Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full length (512 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 4.5 stars
Review by: Lupine
In this inventive romantic thriller, Del has the power to navigate between alternate realities—and the power to save multiple worlds.
Every time someone makes a choice, a new, parallel world is spun off 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 alternate universes in which echo selves take the roads not traveled. Del knows this because she’s a Walker, someone who can navigate between the worlds, and whose job is to keep the dimensions in harmony.
But Del’s decisions have consequences too. Even though she’s forbidden from Walking after a training session goes horribly wrong, she secretly starts to investigate other dissonant worlds. She’s particularly intrigued by the echo versions of Simon Lane, a guy who won’t give her the time of day in the main world, but whose alternate selves are uniquely interested. But falling for Simon draws Del 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 a book that had me interested from the cover to the blurb, and I can’t say I was disappointed when I began to read it. The concept that the author has thought up is very interesting and blew my mind a little bit, and has me rethinking choices daily.
The protagonist is well rounded and I really liked her point of view throughout the book, and though she can be quite stubborn at times I found it endearing. Her ability to walk through echo worlds, worlds spawned off our choices in life is really neat, and kinda puts reality into perspective when you think about occurrences every day that may impact your life in a big way later on. Del’s contact with Simon in these echo worlds and in the key world is what interested me the most. Not particularly on the romance level, but in the scientific level that was later explained to me in the book. I thought it was a neat balance between a teenager’s life and school, what she has to deal with in her normal life, and a world completely different from what we know and the science behind how it works.
It was a well written, excellent plot, though I do wish Del hadn’t been so thick and unobservant with love and family bonds. She’s a little selfish, which is understandable for someone who’s headstrong, but she’s a bit destructive to her family and friends by not realizing what exactly they are willing to sacrifice for her. Speaking of family bonds, I thought it was interesting how her grandfather tied into the plot as well, adding more loose ends that kept the pages turning for me. Even the small addition of the breadcrumbs Del leaves behind in the echo worlds added a deeper level to the book that enriched it and made it easy to associate with the people described here.
The ending was stupendous and a little heartbreaking , but I can’t wait to read the sequel.