Corruption by Jessica Shirvington Review: Taking M-Corp Down

November 5, 2014 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 4 stars, Books, Reviews

Corruption by Jessica Shirvington Review: Taking M-Corp DownCorruption by Jessica Shirvington
Series: Disruption #2
Published by HarperCollins Australia on November 1, 2014
Source: Publisher
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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How do you live with yourself
when you’ve deceived the one you love?

How do you move on when the person
you’ve been fighting to save betrays you?

Two years ago, Maggie Stevens began the hunt.

Four weeks ago, Maggie’s world fell apart, when she finally
found what she’d been looking for. And when Quentin,
who had blindly trusted her, unravelled her web of lies.

Now, Maggie lives in the dark. But she’s not about to stay there.
Not when she still has to bring M-Corp down.
Not when there is still a chance she could win him back.

In the exhilarating conclusion to Disruption, Maggie must do
whatever it takes to show the world the truth.
And the price for her quest?


The smashing conclusion to the hit sci-fi series where relationships with others are dictated by M-band technology was exhilarating and action-packed.

Corruption picks up exactly where Disruption left off, without a recap of events or people. It all comes back quickly though, with Maggie’s kick ass attitude, her smarmy best friend Gus and the betrayed lover Quentin all making a quick comeback. These characters are all so vibrant and even though there were touches of a love triangle, I really enjoyed how they relied on each other, despite having differing opinions and concerns.

We were one another’s true match, and the science behind the tech proved that true matches were fiercely possessive and protective of one another. My actions proved this as much as his. 

I was actually quite surprised with how the start of the book seemed to resolve too quickly, which was a little hard to believe. This just sets the quick pacing of the storyline and the flurry of events we move through though, as Maggie focuses on taking down M-Corp, throwing whatever resources and help comes her way. The technology and the action left no time for a breath, as I was swept through twists, betrayals, surprises and turns.

Maggie is such an awesome character, I love how she’s cold, calculated, and willing to sweep anyone under a rug who stands in the way of her goal. She does have a softer side to her though, which is her feelings for Quentin and her deep caring and love for her family and friends. Although some of the lines he delivered veered on the side of cheesy, I thought this couple was really touching and loved seeing Maggie soften in his presence.

“But I’m fairly certain you now have enough of your faculties back to ensure you won’t forget that if you ever touch Maggie again like you did yesterday, I won’t be stopping at one punch. Gus, this isn’t a warning, it’s a promise.” – Quentin. 

Gus delivered some smarmy lines too during the Corruption, and his banter, loyalty and friendship with Maggie, despite what they have undergone in the past was really touching. I really did enjoy the trio, even though there were times where Gus and Quentin would be head to head over Maggie, which kind of strengthened my liking of Quentin’s protectiveness.


The stakes were so much higher in Corruption as Maggie now knows exactly who she is dealing with, and allies and enemies will reveal themselves to her at every turn. It turns out Maggie isn’t a lone wolf in her mission, and seeing it all unveil in Corruption was a satisfying experience. With a memorable cast of characters, some amazing new technology and a refreshing ‘take down the corporation’ plot, I really enjoyed this duology.

Rating: 4 out of 5

I received a review copy of the book from Harper Collins Australia in exchange for an honest review. 

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Jeann is an Aussie YA blogger and mum who loves to read and recommend books! You can usually find me fangirling about books on my various social media channels including Twitter @happyindulgence, Instagram and Youtube.

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29 responses to “Corruption by Jessica Shirvington Review: Taking M-Corp Down

  1. This is super exciting! I read Disruption a few months ago and absolutely loved it and thirsted for more. MOOORE, I TELLS YOU! It might be a while before I can get this one, though, although I am really, really, really wanting it SO BLOODY MUCH! I don't mind if there will be a love triangle (or hints of it anyway) because I like Gus 😛
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  2. I just added the first book to my TBR because it looks interesting AND it seems it got better in the second book. And I love stories that just keep getting better…not to mention, I love a duology because it's short and sweet. Anyway, can I just say that I love the covers to these books. I can't tell you why but I do and I just think they're cool. Stunning review as always Jeann! ♥
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    • Yay, glad to hear you love the sound of it Cristina! I do enjoy duologies who don't leave cliffhangers and dragging things out for the sake of it. They are pretty awesome covers! Thanks Cristina 🙂

  3. I haven't started this series yet, but I read Jessica's Between the Lives and absolutely adored it, so I am so excited to start it! It's always great when the tension and stakes are heightened in a second installment. Thanks for sharing Jeann and, as always, fabulous review! <3
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  4. The only book I've read by this author before is her Between The Lives novel (but when I got my arc it was called One Past Midnight so I think it has two different names) that being said I really enjoyed it and I heard so many good things about this duology and I just want to give it a chance! I'm so thrilled this one worked for you 🙂 Lovely review!
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  5. I absolutely loved this duology as well Jeann, it's been one of my favourite series overall. I was sad to say goodbye to Maggie, she's such an incredible character, and I loved that she didn't turn into a love struck idiot when her love interest was introduced. The ending was magnificent, but incredibly bittersweet. I'm really excited to see what Jessica Shirvington is working on next.

    Brilliant review Jeann <3
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    • Glad to hear you loved it heaps Kelly, I loved the technology and Maggie and Gus were fantastic. She stayed strong throughout and didn't sacrifice who she was. Thank you Kelly!

  6. You really do Kara, I think you will really enjoy it! I have actually stopped adding random books to my TBR because yeah, ain't going to happen lol. If you like her writing, this one will be good too. Glad to hear you bumped it up!

    • You really do Kara, I think you will really enjoy it! I have actually stopped adding random books to my TBR because yeah, ain’t going to happen lol. If you like her writing, this one will be good too. Glad to hear you bumped it up!

  7. I began thinking about this book on the train on the way home today and almost began crying.

    The worst part is that this is not the first time this has happened.

    But YES it was SO GOOD!
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  8. Ack, I really need to pick up book one! I'm liking the sound of Maggie and I would love to meet her. I'm scared about the love triangle, though, since I always go for the best friend. xD We'll see how it is for me this time around. Awesome review, and I'm glad that you enjoyed both this and the first, Jeann. ^_^
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  9. Oh my gosh Cait, if you loved the first book then you'd love the 2nd as well. It was the same for me, I was like why is everyone raving about it? Then YES! So good. The banter, and I love Maggie, Quentin and Gus.

  10. Now that the duology is complete, theoretically, there is nothing much stopping me from reading it. I've had Disruption for SO LONG and I've put it off for just as long. I have no idea why because everyone seems to love it! I LOVE BANTER and a headstrong protagonist so this seems like it'd be for me (to be honest, I've avoided it because I'm a tad over the dystopia). Hopefully I can give the genre one last go. Fantastic review, Jeann! x
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    • Oh if you love Banter and a headstrong protagonist I think you'd definitely enjoy this series. I know what you mean about dystopia though, these days it's hard to find a good one that stands out! Thanks Jess!

  11. Hmmmm, this duology sounds like something I'd enjoy loads, with the slight dystopian-ish feel to it and the corporation and the technology and everything… Glad to hear there really isn't a love triangle per se.

    Great review Jeann! Adding these to the wish list!
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    • Thanks Genie, Between the Lives was a 5 star read for me that I really enjoyed. I loved how Maggie didn't sacrifice her character for love or her final mission, she really stuck to her guns.

  12. I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE!! FJASKDLAFD I loved book #1 too much, I tell you, too much. I am literally busting out of my brains with love for it. I was all like "meh 3-stars" for book #1 at the beginning, and then BOOM. My brain exploded. It was 5-stars for the rest. I love the banter and the wit and I love the uniqueness of it. And I ADORE Maggie and Quentin.

    *runs away to ship them furiously*
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