Apr 9, 2014
Author: Erica O’Rourke
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: July 22, 2014
Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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.
Dissonance was an interesting book, and while there were times when it seemed like it moved slowly by the end I was fully invested.
I really enjoyed Del and her awesome character. I know it’s cliche to have them be the wild and rebellious teen, but it definitely worked for Del. I also liked that she was impervious to her own bad decisions. She still felt guilty over causing others worry, but she also was going to do what she felt was right. I did think it was a little questionable about her relationship with Doughnut World Simon, that was just a little weird for me.
I also really enjoyed the science aspect, it was a little advanced for me so I don’t think I understood much. However, it was nice that it was detailed and well-thought out. There may have been gaps but if there were then they were to small for me to notice. There was nothing glaringly wrong with it that I caught.
I did feel bad for Del when the whole thing went down. I can understand why she would feel so betrayed. I don’t think the intention was there, it was just pure selfishness on the part of the other person, but still I think I would’ve done the same that she did.
There were some parts that seemed a little slow. Especially during scientific explanations that I didn’t really understand, and those could’ve used maybe a little less explanation as it kind of detracted from the story. I did find myself once or twice skipping ahead just to keep myself entertained during the slow parts, but it was still a really enjoyable read.
Overall I really enjoyed this book, and I would give 3.5 out of 5 stars. This book could’ve been a 4 star or higher if it weren’t for the slow sections, so I hope in the next installment that is toned down quite a bit. However, I am really looking forward to book 2!
3.5/5 – A Great Read, Well-Written
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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