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Mirror in the Sky

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  1,196 ratings  ·  244 reviews
For Tara Krishnan, navigating Brierly, the academically rigorous prep school she attends on scholarship, feels overwhelming and impossible. Her junior year begins in the wake of a startling discovery: A message from an alternate Earth, light years away, is intercepted by NASA. This means that on another planet, there is another version of Tara, a Tara who could be living b ...more
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published June 21st 2016 by Razorbill
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Elle (ellexamines)
Mirror in the Sky is absolutely nothing like you'd imagine from the marketing, and I think that's going to lead to a lot of DNFs. It's a book I'd only recommend to fans of existentialism and We All Looked Up-type books. Yet it's still so completely worth the read. I want everyone to read this and see how good the second half is.


So let me get the bad over with. Mirror In The Sky does not deliver on its fantastic premise about an alternate earth. Yes, it improv
Chelsea Caplinger
May 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Mirror in the Sky is about a teenager, Tara Krishnan, who goes to school with a bunch of wealthy kids, and often expresses her hardships as the only POC in her school. The recent discovery of another planet, called Terra Nova, leads everyone in this book to become thrilled since it is evident that there is life on Terra Nova. The synapsis and the front cover (which I think is beautiful!) make it clear that this book is going to be a sci-fi novel about a mirror planet, but going into this book, a ...more
Anastasia シ
Full Review on my blog!

This book wasn’t what I expected at ALL, but once I settled into the understanding that it’s a YA contemporary with what I’d call a sci-fi overlay, I really enjoyed it.

The plot centers around a girl named Tara who feels out of place in her small town. When in a strange and sad turn of events, Tara gets wrapped up in the popular group at her school. She finally thinks that she is finding a way to fit in. But all of that is eclipsed when scientists discover another Earth, fa
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

There are books you read that are good. Some that are great. And then there are the books that utterly blow your mind, the ones that are so beautiful they ache deep within your soul. That’s the kind of book MIRROR IN THE SKY is. The kind that aches so good. At first I was skeptical of how this multiverse would play out. Would it be too heavy on the technicalities (not that I mind that, I am a HUGE science enthusiast), would it be confusing? The
Bryan Alkire
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good novel. It’s readable and an interesting premise. Instead of the scions or government perspective about first contact or really, awareness, we get the perspective of a high school student and how her world changes with said awareness. It’s readable and I appreciated the fact the author didn’t moralize about the main character’s choices. All the characters seemed like real people and this book actually made me still nostalgic in spots. I enjoyed it and recommend.
Brittany (Brittany's Book Rambles)
How I wish I DNFed this book. It was so boring and didn't hold my interest in the slightest. I kept waiting for it to pick up, and to learn more about Terra Nova—the mirror planet to Earth—but the plot had little to do with it. The mirror planet's purpose in the book is basically to get everyone in the book to toss aside their morals, responsibilities, and families to chase after their lost dreams at any cost. This book actually reminded me of Mean Girls, except if Regina George was actually nic ...more
Margot Harrison
This book snuck up on me. When I started it, I didn't think it would be a page-turning read that I would finish in two days and shed tears over. But it was.

When I started the book, I half-expected a certain kind of SF story, and I was wondering how the author would get around the scientific implausibilities inherent in that. (If we just now discovered a parallel Earth, how could it possibly be close enough for us to go there?)

But no. This is a book about what the sheer discovery of a second Eart
Eric Smith
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
I loved this book so much, and I can't believe I didn't post anything about it. A contemporary YA / sci-fi genre blend of a book, I adored every single page.

Plucking this from my Book Riot review of the book (which you can find here )

The wonderful thing about this story, is that it becomes less about the sci-fi and more about Tara’s experience dealing with the extraordinary circumstances she’s placed in. The entire planet is trying to figure out where we
Mar 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
The premise of Mirror in the Sky is nearly identical to that of Another Earth: scientists discover a planet that is nearly identical to our own. But Mirror in the Sky has a half-Indian, half-white teenage girl for a protagonist! And she will also go through a journey of self-discovery, but it will involve less housecleaning and guilt.

Tara Krishnan doesn't really fit in at her white-ass Connecticut school, and when her best friend decides to take a year off abroad, she's left floundering. Until t
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most thought-provoking books that I've had the pleasure of reading. MIRROR IN THE SKY poses some incredible philosophical questions about parallel universes and the impact the discovery of life outside our own planet could potentially have on our society. I loved getting to experience these events alongside these characters. This is such an intriguing and innovative story, and I would recommend it to readers of all ages.

On top of the incredible scifi elements and the deeper th
Emily (Infinite Lives, Infinite Stories)
What did I just read?
Honestly, it was a mixture of science fiction psych, messy love triangle, obvious plot twists. Expectations:
I was really looking forward to a space adventure. Where the characters discover a way to communicate with Terra Nova, pretty much to the point where they eventually find themselves traveling to the strange, conveniently overlooked planet just on the edge of the Milkyway.
I was not expecting to be dragged through a girl's struggles of maintaining her r
Janet McNally
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book so much. Aditi Khorana's language is gorgeous, and her character development of Tara is great. She seem so real, and I loved spending time with her. Tara's voice is authentic and sparkling, and Khorana doesn't shy away from her characters' good qualities or their flaws. I really loved the exploration of the relationship between Tara and her mother. The concept here is fantastic: what if there were another version of our world, but we couldn't really access it. How would it ch ...more
DNF @ 26%

Although the premise for this is really interesting, and I was eager to read about it, the story is a lot more focused on superficial high school drama and I just can't read about that anymore. Also, some of characters were really inconsistent and I just didn't understand their actions. The main character's voice was very immature, too.

I think this is a book that I would've enjoyed if it had been released when I was fifteen. Right now, though, it wasn't enjoyable.
laura (bookies & cookies)
I can't even formulate why or how I love this book so much, I just do.

I'm a bit of a contrary reader where I like reading about experiences I can relate to, and though I can hardly empathize with Tara's story of being the only Indian girl in an all white prep school in Connecticut suddenly cool with the popular kids and all their secrets and drama, the science fiction aspect of discovering a mirror Earth to our own that supports the multiverse theory suddenly makes this book just "other" enough
Kali Wallace
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had no idea what to expect when I read an ARC of MIRROR IN THE SKY, but I am so happy I gave it a chance. There is a science fictional context to this story, yes, but what it's really about, and where it really shines, is in the stunning characters and their relationships.

A strange and unsettling discovery in space is giving everybody on the planet a reason to look at their lives and reassess their choices. Tara is a wonderful character, and so are all the people around her, including her par
Apr 07, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Silly me. I thought this book was actually about parallel universes.

It was, in reality, a soap opera, albeit one featuring some impressive scientific terminology, a cult, and a mystery that popped up 20 pages or so before the end of the book. Oh, and multiple instances of apparent drunk/drugged driving. The mirror universe merely provided an exciting opportunity for everyone to wonder "what if" and do stupid things they normally wouldn't do.

For her part, Tara spent the entire book complaining
Sonya Mukherjee
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was such a fascinating book, unlike anything that I've read before. The premise is sci-fi: a planet is discovered that seems to be a parallel version of Earth, existing in some other part of a multiverse, yet connected enough that Earth can receive signals from this other place. It's a planet so similar to our own that versions of each individual person on Earth might also exist in this other place. Yet the story's focus is ultimately on the very Earthly lives of Tara and her friends and fa ...more
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Loved this book. With all the talk about life on other planets, this book really hits home. This book is what the movie "Another Earth " could have been. ...more
Brittany Blake
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I knew that I would enjoy this the moment I read the synopsis and it said "Alternate Earth" & "NASA". I just love any and all things universe & NASAish.

Aditi Khorana really blew my mind with this one. I really felt connected to Tara, and to the events of the book. Mostly questioning how I would react if I had found out there was an ALTERNATE EARTH with me on it. My name would probably be spelled Britaini instead of Brittany and I'd probably have my life figured out.

Sometimes I still feel like
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This starts off like a slightly cliched YA sci-fi novel and quickly spins into this incredibly thoughtful delving into the moments of our life when we are both surrounded and lonely. Gah. Such good writing. I tore through this one in less than 24 hours despite having to go to work.
I cannot stress this enough, Mirror in the Sky is NOT in any way a science-fiction novel. I typically don't like to delve too deeply or research books before picking them up. I saw that Penguin was hyping up this book, realized that it was written by an Indian author and featured an Indian-American protagonist and decided to pick it up from my local library. I also made the mistake of assuming that there would be stronger sci-fi elements to the book.

Yeh Tara Woh Tara

Our protagonist's name is Tar
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Have you ever wondered about the choices you made in life?
What would have happened if you chose differently?
What about all the 'what ifs' you've ever wondered about...
What if I stayed with that guy? What if I never kissed him? What if I never rang that door bell?
What if I chose a different field of study? What if I would have gone for the other job?

And what if you could see these outcomes in a different reality? Or maybe even on a different planet?

This is what Tara is about to find out,
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
MIRROR IN THE SKY is one of those rare books that transcends the boundaries between contemporary reality fiction and science fiction. The idea that a "mirror" planet might be discovered is really just the starting point of this book that is all about the "what ifs." What if I made a different decision? But instead of this being a story of regret, it's one of possibility. If I knew there was someone just like me on another planet, what would my best self be? Or my better self?

Tara is stuck as th
I think I went in to this book expecting Life As We Knew It and instead got something more dull and uninteresting though it tried and I tried to like it. I think there is an audience for it and it has some unique features that would make connections with readers-- Tara's half Indian, half white as a first generation daughter whose Indian father wants to see her succeed and help fix her problems. Oppositely, with the realization of a "mirror" planet that allows the characters to explore their lif ...more
Lydia Hephzibah
Sep 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
The cover and synopsis for this book are very misleading. I found it on a list of space YA recommendations and I loved the sound of a) Indian protagonist & author b) mirror planet but in fact I was c) majorly disappointed.

This book was cringey, angsty, problematic, and the space aspect was little more than a subplot. The protagonist, Tara Krishnan, was an unlikeable, bitter, jealous person, and pretty problematic. At one point, she said she was grateful for her lithe figure so she wasn't like t
William Middleton
Jul 20, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is about romance and finding your place in the world, and will appeal more to women than men (imho). The lead character is a 16 year old high school girl of Asian Indian descent, but she was not raised in India. Her classmates are uppercrust white. Each character has major pluses and minuses, and whether you like them or not - will change as you read. Even when the girl, apparently begins to fit in, .... well ... you have to read it to find out. The "Mirror" in the sky is an alternate ...more
Ms. Yingling
E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline

Very interesting concept, but too YA for my students. Not only is there a lot of drinking and a few f bombs, but the story is very slow paced. With middle grade, we would need to meet some aliens within 25 pages, and this took more than 100.

Dark Energy is similar, but quicker paced for middle grade readers. This would be fine for high school. I liked the cultural diversity.
Mar 17, 2016 added it
Shelves: arc, 2016
Read 70 percent and skimmed to the end.
While I liked the slow reveal of information about Terra Nova and the realistic reactions and fall out, this book is decidedly not for me. The main action revolved about high school social hierarchy with a decidedly negative/dark edge.
The storytelling is strong and the writing solid and often insightful. I think other readers will find this rewarding and well-written - it's just not something I enjoyed.
Feb 09, 2016 marked it as to-read
This reminds me of a movie I saw a few years ago called Another Earth. Can't wait to read this! ...more
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