Book Tour: Broken Symmetry by Dan Rix
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
Caveat: I haven’t quite finished reading — I know, I’m a terrible person and I’m posting a review before I’m done, but I’m trying to at least pretend I’m still on schedule even though this month has been chaotic.
I really loved the concept of this book, and it was pretty well put together. The set up was engaging, and the symmetries were well-designed. Really, this was all-together an excellent read.
The main character kind of bothered me. There were some inconsistencies I’d rather have done without: she’s an AP student but commented that she’d “heard of chromosomes” in a class. Speaking as a former AP student who didn’t even take AP Bio, I’m fairly certain that most AP students know what chromosomes are. Since this book targets a younger audience, I can understand wanting to have an explanation, but I wouldn’t have done it via the main character in quite that way. Similarly, I didn’t like several of the scenes at the beginning, where she’s behaving rashly, but I can mostly write that off as momentary insanity in light of what else was going on.
All in well, well-written and a good read!
Thanks to Oops! I Read Again Tours and Dan Rix for the review copy.
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