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4.20  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  36 reviews
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 aban ...more
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Published November 5th 2019
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Naomi Hughes
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Hey! I'm Naomi Hughes, author of Refraction. I wanted to use this space to add a bit of detail that I wasn't able to put in the book itself.

First, yes, this book is ownvoices for OCD. In part because of that, writing this story was one of the most intense journeys of my life, and also possibly the most rewarding. I hope it's as meaningful to you as it was to me!

Second, I wanted to include a note on some potential triggers that are present in the story. Although some of th
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight


I know that this doesn't come out until next month, and I usually am hesitant to review stuff that far out. But when I started reading it and found that it involves mental health in a non-contemporary setting, well. I knew it had to be done! Because not only is the main character's OCD a part of the story, it's a fairly significant part. And it's like... finally, you know? Because you better bellike... ,
Katya de Becerra
My official thoughts:

On an isolated island shrouded in malevolent fog, your worst fears crawl out of mirrors. Nowhere is safe. The entire world is not safe...

Refraction is a first contact story like no other, and it packs a punch! Seen and experienced through the eyes of the narrator with OCD, the horrors of this intricately woven world become particularly tangible. With tension escalating and shocking revelations coming on every page, Refraction is an edge-of-your-seat tale of unlikely allies forced to work toget
Lyn *NomadicWorlds

In a dystopian world where aliens came and launched an attack on earth using a strange fog and mirrors to set forth horrifying creatures on the population, only a few places survived. Mirrors have now been banned but of course, there are always those who rebel against these laws and bans, such as one 17-year-old Marty Callahan who distributes mirrors illegally, until the day he’s caught by Elliot, the mayor’s son and they are both exiled into the fog, at the mercy of unnatural beasts.

Marty was a scoundrel—s
Paige Dan
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 21-sequoyah
This is the book that made me realize I can no longer say ‘I don’t really like science fiction.’ Wholly original, it’s a real window into the horrifying world of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Join black market mirror dealer Marty on his quest to find his brother after the fog arrives on earth, spawning Beings that shred humans in moments.
Monsters that spawn out of mirrors, fear that turns us all into the true monsters, and finding goodness where we least expect it. Oh, and aliens. To say I’m a
Sheila Goicea
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review. Also, thanks to Page Street Kids and The Fantastic Flying Book Club for sending me a finished copy!


All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.

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Savannah Porter
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-ya
I never read sci fi. Never. In fact, Refraction by Naomi Hughes is the first sci fi book I've picked up in 2019. And I absolutely loved it. The description on the back of the book drew me in right away. Monsters coming out of mirrors? Fog and monsters taking over the world? A character in an illegal mirror trade? It sounded so intriguing and unique that I had to give it a try. I'm so glad I did.

The story follows Marty, an illegal mirror trader who is trying to find his brother who he
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Refraction has been on my TBR ever since I heard of it. Having read Afterimage, Hughes' debut, I am such a big fan! If you love books that almost feel like a mirage, that are hard to pin down, then check out Refraction! I loved the idea of mirrors as soon as I read it in Refraction. The idea that a surface designed to show you a reflection, an image of the world, is actually used
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very interesting sci-fi novel. Not like anything I have read. I enjoyed it a lot except for the swear words scattered throughout the book. Otherwise it is clean. Great YA novel.
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, 2019-release, arc
This was different from what I expected, but I relly liked it!

Full review:
Zaneta  @ I'm Fully Booked
Thank you to NetGalley for providing and eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Refraction is a book I wanted to love, after all it's sci-fi, and lately that is enough of a reason for me to pick up a book. The synopsis tells you very little. In a world where deadly monsters are created in reflections, a teen with OCD becomes a black market mirror dealer and risks his and others' lives to be able to find his brother. It sounds interesting and unique. It sounds like a recipe for a suc
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, book-tour
See this review and others at Whispers & Wonder

Refraction is Naomi Hughes’ recently published blend of YA Science Fiction and Horror, and is a gripping tale of conquering fear. It’s an account of monsters – both as external physical threats, as well as more personal perils of the mind. At its heart, this is a deeply sentimental story about a crass boy’s unwavering journey to find his brother in a shattered and haunted world, but in the end discovers the goodness that lives in his heart. Along the way/>
Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Netgalley, Page Street Kids, and Fantastic Flying Book Club for this free copy.

Do you know how much I wish I had freaking exciting books like this when I was growing up? Seriously though. I was not expecting to have a near heart attack kind of hyped up experience from reading something like this, and I was completely wrong!

First, I wanted to say that I really appreciate Hughes being so thor
Maxine Robinson
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
The premise for this book is top notch. I love in books when the world goes to shit, it really brings out the best and worst in people. Some just try and get by, some help those around them and some are out for themselves. Marty falls into the last category. He is a selfish arse, who just wants to get to his brother, unfortunately he is on the other side of the world.
Elliot is the mayor’s son who is willing to cross the line to catch the bad guys. Unfortunately for him that makes him a bad
Jacqueline Sanders
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Refraction is an (older teenage)/YA sci-fi novel that’s entirely original and will pull you in from page one. I’ll be honest, when I first read the synopsis of this and also heard that the main character suffers from OCD and anxiety I had to grab it. Having a slew of my own mental health issues including anxiety with OCD tendencies I wanted to know someone with my condition(s) could live and survive in a dystopian type world. Naomi Hughes shows Marty’s illness in a way that feels real and maybe ...more
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: need-review
Having these books fall into my hands was a godsend given that we are looking to add more horror and real feeling horror at that. It is so hard to find books that are written well in character development, plot, and creepy factor but I think we’ve found a great one. The character design in this book really good, it’s not perfect, but it IS really good. I enjoyed reading all the descriptions, development, and love put into the characters from the very beginning. Many of the characters and familie ...more
Moon Shine Art Spot ~ Lisa
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mid teens, alien lovers, young adult, sci- fi
Recommended to Moon Shine Art Spot ~ Lisa by: NetGalley- Advance Reader’s Copy
I fell asleep reading REFRACTION - Naomi Hughes- and promptly jumped right back in to finish it the next day! Awesome, original, fast paced sci-fi read provided for review purposes. I can’t wait for my teen to read it next.

With the earth covered in fog after an alien ship looking like glass is shot, all mirrors and reflective surfaces are banned / outlawed on the island where the mayor rules without mercy for sellers and buyers. Reflective surfaces are portals which bring in horrors and death t
Nannette Demmler
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
ARC provided by Page Street Publishing via NetGalley for an honest review.

This really was a hard book to put down. Whenever I did, I found myself itching to pick it back up, to find out what was going to happen next. Not only was the plot riveting though, but the characters were very engaging and likable, even with all of their faults. I found myself rooting for their survival. But the best part about this story was that there was no romance! None, nothing, not even a hint. So, YA ca
Belle Ellrich
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it

My first words after finishing this book were “wow” and “what the hell.” I kid you not, I was stunned into practical silence.

I held low expectations going into this book due to my being resurfacing from the horrors of a book slump. The good news of having low expectations? This book’ll blow your mind.

First of all, there isn’t a single ounce of romance in this book.<
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
REFRACTION is a highly readable/devourable book that is certainly a page-turner. In the post-apocalyptic future, a small island appears to be the only place to have survived an alien landing. A strange ship showed up in the sky and mirrors are the tools through which aliens have sent Beings to destroy humankind. The island has survived by outlawing mirrors.

Marty has hopes that his brother is still out there somewhere, and he is determined to get to him. He illegally deals in mirrors
Moon Shine Art Spot ~ Lisa
I fell asleep reading REFRACTION - Naomi Hughes- and promptly jumped right back in to finish it the next day! Awesome, original, fast paced sci-fi read provided for review purposes. I can’t wait for my teen to read it next.

With the earth covered in fog after an alien ship looking like glass is shot, all mirrors and reflective surfaces are banned / outlawed on the island where the mayor rules without mercy for sellers and buyers. Reflective surfaces are portals which bring in horrors and death t
Lelia Taylor
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: full-reviews
There is much to like about this book but two things in particular really made me love it—(1) the main characters are boys and (2) there’s no romance. No, girls do not have to be the stars of everything 😉

Marty is a flawed character in any number of ways, not least of which is his propensity to do what’s best for himself even if it’s not legal or good for anyone else; in fact, he has been known to actually put others in harm’s way. Despite that, he works hard to control his OCD and hi
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Series Info: Stand Alone, from Amazon Vine to review.

Characters (3/5): I didn’t find the characters to be all that compelling or engaging. However, they are more there as a way to drive the story forward than anything else. Marty is absolutely determined to find his brother after the world goes into a post-apocalyptic like state and I did admire his flatout stubbornness.

Story (5/5): The story was unpredictable and a bit mind bending. At first it seems like a straightforward alien in
Athena (OneReadingNurse)
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Page Street Kids and the FFBC for the finished copy and for including me in the instagram tour for Refraction!

I actually read it in two sittings, the synopsis is not exaggerating at all when it says faat pacing! I was hooked from the start to the end, for a few different reasons.

First off I liked the characters. After an alien invasion, any reflective surface can now spawn vicious shadow creatures, so mirrors become illegal. Marty deals in illegal mirrors which are stil
Paige Green
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Author: Naomi Hughes

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 5/5

Publication Date: November 5, 2019

Publisher: Page Street Kids

Recommended Age: 14+ (OCD, suicide mention)

Synopsis: 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, a
Terina Atkins
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Refraction by Naomi Hughes- This face-paced sci-fi novel is definitely one my students will love. The earth is suddenly covered in fog after an alien ship which looked like glass was shot down forming a ring of mirrors around the earth. The aliens retaliate by turning all mirrors and reflective surfaces on earth to portals through which they attack. Mirrors, glasses, and other reflective surfaces have been outlawed. Marty makes a living on the black market by selling these very items, after all, ...more
John Clark
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Given how many science fiction/dystopian books in the YA genre that have been published in the last five years, it's refreshing to discover one with such a unique set of plot twists. From the point where it begins with Marty's unexpected meeting with Elliott in a frenzied crowd, through their escape and resulting realizations regarding what really has been happening since the alien ship arrived, the tension is high and the unexpected plentiful. I also appreciate how well the author wove Marty's ...more
Zoe L.
Nov 13, 2019 added it
So, I don’t typically read sci-fi books but this book was an exception, which I think can tell you how good it was? I mean, if my opinion is even worth anything. The plot was amazing and, while I typically like my Aliens Luxen style, I was thoroughly intrigued by everything in this story! There was some anxiety and OCD representation from the squishable (this is a term of endearment for me) Marty and I felt that. I particularly loved the peek into his mind (because, dude, can he see into my mind ...more
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: young adult, suspense, thriller
Recommended to Kat by: Edelweiss
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Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review Refraction.
After reading Refraction, I was pleasantly surprised at how the author dealt with OCD and anxiety within the novel. I know from personal experience how challenging it can be to live with everyday. I think that this novel is very original and unique. I love the idea of the mirrors and how the twists throw you off here and there in the book. A definite must read for 2019.
Lisa Rowland
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are a lot of things I loved about this book. There's no real romance plot, it's incredibly unique, and the main character is struggling with his OCD. Let me just say that I don't have OCD, so it's not personal knowledge, but the way Marty's OCD (post therapy) is portrayed feels authentic. It's a sci-fi romp that's just a little bit creepy, and in no way did I see those twists coming.

Bless you Naomi Hughes.
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Hi! I'm Naomi Hughes, writer of quirky young adult sci-fi and fantasy. 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.
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