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Broken Mirror

(Resonant Earth #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Someone killed Granfa Jefferson. Victor is sure of it. But he's the only one.

Diagnosed with mirror resonance syndrome and shunned by Semiautonomous California society, Victor suffers from "blank outs," hallucinations, and vivid nightmares. He violently overreacts to even minor confrontations. Victor's grandfather devoted his life to researching and curing Broken Mirrors, b
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Published January 22nd 2016 by Resonant Earth Publishing
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Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)
3.5 Stars

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*I received an ecopy of this book via NetGalley. This has not influenced my review.*

I'm new to the cyberpunk genre, but I've been wanting to give it more of a try, and this one sounded good. Unfortunately, although the book was well-written, I struggled to really get into it.

So, this book was a cyberpunk/alternate history mash-up set in the early 90s in a different version of the U.S. with a kind of bleak feel. That was pretty neat, but, because the world was so different, t
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, lgbtqia
Loved it!! ❤️
The writing in this book was stellar! So much so that it immersed me in the curious alternate world that appears utopian, but is hiding ugly truths.

Some individuals suffer from mirror resonance syndrome like our MC, Victor. He is known as a broken mirror. This official classification would take away his autonomy.

Victor attempts to solve the murder of his grandfather while uncovering secrets about his condition. Not knowing who to trust, and often not trusting his own “broken” perc
☙ nemo ❧ (pagesandprozac)
2017 continues to be the year of outstanding sci-fi novels!

i am honest to gosh Deceased. i know i say this after like every book but i mean it this time, i'm literally dead. murdered by cody sisco.

i don't know what the hell i was expecting, but it sure wasn't this. i mean, not to generalise, but when you download one of those auto-approval thingys from netgalley, you aren't expecting a masterpiece, are you?

but that's what i got. a fucking masterpiece.

the worldbuilding was extremely good and w
lacy white
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, 4-stars, arc-copy, ebooks, s
A special thank you goes out to Netgalley and Cody Sisco for allowing me to read this early. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

Buckle up, kids, because this is a long review.

TW: racist comments (challenged)
slurs used at those with mental illness (sometimes challenged)

This book was something else and I mean that in a good way. it had a lot of information in it and I felt like it was trying to take a lot of different stances. Which is good but I think it tried to do too much. It tried to end
Greyson | Use Your Words
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review.

DNF at 20%
Okay so this is very much a 'it's not you, it's me' scenario.
I really wanted to like this Broken Mirror, it has so much promise and I loved Victor.
It was just so very sciencey, I've never been very good at science, and so everything went over my head and I couldn't understand half the things anyone was saying.
This is probably a great book, it just wasn't for me.
Dannica Zulestin
Mar 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: morality-play, viva
Disclaimer: I'm a neurotypical person reviewing a book about a person with a mental illness (although this mental illness is made up). I didn't like this book for a number of reasons, but I don't have personal experience with a mental illness or disability so I'm perhaps not the best source.

In a dystopian future California, Victor is a boy from a rich family whose grandfather is researching a cure to the mental illness of mirror resonance syndrome, an illness Victor happens to have with side
Sue Wallace
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
broken mirror by Cody sisco.
Someone killed Granfa Jefferson. Victor is sure of it. But he's the only one.

Diagnosed with mirror resonance syndrome and shunned by Semiautonomous California society, Victor suffers from "blank outs," hallucinations, and vivid nightmares. He violently overreacts to even minor confrontations. Victor's grandfather devoted his life to researching and curing Broken Mirrors, but now that he's gone, Victor must walk a narrow path between sanity and reclassification--a fat
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Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
First and foremost I want to thank NetGalley, Resonant Earth Publishing and Cody Sisco for allowing me to read an ARC in exchange for an unbiased review. This book had a fascinating premise and since it was about neuroscience I was drawn to read it. The best thing about the book was the authors ability to project into science fiction while at the same time grounding the reader in enough of today's world to easily follow the plot.

I was hooked from the beginning by the plot and by the characters a
Scott Vandrick
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
“Broken Mirror” is a baffling novel which attempts to walk the grey intersection of science fiction and science fact but is tripped by its own story foundation. “Broken Mirror” is also a well-written novel which offers hope of great things from the author as he matures. The flaw at the story’s core is the protagonist, Victor, who suffers from “mirror resonant syndrome” (basically an extreme bipolar disorder) and it’s established that the reader can’t trust or believe anything he experiences - he ...more
Christy O'herin
I chose this book for a reading challenge to fit the prompt, "a book by a local author," because Cody Sisco is from Los Angeles. It was a captivating read, where I was constantly wondering what would happen next. There is the mystery of Granfa Jeff's murder, the question of whether Victor's Mirror Resonance Syndrome is a disease and a gift, and a constant wonder whether any of Victor's "friends" can be trusted. This book is definitely not a stand alone, and I wanted a little bit more of a wrap u ...more
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was initially interested in this book because I found it in the LGBT section, but these themes aren't really explored and there's only a couple a throw away sentence with brief mentions of flirting between men. Despite the initial disappointment in this respect, I actually really enjoyed the book. The book is divided into three parts. Part 1 was rather expository and read more like the coming of age story of an unreliable narrator, but Parts 2 and 3 were very exciting with unexpected developme ...more
Liliyana Shadowlyn
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: not-featured-yet
I love the cyberpunk genre - let me say that right off the bat. Although there were parts where the story was a little slow, I really enjoyed diving right into this alternate-history-cyberpunk book. The characters had a lot of depth (whether you liked them or not), and the world was richly described. It's clear the author spent a lot of time building up the book's universe. Mental illness is a big part of the story, and the way others react to it is so realistic it almost hurts at times. Perfect ...more
Shelly Singhal
Good, gritty fiction

I bought this book because an ad said it was like Neal Stephenson. It's nothing like Stephenson. It's much more darkly creative and ultimately much more depressing. The characters are compelling and there's a lot to think about. It was a painful read that took me to places I don't normally think about.
Barb VanderWel
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this & I can't wait for more.
I will be also leaving a review on Goodreads @ Amazon.
And letting everyone know about it.
So i gave it a 5 Stars.
Ross Mccrorie
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Solid world building and really cool writing style whit the descriptions of synesthesia. Slightly episodic and repetitive, but overall really fun to read.
Jonathan Morris
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic read. Great characters, a mysterious plot and cool technology kept me flipping pages. Highly recommended!

Broken Mirror is cyberpunk story set in an alternate history where the US exists as several loosely allied territories known as the American Union. We are introduced to the world through Victor Eastmore, a programmer who suffers from a cognitive disorder called Mirror Resonance Syndrome – a type of synesthesia which screws up his perception and mood and stigmatizes him from societ
Jessica Bronder
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
We begin in an alternate world from our own. The United States no long exists; it is now the American Union. Many things in history have not happened in this world but the basics are technology rules and those that have perception and mood issues are diagnosed with Mirror Resonance Syndrome. Victor is one of these people. His grandfather has been treating these people but has recently died. Now Victor has to figure out who he really is and how he fits into this corrupt world.

This is an amazing t
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
By Hamid - 6/15/16
The United States is now the American Union. Semiautonomous California and the Republic of Texas are battlegrounds, one of policy and one of violence. In Broken Mirror, Victor Eastmore, the protagonist, struggles with Mirror Resonance Syndrome, a disease "that is leading to the unfair ostracism of a group of people." These are not only the figments of author Cody Sisco's imagination, but also the figments of a parallel reality.
In a time when literature is a new addition to the
Author Cody Sisco’s “Broken Mirror” is a compelling murder mystery set in a world familiar yet changed by a few historical twists, for example, President Lincoln survives an assassination attempt. United America is weak, Europe is a superpower, while Autonomous California and the Republic of Texas are in some ways competing for the future of mankind. The protagonist is a genius, yet classified along with many other humans as potentially dangerous because their condition is the same as a mass mur ...more
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I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Broken Mirror is set in alternative world, where historical events as we know, had a different ending. There were plenty of nice little hints casually thrown in about what happened differently, that is if you know history.

Main character is Victor who is diagnosed with mirror resonance syndrome, commonly called broken mirrors. I was so confused when I started reading this book, but I kept reading and I discovered that I had hard
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Cody Sisco is an author, publisher, and literary community organizer.

As an author, Cody’s speculative fiction straddles the divide between plausible and extraordinary. His Resonant Earth Series includes two novels thus far, Broken Mirror and Tortured Echoes, and a short story prequel, Believe and Live. Altered Bodies, the third volume in the series, is due out in 2020.

In 2017 Cody co-founded Made

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