Resonance by Erica O’Rourke

Resonance by Erica O'Rourke
Resonance by Erica O’Rourke
Book Two of the Dissonance series
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Teen, Romance
Length: Full Length (448 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rating: 4.5 stars
Review by Lupine

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…

I thought this book was much better than the first, which is saying a lot because I really liked the first book quite a lot!

Even better, there were some issues from book one that I disliked with the main character that the author has drastically improved upon with some excellent character development in the plot. There’s a lot of twists and turns in this sequel and it kept the pages constantly turning for me.

Del has gotten over what I consider the “annoying teenager in love” stage and she’s actually approaching the situation with Simon in a relatively mature way without losing her youth, so to speak. She still acts like the headstrong teenage girl that she is, but she’s grown up quite a bit and isn’t as rash or lovestruck or whiny as she was before.

The plot is just amazing and I have to applaud the author on the complexity of what she’s written because it’s just beautiful and she’s done it in a way where you can appreciate the plot and have a connection with the characters as well. I’ve seen too many books focus too much on the world building side of the spectrum and leaves the emotional bonding with the character in the dirt, but she hasn’t done that and I think that’s why I like it so much. It’s a great read and so worth it.

The romance is even better and that’s coming from a teenaged girl (me!) who can’t stand most relationships in books because one or both of them is stupid in some way. Granted, Del and Simon are both teenagers and they’ll have their moments but no one is perfect and I like where their relationship has gone over the span of the two books.

I’d totally recommend it to anyone because it should appeal to just about any reader of any age.

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