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There was potential. But the flaws kind of diverted it.

Mirror X by Karri Thompson

Mirror X (The Van Winkle Project, #1)

Publication date: June 30th 2014

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Number of pages 318

Series: The Van Winkle Project (1#)

Genre: YA Dystopian/Post-apocalyptic

Source: Received in exchange for review. This is my honest opinion.


 Goodreads synopsis:

Cassie Dannacher wakes up in a hospital over 1,000 years into the future after her space capsule is retrieved from space. She soon learns that 600 years prior to her arrival, the earth was struck by a plague, killing over half of the world’s population. Naïve and desperate, Cassie, who longs for home and is having trouble adjusting to the new, dictatorial 31st century government, is comforted by Michael Bennett, the 20-year old lead geneticist at the hospital where she was revived.

But why is Cassie in genetics’ hospital in the first place, and why do several of the people around her seem so familiar, including Travel Carson, the hot and edgy boy she is fated to meet? Soon she discovers there is a sinister answer to all of her questions – and that they want something from Cassie that only she can give.



How great does this book sound, right? It’s not hard to believe that I was super excited to gain access to it, meaning that I read it at the first opportunity I got.

But that’s just my problem. This book had so much potential with it’s unique idea but it really let me down.

Problem 1# – Annoying protagonist:
Cassie, Cassie, Cassie. I have read about some really annoying characters recently and Cassie is right up there, if not at the top. She was confusing and changed her mind too quickly and too frequently. I really couldn’t relate to her and she was just dislikeable in general. Her reactions to situations were unrealistic, or, well, annoying. She has no idea what she wants and overreacts. Plus she can’t seem to grasp the fact that she may possibly be in the wrong herself sometimes and that sometimes people just had to do things concerning her. Sometimes even for her benefit. She spent a lot of time crying or being sick.

Problem 2# – On again/off again:
The romance confused me so much. She sees this doctor really early on in the book and immediately melts over him. And it gets worse. He falls in love with her too. Instalove at its worse. But possibly worst of all, the doctor (Michael) falls in love with her before she has even been awoken. It’s confusing because it’s weird and kind of in reverse. She loves him and swoons at the possibility of seeing him and then that seems to gradually decrease. It’s hard to explain without spoiling anything. But hence the title of this sub-catergory, her feelings for him seem to be on again and then they are gone.

Problem 3# – Flaws:
The heading for this title is very broad because I am going to summarise some stuff here, so that I don’t spoil anything. But there really were some flaws. Some things that couldn’t have happened and I picked up a mistake or two (that I can currently remember).

But it wasn’t all bad.

Good Thing 1# – Imagery:
I have this bad habit of skimming what I read and I don’t always catch myself doing it. But I wasn’t actually bored in this book. Plus I actually pictured what was going on! I never do that!The good world building probably helped there.

Good Thing 2# – Easy read:
It was a relaxing, easy read. Without being boring. Readable.

Good Thing 3# – Plot twists:
Some of the most decent plot twists I’ve seen in a while! Seriously, this is what is rounding my rating up to two on Goodreads (since half stars aren’t offered). I didn’t see them coming and they really did improve the book.

I liked the idea of cloning and bringing back famous people. As much as I wasn’t a fan of Cassie (or Michael really), I definitely cared for quite a few of the other characters. Plus I really like the cover.

I would probably read a sequel, which suprises me because I don’t always read sequels for books
I rate 3 stars. I think that any sequels really do have potential and could be pulled off well. I’d like to see some good personal development in Cassie especially. I’m curious in terms of the story, so I would like to read a sequel.

1.5/5 comets
Just missed Earth. Almost ok.

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Goodreads author bio:

Karri ThompsonGCrowing up in San Diego, California, Karri Thompson spent much of her years at the beach, reading novels, tanning, and listening to music. At SDSU, she earned a BA in English, MA in education, and her teaching credential. As a wife, mother, and high-school English teacher, she began writing novels, giving all of the compelling plots and unique characters in her head a home. Victorian literature rocks her socks, and when she’s not writing, jogging, going to concerts, or watching her son play football, she’s reading Dickens.