Dissonance (Dissonance #1), by Erica O'Rourke
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Romance, Dystopian, Science-fiction
Rating: 5/5 THOUSAND STARS
Book #: 1
Publication: July 22, 2014, by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Goodreads Summary: Delancey Sullivan has always known there’s more to reality than what people see. Every time someone makes a choice, a new, parallel world branches off from the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, turning left instead of right, sneaking out instead of staying in bed ~ all of these choices create an alternate universe in which an echo self takes the road not travelled and makes the opposite decision. As a Walker, someone who can navigate between these worlds, Del’s job is to keep all of the dimensions in harmony.
Normally, Del can hear the dissonant frequency that each world emits as clear as a bell. But when a training session in an off-key world goes horribly wrong, she is forbidden from Walking by the Council. But Del’s not big on following the rules and she secretly starts to investigate these other worlds. Something strange is connecting them and it’s not just her random encounters with echo versions of the guy she likes, Simon Lane.
But Del’s decisions have unimaginable consequences and, as she begins to fall for the Echo Simons in each world, she draws closer to a truth that the Council of Walkers is trying to hide ~ a secret that threatens the fate of the entire multiverse.
*Thank you to Simon and Schuster for providing me with a review copy of this book, in exchange for a honest review.*
This is now, officially, my favourite book of 2014. I am left beyond words and it was so astonishing and absolutely recommended.
What can I say? Erica O'Rourke has left me speechless and absolutely wanting more. But since this was an ARC, I have to wait even longer for the sequel, which will will be released in who knows when. But, I'm not here to complain, I'm here to awe and fangirl and bawl and freak out over this absolute masterpiece out of a book.
This is about kick-ass rebel Delancey Sullivan, who is a Walker, which is a person who can walk in between parallel universes, well sort of. There are billions and trillions of worlds, worlds that were made when a choice in the key world (the world that Delancey and her family live in, the regular world) was formed. The other worlds are opposites of what could've happened, because you know, we all wonder what could've happened or what would've happened if we made a specific choice. When Del accidentally cleaves in another world (thanks to her bitchy sister) she is kicked out from Walking by the Council, the head and "government" of all Walkers. But of course, Del doesn't follow the rules and still continues to travel in between the worlds, and she keeps encountering with the boy that she has always loved, Simon Lane. She encounters with his shadows, his Echoes, the copies of him in the other worlds, and ends up falling in love with each and every one of them. And then she falls in love with the real Simon from the key world, and she discovers some secrets about Walkers that she's never known about. Romance, action, thrill, this book has everything you're looking for in a YA novel.
From the start, I was absolutely addicted to this novel. Absolutely addicted. By 20 pages, I already had it at a 5/5 rating, and I was so excited and was loving it. Everything about it was unique, fun and special. Some people have stated that they think this book was too long- NO. I would've loved it if the book turned out to be 1000 pages, I'd seriously read anything and everything from this brilliant author and series. For being almost 500 pages, so much happened, and so quickly. The book was so fast paced and it was an absolute roller coaster ride. Things happened, and I kept getting surprised. Erica O'Rourke kept surprising me all the time, and I never knew what to expect. Plot twists? Absolutely.
I love this concept. It's a mix of science-fiction and dystopia, if you ask me. The world is falling apart, and secrets are unraveling about the universe. There are people who know things, people who are absolutely clueless, and people who will know things. There is no equality, and this is what makes it even more addicting because you want the society to be equal and fair. This isn't time-traveling, and this isn't a total parallel universe thing. It's different, and I don't know how the author created such a magnificent brilliant idea that I know, will captivate millions of readers when the book releases in July.
There were some moments when I got a little bored with this, but the middle-end just made up for it. But I don't care about the moments that bored me, this book was almost perfection, and that never happens.
The writing was brilliant, did I mention that clearly? Everything was written perfectly for the novel and there weren't like any mistakes, coming from an ARC. I'm absolutely pleased with that aspect.
The characters certainly deserve a HUMONGOUS round of applause. *claps for thirty hours* They were just amazing. I loved Delancey, and her voice. Even though she was moody and a total troublemaker, I loved her, and her attitude certainly fit for this type of role in this situation. We need someone brave and different, not a whiny brat who doesn't know what to do with her life. Delancey was just perfection, and she was the best female protagonist, like ever, and that's amazing coming from this stern judge over here. *nods*
And then we have Simon...
So bad. I'm begging you here, baby.
I love it how Delancey was the one who had to care for him and take risks for him, and Simon was the little baby who needed to be taken care of. That's just so beautiful. *tears up* But seriously, he's so fucking hot. No other words. I'm taken, everyone! But, now I have to go and find this beautiful masterpiece in the Echoes. :( I hope that Del will find my babe.
The relationship Del has with her grandfather is beautiful and unique. I have never, ever seen such a nice relationship like this. It's so cute and UGH! gets me lost for words. :)
Overall, this book was amazing, amazing, amazing. The ending left me speechless and wanting more, right now. I need the sequel right now, no words. Cliffhanger endings like this just kill me so bad. :( This was just so good and will blow your mind and cause you to think. A definite favourite, and watch me re-read this soon. x)
-AMAZING. I just loved it and need the sequel.
-I was addicted from the beginning and was barely bored.
-The idea was fresh and new and I adored the characters.
-Delancey was kick-ass and awesome.
-Overall, it's my favourite of 2014, AMAZING.