Kait Reviews: The Dissonance Series by Erica O’Rourke

Posted August 23, 2016 by Kait in Reviews, Science Fiction, YA / 2 Comments

Kait Reviews: The Dissonance Series by Erica O’RourkeDissonance by Erica O'Rourke
Series: Dissonance #1
on July 22nd 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Multiverse, YA
Pages: 512
Format: Kindle
Source: Amazon
Reading Challenges: 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge

In this inventive romantic thriller, Del has the power to navigate between alternate realities—and the power to save multiple worlds.
Every time someone makes a choice, a new, parallel world is spun off the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, turning left instead of right, sneaking out instead of staying in bed—all of these choices create alternate universes in which echo selves take the roads not traveled. Del knows this because she’s a Walker, someone who can navigate between the worlds, and whose job is to keep the dimensions in harmony.
But Del’s decisions have consequences too. Even though she’s forbidden from Walking after a training session goes horribly wrong, she secretly starts to investigate other dissonant worlds. She’s particularly intrigued by the echo versions of Simon Lane, a guy who won’t give her the time of day in the main world, but whose alternate selves are uniquely interested. But falling for Simon draws Del closer to a truth that the Council of Walkers is trying to hide—a secret that threatens the fate of the entire multiverse.

Rating: 4 stars

Why I Read It: I love multiverse stories!


So so good! I am still riding that “awesome book” trail, and I am so grateful.

The premise of Dissonance is that every choice you make creates a parallel universe- and that is absolutely my favorite premise I’ve ever seen! It reminded me a lot of Claudia Gray’s Firebird Trilogy (see more about that here), but in the best ways. Like in Firebird, Dissonance asks you to wade through some typical ~romance~ stuff that I wasn’t in love with (no pun intended), but I still really, really liked it!

Del is a lovable Gryffindor that, through genetics, is able to travel through the multiverse with music. What?! Oh my goodness I love it! It doesn’t take long before she has a love interest, and then there’s the typical ~love triangle~ that almost happens, but not quite because Del doesn’t string anyone along. The boy she likes is the boy she likes and the other boy is never left to wonder if she’s playing them both because Del is very clear that she doesn’t like him that way. And honestly? I love that. There’s no “will they/won’t they?” that most media seems to think we need in order to enjoy something, and it’s so refreshing.

Everything that feels like it’s going to be predictable in Dissonance is not, at least to me. Every time I felt like I knew what was coming, or had a guess as to where the plot was going, I was totally off base. I don’t think I’ve been this wrong about the twists and turns in a book since We Were Liars.

Another great part of this series is that the middle story, Harmonic, is a short story told from the point of view of Del’s sister, Addison. Personally, I like Addison more than Del, but that’ll make more sense once we get to the Sorting. Anyway, Harmonic ties the two novels together and also gives a storyline that we don’t get to see from Del. It’s great.

Sorting Time! The wonderful humans over at Sorting Hat Chats have created a system for sorting that takes into account why you do things (your primary house), and how you do things (your secondary house). If you want more information on how their system works, please click the links and be prepared to spend the next 3-5 days reading everything on the blog. Okay, let’s start with Del. Del is such a Gryffindor/Gryffindor (Primary AND Secondary) that it makes her easy to start with. Her why is all about doing what’s right, and her morals are not based on the system which she was taught (the Walker’s), but the system which feels more ‘right’ to her. Her how is brash, straightforward, and reckless. She fights with everything she has to protect/save those she loves because it’s the right thing to do.

So would you agree or disagree on my sorting for Del? Let me know in the comments!

I would recommend this to anyone who loves parallel universe books, science fiction books, and or solidly non-cliched love stories.  

Well Wishes & Candy Fishes,

Kait 🙂

Rating Report
Overall: four-half-stars

2 responses to “Kait Reviews: The Dissonance Series by Erica O’Rourke

  1. Yay, I’m so glad you liked this one because I’ve been wanting to read it for the longest time! I love that the plot isn’t predictable and I like how you sorted the main character 🙂

    • Thank you! It really is fantastic, especially if parallel universe stories are your thing (they’re definitely mine)!
      Happy reading! 🙂

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