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Mirror X

(The Van Winkle Project #1)

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  447 ratings  ·  115 reviews
Cassie Dannacher wakes up in a hospital over 1,000 years into the future after her space capsule is retrieved from space. She soon learns that 600 years prior to her arrival, the earth was struck by a plague, killing over half of the world’s population. Naïve and desperate, Cassie, who longs for home and is having trouble adjusting to the new, dictatorial 31st century gove ...more
Paperback, 318 pages
Published June 30th 2014 by Entangled Teen
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Jul 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
My thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing LLC for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.


I got to 35% and couldn't make myself read anymore. The female MC Cassie is super annoying and does stupid things to further the plot. The love interest was lying to her, but it was ok, because she was in lurve with him. He was so dreamy, especially when he spoke and was unable to meet her eyes, which he did almost every time they spoke. (hint hint, he was lying! Shocker!)

And t
T.H. Hernandez
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 pages of surprises, danger, and righteous indignation.

I thought it took a little long to really get going, but there are a lot of changes in the world Cassie wakes up in. Cassie, along with the reader,
Jun 11, 2014 rated it liked it
The ending was so hurried and rushed while the middle felt long. It was a great concept, and I thought the implications of a future society unable to replicate were well reasoned. The insta-love was a bit of a turn off. One minute Cassie would be thinking about how to escape, and the next she is kissing one of the doctors who is keeping her confined. It didn't make any sense as most romances written for teens nowadays are written.

I thought the way Cassie's viewpoints from our time frame were co
Courtney LaSalle
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
I received this book from the Publishers in exchange for an honest review

2.5 stars

This book just really I don't know, I hate that didn't love it. The concept was Holy bat mobile Awesome! I had to get my hands on it, and when I was sent it as an ARC I couldn't have been more thrilled.

Unfortunately for me that "Thrill" was short lived and allhopes I had for this book to be Amazing was washed away.

The book seemed to take forever for me the pace wasn't good, and at times frankly, it was boring. How
heather - NightlyReading
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 few characters! This book made me feel something and even though it was anger, it left me with a story that I definitely will not forget due to all the mixed up emotions that I had while reading!

kelly {BookCrushin}
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, dystopia
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 Entangled Teen releases, and I have come to trust their imprint. But you know how hectic reading schedules can be?! I guess it’s safe to say that I left it on my TBR until I was learning about the se

My original review got eaten by the site, so my review won't be as long as it would have been as I didn't save it nor can remember all that I said.

With that said, Mirror X fell very short of what it was trying to accomplish. I truly don't know what it was supposed to accomplish, what its point was.

In Mirror X, Cassie and her archeologist family are caught up in a storm. Cassie got fatally injured and for no reason given, was put into a cryogenic capsule even though no one would have done th
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 these exact feelings when she finds herself woken up from a cryogenic stasis chamber, following an accident back in the 21st century she is frozen by her grandfather. We revived she find herself unable
Unabridged Bookshelf
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-books
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 this one got me thinking, and it is going to stay with me for a while. Although with Mirror X, I can see it becoming a book that either you hate it or you love it, depending out your own opinions, and ...more
Rachel's Book Reviews
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Probably more of a 3.5 but the ending was great soo....
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it
***Received an Advanced Readers Copy during blog tour with InkSlingerPR in exchange for an honest Review***

Can you believe it comrades? I have finally found myself back in the YA world - crazy I know, step aside romance porn, we are going in. But lets face it, it is romance based mixed with one of my favorite duel genres, science fiction and dystopian, hell with a synopsis like this can you really expect me not to read it? 

Though I love the synopsis I will say this once, the thing about dystopia
Aug 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
"Mirror X" has an interesting premise- Cassie was cryogenically frozen after her untimely death at 17-years-of-age in 2022 and is brought back to life over 1000 years later. Obviously, the world has changed, but how? The description given says she is retrieved from space (which I was interested in), but this was not the case. The description is also very vague in terms of what she finds when she awakes, and with good reason- the book takes a very long time to get to the point.

**Note: The rest o
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 geneticist Michael Bennett who has taken a special interest in her, Cassie quickly learns of her importance to mankind in a world of cloned humans.

Set in the future after a plague decimated the population
Dichotomy Girl
This started with an interesting premise, but just went downhill from there. I might have enjoyed this more if I'd read it when it was first published (2014), the problem being that I have read so much truly great dystopian books that the fact that this one really fell short was very apparent.

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Sasha Hibbs
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Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
The beginning of Mirror X was slow and infuriating. It's main character, Cassie, was a little hard to stomach, her overcharged emotions and instant distrust of everything and everyone around her making her unlikable therefore making it hard for me to connect to her. The world building is flimsy, even though we get a sense of how the world is built much like Cassie we are kept in the dark about not only the outside view but the governmental structure. Overall Mirror X was a hard one to get throug ...more
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 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 science, hidden behind an agenda that, on the surface, would seem positive.

This book was difficult for me to read at times, the issues at hand often reminding me too clearly what I have recently lost.
Gabbie (Rampant Readers)
Why I Picked It Up

I’ve been trying to expand my reading horizons and this sounded like something that I haven’t read before.


Mirror X was a real let down for me. I actually debated multiple times just putting it down, but it was something that I told the publisher I would read so I figured I’d give it a chance. Cassie wakes up over one thousand years in the future, finding out that she had died, been frozen, and was reanimated. This brings me to my biggest problem with this novel: it was very
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Feb 21, 2014 marked it as did-not-finish
Mirror X Review on K-Books <- Review goes live in July 18th 2015

I am such a huge fan of Entangled Teen books. It may be weird to be a fan of a publisher but I feel like they publish some of the best in YA books. So when I heard about this one I was really looking forward to reading it. It's an Entangled Teen book and it's a YA Dystopia book. That sounds like the perfect book for me. And I started off really loving this book. It captured my interest and made me want to keep reading. Considering I
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 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
Stephanie Ward
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 seemingly impossible information and is determined to find her place in this new world. However, things are incredibly different in the 31st century and Cassie's finding it hard to live under all the co
Jennifer  Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
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 at how creative this novel is in mixing light science fiction with a dystopian theme. I'm a little jealous, too, but the great news is, I got an awesome book to read.

First of all, I must confess I'm
Jun 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
I was so excited to read this, the premise sounded fascinating and I can’t get enough of far-future stories.

Except this may as well have been set in 2014.

Right from the start, Cassie understands everyone perfectly. English is not only unchanged but for a few slang terms, but good news! Everyone on Earth speaks it. Technology has apparently stagnated because while they have medical advances to bring Cassie back to life, they cannot master basic biology and everything from the new incarnation of t
Lelia Taylor
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: full-reviews
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, suppose your decision would mean either the end of humanity or a new beginning? Given those parameters, the choice would appear to be pretty straightforward—I think most people would opt to sacrifice t ...more

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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 Dystopian YA, but this was a very interesting story. A weird side note though, the description in the blurb (at least on GR) is incorrect, as she doesn't come from 'space'...

When Cassie wakes in a hos
**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 ever knew has been dead and gone for over a thousand years, she is scared and numb. Even after everything is explained, she still can’t believe that after the helicopter crash that left her brain dead,
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it

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 Games, Divergent and Fated, with a stronger sci-fi twist.

Cassie soon discovers her entire life has changed and not only has society moved on, but also the rules have completely changed. Her hospital is
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
**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 maybe not to that extreme but it raises the question of how far is too far to save humanity and keep it in order. Which brings me to Mirror X. Mirror X is set in the year 3025 where Humans have suffe
Pratr- Authors
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 healthy again. When she awakens a very young Dr Bennett is there to help her in her recovery. Cassie finds out that things are very different a thousand years later. A plague killed half the population abo
Kimber Wheaton
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, favorites
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, so we only know what Cassie knows. We learn things and experience her emotions and feelings as she does.

This is another one of those novels in which I can't go into detail without spoilers. I found
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Growing up in San Diego, California, Karri Thompson spent much of her years at the beach, reading novels, tanning, and listening to music. At SDSU, she earned a BA in English, MA in education, and her teaching credential. As a wife, mother, and high-school English teacher, she began writing novels, giving all of the compelling plots and unique characters in her head a home. Victorian literature ro ...more

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