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Review: Backward Glass by David Lomax

Backward GlassTitle: Backward Glass

Author: David Lomax

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Series: N/A

Publication Date: October 8, 2013

Format: Paperback, 315 Pages

ISBN-10: 0738737518 (Flux)

ISBN-13: 978-0738737515 (Flux)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


“Help me make it not happen, Kenny. Help me stop him.”

When Kenny Maxwell moves into his family’s new yet falling apart Victorian home in 1977, he makes a shocking discovery in the carriage house. Buried inside the wall is a baby’s mummified body wrapped in old newspaper, along with a handwritten plea for help.

Soon after his gruesome finding, a beautiful girl named Luka introduces Kenny to the backward glass, a mirror that allows him to travel in time. Through it, he meets other “mirror kids” from past and future decades. But the more Kenny learns about the mirror, the more he realizes that Prince Harming—a dangerous urban legend who kidnaps and kills children—is hunting him. Somehow he must use the backward glass to confront his destiny, save the baby, and stop Prince Harming before time runs out.

Quick & Dirty: One mirror, every ten years a kid is picked, but not older than 17, and time traveling begins.

Opening Sentence: “Here’s what you need to know: You’re my son and you’re something like negative twenty-two, because that’s how long it will be before you’re born.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Kenny is 14 when his parents buy this old house that is a total fixer upper, and while cleaning out the place and checking everything out he stumbles across a dead baby and a note with several names on it, including his. He also finds some other notes and carvings that lead him to believe he can travel through the mirror, but he isn’t interesting in testing that theory until the night he meets Luka. The girl from 1987, and she explains the rules he wrote. Every ten years the mirror picks a kid and they can go backward, when they return home they can pull the kid from the past forward and after midnight you can always get home. Once the mirror chooses you, you can always travel through the mirror no matter your age.

Soon Kenny, Luka, Jimmy and the others begin a journey to save the dead baby, and try to stop Prince Harming. Along the way Kenny ends up trapped in the past with Peggy and Lilly, and they begin figuring out the connections between them and who the baby is. Kenny also begins to workout making doorstops that allow them to travel 30 years back instead of just ten, and that keys allow for longer jumps forwards and backwards.

He also finds out that sometimes no matter how hard you try to help, you just can’t undo things and sometimes it’s your messing around that causes problems. Will Kenny be able to save the baby and figure out who Prince Harming is so he can stop him from hurting his new friends?

This book was a total gem, and I was more than a little sad when I found that it’s not part of any series or trilogy. I was sucked in and reading from the moment Kenny started figuring everything out. I had to know what was going to happen. I will say in some places if you aren’t paying attention you can get confused because as with anything concerning time travel, it can get crazy if you aren’t really reading. That being said, I loved the world building and I loved the discovery process, and the connections. It was so amazing to see how this mirror picked kids randomly, but along the way you find it isn’t that random.

The mystery itself wasn’t that hard to figure out once the story gets going, but the suspense of confirming it really keeps you invested, and wrapping your head around who Prince Harming is totally feels like a reward at the end. I enjoyed every minute of this book and can only wish there was more.  Seriously, I do wish for more, not because the end wasn’t satisfying, but because it was just that good.

Notable Scenes:

“If I went out there, and nothing happened, my ticket into the story I had been living in my head would turn out to be a forgery I had made myself.”

“The last thing I heard in 1987 before I shoved my face into iced molasses sounded like a slap.”

“In every decade we could, there seemed to be nothing more than rumors and legends.”

“You’ll go down the backward glass.”

“It didn’t even register at first that he had shot me.”

“I guessed he made a pretty decent wise old man, though I had been hoping for a little more wisdom about the way the force worked and how to handle a light saber.”


FTC Advisory: Flux provided me with a copy of Backward Glass. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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