Author: Tracy Clark
Publication Date: July 5th, 2016
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Ryan Poitier Sharpe is a gutsy, outgoing girl who spends her summer days hurling herself out of planes at her parents’ skydiving center in the Mojave Desert. Fiercely independent and willing to take risks, she challenges those around her to live life fully. But after a brush with death, Ryan is severely altered—she’s not the same thrill-seeking girl she once was and seems to be teetering on the edge of psychosis. As her relationships crumble and her life unravels, Ryan must fight the girl she’s become—or lose herself forever—in this eerie and atmospheric thriller.
I love how there are so many great thrillers coming out lately – not just thrillers, either, but books that mess with your mind and make you really stop and think about what you’re reading and if the things that are happening in the books are actually happening, or if the character is as delusional as everyone around her is making her out to be.
Mirage is a thriller like that. It’s executed really well, too – a lot of thrillers have these plot twists and things that while you don’t want to know what’s going on until the very end so you can be blown away completely, you end up figuring things out midway through reading and it kinds of ruins the surprise…but Mirage really does keep you guessing from the very first pages to the explosive conclusion!
Ryan is a seventeen year old girl who enjoys spending her time skydiving out of planes at her parents’ skydiving center. She learned to do it early on and it has become one of her favorite past times, and she can be found helping out at the center or enjoying herself taking these death-defying leaps above the desert on a regular basis. She’s a pretty badass heroine, and I really enjoyed reading the book with her as the main character.
Well, something happens that shatters Ryan’s reality and makes her start to see things that may or may not be there, realize things that sound really crazy, and she feels like she’s falling apart. I really don’t want to spoil this, so I’m being hazy on the details on purpose – some books are just more fun to experience, and this is definitely one of them. We get to experience some really bizarre things while reading, and it keeps you on the edge of your seat while trying to separate fact from fiction.
I think what I liked most about this book isn’t the fact that there’s an outside threat – Ryan isn’t running from a murderer or a crazy person who escaped from a mental hospital or a prison and is chasing her everywhere – no, Ryan is running from herself, and because of this, it makes the book feel that much more suspenseful and real. If you enjoy a good thriller or are looking into reading a book that will blow you away with how well it was written and the plot that’s a lot different than others in the genre, you really might enjoy Mirage.
Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
Tracy Clark is a young-adult writer because she believes teens deserve to know how much they matter and that regardless of what they’re going through, they aren’t alone. In other words, she writes books for her teen self.
She grew up a “Valley Girl” in Southern California but now lives in her home state of Nevada, in a small town at the base of the Sierra Foothills. Her two children teach her the art of distraction and are a continuous source of great dialogue.
Tracy was the recipient of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Work in Progress Grant. A two-time participant in the prestigious Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program. Tracy is a private pilot, an irredeemable dreamer, and a spicy-chocolate connoisseur.
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