REFRACTION by Naomi Hughes


Age Range: 12 - 18
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Marty will do anything to get to his brother, even sell deadly, black-market mirrors.

A year ago an alien ship appeared above Earth, and when humans destroyed it, the ShatterRing stretched around the planet and mirrors everywhere released a fog that hid deadly Beings. Now only Cisco Island (off the coast of Florida), London, and Singapore remain. Ty, Marty’s older brother, is in London, and the only way Marty, who suffers from OCD, can think to raise the money to get to him is to sell reflective items like glasses and telescopes which have been outlawed by repressive Mayor Ackermann. When that gets Marty caught and exiled with Ackermann’s hunky son, Elliott, the two have to set aside their mutual distrust to survive on the fog-shrouded mainland…what they discover there changes their perception of reality and sets them on a new course that may save Earth—or get them killed. Hughes’ (Afterimage, 2018) genre mashup starts with relentless action and then eases up a bit to allow for good character development and some hefty, fun plot twists. Marty’s OCD is integral and well explained and explored. Characters hew to the white default.

Reads like an Arthur C. Clarke–Stephen King collaboration set in Silent Hill—fans of dark sci-fi will enjoy. (Science fiction. 12-18)

Pub Date: Nov. 5th, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-62414-890-3
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Page Street
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2019