and a compound fracture of your right forearm." He pointed to where I expected to see a scar, but there wasn't one. "In addition, you had several broken ribs, a punctured lung, and many cuts and abrasions, of course, but your most debilitating injury was an acute subdural hematoma, caused by blunt head trauma. The doctors did everything they could to save you, including surgical decompression, but they were limited in the twenty-first century."
"Limited ... what do you mean, limited? You said I'll make a complete recovery." My voice, my arms, my legs — everything started to shake.
"Cassie, when were you born?"
My answer came instantly. "July 16, 2005. Why?"
"When was the accident?"
My second answer came just as easily. "March 19th." It was Daniella's birthday. After we made it back to Phoenix that night, the team was going to take her out to a fancy dinner and celebrate, so in the days before she turned twenty-three, that was all she could talk about.
"March 19th, yes, but what year?"
"Cassie, today is June 4, 3025."
"What? That's not possible. Why are you ...?" The words clogged in my throat. Stabbing the point of my elbow into the mattress, I pushed down hard, hoping the rest of my body would follow in pole vault-like fashion. But my legs, like sticks of lead, remained tethered to the bed while my upper body twisted into a roll, taking me face- first toward the glassy floor.
Dr. Bennett caught me with one arm, and when I gasped, I caught the scent of his cologne, something crisp and spicy.
"I want to see outside," I screamed hoarsely. "Take me to a ..." I needed an open window, a surge of natural light or source of fresh air, but as I scanned the room again, I was met with the continued pulse of lights and zigzagged lines on a paneled wall to my left, and two blackened windows to my right. "Please, I just ... I have to get out of here."
"You need to rest, Cassie." In one motion, Dr. Bennett lifted me back to the center of the bed, his face looming close to mine. His breath hit my cheek when he pulled his arm from under my shoulders, and our eyes locked before he blinked and stood, facing Dr. Love.
My throat tightening, I clenched the edge of the sheet, and with a deep inhale, fought the surge of panic rising into my chest. "But this isn't possible," I blurted.
Dr. Love set her hand on my arm and gave it a squeeze. "Please listen to Dr. Bennett. He'll tell you everything. It's important that you remain calm."
Remain calm when I'd just been told that I'd awakened one thousand and three years into the future? This had to be some sick joke.
Dr. Bennett licked his lower lip. "It is possible. You need to let me explain, and then you'll understand." The corners of his mouth curved into a soft smile, and his eyes, gentle and reassuring, reminded me of Ian's — bright blue with a glimmer of innate intelligence and passion. His soothing expression alone was enough for me to release the clumps of sheet in my fists and steady my breathing.
After pulling a plastic chair closer to the edge of my bed, Dr. Bennett sat down and put his hands together like he was ready to give a sermon. "Have you ever heard of cryogenics?"
Dr. Bennett's shoulders crumpled before he inhaled deeply and licked his lips again. His eyes looked like mine felt — tired and laden with dark circles.
My only consolation was that I probably still looked worse.
"Well, in your lifetime, there were three private companies that specialized in preserving the body after death and storing it until it could be revived at a later date. People suffering from chronic illness, or those eccentric enough to partake in this fad, made arrangements to have their bodies frozen when they died and put away for the future when advancements made it possible to regenerate and cure them."
"So? Why are you telling me this?" I interrupted, my heartbeat gaining momentum, the monotonous cadence of his voice eroding my spirit with each word.
"One cryogenics company, S.T.A.S.I.S., specialized in those patients suffering from the irreversible termination of all functions of the brain," he continued, ignoring my question.
"And what does this have to do with me?" I asked cautiously, my voice cracking. "Are you trying to say that ...?"
Before he spoke again, Dr. Bennett glanced at the lines dancing next to me on the panels. "Cassie, you were brain dead. No one expected you to live, so out of desperation your grandfather purchased a S.T.A.S.I.S. cryonic chamber for your body."
"Brain dead? But that doesn't make sense. Brain cells can't be regenerated." A jolt of panic resurfaced as my words came out as a whisper.
"It's not impossible in 3025," said Dr. Bennett, smiling confidently, his eyes as soft and soothing as the tone of his voice. "With the invention of a neurogenic stimulator, brain regeneration is now possible. This procedure was performed on you."
"You're kidding, right?" I tried to smile. The expression on Dr. Bennett's face didn't change. "I'm sorry, but I can't believe any of this. I need to get out of here right now — I have to find my mom!" I said, pushing up onto my palms and rising from my pillow.
"Cassie, be still, please," urged Dr. Love. She lightly held me down, but I continued to struggle, shifting my legs and arching my back until I felt the hard pull of the tubes tethering me to the bed, which ended my fight for freedom.
My brain pulsed with denial, my heart wracked with grief, but they were both prisoners in a body that refused to help me flee. I frantically scanned the room again for something familiar, something from 2022, but the slick walls and suspended tables were alien to me.
All I wanted was to knock Dr. Love away, jump from the bed ninja-like, burst out the door, and run away — to escape this foreign world and Dr. Bennett's jarring words.
When I hit the mattress, Dr. Love dabbed a soft cloth against my forehead, her lips mashed together.
A small wrinkle returned between Dr. Bennett's brows, and when he leaned closer, I noticed that the crisp blue of his eyes were speckled with gold. "Cassie, I know this is difficult to hear, but we're not lying to you. We're here to help you."
I closed my eyes, and the sound of the helicopter returned, its blades whipping around and around in a grating whine, broken and unbalanced like the impending knowledge of my death and the truth of my resurrection.
Lightning cracked. My mother grabbed my arm. Daniella screamed. Ian shouted something at the pilot, and the copter jerked to one side, plunging to the desert floor. The smell of smoke and dust and then darkness — those were the last images to penetrate my thoughts.
If my mom survived, she'd be here now, wouldn't she? She'd be at my side and wouldn't leave me — not for a single minute. But they were all dead — my mom, my grandfather, Daniella, and Ian. Everyone I'd ever known was gone — dead and buried centuries ago.
A cold prickle began at my spine, radiating upward with the words, "But ... why so long?"
"You can blame the economy on that. Within ten years, all three cryogenic agencies went bankrupt and were forgotten." He smiled. "Six months ago, your cryonic chamber was discovered in the ruins of a twenty-first-century warehouse."
"So there must be others like me, S.T.A.S.I.S. participants from my time period."
"Unfortunately, no. Your chamber was the only one our team found that was still intact and fully powered, tethered to solar panels and a wind generator. We revived you almost immediately, but we kept you in stasis for several months until all of your injuries were healed."
"So, I'm all alone," I said in a hollow whisper that echoed inside my new emptiness. I tried to draw myself into a ball and hug my knees against my chest, but my atrophied muscles limited me to a slight twist that did little more than allow me to hide half my face in my pillow. "Everyone from 2022 is dead," I said in a weak, stifled whisper.
"I can tell you about your mom, if you like," said Dr. Love, taking the chair next to Dr. Bennett.
I nodded numbly.
"Well, right after you died, your mother found fame when she unearthed the skeletal remains of a female Ceratosaurus that she nicknamed Cassie. Isn't that sweet?" Dr. Love smiled twice as wide, her teeth like stars, but I didn't smile back. "Then two years later, she married one of her colleagues."
"Who?" I asked, quickly rolling onto my back to face her. My mother and father divorced when I was two, so I didn't grow up with the hope of them ever getting back together, and my mother was basically married to her profession.
"A paleontologist named Ian Jeffries."
"Are you sure?" I blurted.
"Yes, Ian Jeffries. They didn't have any children together, but they remained married through the end of their careers and retired in Arizona. Your mother was ninety-four years old when she died. Isn't that wonderful? She lived a very long and productive life and continued to be recognized for many accomplishments in her field."
Ian? My mom was almost twice his age. Sure, he was hotter than your average paleontology grad student, but still ... This was all too weird.
I turned to Dr. Bennett. "What am I going to do? I don't belong here. I don't even exist in 3025."
"You're wrong. You do belong here. Your hospital records, birth certificate, high school transcript, and even your driver's license were put in your cryonic chamber," said Dr. Bennett, his eyes gleaming as he pulled a rectangular, metal object from a pocket. "All of your information has been transferred into our system. You exist, Cassie. You're real, and we're here to help you adjust and understand our world."
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"Mirror X" has an interesting premise- Cassie was cryogenically frozen after her untimely death at 17-years-of-age in 2022 and is brought back to life over 1000 years later. Obviously, the world has changed, but how? The description given says she is retrieved from space (which I was interested in), but this was not the case. The description is also very vague in terms of what she finds when she awakes, and with good reason- the book takes a very long time to get to the point. **Note: The rest of my review may contain SPOILERS, because I don't know how to talk about it in terms of the vague description of the book provided.** So, what we learn pretty quickly is that Cassie is in a genetics hospital, and she is not allowed to leave. A plague 500 years ago caused all the women (only women) to become infertile. In terms of disease progression, this seems unlikely, but OK, let's accept this and move on. They have discovered a way to clone humans that used to live and do so in artificial wombs (although human women have uteruses but ovaries do not function). Alright, so everyone living is a clone and men have working testes but women don't have working ovaries. Goodness knows why (so they can lord it over women? Seems like it). Anyway, apparently, they cannot use the DNA from a human more than once (why? We can easily replicate DNA in 2018 without degrading it. Why can't they do this in the future?). And their survival rates of the embryos in the artificial wombs is not great. So what do they have planned for Cassie? Not only do they want her to donate all her eggs, they also want her to be constantly pregnant and give birth to babies. I can kind of understand agreeing to egg donation, but WTF on the constant pregnancy? When she refuses, they will do so against her will, and in fact, already have (surprise, she's pregnant!)! So why even bring her back to life if they could do that while she was still deceased? I am not sure. Maybe it's because the 19-year-old geneticist Michael developed a crush on her while she was dead. It seems to have some political reason. The country is divided into three presidencies with population control and Cassie is a new pawn there. So anyway, Cassie was brain dead after the crash. So in the future, they tell her it's a piece of cake to regrow neurons. This struck me as a big idiosyncracy. They can regrow neurons- which we are so so so far from currently being able to do- but they can't replicate DNA very well- which we can do well now. Not to mention they would be swimming in stem cells with umbilical cords and all the living matter from the clones (not to mention the embryos they burn), so I really don't understand why this is so limited. Considering women also have working uteruses, why must Cassie be constantly pregnant? I do not agree with forcing a 17-year-old, who you just brought back to life to carry a baby, much less to tell her she will be doing it for the rest of her life. Pregnancy and childbirth is hard on the body and it just seems cruel. I had a really hard time with this- not only the scientific leaps/gaps that don't make sense but also the ethical concerns around this. I could see donating eggs, and in a world where neurons can be regrown, they should certainly be able to make IVF work. But why the pregnancy for her? Too many questions for me. Please note that I received a copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Fellow young adult dystopian and San Diego author, Karri Thompson's, novel intrigued me. The concept of a young woman frozen for more than 1,000 years, waking to a new world order is such a fascinating idea, I couldn't wait to dig into it. The story weaves, bends, and twists through more than 350 pages of surprises, danger, and righteous indignation. I thought it took a little long to really get going, but there are a lot of changes in the world Cassie wakes up in. Cassie, along with the reader, are slowly introduced to these changes, each new piece of information building upon the previous pieces. Just when we think we finally have a grasp of the situation, the author gives us a little more information, challenging everything we thought we knew. One of my favorite parts of the writing is the way Karri Thompson continually changes the playing field, keeping her characters and readers guessing. What Didn’t Work for Me 1. The romance. It felt forced from the very beginning. When Cassie wakes up more than a thousand years in the future, her immediate attraction to her young doctor seems to overshadow what should be grief over the loss of her family, friends, and way of life. Michael’s obsession with Cassie always came across as kind of creepy to me. There wasn’t any chemistry between the two of them. And the way Michael continually lied to her makes him completely unredeemable as boyfriend material in my eyes. I kept hoping for something romantic to develop between Cassie and Magnum, though, but their relationship is more like siblings. Too bad, because they have a truckload of chemistry. 2. 31st century Earth. I never fully was able to wrap my head around what the world looked like, particularly the buildings. There’s not much vegetation, but I had a hard time picturing what this world looked like through the descriptions provided. 3. Cassie’s introduction into the new world. As I stated above, she put her attraction to Michael front and center. I would have liked her to struggle more with the new world she’s found herself in. I never got a sense of utter the devastation and hopelessness over her situation I was expecting. She’s experienced something that no one can really relate to, so I would have liked the deeper psychological aspects to have been more thoroughly explored. What I Enjoyed about Mirror X 1. The surprises. There were so many twists and turns, that I never knew what was coming next and that was so much fun to read. 2. The emotions. Where I felt the story was lacking when it came to Cassie’s response to the new world she finds herself in, the writing shines when Cassie is dealing with the emotions surrounding her newfound role in the 31st century. Not only is she unique in that she was born in the early 2000s, but she possess an ability no one else in the future has. This ability drives the plot and her reactions to her expected role is raw and palpable. 3. Technology. There is some fascinating technology in Mirror X and Karri Thompson does a great job of helping us understand the role of this technology in the world she’s created. 4. The secondary characters. Magnum, Travel, and a whole host of other characters are intriguing and colorful and really brought the story to life. 5. Magnum. The technology whiz kid was easily my favorite character in the book. He’s a breath of 31st century fresh air! Bottom Line Mirror X is an interesting scifi/dystopian adventure with some unique aspects. I’m interested to se
I received this book in return for an honest review. Right away the story grabs you. A book about a girl who wakes up 1000 years in the future and is the only fertile female at 17? Crazy! The writing was fast-paced and so was the story. Karri Thompson's writing flowed well, and kept me wanting more. I enjoyed the characters, and felt that they were well developed and easy to relate to. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars, was I felt since the setting was in the future I needed more detail to truly create a vision of the story in my mind. Otherwise, good story and looking forward to the next in the series.
Mirror X is the type of book that stays with you long after you have finished it. I would catch myself thinking about the possibility of being cryogenically frozen and being woken up 1000 years later and being told that you were the only hope for mankind as a plague had wiped out 50% of the population and that the women were sterile. Wow! can you image being 17 and having this dumped on you. While the book started off a bit slow, it quickly built to a twisty turny if a bit abrupt conclusion which will have you anticipating the release of book 2. One of my main loves of the book was the technology and the world building. Really, really well done. And I must mention how much I loved the cover of this book. My main gripe was the insta love---don't like it here or any any other novel I read. Yeah, I know she's a teenager but seriously. Would it hurt to take a few pages or a chapter even to let the feelings grow? Overall, a pretty satisfying read and I'll definitely be back for more.
**I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review** Solid 3 ½ stars!! When 17 year old Cassie Dannacher awakens in a strange room filled with doctors – people she’s never met before, she’s in shock…but that shock is escalated when she is told that everyone she ever knew has been dead and gone for over a thousand years, she is scared and numb. Even after everything is explained, she still can’t believe that after the helicopter crash that left her brain dead, she was cryogenically preserved and is now several years in the future and alive – with the assistance of the adorable (and young) Dr. Michael Bennett. But when it is explained to Cassie that she is the be the savior of the world, as she is the only fertile female in the world after a plague wiped out over 50% of the population and left all the women left in the world sterile, she starts to see that this new world is not all sunshine and rainbows. Especially with people like Dr. Simon Little heading up the “re-population” that is expected from Cassie and her children. But when Cassie finds out that she was artificially inseminated (against her will) while she was still in the medically induced coma while she was recovering, she now has not just her life to worry about. And the news continues to get worse for Cassie and her female offspring, as Dr. Little expects them to basically be the saviors at repopulating the world, but at the expense of freedom and choice. Cassie can’t live with that and upon the birth (and Dr. Little’s kidnapping) of her daughter Victoria, she and Michael decide that what’s best for the is to run…as far away as they can get. But of course it is never as simple as it sounds; but with the help of their techy friend Magnum, they may just make it our – alive and free. I really liked the plot of the story, but I felt like it fell a little flat at times. Cassie really wants to be strong, but as she feels so along without her family and friends, it’s a hard road for her. I loved all the technology and robots that were throughout – they had really creative names and purposes. But what bothered me is sometimes I felt a little lost at how I got from one page to the next – it was just little gappy for me. Overall, and enjoyable story, but could have been cleaned up a little to have been really outstanding!
Shades of Kirk and Spock: The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Or the one. That is the logical way of looking at things but, sometimes, it doesn’t seem like the human way. What if you were put in a situation in which you had to make a truly serious choice? Taking it a step further, suppose your decision would mean either the end of humanity or a new beginning? Given those parameters, the choice would appear to be pretty straightforward—I think most people would opt to sacrifice themselves if it meant life could go on for our species—but things are never that simple, are they? Cassie is an odd mix of maturity and childish rebellion but most 17-year-olds would be much like her in similar circumstances. That dichotomy made connecting with Cassie a little difficult for me at least in part because she flips and flops and seems to give in much too easily. Michael, on the other hand, seems to be a poor choice for a romantic lead because the man never stops lying. As for the other characters, well, quite a few were deliciously despicable and I took pleasure in wishing harm would befall them sooner rather than later. If I have a favorite, it has to be Magnum but I won’t say why lest I influence you unfairly. So, if I don’t like most of the players, does that mean I think Ms. Thompson’s character development is faulty? No, not at all, because the hallmark of good characterization is that the reader reacts to them and that I did in spades. With very few exceptions, this is Cassie against the world and the potential outcome is as critical as it can possibly be. My attention was on this book even when I was away from it. Ms. Thompson does a good job with worldbuilding and, even though most of the story takes place in a limited area, I could easily visualize the surroundings. If there’s any weakness in this element, it’s that things are remarkably similar to our own time other than the robots and the L-bands and a few other things while I would expect much more technological advance in a thousand years, plague or not. With regards to the ending, I really felt it was a bit rushed and was one of several areas when things seemed to happen too neatly but I also enjoyed the way this first of the trilogy wraps up with a sense that Cassie’s life is about to change dramatically. I’m already anticipating meeting up with her again, hopefully not too far in the future, pun intended ;-)
Overall, the read was a satisfying one with a strong female lead character and lots of plot twists and turns. I liked the incorporation of technology and the development of the current world situation as well as the growth of Cassie's character and a number of support characters which made the tension grow in a believable way. Not being one big on romance, Cassie's attraction to her hunky doc threw me off as I was more engaged by Cassie's overall dilemma. I will definitely recommend this to my students who are looking for a blend of romance and dystopian adventure.
4.5 Stars 'Mirror X' is an unique and fascinating first book in a new young adult dystopian trilogy. The story follows main character Cassie as she wakes up in a strange hospital and is told that she was cryogenically preserved - and it's now over 1,000 years later. Cassie tries to digest all this seemingly impossible information and is determined to find her place in this new world. However, things are incredibly different in the 31st century and Cassie's finding it hard to live under all the constraints the government has placed on the population. She finds solace in the hospital where she's being treated - a genetics hospital - and with the lead geneticist Dr. Bennett. Cassie begins to question things when she meets several people who seem oddly familiar to her - especially a guy named Travel. What exactly is happening at the genetics hospital and what do they want from Cassie? This is one of my favorite dystopians to date. While most other books in the genre start out in the new world with a brief mention of things that happened beforehand to bring them to this state, the way this book starts out makes the whole situation seem plausible - which I found to be both creepy and wonderful. The author uses a world that we can relate to and then spins a tale of how the main character was injured and then brought back to life in this new world. The way Cassie behaves and speaks - and what she remembers from her old life - is told in a way that I could easily relate to. I could shut my eyes and basically switch places with Cassie. The development of the new world from the old was detailed and written in a way that made it feel realistic. I really liked that the author used this writing style for the book - I was able to immerse myself completely into the story, which I usually can never do with other dystopias. Cassie was a realistic main character who showed her determination, strength, and intelligence to figure out what was actually happening around her. I liked Cassie from the very beginning of the book and I loved watching her character grow throughout the book. The story is told from Cassie's point of view, in first person, and was conversational in style. This technique also made it easy for me to lose myself in the book and to be able to feel as if I were there. The other characters were well written, but without as much detail as Cassie. The plot wasn't completely original, but the author made it unique by the intricate details and the intriguing mystery behind the hospital. I loved the writing style with the vivid imagery and detailed descriptions of everything from the characters to the setting. The book was fast paced and had me eagerly reading as fast as I could to find out what was going to happen. I'm incredibly glad that this is the first book in a series and I can't wait for the next book to find out what will happen next. I very highly recommend this book to fans of YA science fiction and dystopias, as well as those readers looking for something different and thought-provoking. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
What would happen to the human race if a plague killed over half of the world's population? None of the possibilities I've thought of before compare to what happens in Mirror X. I was surprised and even shocked at how creative this novel is in mixing light science fiction with a dystopian theme. I'm a little jealous, too, but the great news is, I got an awesome book to read. First of all, I must confess I'm never going to get tired of reading dystopian novels. I love how this genre jump starts my thinking about society, human nature, and social and political issues. Mirror X reminds me of 1984 with the heavy surveillance and monitoring of the citizens - in what I felt to be a nod to the classic novel, Cassie, the main character, mentions it when she finds out more about the society she's woken up in. When Cassie wakes up from her frozen state, it's the 31st century, over a thousand years after an accident that caused her to be brain dead. She finds out her grandfather had her cryogenically frozen in case future technology developed to regenerate brain function. I felt her intense frustration at waking up in a society vastly different from the one she lived in. I felt her loneliness at the realization she's the only one who has survived from her time - everyone she knew and loved have been long dead. I felt her longing for her family and her intense sadness knowing she would never see them again. I think I'd be angry, at least at first. Society has changed in many ways from the one she remembers. After a plague swept the planet and killed over half the population, the survivors rebuilt as best they could. But no one studies history any longer, space exploration has been abandoned, the phrase "life is precious" is constantly repeated, and everyone is expected to wear a bracelet that pretty much does everything, including allowing the government to track your every movement. I don't want to tell you what it is the geneticists want from Cassie in case you don't already have an idea. In my opinion, it would give away too much of the shock value once you do find out. I will say that Mirror X had me thinking about the lengths people will go to in order to avoid death and how scary it would be if the human race died out. Some think death is the end of everything, others see it as one of many stages, and yet others believe it's only the beginning. Deep down, I think we all fear the end of our species. It's why we keep reproducing and doing our best to make the world a better place for our offspring. Mirror X is engaging, thought provoking, and relevant to the society we live in. Mirror X could very well end up being a novel listed as a choice to read in high school classrooms right alongside classics such as 1984 and Brave New World. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is a good book for younger teens. The vocabulary and writing isn't too high-level, but it does have some more mature topics and information in it. It's a great book however, and once one starts reading, it's difficult to stop. It seems sometimes like the author was just adding things in as the story went along, some just a tad unbelievable and maybe a bit corny, but overall, worth reading and I'm extremely excited for the next book in the series. It's a fantastic concept, new and old facts and ideas mixed expertly in the life of the main character Cassie and the new world she awakens in.
"Mirror X" by Karri Thompson was phenomenal. I could not put this story down. I wanted to know what was happening and where the storyline was headed the entire time. Thompson does a great job at keeping the reader in the dark too. The reader was able to find out what was going on when Cassie found out what was going on. I think "Mirror X" is very well written. Thompson grips the reader right away and continues to keep them hooked throughout the story. There was one revelation right after another. Cassie wakes up in the year 3025 when she had died in the year 2022. She doesn't know anyone, her entire world has completely fallen apart. She is told that she is the only person that is able to save humanity. Cassie is woken up in a world where women can't conceive. When Cassie finds out that she is the only female that is able to get pregnant and have a baby, she doesn't want to do it. She is only 17 years old and she wasn't to live her life a little. Cassie finds out what is really going on in this new world and all she wants to do is get out. Cassie is an amazing character. I loved her from the very beginning and I was on her side the entire time. Saving the world may be the right thing to do what you should have a choice not be commanded. I actually thought that Cassie was handing life pretty well for some that has been frozen in time for so long. I think Cassie is a very well developed character. I don't feel like Cassie grew up at all but I do feel like I got to know her a whole lot more as the book went on. I'm not really sure that Cassie had any growing up to do anyway. The story line and plot were absolutely fantastic. I really couldn't put this book down. "Mirror X" was great. I am looking for to the sequel because this is a story I don't want to miss. The revelations in each chapter were fantastic. I felt like I was getting to know a little bit more about the mystery of what was going on. The plot was rushed a few times, so there were a few flaws but all in all I think that the story is great and Thompson did a wonderful job. I would definitely recommend picking this up as your next great summer read. I think "Mirror X" has just enough mystery in it to keep a reader hooked. I am looking forward to the next installment in the Van Winkle Project.
Mirror X is a fast-paced thriller about Cassie, who finds herself waking in a terrifying new world. First she learns that she been awoken more than a thousand years in the future after being placed in a capsule to preserve her life until she could be healed from fatal injuries sustained in a helicopter crash. As Cassie learns more about this new world that she's awoken to, she realizes that she's being forced to participate in a program that she doesn't want to be a part of. Cassie must struggle to maintain a willing face while looking for a means of escape. And she must learn who she can - and can't - trust. Mirror X is full of turns and twists that I didn't anticipate. It was painful living through each revelation as Cassie did, but the fast-pacing and great writing make this book impossible to put down. It's unique and fresh, with characters that you'll love.
I loved this book I would definitely recommend this book !
This story kept me locked in right to the end.
I have been looking for a new series to read, and haven't been able to find a book that encompasses romance, futuristic societies, and danger. Mirror X combined and exceeded my expectations! I absolutely loved this book as did my teenage daughter.
I very much enjoyed this book. For me, it was hard to put a lot of pieces together until they were clearly written; however, overall I enjoyed the book and was hooked until the last page. It fulfilled everything I was expecting from it, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in a dystopian, romance, highly technological and informed novel. I would read it again and can’t wait for the next one.
If you like a good dystopian, love story then you will immensely enjoy this book. It kept me hooked until the last page. As each problem proved conquered new obstacles and horrifying truths to new antagonists were introduced to main character, Cassie. As a girl displaced in time, waking up one thousand years post-the world she knew, life seems harder than ever for the teen. With each gripping twist, I was left flipping to the next chapter, eager to find out what happened next.
Cassie is awakened into a strange new future. She needs to find out what's going on, but when she does, she realizes she is a key player in the fate of mankind. She takes charge of her own destiny and the destiny of the human race. A great adventure and romance. Looking forward to the sequel!
Starting a new series is always a new adventure. You never know whether it'll be a hit or a miss. Mirror X, the first book of the series, left me eager for the arrival of the next book! It is everything a book should be; it has romance, suspense, and it was one of those books you cant put down until you know the ending. I haven't read either of Karri's other book series yet but after having read Mirror X, I find that doing so is now a top priority.
I would pay to see this as a movie! This is the first book of the series. The concept was great. It's sci-fi, romance, and adenture. This book was an easy read. I just had to see what was going to happen next. I couldn't put the book down, not even to sleep. Cassie is the main character, who is awakened a century after she was frozen. It's then that she finds her purpose for being unforseen and she's unsure if she wants that responsibility. I've read and enjoyed Karri's first two books Amateur Angel and Hollywood Angels.
Great Book!! This was a great book! Once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down because I wanted to see what was going to happen next. We meet Cassie when she wakes up, nothing seems right to her. We learn that Cassie died in 2022 in a crash and her grandpa paid to have her frozen. She soon learns that she is 1000 years in the future. Everything that Cassie knows is gone, her family, friends, and job. Cassie is confused, and soon forced into situations that she doesn’t agree with. This book did leave my mind wondering what it will be like in the future. I loved the characters in this book, especially Magnum. I sure hope that we get another book in this series with a lot more Magnum. The ending leaves me guessing what is going to happen next. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
I could not put this book down. At times it was difficult to read, but it was very compelling, and made me think about life and our future on this planet. This was a sci-fi that takes place in a society gripped with a fear than leads them to force Cassie into making a decision she does not want to make. At the end of this book, I was ready for book 2. I want to read it right now.
This book was so different from any other sci-fi/dystopian out there. The main character is awakened 1,000 years into the future. She is naive and never really had a boyfriend before, since her mom was a paleontologist and Cassie was home-schooled while she traveled the world with her mother on digs. The world in this book appears peaceful, but in reality, it holds a secret which makes it dangerous for Cassie. I loved the main character. She was wishy-washy at times, but that was totally understandable. I loved her. When is the next book coming out? I can't wait to read it.