Mirror in the Sky by Aditi Khorana
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published June 21st 2016 by Razorbill
~Rating: 3.5/5 stars~
For Tara Krishnan, navigating Brierly, the academically rigorous prep school she attends on scholarship, feels overwhelming and impossible. Her junior year begins in the wake of a startling discovery: A message from an alternate Earth, light years away, is intercepted by NASA. This means that on another planet, there is another version of Tara, a Tara who could be living better, burning brighter, because of tiny differences in her choices.
As the world lights up with the knowledge of Terra Nova, the mirror planet, Tara’s life on Earth begins to change. At first, small shifts happen, like attention from Nick Osterman, the most popular guy at Brierly, and her mother playing hooky from work to watch the news all day. But eventually those small shifts swell, the discovery of Terra Nova like a black hole, bending all the light around it.
As a new era of scientific history dawns and Tara’s life at Brierly continues its orbit, only one thing is clear: Nothing on Earth–and for Tara–will ever be the same again.
This book wasn’t what I expected at ALL, but once I settled into the understanding that it’s a YA contemporary with what I’d call a sci-fi overlay, I really enjoyed it.
The plot centers around a girl named Tara who feels out of place in her small town. When in a strange and sad turn of events, Tara gets wrapped up in the popular group at her school. She finally thinks that she is finding a way to fit in. But all of that is eclipsed when scientists discover another Earth, far out in the solar system. This new Earth turns out to be an almost exact copy of Tara’s own world; mirroring people, places, and events. Now everyone is left wondering how big an impact their decisions made, and if they had better lives on this new Earth.
The characters are all well-written and reading about their dynamics and relationships was completely absorbing and moving. The main character is the only person of color in her school and I particularly enjoyed her frank discussion of how this effects her and her feelings on the subject. All of the characters are flawed and some are more sympathetic than others early on.
While I enjoyed Mirror in the Sky a lot, there were some things I didn’t like as much, which is why I’m giving it a 3.5 rating.
THE ENDING THOUGH. I want to say the ending was amazing (which it was) but it kind of felt rushed and while some issues are tied up a little too neatly, others are left unresolved. Ultimately, I really enjoyed Mirror in the Sky but it needed something more.
Aditi Khorana spent part of her childhood in India, Denmark and New England. She has a BA in International Relations from Brown University and an MA in Global Media and Communications from the Annenberg School for Communication. She has worked as a journalist at ABC News, CNN, and PBS, and most recently as a marketing executive consulting for various Hollywood studios including Fox, Paramount and Sony.
Mirror in the Sky (Razorbill/Penguin, 2016) was her first novel. The upcoming Library of Fates (July 2017) is feminist historical fantasy, set in ancient India, and tells the story of a louche, misogynistic dictator overthrowing an idyllic kingdom, and the women who fight to wrench it back from his hands.
Aditi lives in Los Angeles and spends her free time reading, hiking, and exploring LA’s eclectic and wonderful architecture.