Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke
Release Date: July 22nd, 2014
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 496 Pages
Source: ARC from Publisher via ALA 2014
Sub-genre: Science Fiction/Time Travel
Age Group: Young Adult
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.
I really wanted to like Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke…I swear it. The concept was unique and interesting for someone who likes science (especially theoretical physics). My husband and I actually stayed up super late discussing string theory and string harmonics when I first started reading it.
However, my issues with this book are the characters: whiny, needy, and clingy…with almost zero character development over the course of the book, the unnecessary length and dragging on of the storyline, and my utter confusion at the ending (Del’s anger at a certain character is just…weird & not very well explained, especially since they should technically be on the same side). The romantic aspect of this story was so off-putting that I just couldn’t wait to get to the end. Del was incredibly weird and clingy with her crush that quickly turned into self-sacrificing love…say what?? Yeah, that happened…she was basically a creepy stalker to me.
This book was a major disappointment and had a lot of potential. I doubt I’ll be reading the next installment in this series.