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>> Book Stats
Release Date: November 5th 2019
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Genre (s): Young Adult, Science Fiction
Series: Stand – Alone
After an attack on earth, all reflective surfaces become weapons to release monsters, causing a planet-wide ban on mirrors. Despite the danger, the demand rises, and 17-year-old Marty Callahan becomes a distributor in an illegal mirror trade―until he’s caught by the mayor’s son, whose slate is far from clean. Both of them are exiled for their crimes to one of the many abandoned cities overrun by fog. But they soon realize their thoughts influence their surroundings and their deepest fears begin to manifest.
With fast pacing and riveting characters, this is a book that you’ll finish in one sitting.
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Prize: Win (1) copy of REFRACTION by Naomi Hughes (US Only).
Starts: November 5th 2019
Finishes: November 19th 2019
>> About the Author <<
Hey! I’m Naomi Hughes, writer of quirky young adult fiction (usually involving physics and/or unicorns). I live in the Midwest US, a region I love even though it tries to murder me with tornadoes every spring.
When not writing, my hobbies include reading (of course), traveling, and geeking out over Marvel superheroes and certain time-traveling Doctors. My debut YA sci-fi st and alone novel, Afterimage, is available now from Page Street Publishing. My next novel, Refraction (also a standalone YA sci-fi), comes out in Nov 2019. I also offer freelance critique services at naomiedits.com.
> Interview with Naomi <
To All The BooksI’ve Read Before: “What was your inspiration behind creating this novel and creating the mirrors into monsters?”
Naomi: “Hey! Thanks for having me—so glad I get to chat with you today. As far as my inspiration for creating this concept, the mirrors and monsters (and the fog) are all actually meant to play into a sort of large-scale metaphor for obsessive-compulsive disorder.
In the book, Marty (who has OCD) and Elliott have to travel through a world that’s covered in fog. They can’t see the dangers most of the time, but they’re positive monsters could be lurking around every corner. In my experience, that’s a lot like how OCD makes you feel—like there’s unseen danger everywhere and you’ve got to take lots of precautions to keep it at bay.
As far as monsters coming out of mirrors when you look at your own reflection, that’s meant to reflect how OCD can often make you into your own worst enemy.”
To All The Books I’ve Read Before: “This novel seems like it could be turned into a movie or series. If this were possible, who would you have starring as your main characters and why?”
Naomi: “I would LOVE for this to become a movie! I’m terrible at casting, though—I can never remember any actors. Whenever I’m watching a movie I’ll say “that guy/girl looks familiar” and my hubby will be like “yeah, they were in these 10 other movies you watched recently.” But I do think Cole Sprouse would be a great match to play Marty! And maybe Naomi Watts for the role of the mayor?”
To All The Books I’ve Read Before: “This novel seems very creative and interesting. What were you hoping that your readers would get out of it?”
Naomi: “One thing I really, really want readers to get out of it is the OCD rep. Whenever I look at my reviews, the ones that make me glow the most are always the ones from readers who’ve experienced OCD or another mental illness themselves who said this book made them feel seen. And I hope that readers who don’t struggle with mental illness themselves gain more understanding of the issue and how it feels to be in that place, too.
And of course, I also want readers to just enjoy the story, and maybe also be totally shocked by the plot twists.” 🙂
To All The Books I’ve Read Before: “Did any types of TV shows or movies help inspire the writing of this novel? If so, which ones were they?”
Naomi: “One movie that helped inspire/encourage some of the themes was The Quiet Place. I actually haven’t watched it because I’m a total weenie and never watch horror movies (and yet I somehow wrote a quasi-horror book?? Not sure how that happened), but I heard so much about how good it was that I made my husband watch it and tell me what happened.
After that second-hand screening, I found myself just absolutely loving how the movie’s creators worked the Deaf rep into a horror story, but still made it ultimately hopeful with just really beautiful character arcs. I was already working on the outline for Refraction at that point, so it helped encourage and confirm that this sort of story was what I wanted to do.”
To All The Books I’ve Read Before: “Create a book trailer using 5 words only to describe this novel.”
Naomi: “Will you enter the fog?”
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