Review: ‘Dissonance’ by Erica O’Rourke

Review: ‘Dissonance’ by Erica O’RourkeDissonance by Erica O'Rourke
Series: Dissonance #1
Published by Simon and Schuster on July 22nd, 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Love & Romance, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 484
Format: Hardcover
Source: borrowed from the library
Some decisions have unimaginable consequences.

Every time someone makes a choice, a new parallel world is spun off the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, sneaking out instead of staying in bed—every decision creates an alternate universe in which an Echo self takes the road not travelled. As a Walker who can navigate between these realities, Del is training to help keep the dimensions in harmony.

When Del secretly starts to investigate other dissonant worlds, she get tangled up with an Echo of her longtime crush. She knows she shouldn't keep seeing him. But as Del persists, she uncovers a truth that the Council of Walkers is trying to hide—a secret that threatens the entire multiverse.

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Every decision made by an Original springs a new world. These are called Echoes. Parallel universes up the wazoo, this world was enthralling, invigorating and all-around creative. I’m in love with the amount of effort and thought that came into this science fiction book because it sprung up so effortlessly. The detailed universes and concepts took me a while to understand but repetition is key in any book and I finally understood it by the end.


Del is this ultimate rebel, but I also couldn’t help but see how extremely selfish she was. All the things that she did had the largest consequence. Her entire family and best friend even told her of these repercussions and she still went and did it. I think that was the point though. She did it all for love. All her actions proved how head-strong she was and that she believed she was doing it all for the right reasons. I wasn’t a big fan of the love triangle, but it made sense. Del didn’t pick the guy that I wanted, but I’m hoping he finds someone else who is more worthy of his love. She is clearly smitten with her first love even if I didn’t find him all that wonderful to begin with. My favourite secondary character had to be Monty. He brought so much wit and personality to the drab landscape, and the fact that he was looking for Rose after all that time? Well it made me love him even more.


Read this one if you’re looking for a twisty-turny sci-fi adventure full of time travelling and romance! I sure enjoyed it.


Truth is as fluid as water, as faceted as diamonds, as flawed as memory. (83)
Because bravery comes easily when there’s no cost to it. (119)
If people love you because you’re perfect, what happens when you screw up? (168)
Perfect is boring. No challenge to it. (195)
Wanting to believe something doesn’t make it true, the same way wanting someone doesn’t make them yours. (277)
Why bother saving a live when you can end it? (454)
Watch someone’s lies closely enough, and they’ll give away the truth. (479)

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  1. Jaime Lester

    October 2, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    I have wanted to read this series from the get-go, but for some reason other books keep getting in the way. Maybe now, I can actually go ahead and read these books because it sounds awesome~
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  2. Tiffany (About to Read)

    September 16, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    I absolutely loved this one! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂
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    • giselle

      September 18, 2015 at 12:39 AM

      Yeas me too.. Though I didn’t like the sequel as much

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