Disruption Review

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Title: Disruption

Author: Jessica Shirvington

Genre & Age Group: Science fiction, dystopian, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Goodreads

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Once I first found out about Disruption, I knew I needed it in my hands. I love a good sci-fi story, and this book had amazing ratings, so I requested it at the library, only expecting good things.

And, for the most part, good things were what I got from this story! I absolutely loved the concept of this book- it completely hooked me, leaving me aching for more!

To briefly synopsize this story, it revolves around a girl named Maggie, who lives in a society where it has become mandatory to get an M-Band once one turns 18. These M-Bands work to find out the chemistry between its owner and a potential partner, but the downside to them is that they can easily be used against you. Thus, Maggie has a plan to try to get rid of these M-Bands- and she’ll do anything it takes.

Okay. It’s the characters paragraph, and I think you guys know what I’ll be saying- which is the same thing I’ve been saying about most protagonists lately. Maggie was very strong and I was quite fond of her, but surprise, surprise! Unmemorable. Seriously, where are the characters that I can actually relate to? Are there even any anymore? Where have they all disappeared to, hello? And don’t even get me started on the side characters- as I write this review, I only finished this book a week ago, and I can barely even remember their traits.

I believe that this was meant to be more of a plot-driven story, as shown very clearly by its atmosphere and events. Learning about the M-Bands was so cool and the ratings between people definitely fascinated me, and as well, the plot was fast-moving and had me on the edge of my seat at all times!

I just have one teensy, tiny request, though- the M-Bands only measured chemistry between straight couples, but I think the author could have done so much better, especially since it takes place in the future. Honestly, sci-fis lack so much diversity *shakes head*. Can’t there just be one LGBTQ+ couple? Just one? That’s literally all I’m asking, and it’s not hard to incorporate at all!

All in all, I really enjoyed Disruption and its super fast-moving plot, and that was probably the ‘focal point’ of the book for me. Unfortunately, though, the characters were not ones to be remembered, but I definitely do really, REALLY want to read on! Anyone searching for a super interesting, thrilling dystopia with a tiny pinch of romance should absolutely consider this one!

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