Series: Disruption, #1
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, YA
Source: For tour, Received in exchange for review
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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.
Thank you to the lovely people at HaperCollins Australia for organsing this tour!
As most of you already know, I’ve been having the trashiest luck with books. DNFs and 1 stars left and right. But this brilliant, brilliant book totally swept me off my feet. I read this whenever I had the chance; in between classes, while on public transport and even during my Autumn Concert. If you haven’t figured out already, I found Disruption to be insanely addicting.
Disruption is set in the future where all citizens must wear M-Bands. These M-Bands are designed to make everyone’s life easier–they even help identify your perfect match by giving a rating of how well you will go together. However if you get more than 3 negative interactions a month, you will be taken away from society to be questioned and rehabilitated. Being rated negatively means that you’ll do something terribly bad in the near future. In Jessica Shirvington’s world, she calls them “Negs”. Then enter Maggie Stevens, a girl whose father got taken away from her when he suddenly started getting negative interactions all the time. After a long period of planning, Maggie is now prepared to go and find her father. However the key to her sucess lies with Quentin Mercer–heir to the M-Corp Empire.
I absolutely loved Maggie. Her situation is really tough as she has a father who was taken away from her and a mother who is working night shifts to pay back the debts that Maggie’s father left her with. Maggie’s brother doesn’t even want anything to do with them. For a tough situation, Maggie deals with it realistically. She’s not huddled up in a corner sobbing or night, what she is determined to do, she will do to the best of her ability. She’ll fall and trip and take wrong turns, but her determination and passion for her goals is what pulls through. That’s not all. Maggie is also very witty and has the best comebacks, I find myself grinning ear to ear. I am already missing her. (Can Corruption come out now?)
Disruption also excels with the relationships. I loved the family dynamic, though it was not a strong focus. However the relationship between Gus and Maggie was. Gus is a bit like Maggie’s helper. He helps her on her missions and finds contacts for information that can help Maggie achieve her goal to save her father. However, Gus only does it because Maggie blackmails him. Their arguments are always highly entertaining but it is clear to us readers that they have grown emotions–PLATONIC EMOTIONS–for each other and always have each other’s backs no matter what they claim to say.
The romance is a pretty big focus in Disruption. While I could have done with less focus and less angst, it was sweet. It started off with a reluctant partership after Maggie manipulated Quentin’s view and fooled him into believing that he was a Neg. Soon it grew into a very sweet and squeal-y romance that I adored.
A book brimming with gorgeous writing, a witty female lead, strong world building and fantastic relationships–platonic and romantic, I highly recommend people to read Disruption. While I’d say that I loved Between the Lives better, this one comes as a close second.
~Thank you HarperCollins Australia for sending me this copy!~
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