Series: Disruption #1
Published by Harper Paperbacks on Pages: 416
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
ARC provided by BEA 2016, HarperCollins
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.
Very good, very good! Disruption hooked me right away. This story takes place in a dystopian/sci-fi world where social rating is everything. Everyone wears an M-Band that displays their social love compatibility rating for you and anyone near you to see.
This book had so much I love about dystopian YA:
- Protagonist that is hard to like, check!
- Cruel dystopian society, check!
- Action and adventure, check!
- MC that is fighting for something bigger than herself, check!
- Tough female protagonist who gets the guy everyone wants, but then doesn’t treat him good, check!
- Lover triangle that gets sorted out, and then might rear it’s ugly head later, check!
Well, wait a minute. Maybe this wasn’t as good as I thought. Nah! I am totally overlooking some of this stuff because I really enjoyed this story.
The MC in this story, Maggie, is such a bold character. She isn’t run by emotions. The only love in her heart is for her family. After her father is taken for being a neg, a member of society with a negative social rating who thereby brings everyone down and is capable of shady stuff, Maggie vows to get him back. Achieving this goal means Maggie must use what her father taught her to get people to owe her favors. Maggie uses dirty tricks to earn favor with people and keep them loyal to her. But what if the guy she is using the most becomes the only person worth saving?
What a dilemma for poor Maggie! Don’t feel too sorry for her thou, she is ruthless. We first notice this when she dealing with Gus. Gus is a hacker and when Maggie gets hold of his secrets, she works him mercilessly. Gus has to drop everything to do Maggie’s bidding, or else she could expose his secrets. Quentin is another poor unfortunate soul who fell into Maggie’s clutches. The only difference is that he has no idea. Maggie convinced Quentin, the son to the M-Band creator, that he is himself a neg. She convinced him to turn off his wristband, which tells everyone his social rating, and she convince him that she can help him.
I liked Maggie, although she was a bit dark. She is so human and her evil comes from a place of love. We only get her POV so I was unsure which guy would be the love interest in this tale at first. Maggie caused me a lot of angst with her lies and denial.
This all takes place really fast. Right away we see Maggie using Gus and Quentin to try to find her father. It’s a noble cause to be sure. Maggie is convinced her father wasn’t a neg, he just figured out how to hack the system. All the negs in society get taken to rehabilitation and then, when they “get better”, they get recycled back into society under different names. That all sounds so good, except there is no way to prove they ever make it back into society. I enjoyed the world building in this story. Admittedly, we don’t see all that much, but the author lays a really fun foundation for this series. I liked exploring the underground with Maggie and the trip through the airport was really fun.
I will definitely be reading the sequel to this story. It looks like it is already out! (This was published first in Australia, so this is a re-release) I am totally gonna wait til next year to read it though. Because I love to torture myself. Also, I want my books to match on the shelf. (paperback of sequel comes out next year) Anyways, I would totally recommend this to dystopian/sci-fi YA fans!
Totally ignore the cover difference here. It is the same book, but this is being re-released by Harper Paperbacks. Okay? Thanks!