Author: Jessica Shirvington
Genre: YA sci-fi
Length: 400 pages
Published by: HarperTeen Australia
Source: received in exchange for review, from HarperTeen (THANK YOU!)
What if a microchip could identify your perfect match?
What if it could be used against you and the ones you love?
Eight years ago, Mercer Corporation’s M-Bands became mandatory. An evolution of the smartphone, the bracelets promised an easier life. Instead, they have come to control it.
Two years ago, Maggie Stevens watched helplessly as one of the people she loves most was taken from her, shattering her world as she knew it.
Now, Maggie is ready. And Quentin Mercer – heir to the M-Corp empire – has become key to Maggie’s plan. But as the pieces of her dangerous design fall into place, could Quentin’s involvement destroy everything she’s fought for?
In a world full of broken promises, the ones Maggie must keep could be the most heartbreaking.
Everyone’s talked about how they love Disruption, but going into it, I had my doubts. It started slowly for me, and I began to think I’d be a black sheep. But nope.
It got better. And better. And I realised why other people liked it so much – because it’s REALLY GOOD. I’m a huge fan of contemporary, but this was a fast-paced story with an incredible concept and realistic projections of the near-future.
Let’s start with characters.
Maggie – she’s so cool. Doesn’t take crap from anyone. Bossy. Knows what she wants. She’s somehow really relatable even though she’s nothing like me. Yeah, she manipulates Quentin at the beginning, but the way everything snowballs is out of her control and so realistic.
Gus – his relationship with Maggie (PLATONIC, WOAH. NO LOVE TRIANGLE HERE) is awesome. They bicker all the time.
Quentin – I love his relationship with Maggie as well. She doesn’t change for him, thank goodness, and the scene where she’s been shot and he’s helping her is ADORABLE. The scenes with both of them were my favourites.
THE CONCEPT OF THIS BOOK IS FANTASTIC.
Okay, so we’ve got the M-Bands, right? And they tell you how close you match with someone. 100% matches are treated like celebrities, because it’s pretty rare. That’s really cool, and the science behind it was well-explained – all the pheromones and stuff (I say “stuff” because I don’t know what I’m talking about – but I can tell that Jessica Shirvington did!). I can actually see people being obsessed with this idea. Like, realistically, it wouldn’t work for everyone, but in Western society people are so obsessed with romantic love that I’m sure they’d do anything to find it.
Oh, and that plot twist at the end? I won’t go into any detail, because those who have read it know what I’m talking about. BUT IT WAS SO GREAT. Did not expect it at all.
And if you were wondering, it’s more sci-fi, not dystopian. There are so many dystopians out there, but this one was just a really interesting concept, and well-written. You know when there’s a FANTASTIC premise and the writing lets it down? Jessica Shirvington’s writing just strengthened the idea of M-bands.
And also, Australian author!! I’m aiming to read 4 books by Aussie authors in April. She’s my first and I was definitely not let down. Disruption is more than worthy of all its rave reviews, and it brings something really unique to the sci-fi genre.
Rating: 4/5 Wonderkitties