- File Size: 3126 KB
- Print Length: 230 pages
- Publisher: Midnight Rose Publishing (January 17, 2016)
- Publication Date: January 17, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01AR6YCNC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,259,297 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Mirror Image Kindle Edition
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That’s the question Maddie Rhodes asks herself. An average woman leading an average life, her world is shattered when she meets herself: Agent Mack Rhodes of the Intergalactic Security Commission, from whom Maddie has been cloned. This shocking turn is only the beginning, as Maddie finds herself at the center of a conspiracy, taking her on an adventure of sci-fi intrigue and romance.
Expanding from the similarities and differences of her two main characters, K.G. Stutts has created a universe of duality; the mundane existence of Earth, and the boundless possibilities of aliens and space travel shielded behind it. The family/work scenes appropriately emphasize the ordinary, while the ISC/space scenes are presented with the appreciation of a die-hard science fiction fan. The nods to STAR TREK, STAR WARS, and other notable franchises will bring many smiles.
The heart of the story, however, isn’t about spaceships, weapons and secret technologies, but about the humanity of the characters around them. Both Maddie and Mack are initially portrayed as loners in their respective worlds, and feel very isolated. But then a strong supporting cast is slowly built around the two women. Bound together by friendship and loyalty and strengthened by experience, each person represents an important facet of the team, eventually growing together into more of a family unit. Gradually, the team wears away at the walls both Maddie and Mack have put in place, putting them back in touch with their feelings and making them whole once again.
The approach to the concepts of cloning and its ramifications is also provocative. The clones are created for the purpose of keeping the agency’s secret and protecting the families and identities of the agents. They are viewed as lesser beings than their creators are, although the genetic bond between clone and original goes beyond duplication. They are linked; if one dies, so share the other, which makes them seem more like different sides of the same people than simple copies. Taking this into account, should creating living beings as a means to protect the agents’ families and friends, and to a larger extent the entire population of Earth, be considered ethical? Should the rights of a clone matter? Maddie’s self-discovery and her development into more than just a genetic copy of Mack brings questions such as these to the forefront. She may always be a clone, but by the end she is also recognized as a fully realized individual. The interaction between Maddie and Mack is superbly handled, and it will be interesting to see how Maddie continues to mesh with her teammates.
MIRROR IMAGE is a book that takes the readers from idle to light speed, putting a new spin on classic themes and dynamics and exploring them through an assortment of varied and identifiable characters. An impressive start.
Overall, my rating for this book is 4.5 stars. My only qualm with this novel are the sometimes repetitive/redundant dialogue tags. There was a lot of "asked" or "told X" many times in a row throughout the story. Swapping out a few of those with synonyms or more variations of dialogue tags would've made this novel really shine. But other than that, Mirror Image was all in all a great debut. I'm looking forward to seeing more of Ms. Stutts' work.
Maddie is taken from her overly-normal existence, and brought into a reality where she learns she is a clone. Her counterpart, Mack, works for an organization that protects other planets that protect each other and create technology. When an enemy hidden within the ISC begins to target both Maddie and Mack, they must team up to save their own lives and the world around them.
Stutts creates characters you can really connect with, and weaves them within an amazing story. While you imagine the plot to be going in one direction, she surprises you by taking it somewhere you never would have imagined. The story is fast-paced with an addictive edge. I found it very hard to put down, and soared through it in one sitting.
Mirror Image is a great beginning to this series, and I look forward to seeing where Stutts goes with the next installment.
It all begins with the happy clone Maddie at a birthday party. Her family doesn’t know she’s a clone or that their real daughter, Mack, is a scientist, warrior, and spacewoman, protecting earth from danger. They don’t even know that the Earth is constantly at danger.
But then Mack doesn’t know the truth about some critical items either. Hasn’t for years.
This book is chock full of surprises. Never a slow moment from start to finish and layers of surprises even if you THINK you’ve figured out what is happening. KG has gone beyond the obvious and creates a story entirely believable but unexpected all the same. Can’t wait to read the next book.
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