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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
320 pages
Expected publication: 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 these are general (like de
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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 3.5*

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 yo
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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
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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
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Michelle
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.
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
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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
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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
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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
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.
Natalie
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full disclosure - this is not the type of book I would normally read. That being said - I couldn't put this book down! This is why it's good to "branch out" occasionally - and why the giveaways are so great. I would have never picked this book up on my own but I ended up reading the entire book in one day. Every page kept me guessing and I've already given my copy to one of my employees that I know loves this genre of books. Highly recommend!
Kat
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.
dejah_thoris
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Found an ARC in a local Little Free Library. I enjoyed this story much more than I anticipated. Hughes does a great job portraying what it's like to have invasive thoughts and compulsions while trying to survive in the (somewhat) real world. There's also lots of plot twists and philosophical bits. Definitely worth reading.
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary
This was an effing amazing read.

Full review to come later.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for review consideration.
Micaela Muldoon
Jun 09, 2019 marked it as to-read
- OCD protagonist
- mirrors messing with reality
- the sci-fi I need
Lisa
Aug 16, 2019 added it
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Cressa
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the plot twist 3/4 of the way through. I don't know anyone with OCD but I did feel that the portrayal of the main character was very realistic. I liked how Marty evolved throughout the book.
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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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