Friday, October 14, 2016

#Friday Review - Disruption by Jessica Shirvington #YALit #Science Fiction

Series: Disruption # 1
Format: E-Galley, 416 pages
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Edelweiss/Publisher
Genre: YA, Science Fiction

The heart-stopping first chapter in bestselling author Jessica Shirvington's Disruption series.

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 loved 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.

Disruption is the first installment in author Jessica Shirvington's new duology by the same name. Shirvington is best known to me as the writer of The Violet Eden series. Disruption is a young adult, science fiction themed story that features 18-year old Maggie Stevens as lead character. Maggie's world is one in which everyone is expected to be chipped. The chip scientifically manages everyone's pheromones that leads to supposed perfect, or near perfect matches. No more! 

Maggie's world was shattered two years ago after her father was taken away and labeled a Reg. A Reg who fails to have 3 matches in a month is considered dangerous and is taken away to education farms, or worse. For two years, Maggie has done everything she can possibly to do find her father. She's broken into underground places where Regs are being kept. She's blackmailed powerful people into doing her bidding, including her partner in crime, Gus. Now, she focuses her attention Quentin Mercer, the son of M-Corp's founder. Even though Quentin isn't necessarily a bad guy, Maggie's determination to find her father really puts her into several categories: Calculated, Manipulative, Selfish, and a Blackmailer.

However one feels about Maggie, one just has to put themselves in her shoes for a moment and understand what happened to her family after her father disappeared. They've had to pick up and find a new place to live. Maggie's mom still struggles to pay the bills left by her husband, and Maggie's brother has become someone entirely different. Perhaps Maggie could have done some things differently, especially when it comes to Quentin who is about as clueless as a newborn baby about how the world actually works. Funny since he is the son of the man who basically rules the world with his M-Chips.

Disruption not only has a whole lot of swagger, but off cut banter, humor, action, and shocking revelations. I read this book during Hurricane Matthew. Good thing for candles, and flashlights! I found myself laughing when I finished this book. Why? Because this book made back to back stories which left cliffhanger endings that really left me demanding more. Thankfully, this is only a duology which means not having to wait 2 more years for the final book in the series.

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