Review: Dissonance by Erica O'Rourke

Dissonance - Erica O'Rourke

A copy of this novel was provided by Simon & Schuster Australia for review.


I haven’t liked a non-space science fiction book this much in the longest time. I was captivated by Dissonance from page one to page end, and I LOVED IT.


First up, though, I have to mention this. I got a little freaked out because Delancey’s surname is Sullivan (and so is mine, although you probably don’t know that), and her music teacher’s name was Ms Powell AND SO WAS MINE. I was just like: whaaaaaat??? Anyway. I had to mention that because CREEPY BOOK AND REAL LIFE CROSS-OVERS AREN’T THAT COMMON.


There were two main things I loved about Dissonance.


One: the realness of it all. Seriously. It was like the real world. The conversations between characters were not stilted in any way, and the relationships between characters were so real. It was like a really good contemporary novel but in which the world had multiverses. Which I guess makes sense because that’s what it was supposed to be. The normal world but only Walkers now about the multiverses. So huh. O’Rourke did her job extremely well in that aspect.


Two: the multiverses. They were so freaking cool. I have never read a book about multiverses. Sure, alternate and parallel – but never multiverses. There were so many. And it was explained so well. There were threads and Del could, like, reach in and do magic voodoo with them and fix them because she’s a special snowflake but in the most unspecial snowflake kinda way (another win for Dissonance right there).


This is a lead on from number two, but the explanations really were fantastic. I mean, I can barely wrap my head around time and dimensions etc etc on the best of days, but all the multiverse and Walker stuff in Dissonance was explained in layman’s terms, and it was just so easy to understand. YAY.


I feel like I gotta mention the romance, because it was all kinds of awesome because there are multiple versions of the same love interest. AWESOME, RIGHT? Right. And the romance wasn’t the #1 priority in this book. It wasn’t romance with a touch of sci-fi. If anything, it was more like the other way around.


The ending. THE ENDING. *screaming* It was cliffhangery in the most non-cliffhanger way possible and I just NNNGGGHHHH. I need the next books in these grabby hands right meow. RIGHT. MEOW.


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