Title: Disruption / Corruption
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Format / Length: Paperback / 400 pages & 437 pages respectively
Publisher / Date Published: HarperCollins / April 1st 2014 & November 1st 2014 respectively
Category / Genre: Young Adult / Science-Fiction
Source: Won / Library
Description: 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 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.
I’m going to tell you all a little secret right now.
I’ve been reading a lot of Aussie Fiction this year and last, and Jessica Shirvington has got to be my favourite. And while I love so many other Aussie authors out there, too — because, let’s face it, you’re all awesome — there is just something about Shirvington’s writing which you just want to read and read and read, and wait a second, is it three in the morning already!? I put off reading this duology for ages, even though I won a copy of the first book some time ago. And I don’t even know why. Probably because I kept reading so many stellar reviews of it, and I was afraid it wouldn’t live up to my expectations, maybe.
I shouldn’t have — but it. Was. Awesome.
I’m not sure how to review an awesome book — duology — like this, so I’m just going to list the things that were . . . yep, you guessed it: awesome. (I should really stop using this word.)
1. Our main character here, Maggie, is
awesome kickass, sarcastic, and so, so loveable.
2. The romance. Slow-paced and wonderfully developed, I loved Quientin. Funnily enough it took me a little while to Quentin get on-board the Maggie-Quentin train, but once I did, I thought they made an
awesome great couple.
3. GUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUS. He was a
n awesome fantastic side-kick whose quick banter with Maggie made me grin.
4. Science-fiction world with actually
awesome good world-building. This is so one of my pet-peeves in YA Sci fi: I feel like a lot of the worlds given to us are underdeveloped. Not here! While Maggie’s world wasn’t too far off from our own, it was sci-fi enough to make things interesting.
5. THE WRITING, BABY, THE WRITING. I will literally read anything Jessica Shirvington writes. She writes in a practical matter, I suppose, but quietly emotive, too. In other words,
awesome., she’s a really, really good writer.
And okay, so maybe I did guess every one of the plot twists . . . but who cares? YA needs more duologies.
So. To sum it up all nicely for you, this duology was