Series: Disruption #1
Published by HarperCollins Australia on April 1, 2014
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