Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke

Book Reviews


Dissonance (Dissonance #1)
Erica O’Rourke
Published: 13th March, 2014
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: Science Fiction
Age: Young Adult
From: Won via giveaway on PulseIt


Some decisions have unimaginable consequences.

Every time someone makes a choice, a new parallel world is spun off the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, sneaking out instead of staying in bed—every decision creates an alternate universe in which an Echo self takes the road not travelled. As a Walker who can navigate between these realities, Del is training to help keep the dimensions in harmony.

When Del secretly starts to investigate other dissonant worlds, she get tangled up with an Echo of her longtime crush. She knows she shouldn’t keep seeing him. But as Del persists, she uncovers a truth that the Council of Walkers is trying to hide—a secret that threatens the entire multiverse.

What I liked: This book has a sort of musical focus to it in a way, mainly because Walkers can hear all the different frequencies so that they can do their job of Walking between the Worlds and making sure everything is in order. It has some pretty heavy world building to the story to try and build a structure to the world Del grew up in, and while there were parts where we learned quite a bit at once I wouldn’t call them info-dumps in my opinion because I retained the information fairly well to continue with the book. I found that I really liked Monty, he was that really cool, laid back grandfather and I personally connected with his character because of that because I known grandfathers who are like that in a sense.

What I didn’t like: I didn’t really like Addie in the way that she treated Del. Del made one mistake and Addie tattled on her without seeming to own up to her part in what happened. Del was right, if Addie didn’t snatch her the strings would have never broke. Really, she should have said to stop and not do what she did. I get that it was to in some way help the plot but it really just showed Addie as a snob in the beginning who cares more about rules than family and quite honestly I was really unhappy about that.

Overall Review: I was mildly entertained by this book but found its concept and the way it played out to be really fun and made it worth the read. At nearly five hundred pages the way the plot goes it felt like way less than that, which a plus for the book because its fast pace was able to help the story and not hinder it. While I wasn’t okay with all the characters in the story or everything that happened in the story overall I found this to be enjoyable and I’ll pick up the next book in the series, Harmonic (Dissonance #1.5) and then maybe Resonance (Dissonance #2). Also, I protest the changing of the covers in the series because I like my edition best. They should have kept it instead of going to stars.

Recommend?: Maybe? Like I said it was mildly entertaining so I guess depending on your taste you’ll like it. If you read it though, I hope you enjoy it!

Goodreads: 3.8/5 Amazon: 4.1/5 Barnes&Noble: 4/5 BookDepository: -/5

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My Rating: 3.9/5

Rated Materials:
Cover: 4.5
Idea: 4.2
Story: 3.5
Characters: 3.7

Don’t miss the other books in the series


Harmonic (Dissonance #1.5)
Erica O’Rourke
Published: 3rd March, 2015
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: Science Fiction
Age: Young Adult
From: Amazon


Del’s older sister can also walk between worlds, but her loyalties are uniquely tested in this original enovella set in the inventive world of Dissonance.

Addison Sullivan, Del’s older sister, has always been considered a model Walker—but her reputation within the Consort has been tainted by her grandfather’s betrayal and her sister’s recklessness. She is desperate to regain her position within the Consort and equally desperate to keep Del from spiraling out of control after losing the boy she loves.

The Consort offers Addie a chance to redeem herself: if she can track down the Free Walkers her grandfather knew twenty years ago, they’ll fast-track her apprenticeship and put her in charge of her own team. Addie asks a former classmate and crush, Laurel, a Consort historian, for help. As they work together, Addie’s feelings for Laurel resurface, but she’s too afraid to act. Same-sex relationships aren’t expressly forbidden by the Consort, but she fears that a relationship with Laurel would be viewed as yet another mark against her.

While she is fighting her feelings for Laurel, troubling details start emerging during their investigation…details that paint Addie’s family in a sinister light. Will she reveal what she’s learned to the Consort, or try to protect her family?

This enovella is set in the time between Dissonance and Resonance.

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Books and Ashes review forthcoming


Resonance (Dissonance #2)
Erica O’Rourke
Published: 21st July, 2015
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: Science Fiction
Age: Young Adult
From: Edelweiss


As a Walker between worlds, Del is responsible for the love of her life—and the fate of millions—in this thrilling sequel to Dissonance.

Del risked everything to save Simon, and now he’s gone, off in another world with no way for Del to find him.

She’s back at the Consort—training to be a Walker like everyone in her family. But the Free Walkers have other plans for her. This rebel group is trying to convince Del that the Consort is evil, and that her parents are unwittingly helping the Consort kill millions of people. The Free Walkers make Del the ultimate promise: if Del joins their fight, she will be reunited with Simon.

In agreeing, Del might be endangering her family. But if she doesn’t, innocent people will die, and Simon will be lost to her forever. The fate of the multiverse depends on her choice…

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erica o'rourke

About the Author

I write books about girls who make their own fate and fall for boys they shouldn’t.

I live outside Chicago. I like to travel but I’ll never really leave this city.

I prefer cookies to cake (even cupcakes), television to movies, and autumn to all the other seasons.

I like sushi, naps, coffee, and driving stick shift.

I hate fish, emoticons, bridges, and talking about myself.

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