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484 pages, Hardcover
First published March 13, 2014
~Thank you Simon and Schuster Australia for sending me this copy!~
While not really a quote…I wondered, just exactly what the definition of dissonance was, so I looked it up and I have to say it's actually a suitable title for this series and the first book within it.
Time is not static. You can never get a choice -- or a moment -- back. The best you can do is witness the effects.Yes, it is as cool as it sounds. And it just gets better. This whole system is based on music. Walkers literally have to keep the strands of the Echos and Key World in harmony with each other. They literally tune the universes to resonate with each other. Those that are too unstable, the Walkers are forced to "cleave", unraveling that branch of Echo Worlds and keeping the rest of the worlds safe. I mean... AHHHHH. So flipping cool, I can't even. There's a lot of explanation required to impart all this information, and some people might find it a little info-dumpy, but holy crap, I have no problem with that when it means more explanations of how this flipping amazing multiverse works. I loved every second of the worldbuilding in this, and just... yes. It does not disappoint. Every part of it is intriguing and it hit ALL THE RIGHT NOTES (see what I did there?). XD
- Dissonance, ARC, page 101
As far as they were concerned, I needed training. Someone to hold my hand while I took baby steps, when all I wanted to do was to run.Del's cockiness leads her to make some pretty huge mistakes -- throughout the book, but possibly most notably in the beginning, which spurs the rest of plot on. As a result of her actions, she's forbidden from Walking alone, and she has to train with her sister instead of going to her official Walker classes. Of course, Del doesn't exactly stick to her sister's lesson plans, especially when she starts noticing weird coincidences and learns of an anomaly in the multiverse that has people seriously worried. Many of Del's decisions are stupid and impulsive, but there was something about her drive and talent - and her ability to question her own beliefs and choices - that had me rooting for her no mater what she was doing.
- Dissonance, ARC, page 5
"People die not because of what they did or didn't do. It's not their choice. It just... happens. Why bother choosing if the world's going to do what it wants regardless? What's the point in trying to make a difference?"Simon Lane is an Original who goes to Del's (normal) high school. Del has had a crush on him for years, but he doesn't really notice she exists until they're paired up for a project in music class. The weird thing is, as Del continues to Walk to Echo worlds, she keeps running into Simon's echos everywhere - and there's something about him, in every world, that she keeps falling for.
"Because it matters."
- Dissonance, ARC, page 225
The most powerful choices are the ones that disrupt the status quo -- that break free of momentum and push into the unknown.I really liked Del's and Simon's relationship, despite some stupid decisions on Del's part. (Have you picked up on the fact that she makes bad choices? She does. I still love her.) There's something immediately compelling about Simon's echos, and eventually Original Simon, that I loved. His character also spurs a lot of debate in Del's own mind about the "reality" of echos and Echo Worlds, which was incredibly interesting.
They're also the most terrifying.
- Dissonance, ARC, page 250
The more you care, the fewer choices you have. If you care enough, sometimes there's only one. A single, impossible way forward, and you have to take it. Because it's the only way to live with yourself.Bottom line: Read this book. And then cry with me over the fact that I haven't found ANY information about when the sequel is coming out. ;_;
- Dissonance, ARC, page 409