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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 traveled. As a Walker who can navigate between these realities, Del is training to he
Hardcover, 484 pages
Published July 22nd 2014 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published March 13th 2014)
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Michelle This book was so long because of the descriptive writing of the author (it got kind of annoying after awhile and i ended up skipping a lot of paragrap…moreThis book was so long because of the descriptive writing of the author (it got kind of annoying after awhile and i ended up skipping a lot of paragraphs).
but i would consider this book more scifi than romance, like yeah the romance does play a key role in the story and characters, but the story focuses more on the different worlds(less)

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To make the cake batter, throw in an incredibly flawed and rule-breaking girl, and then mix it in with a strong sibling dynamic slowly then chuck it in the oven and bake it in a sci-fi backdrop. Serve the cake with a heavy dollop of bad romance and a sprinkle of headache ensuing info-dumps, and there you have it: Dissonance.

Delancey Sullivan is a Walker. It’s not that she's special and skilled enough to become one, but because this ability runs in the family.
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own
Incredibly well thought-out with fascinating world building, Dissonance is a really good sci-fi with a heavy dose of romance.

Delancy is a Walker, she has a genetic ability to manipulate matter and visit alternate worlds created by the choices people make. Walkers monitor and fix anomalies that affect the key world. I was wary of this premise at first, it's something that could have been a huge flop if the world building was lacking, fortunately it's anything but. It's clear that a ton of resear
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always

So, it's been a while since I read this one. I actually read it last year, since I was excited when I got the eARC and just dived right into it without considering the fact that the publish date was nine months later--so please do forgive me if I make a few fact-related errors in my review.

Dissonance had a very powerful concept. I was so intrigued by the world Erica created and wanted to keep learning about it. Clearly a lot of research went into the world and its technicalities.

That being s
Michelle Wrona
*Thank you to Simon and Schuster for providing me with a review copy of this book, in exchange for a honest review.*

This is now, officially, my favourite book of 2014. I am left beyond words and it was so astonishing and absolutely recommended.

What can I say? Erica O'Rourke has left me speechless and absolutely wanting more. But since this was an ARC, I have to wait even longer for the sequel, which will will be released in who knows when. But, I'm not here to complain, I'm here to
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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You’d need a physics degree to understand Dissonance, which talks about alternate dimensions in a complex, scientific, confusing way. It took me 2 weeks and multiple books in between to get through it, because every time I picked it up it made my brain hurt.

There’s the Key World, which is the original world where Walkers originate, a secret society of people who can travel through alternate dimensions. They cleave worlds th
Every decision made by an Original springs a new world. These are called Echoes. Parallel universes up the wazoo, this world was enthralling, invigorating and all-around creative. I'm in love with the amount of effort and thought that came into this science fiction book because it sprung up so effortlessly. The detailed universes and concepts took me a while to understand but repetition is key in any book and I finally understood it by the end. 

Del is this ultimate rebel, but I also couldn't hel
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
If you're one of my 6 friends, you may have noticed that I haven't read/reviewed a book in several weeks. This is partly because I'm writing one, so that's awesome. But it's also partly because I've been stuck on this book which is decidedly NOT AWESOME. I've been reading this book in mostly 15-25 page sessions that sap my will to read like the DMV saps your will to breathe.

This book ought to be awesome. I really liked the premise (that we live in the Key World and every time choices are made, E
shady boots
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this! The terminology got a little confusing at times, like I needed a full Walker textbook to refer to, but overall it was quite an intriguing and fun read. Curious to know what the sequel will be like.
Dissonance: Inharmonious or harsh sound; discord; cacophony.

Book Title: Dissonance
Author: Erica O'Rourke
Series: Dissonance #1
Source: Kindle E-Book (Library)

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.


Plot: 4/5
Characters: 3.8/5 --I think this story overall could have done without the love triangle. It was unnecessary to me, but who knows, ma
Nasty Lady MJ
Jul 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
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I had always been fascinated with the infinite worlds. If done correctly a story about world hoping would be spectacular. But as Dissonance was it sucked. Or at least this version of Dissonance. See after being so disappointed with this book and giving up after 107 pages, I decided that I wanted to travel to another world where I loved this book. So, after binge watching lots of episodes of Ancient Aliens and other fringe theories about dimensional travel on H2, I wa
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A thrilling, unpredictable, absolutely brilliant YA sci-fi romance. Dissonance was a fantastic read. I totally loved this book! From the impeccably explained science of parallel universes, to the endless supply of unpredictable twists, and to the super sweet romance, this book was amazing.

The world building in this book was perfect. With a concept as complex as parallel worlds, it would be very easy to get lost in the middle of all the science and still not be able to understand what's going on
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Dissonance by Erica O'Rourke
Book One of the Dissonance series
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 22, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

Delancy Sullivan has always known there’s more to reality than what people see. Every time someone makes a choice, a new, parallel world branches off from the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, turning left instead of right, sneaki
Jessica | Bookish Serendipity
This was a decent book for me. Not stellar but not terrible by any means. The world-building was incredible, actually! I really liked the idea of a "Multi-verse" and the Walkers who can travel from one world to another. The basic concept is that every choice that a person makes creates a spin-off world that shows what would have happened if the person had made a different decision. The Council of Walkers runs the show, sending Walkers on missions to fix broken worlds. If you get in trouble with ...more
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, ya-fantasy, ebook
3.5 stars
A definite page turner. I loved Monty and definitely hope we will see more of him. The emotion in this book was palpable. It focused a little too much on the romance side, but I am not one for romance so it probably had just the right amount. Here we have the requisite side kick who is in love with the protagonist. That felt a little too familiar. The "science" behind the world in which the book is written is quite complex. I'm not sure I got to wrap my head around most of it. O'Rourke
Sophia Sardothien
The ending is so freaking frustrating as I'm not planing to read the second one xD

Overall it was a decent read wasn't the best, the world building was sort of confusing from times to times but comprehensively it makes sense. But the plot was not really rich, it felt like nothing really has happen until the very end.

I really did not like the romance, it was extremely forced and painful however comparing with A thousand pieces of you (another alternative reality book) I find this one way better
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
After a long time, a YA novel that I actually really enjoyed. Huzzah!
Dark Faerie Tales
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Quick & Dirty: Dissonance is a unique sci-fi book that blew me away. It is confusing at first and I will admit that it takes a while to grasp everything that is going on, but it is so worth it!

Opening Sentence: IT SEEMED LIKE A LOUSY WAY TO REMEMBER someone: two aging strips of wood nailed together in the shape of a cross, stuck into a weed-choked ditch on the side of the road.

The Review:

You make choices every day, some are big — others are small, but they all
Mar 08, 2017 added it
Such a great read. The world-building is well-developed, the dialogue is spot-on, and the pacing is swift, but most of all, I found myself incredibly invested in all of the character relationships. This book was almost impossible to put down (I tried and failed to put it down for almost two hours when reading in bed). Ms. O'Rourke creates realistic relationship dynamics like nobody's business. ...more
Jen Ryland
Liked this overall. The world building was interesting and the writing very clear. Looking forward to starting Resonance!
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I've been looking forward to this book for more than a year. According to Goodreads, I added it to my TBR on April 9, 2013 - I still remember reading the blurb for the first time and going YES THIS. I NEED THIS. WHY SO FAR AWAY?! Obviously, with books that inspire this sort of excitement, there's the very real possibility that your excitement will get the better of you, and the book will end up
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book is way too long for its own good. If it would have been a few hundred pages shorter, and a lot of the unnecessary romance cut out in the process, I'm sure I would have enjoyed this MUCH better.

Because in the end, the heavy focus on the romance was what killed this book for me. The first time Simon (a version of him, anyway) and Del kiss is on page 100, which is way too early in my books, and I mean it's not like the book has to rush anything since it's 500 freaking pages. The next thin
Anna (Enchanted by YA)
***I received the ARC eBook free as a review copy from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review***

Let’s just take a moment to thank the Gods for Edelweiss…

I am over the moon that I got the chance to read this book, because in the end I loved it more than I thought I would (which is a lot). I want to put the things out there that I didn’t necessarily like so much, just to get it over and done with because I’m not going to lie, there were a few things. For example there was
Giveaway on my blog right now for a copy of this OR Resonance! HERE
Review originally posted on my blog @ Dee's Reads

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

“ Consequences are like people: hard to predict and harder to change." -114

I have a penchant for parallel worlds. ;) Parallel worlds are just so fascinating to think about, especially with hot guys roaming about. Now if we consider multiple versions of one guy in particular…by the name of Simon, wel

Featured in Reading on a Theme: Parallel Realities and Multiple Dimensions on Intellectual Recreation.

Books about parallel or divergent realities are kind of my thing right now, but, even so, Dissonance is really something special.

Delancey Sullivan is a Walker. She has the ability to move between the parallel realities that are created when choices are made. Del gets in trouble with the Consort, the governing body of the Walkers. She is also drawn to the Echoes of Simon, a boy she has a crush o
Tiffany (About to Read)
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dissonance is just one of THOSE books. You know? Can’t put it down. Won’t eat or drink anything for hours and limit trips to the bathroom because you just must. keep. reading.

I honestly can’t say enough good things about this one. It was just amazing. Everything from the characters to the world building was impeccable and it’s clear that a lot of hard work went into this little gem.

Our main character, Del is rebellious, funny, and most of all a free thinker. She looks at things critically and re
My thanks to Simon & Schuster

Point of View: Single (Delancey Sullivan)
Writing: First Person | Past Tense
Setting: Chicago
Genre: Sci-Fi/Paranormal | Multiverse

I actually liked the concept of this book. It was different. Besides, multiverse is probably the only Sci-Fi subgenre that I usually enjoy, so I was excited to read this book. The pretty cover was a plus. Sadly, it turned out too confusing and dragging for my taste. description

The characters were nicely developed. Okay, some were a little strange. But
Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland
One of my first thoughts upon starting this novel was: Del is kind of a brat. Not a great way to start a relationship, and unfortunately, the feeling just got stronger the more I read. Del doesn't seem to have a strong regard for the rules. At first, I decided to give her a chance. Sam from Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall also starts out as a brat but changes into a beautiful, strong, kind-hearted character after all.

The problem with Dissonance, however, is that no character motivation is provided
Hafsah Faizal
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
In a world where every decision has a solid impact, Delancey Sullivan is a delinquent. Falling into trouble is one of her best skills and she doesn’t want to let up on that anytime soon.

Erica O’Rourke’s latest, DISSONANCE, is a wonderful read. While the terminology and workings of the Walker world bordered on confusing, the story itself slowly built a tower that collapses right at the end, stealing your breath away. It was expertly done.

Delancey is a breath of fresh air. Instead of simply being
Lynne Stringer
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Dissonance, even though the world, or should I say worlds, I inhabited in its pages took some getting used to. It was fairly technical, and took a bit of concentration to keep up with different versions of the same place. It reminded me a bit of Inception in the level of concentration it took to keep up with the different threads and how they fixed the problems within them. I found the end a little unsatisfying, mainly because I was not aware this was the first in a series and was exp ...more
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