YA Sci-Fi (standalone novel)
Available now from Page Street Publishing (distributed by Macmillan)
Mental Health representation: OCD
Nominated to the Oklahoma Sequoyah Masterlist
YALSA 2021 Best Fiction For Young Adults Pick
“Reads like an Arthur C. Clarke–Stephen King collaboration set in Silent Hill—fans of dark sci-fi will enjoy.” –Kirkus Reviews
“…a fast- paced, mind-bending sf mystery with poignant #OwnVoices OCD representation.” –Booklist
“With an execution like one of the more thought-provoking episodes of Doctor Who, not to mention a satisfying ending, [Refraction] greatly exceeds its intriguing premise.” –BCCB (starred review)
“A first-contact dystopia with hints of Stephen King’s The Mist, Hughes’s #OwnVoices novel featuring a hero with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an engaging addition to the genre…Librarians will find this novel a go-to recommendation for fans of Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s Illuminae and an accessible sci-fi for reluctant readers.” –SLJ
Marty Callahan still remembers the earth before the fog, before all the mirrors turned deadly. . .
Everything changed one year ago when an alien ship was destroyed over earth. No one knows why the shattered ship covered the world in fog, or how it turned mirrors into portals for vicious monsters. All Marty knows is that his small coastal town is one of the few remaining safe havens. Though all reflective surfaces are now illegal to protect what’s left of the population, mirrors still have unique uses and the demand continues to rise.
Seizing the opportunity, Marty becomes a distributor in an illegal mirror trade until he’s caught by the mayor’s son, whose slate is far from clean. The punishment for their crimes is exile, and both of them are sent to one of the many abandoned and dangerous cities overrun by fog.
But the nightmarish streets hold a mystery far greater than anything they could have imagined. Together, the two discover the horrifying truth behind what really happened when the spaceship was destroyed, and what they must do to save earth from the total destruction no one knows is coming.
Content advisories are in my author review on Goodreads.