Review: Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke


This really could be a one word review.  Wow, just wow.  I love my science fiction and my YA.  But as of late they have all seemed to run on the same tangent for me, not that I haven’t enjoyed my reads, but still I needed something new.  And Erica O’Rourke brought just that.  She spun a classic YA tale but in a whole new world filled with Walkers, frequencies, echoes and anything else she could imagine.  I was lucky enough to receive this book from Simon and Schuster and I love it so much I feel like sending them a thank you card.

So why do I love it?  Great story, great plot, great start to a series, believable characters, just enough romance to keep me happy, but also enough action to keep the story moving, and then of course, the unpredictable plot twists.  There are some more mature things in it: mentions of alcohol, some mentions of sex but nothing that comes close to it.  This book will definitely find a home in my 7th grade library, I cannot wait to see who reads it next  so that I can discuss it with them.

From Goodreads:

Delancy 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.


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