Happy Friday! I managed to read this book shortly after my spring classes, and boy does it pack a punch. If you’re a fan of action, this book has plenty of it. Westerfeld’s books are vastly different from what I usually enjoy, but somehow they always manage to sink in so that my mind is always thinking ahead, generating theories, and speculating while I’m reading. I’m usually not right when I try to anticipate, but it’s a fun process nonetheless!
About the Book
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Synopsis: Frey and Rafi have never been closer to their goal of defeating their father, a man whose evil threatens to spread unchecked. But they’ve also never been in more danger. Frey’s sister Rafi — no longer a twin in features, but still a twin by birth — is the wild card. Are the sisters on the same side . . . or are they playing to their own agendas? If their father is deposed from Shreve, who will take control? And what other forces may be waiting in the wings?
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
(A Few of) My Thoughts
Every time I pick up one of Scott Westerfeld’s books I’m reminded of why he is one of my favorite authors. On the one hand, you never know what you’re going to get. His inventive new technology, futuristic science, and mind-bending scheming keep the reader on their toes – and sometimes unaware of what something really means or how to pronounce it. On the other hand, Westerfeld’s books hold the promise of adventure. With few exceptions, I know that his books will draw me in completely in just a few lines and hold my attention until the end. The world building and pacing are phenomenal.
Mirror’s Edge is no exception. From start to finish, this book is a crazy ride. The action only spans a few days, but those days are filled with new discoveries, secrets, and adrenaline. We spend most of our time with Frey, undercover in her father’s city on a rescue mission, having recently undergone extensive “camo surge” in order to completely change her appearance. Throughout the book we’re introduced to new characters and discover shocking information about some we thought we already knew. In the end…I’m still not sure what to believe about the ending.
If you have marginally enjoyed any of the other books in the Impostors series or Westerfeld’s previous series set in the same world, Uglies, then Mirror’s Edge is sure to be a hit. The story moves along quickly. It’s enjoyable, but not in a comfortable way; it’s more like rafting down a frigid river than floating lazily on an inner tube. I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys series with science fiction elements, adventure, and complex characters.
What series are you following, Reader? I started looking forward to book 4 in this series the moment I finished Mirror’s Edge. Though, again, I’m not sure what to make of the ending. It’s not entirely happy…but you’ll discover that and make your own predictions if you read it.
Until the next chapter,