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Peek Inside Mirror X

At the age of seventeen, I was put into a cryogenic tube and frozen. Now, more than a thousand years later, I've finally been awakened to a more serene and peaceful future. Or have I? Everyone is young. Everyone is banded and tracked. And everyone is keeping secrets. Not even Michael Bennett, the cute geneticist in the hospital, is being honest with me. When I’m told only I can save the human race from extinction, it’s clear my freeze didn’t avoid a dreadful fate. It only delayed the horror...

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Awarded Best Published YA Novel by San Diego Book Awards Association
I was born more than a thousand years ago.

Put into a cryogenic tube at age seventeen, forgotten during a holocaust that decimated the world, I’ve finally been awakened to a more serene and peaceful future.

But things at the hospital are new and strange. And it’s starting to scare me.

Everyone is young. Everyone is banded and tracked. And everyone is keeping secrets.

The cute geneticist Michael Bennett might be the only good thing in this crazy new world where “life is precious” but no one seems free to live it. The problem is, I don’t think he’s being totally honest with me, either.

When I’m told only I can save the human race from extinction, it’s clear my freeze didn’t avoid a dreadful fate. It only delayed the horror…


"Skillfully Karri Thompson brings the story to life with complex and compelling characters that infuse it with depth, passion and excitement." --Wendy, Goodreads

"Mirror X is an unique and fascinating first book in a new young adult dystopian trilogy." --Stephanie Ward, Goodreads

"Awesome dystopian page turner! I loved the premise and the characters. Cassie is an excellent heroine and the supporting cast, both good and evil, keep the story moving!" --Cheryl, Goodreads

"Mirror X is engaging, thought provoking, and relevant to the society we live in. Mirror X could very well end up being a novel listed as a choice to read in high school classrooms right alongside classics such as 1984 and Brave New World." --Donnie Darko Girl

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622660582
Series: Van Winkle Project, Book 1
Release Date: Jun 30, 2014
Page Count: 318
Imprint: teen
Genre: dystopian, sci-fi, young adult
Tropes: bodyguard/protector, overcoming odds

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By T.H. November 29, 2015

Fellow San Diegan and young adult dystopian author, Karri Thompson's, novel intrigued me. The concept of a young woman frozen for more than 1,000 years, waking to a new world order is such a fascinating idea, I couldn't wait to dig into it. The story weaves, bends, and twists through more than 350 p ...more

By heather - NightlyReading May 21, 2018

I do not think that I have been so frustrated with a book that I had been reading like ever! But it was a good frustrating!!! I could seriously feel my blood pressure rise while reading and had to put it down several times because I wanted to just jump on into the story myself and commit murder on a ...more

By kelly February 16, 2016

3.5 hearts - full review originally posted on BookCrushin Blog on 1/6/2016 in conjunction with the Ascendancy Blog Tour.

“Life is precious.”

Mirror X is one of those books that has been sitting on my TBR shelf for a while, I even purchased the book the day after it’s release, because I absolutely love ...more

By Heather July 04, 2014

Thank you to Entangled Teen for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

Imagine waking up from an accident and discovering that you have woken up 1000 years later, would you be excited for the future or sad for the people you never got to grow old with back in your past.

Cassie has t ...more

By Unabridged July 10, 2014

Mirror X is the type of book that would make a great addition to a teen or even adult book club reading list. There is plenty of topics to discuss, and it would probably lead to an enlightening discussion. I did not think when I started Mirror X that it would be a book that would stick with me, but ...more

By Rachel's Book Reviews February 10, 2017

Probably more of a 3.5 but the ending was great soo.... ...more

By Wendy November 24, 2018

Innovative and imaginative “Mirror X” the first novel in the “Van Winkle Project” opens with seventeen-year-old Cassie Dannacher being resuscitated from a S.T.A.S.I.S. cryogenic chamber in a hospital over 1,000 years in the future. Cared for by a team of medical staff including twenty-year-old genet ...more

By Sasha July 03, 2014

Mirror X left me speechless...for a while. Having finished this thrilling Dystopian novel late into the night, I stayed awake for quite a while thinking about it. This was truly different for me, all in a good way, and left me wishing I had more of the story.

Mirror X was full of surprises, each one ...more

By Kim June 24, 2014

Mirror X is set in what is supposed to be a utopian, technologically and societally advanced world. But in reality, it is a dystopian in which horrible things may be done for altruistic reasons. In many ways, this book reminded me of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. Humanity was lost in the face of ...more

By Ilana July 06, 2014

Title: Mirror X
Author: Karri Thompson
Publisher/Year: Entangled Publishing 6/30/14
Length: 320 Pages
Series: The Van Winkle Project #1


I was born more than a thousand years ago. Put into a cryogenic tube at age seventeen, forgotten during a holocaust that decimated the world, I've finally been a ...more

By Stephanie September 20, 2015

4.5 Stars

'Mirror X' is an unique and fascinating first book in a new young adult dystopian trilogy. The story follows main character Cassie as she wakes up in a strange hospital and is told that she was cryogenically preserved - and it's now over 1,000 years later. Cassie tries to digest all this se ...more

By Jennifer July 11, 2014

I received a review copy of this book for my stop on the blog tour at Donnie Darko Girl.

What would happen to the human race if a plague killed over half of the world's population? None of the possibilities I've thought of before compare to what happens in Mirror X. I was surprised and even shocked ...more

By Lelia July 20, 2014

Shades of Kirk and Spock: The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Or the one. That is the logical way of looking at things but, sometimes, it doesn’t seem like the human way. What if you were put in a situation in which you had to make a truly serious choice? Taking it a step further, s ...more

By Janelle July 22, 2014

**I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review**

Solid 3 ½ stars!!

When 17 year old Cassie Dannacher awakens in a strange room filled with doctors – people she’s never met before, she’s in shock…but that shock is escalated when she is told that everyone she e ...more

By Marjolein July 08, 2014


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I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you!

Mirror X is the first book in the Van Winkle Project series.

Finally! It's been a while since I actually liked a ...more

By Zili June 28, 2014

Mirror X is the story of american teenager Cassie, who wakes up to a new and scary world as a result of being cryogenically frozen for over a 1000 years. The society she wakes up to is a sort of sci-fi/dystopia crossover. This new world is a sort of mixture of the worlds seen in 1984, The Hunger Gam ...more

By Teresa June 28, 2014

**Was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review**

In high school I read Brave New World and George Oswell’s 1984-both books freaked me out. This type of into the future novels always scare me a little because it is so easy to think about the future of the world going in any of these directions-ok ...more

By Pratr- November 09, 2014

Reviewer for Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock
5 Fangs
Cassie awakens after a thousand years of being in a cryogenic tube. She was in a helicopter accident that left her brain dead. Her grandfather paid to have her placed in the tube in hopes that one day they would be able to make Cassie healt ...more

By Kimber July 04, 2014

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

My first thought on this novel is that it's very different from anything I've read recently. Mirror X is a journey. The reader follows Cassie from the moment she wakes up through every event. The novel is written in first person ...more

By Kristine July 04, 2014

This new future aged dystopian novel is a shocking and fantastic FOUR STAR read! It is a fast paced novel, that I managed to read within two days simply because I found it so difficult to put down. I devoured it chapter by chapter and I am positive you will do the same.

"All I wanted was to knock Dr. ...more

By Lianne Mei June 26, 2014

At first I felt that the plot kind of dragged on but then it started to get a little better until I reached the part where we readers find out the truth as to what has been happening (which in all honesty did not surprise me). And then after reading more into this book I began to think that this boo ...more

By Ria May 26, 2015

OMGee!!! So many things I want to talk about!! Okay here is one… You have to be a pretty mature reader for this one. What I mean by that is, its pretty controversial so as a reader you have to have that mature mentality to be able to look at the issues from different angles. Genetics is always a tou ...more

By Rachel December 04, 2014

Netgalley gave me this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Mirror X by Karri Thompson

When Cassie wakes up, she has no idea what happened. She really doesn't expect that over a thousand years have passed and she is now in a world where people are unable to have children. Cassie is forced ...more

By St. Gerard October 04, 2014

Looking at the comments, I know the reviews are mixed. I personally enjoyed the book. I'll admit I'm being bias because author Karri Thompson is a local author in my hometown of San Diego and a high school teacher in my area and I support her creative efforts into writing a different type of dystopi ...more

By Nicholle July 09, 2014

This is a good book for mid-teens. The vocabulary and writing isn't too high-level, but it does have some more mature topics and information in it that make it more of mid-teens instead of for a younger teenager. It's a great book however, and once one begins reading, it's difficult to stop. The wri ...more

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Karri Thompson

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Karri Thompson

Growing up in San Diego, California, Karri Thompson spent much of her years at the beach, reading novels,tanning,and listening to hard rock. At SDSU, she majored in English with the goal of becoming an author. Once she became a wife, mother, and high-school English teacher, her dream came true, and all of the plots and characters in her head finally found a home. Victorian literature rocks her socks, and when she 's not writing, she's reading Dickens. Karri Thompson also writes sexy, edge of your seat paranormals, under Kalli Lanford.

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