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Review: “Disruption,” Jessica Shirvington

March 27, 2014
Review: “Disruption,” Jessica ShirvingtonDisruption (Disruption #1)
Written by Jessica Shirvington
Published April, 2014 by HarperCollins
336 pages
Genres: Dystopian
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four-stars

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

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.

Another brilliant book by Jessica Shirvington – she never fails to impress me with her clean, addictive prose! With a seriously kick-ass leading lady at the helm, Disruption promises to be the start of a fantastic series and a worthy addition to the dystopian YA genre!

From the first page, Disruption had me locked in. We’re thrown into the action straight away, with little doses of the lore and world around us given here and there. Although I was biting at the bit to find out everything I could immediately, Disruption let me discover it for myself at a nice pace.

I always remark how ‘easy to read’ Jessica Shirvington’s books are. This doesn’t mean they’re dumbed down by any means, just that every sentence is acutely polished to rid itself of unnecessary garble. I always feel that the reading process is more enjoyable that way, and that I can read a book faster. Disruption gives you a lot of description and dialogue, but not enough to let your brain wander off track.

What I loved most about this book was our main character – Maggie Stevens. While I adored Violet Eden from Jessica’s previous series, Maggie just blew me away from the word ‘go’. Smart, calculating and brave, Maggie is everything you could ever hope for in a heroine. I doubt Maggie’s myriad of escapes within Disruption would have succeeded half as well if anyone less had been in charge.

It was also such a delight reading Maggie’s interactions with her ‘best friend’, Gus. He was a fascinating character, too and a brilliant sidekick. They had such a compelling ‘love-hate’ relationship, so whenever the two had page-time I was unable to put the book down.

While I loved Maggie and Gus, I couldn’t quite get attached to Quentin Mercer. I’m not particularly sure why, but I struggled to see his personality shine through. I loved that he made Maggie question everything she believed in, as well as her goals, but their relationship never really gripped me. I think in this regard, I definitely enjoyed the romance in Jessica Shirvington’s ‘Violet Eden’ series more. I am, however, interested to see where their relationship is headed in the next installment.

Disruption started off so strongly and I was raving about it to anyone who would listen (family, friends, etc.) Although it lost some of its ‘pizazz’ around the halfway mark, it still continued to entertain me and keep me reading frantically whenever I got a chance. By the end of the book, some of the hunches I had did prove true, but this didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the book. I would have loved some bigger twists at the end, but I know with at least another book in the works I’m probably set.

If you’re the type of reader that’s now sick of dystopian YA after a Divergent binge, still give this one a chance. Jessica Shirvington introduces some unique elements and proves once again she can write a seriously strong female lead. I’ll certainly be picking up a copy of the next in the series!

Recommended to: If you’re a fan of Jessica Shirvington’s ‘Violet Eden Chapters’, you’ll love Disruption. If you haven’t read any of her work before, this new dystopian is the perfect excuse.

About Jessica Shirvington

Jessica Shirvington is an entrepreneur, author, and mother living in Sydney, Australia, She’s also one of the lucky few who met the love of her life at age seventeen: Matt Shirvington, a former Olympian and current sports broadcaster for Foxtel and Fox Sports. Married for twelve years with two beautiful daughters, Jessica knows her early age romance and its longevity has definitely contributed to how she tackles relationships in her YA novels.

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