DNF Review: Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke

by Erica O’Rourke
Dissonance #1
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 484 pages
Source: Library

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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.

Rating: ★½ (DNF at 54%/p.262)

Take any annoying clichés you can think of about teenagers, combine them together, and you’ll get Delancey Sullivan, the main character of Dissonance. Spoiled, reckless without reason, and lacking any dignity whatsoever, Del had been a nightmare of a narrator who never learns from her mistakes. It felt like she had been created based purely on teenage stereotypes—never ever listens to adults, thinks she knows everything there is to know about Walking, and utterly hormonal. It was almost as if she was a parody protagonist.

Sure, a book shouldn’t solely be judged by its main character. So here’s a list of all the reasons I had been utterly disappointed with and dropped Dissonance:


1. Del is simply an abomination.

2. Teenagers are portrayed as insipid, overly impulsive, and unable to control their hormones.

3. Simon is a douchebag in the main world yet Del’s still delusional about him.


4. Good idea, badly executed.


5. Awful. Undeveloped. Just no.

6. After hanging out with Simon (from various worlds) less than 10 times in total, Del felt like she “knew him so well”, wanted to do him, and fancied herself falling in love. Girl, stop.


7. Yawn. Everything else was so bad the plot just got lost in the midst of it all.

It actually kind of hurts giving Dissonance a bad review. If you’ve been around here since the start of this year, you probably would’ve witnessed me fangirling over the stunning cover and interesting synopsis. Then I witnessed the horror within. Imagine the worst kind of cover betrayal you could possibly feel and that’s exactly what I’m going through.

Were you like me, too? Deceived by a lovely cover? Well, here’s a piece of advice to my fellow like-minded cover-lovers: drop this, run away, and never look back. You’ll be saving yourself a lot of time and feelings of treachery.


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