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Sunday 23 May 2021

Review: Mirror's Edge

Prepare yourself for a fast-paced, action-packed story. 

Mirror's Edge, the third book in Scott Westerfeld's Impostors series, opens as a team of young rebels begins a bold and risky stealth mission to Shreve.

It's a city where your every move is watched by surveillance dust. A place where lives are controlled by a dictator. 

Frey and her comrades are out to rescue Boss X who is being held by the dictator, Frey's father.

To succeed in outwitting the city's surveillance, and her father in particular, Frey has had camo-surge, a special medical procedure to change her appearance so she is not recognisable.

This is the latest of many challenges for Frey, who is struggling with her identity and place in the world.

Frey's world has been rocked by revelations that change her understanding of herself and the people around her.

Like the books that came before it, Mirror's Edge continues to explore themes that are incredibly relevant. First and foremost it will make you think about identity and image. It will make you think about privacy, artificial intelligence, history, and the environment. 

It will also make you think about what is real and what is not, how our lives will be remembered and recorded, and how the actions we take today – the way we live – will impact the future.

Scott Westerfeld is a master at world-building, and it feels as if what he's created could be remarkably prescient if we're not careful.

Mirror's Edge is surprising, shocking, sad, and thought-provoking. It's difficult to imagine where the story will go next, but I will again be waiting eagerly to read it.

You can also read our reviews of book one, Impostors, and book two, Shatter City.

Title: Mirror's Edge (Impostors book 3)
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, $ 24.99
Publication Date: April 2021
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781760528263
For ages: 13+
Type: Young Adult Fiction