Disruption by Jessica Shirvington Review: Scientific match making

April 22, 2014 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 3 stars, Books, Reviews

Disruption by Jessica Shirvington Review: Scientific match makingDisruption by Jessica Shirvington
Series: Disruption #1
Published by HarperCollins Australia on April 1, 2014
Source: Publisher
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
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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 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.

Disruption transforms our world into one where people can find partners from a microchip on their wrist, changing the way we communicate and interact with each other.

I loved the world building and the concept of the new technology, which was explored in detail in Disruption. Phera-tech is the reigning technology, where everyone must wear M-Bands to show how they’d interact with each other. Friends, partners and true love will be found through their compatibility ratings from their M-bands. But if they rate as a negative too many times, they’ll be removed from society. People monitor their M-Bands as they walk past the opposite sex, turn off their M-Bands when they believe they’d found their match, search the world looking for their true matches. The technology has even reduced STDs and teenage pregnancy as people refer to their M-Bands for their matches.

On the flip side, the phera-tech also has a dark side to it, where illegal lust serums are used to boost people’s compatibility ratings, when those who consistently receive negative ratings are removed from society, and the usage of disruption – a serum that gives negs the ability to have ratings for a short period. The unique concept of phera-tech was discussed intricately and weaved into the story, which I really enjoyed.

Maggie was a determined, tough character with a single purpose – to break into M-Corp and rescue her dad. I admired her strength, bravery and dedication all the way through, and loved how she took Muay Thai classes to toughen up. I felt like there was a certain amount of detail missing though on how exactly Maggie achieves her rebel missions other than through the help of Gus’s surveillance and Quentin accompanying her. This made it hard for me to understand how she could achieve such a dangerous mission, relatively single-handedly.

While the romance between Maggie and Quentin evolved over time, I felt like the storyline when he came into the picture would be predictable, and it was. From their falling in love, to Maggie’s inevitable betrayal, there weren’t many surprises here with the romance. While Quentin was a wonderful character who supports Maggie on her missions, even going against his family, I wanted more fire out of him, especially after the big reveal. Instead, he turned into a big mushpot, and I felt like his dedication to Maggie was somewhat unrealistic, especially when she’s going against his own family.

Maggie’s love/hate friendship with Gus featured heaps of witty one-liners and comebacks and I don’t think I’d be in the minority when I say I preferred her and Gus over Quentin. I wish there were specifics given about the blackmail though, because Gus kind of treated Maggie like a friend and the animosity felt kind of playful.


Disruption featured an awesome sci-fi concept, great character development and a slow building romance. I did feel like it was predictable and lacking details especially around the characters, which could have helped me connect with them a bit better. Jessica Shirvington’s crisp, addictive and readable writing was wonderful as always though, and I think YA readers everywhere will enjoy this book. There’s a cliffhanger at the end of the book though – to be continued in Corruption.

Thank you to HarperCollins Australia for sending me a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5


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44 responses to “Disruption by Jessica Shirvington Review: Scientific match making

  1. Awww I'm sorry you didn't like Between the Lives, I thought it was awesome. But the concept behind this book was really unique and done well. Glad to hear you added it to your TBR, I hope you do enjoy it Romi.

  2. I heard about this for the first time last week, and had to read your review when I saw it (which makes 2 reviews of yours that I've seen and known I must read!), and I'm hesitant because I haven't really liked Jessica Shirvington's work before, disliking Between the Lines and not being able to get into the Embrace series for similar reasons) but, despite the romance aspect which I think I may have problems with, I do think I'm going to try my hand at reading this, because the world is so intriguing and I'm really interested in learning more after reading your review! So, this is a tbr for me!
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  3. I love reading stories where the world is quite different from ours and the world-building is well done! But I want to have well-developed characters, too. Yeah, I know, I'm a difficult reader 😀

    I will probably give Disruption a try, but not straight away. The cliffhangers are often not needed, in my opinion, and if they're added only to try to make people pick up the second (or third…) book in a series, it's an overused plot device.

    Great review, Jeann. Happy reading!
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  4. I have a terrible time find good sci fi so I will probably be checking this one out just for that reason! Plus everything sounds pretty good except the predictability. That can really take a lot of fun out of reading a book :/
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  5. I like the idea behind this story, with the M-band, it sounds just a tad different from most dystopia's out there. Although it indeed sounds weird how she manages to conduct such a dangerous mission almost single handed. I am looking forward to read this one, I added it to my to-read list after I saw it in your book haul :).
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    • Yeah and it's not actually dystopian, even though it has elements of it because it's set in our real world which is really interesting! Glad you added it to your TBR 🙂

  6. I've heard great things about Shirvington's writing. I found the concept pretty awesome. What? Muay Thai classes? That's kick-a! Sorry the romance was predicatble for you though. I'm glad you enjoyed this as a whole, Jeann 🙂
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  7. I'm glad you enjoyed this one! I've heard a lot of great things about Jessica's new series, and I'm going to need to check it out because I remember really liking her Embrace books. And yay for good world-building because just reading the first two paragraphs there are all these new words that are probably unique only to this series and if the tech wasn't explained that would not be fun lol. Fantastic review, Jeann! <33
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  8. I once read a book about the usage of barcodes to control everything from health care to marriage. It was really poorly developed and the love took over everything. I'm glad that's not the case with this one. Although predictable, I think it's still interesting and Maggie seems like a character I'd love to meet. I'll maybe wait until the next book just so I don't need to suffer through the cliffhanger, lol.
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  9. As someone who loves Dystopians, you betcha that I'll be getting this one. And also as someone who loved (and read a lot!) Dystopians, you can also bet that I'll be more critical than usual. I'll be reading this one soon and I really hope I love it. Your points worry me a bit, but every book out there has its own flaws, and I'm just hoping it wouldn't bother me as much!
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  10. I think I would really enjoy this author's writing style, but I'm not sold on the predictability of the plot line or semi developed characters. And, boy to I hate YA with their cliffhangers. URGH! I'll probably wait until the next installment hits shelves, just to be able to avoid it altogether.
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  11. The cover is actually really cool if you see it in person, it's metallic gold 🙂 I have read lots of great books this month, this year actually! hope it continues hehe.

  12. ASDFGHJKL. I loved this book so much.

    I can see where the little things might have annoyed you though. I wish wed been given a bit more background about exactly how Gus came to be so weaved into her mission. But I don't know I just love Shirvington. I love her ability to just draw me into her storyland completely. It's fantastic 😀

    And YES that cliffhanger ending I cannot even. I'm just happy the sequel isn't too far away!
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  13. I really want to read this because it's Sci Fi and I regret not getting it for review when I had the chance. I didn't realise it was part of a series though and I wish they did a better job of the cover. Since it's a Sci Fi novel, I'd think you could do so much more with it. It seems like you've read some great books this much 😉 I'm jealous!
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  14. Desnica K

    I read the synopsis for this a while ago and was curious enough about it to add it to my TBR..though I didn't realise it was part of a series.

    Glad to know you enjoyed it overall

  15. To be honest, I never realised what this one was about. I've seen raving about it and that's it. The cover doesn't really give anything away haha. So thank you for sharing! I know what it feels like when you read a good book but can't connect with the characters. But I really want to see this amazing writing!
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