Book Review: Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke

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Romance, intrigue and action combine in Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke, an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride through the multi-verse.

dissonanceDelancy 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 completely swept me away, right from the start — and carried me anxiously through ever page, right up to the gut-wrenching cliff-hanger of an ending. (Because seriously, WHAT. THE. HELL. I need book 2 in this series STAT!!!!) I just couldn’t put this book down, and didn’t WANT to put it down even when I’d reached the conclusion.

Del is a delight for a narrator. She has her flaws, but as a teen she still has some growing to do. But her personality, spunk, and determination make her a charming character, and a wonderful tour guide through the world of Dissonance. Toss in her charming BFF Eliot, the multi-faceted Simon (and all his multi-verse counterparts), trouble-making grandpa, and a well-intentioned but oft-maligned older sister, and you have a winning cast.

There’s more than just world-hopping and romance, too. Del and her friends find themselves at the center of a mystery about what is really happening to the multi-verse, and the truth about the many worlds they visit could shatter their entire existence.

O’Rourke has established a fantastic universe and a charming cast of characters. Dissonance was a delight to read, and I am anxiously awaiting the next installment of this exhilarating new series.

Dissonance is in stores July 22nd.

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