[BT: Review] Refraction


by Naomi Hughes
Released on November 5th, 2019
Published by Page Street Publishing
YA FICTION—Sci-Fi, HorrorBelle's2

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 abandoned cities overrun by fog. But they soon realize their thoughts influence their surroundings and their deepest fears begin to manifest.

With fast pacing and riveting characters, this is a book that you’ll finish in one sitting.



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.


Do you know how rare that is in YA fiction nowadays? Almost nonexistent! So, when the trope of “two guys (fill in the blank here)” was brought to my attention, I was like, hmmm. But nope! Not a single bit of romance; just good ‘ole friendship.

And I loved it. I think we need more of that in YA books! I think that that’s something we’re really missing in regards to the realistic appeal factors, and I think it’s definitely something that should be happening more often than the fairytale “love-at-first-sight” trope.

However, with all good books come some faults. There were a few parts toward the mid and end of this book that I just got a little iffy about.

For one, there’s a rather traumatic scene with the MC and an injury he receives. One second, he’s up and running; the next, he’s down and screaming. I kind of found this one scene, in particular, to be confusing and of not much sense. It didn’t seem right to me that he was fine for one moment and then down in the next, but then back up and running again just paragraphs later??

Moving on from that, there were also some parts toward the end that were more obvious than not fillers, and I found myself skipping through them due to their lack of importance to the story, characters, or plot.

All things considered, though, I did really love this book. Again, having low expectations gave this book a seriously high standing in my current views, and I will definitely be rereading it again in the future. For that, I rate it 4.25 stars. I’m excited to see what Hughes will release next!



author (1)Hey! I’m Naomi Hughes, writer of quirky young adult fiction (usually involving physics and/or unicorns). 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. My debut YA sci-fi standalone novel, Afterimage, is available now from Page Street Publishing. My next novel, Refraction (also a standalone YA sci-fi), comes out in Nov 2019. I also offer freelance critique services at naomiedits.com.

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