Thu, July 24, 2014

Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke Review

Dissonance book cover

Dissonance book cover

By Erica O’Rourke
Publication date: July 22, 2014
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 496 pages
Source: Publisher

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.

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Dissonance is set in Chicago, which I loved (in one scene, the characters even walk by my office). And the concept is great — it sort of reminded me of Pivot Point by Kasie West. Del’s part of a special group of people who can walk through the multiverse, follow alternative realities that pop up based on the decisions people make.

It was a long book (nearly 500 pages!), but I made it through with no problems and will absolutely read more of the series.

But, and this is a big “but” for me, I think I was a little too slow on the pickup of certain plot points. The science behind the multiverse concept was tricky, and I never quite followed along. Honestly, it made me feel a little stupid as I struggled to keep up.

So, not a total win and “OMG WOW” reading experience, but like I said: It piqued my interest enough that I’d absolutely try the second book.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

PS: For those who read it…my notes say “Addie & Monty intrigued, gay thing?” What the heck was I talking about?!?! Must’ve been a typo?

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: erica o'rourke, family, paranormal


  1. Sarah (appifanie) said:


    I still haven’t read Pivot Point, even though I have a signed copy of the sequel. Sarah fail.


    Posted on: Thu, July 24, 2014

  2. Pam@YAEscapefromReality said:

    For me, it was a WOW OMG. I absolutely loved this one, I couldn’t put it down. I do agree with you about it being a bit complicated, but I don’t know how else the author could have written it without info-dumping in the beginning. The thing that confused me NO ONE READ THIS THAT HASN’T READ THE BOOK is that the Walkers didn’t have echo versions but they obviously had to interact somewhat with originals so if they were somehow involved in the choice and the world split, people just forgot about them? That was confusing, especially when Del went to the different world and asked Simon a question and he answered her. I mean, I know he was different, but she didn’t act like that part of it was different. Maybe because it had just split off? That was the only part that puzzled me, but I just shrugged and went with it. This was actually one of my favorites I’ve read this year, I thought it was just so well done…intricate and detailed world-building, well fleshed out characters, and I really loved the evolution of the relationship between Del and Simon. Cannot wait to get my hands on the next one! Sorry for the long post!!


    Anna Reply:

    No I LOVE IT that you just left this comment because I had all of the same questions! I think I just spent too much time puzzling over it all when I should have just gone with it like you and that made me too frustrated to love it as much as I wanted to. But I totally agree that it was great how INTRICATE it all was — I suppose I’d rather have that than all the books where they’re just like “here’s this world no explanations and imma keep it basic bye the end.” Do YOU remember what my note could have been about — “gay thing”?? WTH. I don’t remember anything about homosexuality being hinted? Maybe it was a typo on my part though?!?!?!


    Pam@YAEscapefromReality Reply:

    Oh, I forgot about that. Yes, my understanding was that Addie, Del’s sister, was gay.


    Posted on: Thu, July 24, 2014

  3. Alexa S. said:

    I really liked the concepts behind the world in Dissonance! It’s definitely a little confusing at first, but I really think I started to understand it better by the end. O’Rourke’s world is pretty darn fascinating, and I’m admittedly curious about what might happen next.


    Posted on: Thu, July 24, 2014

  4. Tara said:

    You know how I *love* books set in Chicago so maybe I’ll have to give this one a go. And yay Wacker 😉


    Posted on: Thu, July 24, 2014

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