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Mirror in the Sky


Mirror in the Sky

Imagine a typical sci-fi novel where characters find an inhabited planet that is essentially in a parallel universe and become obsessed with making contact with its inhabitants. The whole world comes together to learn more about this new discovery that will change all of humankind. Now add in a girl on Earth who doesn't fit in anywhere --- not at school, not in her community, not even with her best friend. On top of that, toss in a nostalgia-inducing backstory about the girl's parents (some of which will make you want to cry and some of which will make you smile so hard you mom questions if you're actually just reading a book) and bam! That is MIRROR IN THE SKY by Aditi Khorana.

Whether it be on a billboard on the side of the highway or in a book I’m reading, I love knowing small facts that I can use to impress someone or bring up during awkward small talk to make it...not so awkward (but let’s be real, when is small talk never awkward?). While some of this book was fiction, I found there to be lots of cool information about current technology being used in researching and gathering information about worlds far from our home planet. One of my dreams is actually to become an astrophysicist so I loved this book for the glimpse it provided me into what it might be like to find another planet with intelligent life...but I digress. My love for all things space aside, I truly did enjoy this book for the way it mixed together so many genres although I was a little disappointed by the stereotypical high school drama throughout the book.

“The combination of many different elements was not jarring in any way; it felt seamless.”

I couldn’t exactly pinpoint a genre to categorize this book into, which was great! There were elements that reminded me of a sci-fi book from 20 years ago and there were elements that reminded me of a Sarah Dessen-esque novel you would find today. The book reached for the moon and didn’t have to settle for landing among the stars --- it hit the moon dead on. The combination of many different elements was not jarring in any way; it felt seamless.

The high school drama disappointed me a little bit. It was just too stereotypical for my taste. The outsider desperately wants to be a part of the popular kids, somehow makes it into the group, leaves their old friends behind or has a falling out with them, learns that being a part of the popular crowd isn’t as great as they thought and finds who they “truly” are in the process. It just doesn’t seem to actually happen in real life, at least from my and my friends’ experiences. Although the small sci-fi elements did add a new flavor to MIRROR IN THE SKY, I wish there had been more focus on these rather than the overused outsider cliche.

Overall, I enjoyed this book! It was an interesting mix of genres but did fall a little too much on the cheesy side, which had me running my hands through my hair in frustration.

Reviewed by Pranshu A., Teen Board Member on June 24, 2016

Mirror in the Sky
by Aditi Khorana

  • Publication Date: May 9, 2017
  • Genres: Prejudice , Racism, Social Issues
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill
  • ISBN-10: 1595148574
  • ISBN-13: 9781595148575