So, this is an interesting situation. First, we have Disruption, which was actually released in the U.S. yesterday, so a very happy belated book birthday to it! But, it was released in Australia like,
a billion three years ago. Which is how I heard of the series (shout out to Cait for basically making it known that I needed this in my life). So, I searched high and low for a book that was technically not even being published at the moment. But alas, I found it! I ordered it from Amazon UK, and devoured it! BUT. You can now buy it here in the US, yay! And the sequel, Corruption, is out in the US in March of 2017. Only… I am impatient, and it was being re-released in Australia in June so… thanks, Australian bookstore whose name I forget because it isn’t the one I usually order Australian books from.
Anyway, long story short, I ended up with a crap ton of copies of the first book. SO I am giving one to one of you! Because everyone should read this series, tbh. And for the love of all that is holy, if anyone knows where I can find the old cover of Corruption, I need it so I can have two matching sets, okay?
This guy is lonely, waiting for his buddy:
Oh right, you came for a review, didn’t you? Not just “Shannon talks about book covers”. Fine. OH! I will be being super vague about Corruption, so no worries about spoilers for Disruption. But also, don’t read the synopsis, because it has spoilers.
Disruption by Jessica Shirvington
Series: Disruption #1
Published by HarperCollins on October 4th 2016
Source:Copy provided by publisher for review, Purchased
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.
You guys know I am a sucker for a good dystopian, right? Of course. But note the emphasis on good, please! Which this book is. On the surface, it does seem a bit… “typical”. Maggie is trying to save her father from a really awful corporation who is basically repressing a bunch of people. So I can see your concerns, I can! But it isn’t cookie cutter. In fact, Maggie knows how downright stupid (and probably futile) her goals of getting her father back are, she just doesn’t care. Maggie isn’t really having a great time of things, she doesn’t have any friends, and her mom and brother just wish she’d move on with her life.
But alas, it would have been a really short book if Maggie shrugged, said “eh, okay” and they sat down and ate dinner or something. I don’t even know what to say without spoiling stuff, so I am just going to tell you what I liked about the book (and then yes, my one teensy issue with it).
Things I Loved:
- Maggie is a great character. She’s kind of mean, and snarky, and isn’t so great at the “getting close” to people thing. But really, she’s not as unfeeling as she’d like everyone- and herself- to believe. She always thinks the worst about herself, and while she doesn’t always make the best choices, she isn’t an evil person.
- The secondary characters are fabulous. Maggie is great, but Gus and Quinten (and even the lesser characters) make the book so much more enjoyable. Maggie’s head isn’t the most fun place to be, so the banter and the jabs and the humor from the other characters lighten the book up in a really believable and appealing way.
- There were definitely a lot of twists I didn’t see coming! I liked too that when I realized what was happening, it made total sense in the story- my mind just hadn’t gone there yet! I am being vague, because spoilers, but I love when plot twists are super authentic to the story- and these were!
- There’s romance, and my goodness, I shipped it! Like, so much shipping. It’s a slower romance, but perfect. I like when a romance doesn’t take over the characters’ lives, but just builds them up to be better versions of themselves, and this was so swoon-worthy while doing just that!
- Mount Weather! As always, I love excuses to fangirl over The 100, and in this book… Mount Weather and the tunnels are a focus from like, Chapter 2. The funny thing is, these books both came out around the same time, so it is absolutely just a happy coincidence that I can relish in and provide you GIFs of.
Anyway, I love the setting- it allows the book a perfect amount of shady business and “real world” society. The setting is in the future, but not overly so. The technology is slightly different from today, and of course more advanced, but it’s based off of stuff we use today so it felt very believable.
- The story moved SO quickly! I was shocked at how fast I read it- and the sequel, even faster! I just couldn’t put the book down, eager to find out what was happening next to Maggie and company!
And what didn’t I? Well, a few parts were a bit predictable. Not many, mind you, but a few. It’s really the only thing stopping me from giving it a full five stars, but it’s close!
Bottom Line: This book was fast paced and enjoyable, with a cast of characters and romance that I adored. So much, in fact, that I had the next book shipped from freaking Australia. So if that doesn’t say it all, I don’t know what would.
Corruption by Jessica Shirvington
Series: Disruption #2
Published by HarperCollins Australia on June 1, 2016
The thrilling finale to bestselling author Jessica Shirvington's Disruption series.
How do you live with yourself when you've deceived the one you love?
How do you move on when the person you've been fighting to save betrays you?
Two years ago, Maggie Stevens began the hunt. Four weeks ago, Maggie's world fell apart, when she finally found what she'd been looking for. And when Quentin, who had blindly trusted her, unraveled her web of lies.
Now, Maggie lives in the dark. But she's not about to stay there. Not when she still has to bring M-Corp down. Not when there is still a chance she could win him back.
In the exhilarating conclusion to Disruption, Maggie must do whatever it takes to show the world the truth. And the price for her quest? Everything.
But for who?
Okay this one is going to be the quick version because frankly I don’t have plans to spoil anything- and pretty much anything I tell you about this one is spoilery for Disruption so… let’s talk about why I adored this just as much as the first!
- Maggie is just as badass as ever, but she’s also a lot more complex. She’s grown, and she has all kinds of new self-awareness, and she keeps morphing and changing and it is awesome. It’s also quite realistic.
- The secondary characters are even more spectacular. Just when I thought I couldn’t love some of them more… I could. And we’re introduced to some amazing new characters (or re-meet some, more in depth!) and they add so much to the story! There are a lot of bonds and relationships formed, tested, and redefined throughout this book, and it is really amazing to watch unfold!
- The plot is even more intense than the first! Seriously, I read this (all 448 pages!) in about 4 hours, it was just so addicting, and I knew I couldn’t sleep last night until I finished it- I needed to know how it would end.
- Some of the twists blew me away! There were a couple I saw coming (just hunches, really) but even then, it didn’t take anything away from the excitement and the feelings that I was having while reading.
- I still shipped the ship- in fact, I shipped it even more.
- I liked how it really connected the plot of the book with current, past, and probably future social issues, and it was quite thought provoking.
Bottom Line: Yes, the sequel is absolutely as strong as the first. In my opinion, it’s even stronger. So if you were wondering about the sequel before starting Disruption… well, you needn’t worry, Corruption absolutely delivers!
Because I have an extra, and because you definitely want this in your life, I am going to give one away to a lucky winner! US only because of the fact that I am broke, sorry. And HUGE thanks to HarperCollins for the review copies! Ends November 1!