Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway "Broken Symmetry" by Dan Rix

Sapete che ad una bella copertina non posso dire di no ed è stato così che ho deciso di prendere parte a questo blog tour, dopo aver visto che parla anche di universi paralleli (altro cosa che adoro).

E non mi sono di certo pentita di aver letto “Broken Symmetry” di Dan Rix, un romanzo YA sci-fi che mi ha ricordato moltissimo le atmosfere di “Inception” e un pizzico di “Fringe”. Se li avete amati, non potete perdervi questo libro!

Ho ricevuto una copia di questo libro dall’editore in cambio di un’onesta opinione. Ringrazio anche Dianne di “Oopsireadabookagain” per avermi inclusa in questo blog tour.

You know that I can not say no to a beautiful cover and so I decided to take part in this blog tour, even after seeing that talks about parallel universes (another thing I love).

And I certainly do not regret having read “Broken Symmetry” by Dan Rix, a YA sci-fi novel that reminded me very much of the atmosphere of “Inception” and a pinch of “Fringe”. If you loved them, you can not miss this book!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest opinion. I also thank Dianne of “Oopsireadabookagain” for including me in this blog tour.

Title: Broken Symmetry
Author: Dan Rix
Publisher: Burning Ember Press
Date of Publication: July 28, 2013
Genre: YA sci-fi
Eleven months after the father of sixteen-year-old Blaire Adams vanished without a trace, he’s found wandering outside The Scripps Research Institute vomiting blood and speaking gibberish, his sole possession a worn leather diary filled with an unrecognizable language. He has a message for her.As he dies in her arms, he claims he never vanished. She vanished.

In a nearby military quarantine zone, scientists are being called in from around the world to sequence a previously unknown strain of DNA. Scientists…and soldiers.

When her father’s autopsy reveals a rare chromosomal disorder—a disorder, it turns out, she inherited—Blaire begins to suspect her father’s last words weren’t induced by amnesia. Like her dad, she has an additional set of instructions in her genes—instructions for what, doctors can’t say. Only one thing is certain: it’s what killed him…and it will kill her too.

But now she’s haunted by prophetic nightmares of the Yellowjacket—a young murderer, eyes the black of charcoal, who lures his victims to suicide without ever paying them a visit. The only clue she has to his handiwork is a lingering feeling of déjà vu. That, and the nagging suspicion that all she knows is a mirage. She is certain of two things—though it may mean confiding in the wrong side of good and evil, he has the answers she needs.

And he is recruiting her.

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If she had been a sixteen year old like the others, Blaire Adams would have received that night the proposal to go to the prom by John Hutchinson, but, instead, receives a call from Detective Joe Paretti, assigned to work on her father’s disappearance. Blaire’s father disappeared eleven months ago, without a trace, and only now was found, wandering, close to the Scripps Institute. He speaks in a strange language, vomits blood and carries with it a diary. When he dies in her arms, he tell his daughter to never be gone, but that she was the one who disappear, when she was only four years old.

So, alone in the world, Blaire begins the journey to uncover the truth, which will bring it to collide with a world that could never exist: a chromosomal disorder that afflicts her and her father, the possibility of dying young and then Yellowjacket a mysterious figure who seems to have murdered his neighbor and that only she seems to have seen.

Blaire is a strong character, it can be seen from the first pages, who has emancipated from the state and now lives on her own. It is now an adult, to all intents and purposes, if it were not for her behavior that betray her true age. For me it was difficult to understand her in the first chapters, but, reading, you can see how actually she is making a path and at the end has changed completely from the person she was before. But I think the most successful character was that of Damian, Yellowjacket, much more complex and with so many levels of interpretation that in the end you’re surprised he does not come from the book and living his own life. Their relationship is the typical “Odi et Amo,” they tease, flirt, and then they hate each other and do not talk, to finally return to be in “love”. It is precisely for this relationship that develops between the two that they will have the strength to go ahead and find out the whole truth. Among the other characters also stands to Charles Donovan, the boss of Blaire, destined to occupy a dual role in her life.

I admit, I’m not a scholar in the field of science, but only a fan of sci-fi genre, so all scientific explanations seemed to me plausible and precise. They gave strength to the theories and verisimilitude to the story, and I especially do not have bored ever, leaving me to wonder why something happened and not another. One of the more interesting theories I think it’s just that on the mirrors.
Crossing mirrors, Blaire, a modern Alice, will not find the Wonderland, but a parallel universe, completely opposite to ours. A universe that diverges at the very moment in which she breaks the symmetry. But inside the mirrors you can lose and so will not be alone on his journey to the truth.

One of the more interesting theories I think is the one that concerns the chromosomic “particularities” of Blaire, thanks to these she is able to do a “crossover”, breaking the symmetry and crossing the mirrors. But what is on the other side of the mirror?

Blaire, a modern Alice, will not find the Wonderland, but a parallel universe, completely opposite to hers. A universe that diverges at the very moment in which she breaks the symmetry. However, inside the mirrors you can lose yourself and so will not be alone on her journey to the truth.

One of the few things I liked little (fortunately only in some places) is the writing, divided into what would seem scenes (maybe from a movie or a TV show), is also jerky. But the ideas, apart from take a little from Inception, are original and very interesting.
In conclusion, a good book for fans of the genre, with twists and a well defined male protagonist.


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Recensione in italiano

About the Author

Dan Rix lives in Santa Barbara, California with his fiancée, paranormal romance author Laura Thalassa. He started writing his first novel in college while procrastinating his architecture studio work.


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