BOOK REVIEW: BROKEN SYMMETRY

broken-symmetry-danrixBROKEN SYMMETRY

Author: Dan Rix
Published on: December 19, 2013
Genre:
 Sci-Fi, Young Adult

Published by: Burning Ember Press
Formats: E-book, paperback

Sixteen-year-old Blaire Adams can walk through mirrors.

It’s called breaking symmetry. To her, a mirror feels like a film of honey. She can reach through it, grab things…even step inside.

On the other side she lives every teenager’s fantasy: a universe all her own, zero consequences. She can kiss the hot guy, break into La Jolla mansions, steal things…even kill. When finished, she just steps back into reality and smashes the mirror—and in an instant erases every stupid thing she did. Gone. It never happened.

But breaking symmetry is also dangerous. First there’s the drug-like rush she gets when passing through the glass, like a shot of adrenaline. She suspects it’s degrading her body, making a new copy of her each time. A reflection of a reflection, each one a little hazier. Then, of course, there’s the risk of getting cut off from reality.

When she narrowly escapes a military quarantine zone with the San Diego Police Department hot on her heels only to discover her escape mirror littering the floor in shards, her worst fear is realized. Now, trapped in a broken reflection, she must flee through a mind-bending maze of mirrors, going deeper into the nightmare as she struggles to grasp a betrayal, uncover the chilling truth about her ability, and somehow find a way out of a dead-end universe that “never happened.”

Somehow, she must find a way home.

REVIEW

This book was amazing! So good it got a spot on my top 5 favorite books.

Lots of people have probably wished they could “walk through mirrors” and into another world. A world where you could do anything you wanted without any consequences.That’s the power that the main character of Broken Symmetry, Blaire Adams, has. She’s one of a select number of people with this ability, which is explained to be genetic.

I thought this book would be about a teenage girl’s mirror escapades, but no. It was loads better. We learn that Blaire’s father went missing when she was fifteen. He just vanished without a trace. At the start of the book, the police inform Blaire that they’ve finally found her father. The only problem is, he can’t remember anything that happened since Blaire was four. The only thing he carried was a diary. Blaire tries to find out where her dad has been. Unfortunately, he becomes severely ill. At the hospital, the doctors aren’t able to save him.

After learning about her unusual genome, Blaire is put in touch with a man who may have the answers she needs. This man, Charles Donovan, is the owner of Intelligent Symmetry Design and Interiors. Blaire had previously got accepted for an internship there. She decides to start it early. Things seem normal, until Blaire discovers her ability to crossover, or break symmetry–that’s what they call walking through mirrors. From then on, she starts learning more about herself and the world around her. It turns out that ISDI doesn’t do interior design. They’re actually going on covert crossover missions to find out what the U.S. Army is investigating. They’ve quarantined an area of the city to research an artifact. Charles thinks the item may have something to do with Blaire or other people that have the crossover genes.

“ Every time you crossover, you go to a place that isn’t real. You will begin to question what is real…and you will lose yourself. Do you understand me? 

The characters’ ability to walk through mirrors is very well thought out. It’s apparent that the author did thorough research on the subject and explains the power with scientific answers. I also liked the mystery of the book. Blaire is going to learn something that will change everything she thought she knew about her world. A special thing about her is that, unlike the others, Blaire’s power seems to be more resilient. Breaking symmetry comes at a toll for those gifted with it, but apparently this doesn’t apply to Blaire.

There’s also a romance subplot between Blaire and a guy named Damian. He works for ISDI too, and can break symmetry. Blaire is at first reluctant to date the “pretty boy”, but she slowly falls for him. They become close to each other after going on crossover missions together. Blaire was a good character, though I felt she needed more development. She’s a 16-year-old emancipated orphan, so she lives alone. Blaire attends high school like everybody else, but she has next to no friends. I found that really odd. It’s uncommon for girls to have zero friends, especially a female one. A guy named Josh is pretty much the only person Blaire interacts with who’s from her high school. They had a budding relationship at the start of the book. Unfortunately, it fizzled out when Blaire started learning about her power. And then Damian came into her life…

This was an interesting and enthralling read. By the time I finished the book, I was like “wow!”. It’s seriously amazing, loads better than I thought it would be. The story might seem slow at the beginning, but don’t stop. You might just love this book too. And I hope you don’t mind how thoroughly the mechanics of walking through mirrors is explained. There’s so much information you might believe breaking symmetry is real.

MY RATING

Absolute must-read. It’s amazing!!!

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