Dystopia, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Review: MIRROR X | THE VAN WINKLE PROJECT by Karri Thompson

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…

3 Stars

Science Fiction | Dystopian | Young Adult | Romance

***Received an Advanced Readers Copy during blog tour with InkSlingerPR in exchange for an honest Review***

Can you believe it comrades? I have finally found myself back in the YA world – crazy I know, step aside romance porn, we are going in. But lets face it, it is romance based mixed with one of my favorite duel genres, science fiction and dystopian, hell with a synopsis like this can you really expect me not to read it? 

Though I love the synopsis I will say this once, the thing about dystopian, sci-fi mixed genre is that depending on the storyline it can either be believable or it can be far-fetched. MIRROR X is definitely a far-fetched scenario. Between the possibility of preserving a dead body for more than a thousand years, the description of the 31st century and the advancement in technology (though really nifty) it is nonetheless not on my radar of believable imaginary realty. So if you go into this thinking, ‘hey I can probably throw myself into the book‘, as a reader you would be going in with a very incorrect view. I personally enjoy far fetched story plots, I think that is the point of fiction and I liked where Thompson took the backbone of Cassie in the science world. 

Speaking of Cassie she was an interesting breed of character. Cassie is just a person who is learning the world again from a thousand years later, she very much embodies her personality of an adolescent teenager. One minute she is attempting on escaping yet all the while kissing young doctors and being a teenage girl. Very back and forth. I definitely understand that aspect, I definitely wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt, she has been ‘asleep’ all these years and well shit, that is enough to make any kid crazy – but at a point she still felt immature. There was no growth, no depth there beyond that of her personality from previously. It at many points irked me. More importantly I felt she ultimately adjusted to her situation all too quickly, though I think this is more a convenience of plot to get things jump started. 

Obviously I mentioned kissing doctors – oh young mister Michael. Not going to lie, he was also a bit off for me. Something about his personality and plot dynamic rubbed me a certain way and I am not sure how I really feel towards him as a character, I think this more so because I did not like how he lied to Cassie or the fact that he was overly obsessed with Cassie, it was almost cryptic.

And on top of this, there is a huge romantic dynamic that is strong. Cassie and Michael are just… well they are just all revolving. I think that is the word I want to go with, Cassie bases many of her life altering decisions around her romance. Because Cassie seemed to have this insta-attraction factor with Michael, it more seemed to overshadow the rest of the plot and quite honestly made Cassie feel inferior. 

Probably my favorite dynamic is the secondary characters – you cannot top some of these characters. Some were more of the lighter side of the romance and main characters that really made the plot of the story a real treat. 

Overall I really enjoyed a great deal of aspects within the novel, especially with MIRROR X as book one, there is definitely potential here. The biggest issue I had was the pacing, bottom line there was too much drag on one aspect and then we would shift to a more rushed situation only few pages over. It was too much yet too little all at the same time. For me, as a reader it created a huge disconnect on the characters verses the plot. I will also admit that because the romance (though I love a good dystopian romance) overshadowed majority of what I felt really needed more depth, again just gave a lack luster feel.

I am curious as to where this series will go – really interesting concept, I do like the characters and I really hope for more development in the future. 

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 About Karri Thompson

Award-winning author Karri Thompson, a native of San Diego, California, grew up hanging out at the beach, playing sports, and eventually attending San Diego State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degree in education. When she’s not nerding out at San Diego Comic-Con or watching Star Wars and The Lord of the Ring’s movies for the umpteenth time, she can be seen doing normal people stuff like cooking delicious meals for her family (she attributes all her culinary skills to the Food Network) and watching her son’s football games. In her spare time, she writes young adult and new adult fiction (new adult under the name Kalli Lanford) and loves listening to hard rock music and going to concerts. She hopes to live long and prosper, and that you will, too.

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