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Resonance by Erica O’Rourke eARC {3 Stars}

Resonance by Erica O’Rourke continues the sci-fi adventures in parallel worlds of Del as she tries to figure out what is really going on in the multiverse and hopefully save those she loves on the way. If you haven’t read book one, Dissonance, yet, I highly recommend you stop here and check out my review since there are major spoilers below for Dissonance and you don’t want to ruin the surprise ;-).

Note: I received an advanced copy of Resonance from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Resonance by Erica O’Rourke eARC {3 Stars}

Resonance by Erica O'Rourke (Dissonance #2)
Published by Simon & Schuster on July 21st, 2015
Genres: Sci-fi, YA
Page Length: 448 pages
How I got my copy: Edelweiss
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As a Walker between worlds, Del is responsible for the love of her life—and the fate of millions—in this thrilling sequel to Dissonance.

Del risked everything to save Simon, and now he’s gone, off in another world with no way for Del to find him.

She’s back at the Consort—training to be a Walker like everyone in her family. But the Free Walkers have other plans for her. This rebel group is trying to convince Del that the Consort is evil, and that her parents are unwittingly helping the Consort kill millions of people. The Free Walkers make Del the ultimate promise: if Del joins their fight, she will be reunited with Simon.

In agreeing, Del might be endangering her family. But if she doesn’t, innocent people will die, and Simon will be lost to her forever. The fate of the multiverse depends on her choice...

3 Stars

Strengths:

  • Resonance focuses a lot on the Freewalkers and finding out everything about them. I was never a huge fan of the Consort, so it was great finding out the other side of the story with the Freewalkers :D.
  • The multiverse setup is expanded on a lot in Resonance. There are so many things going on that the Consort didn’t want Del to know and a lot of things clicked into place and made much more sense after the Freewalkers explained it all ;-).
  • In order for me to really feel the tension in a book, I need it to be clear that there will actually be consequences. Resonance does a great job of showing pretty early on that not everyone you like is going to survive and who knows how things are going to shake out. This ratcheted up the tension a whole lot! *sniffles*
  • This series is clearly dabbling in romance and I thought the romantic developments were quite sweet. This is some sexual content though it is fade to black and I thought it was handled quite well. These teenagers are shockingly responsible and safe, yey!
  • Just like Dissonance, Resonance is full of surprises and plot twists. As soon as you think you know how things are going to pan out, bam, plot twist! The ending wasn’t quite at painfully twisty as Dissonance though, whew. My heart really couldn’t handle much more ;-).

Weaknesses:

  • Resonance is pretty darn slow in the middle. I was really excited to get back into this story and then just felt like everyone was dragging their feet.
  • There was also the problem of not enough reminders of what happened in book one for those of us who didn’t reread. I definitely recommend finding a summary before jumping into Resonance if you don’t have a good book memory! Better yet, just binge read book one and two together :D.
  • You know those excerpts from a textbook in Dissonance that I loved so much? Resonance doesn’t have them. I really enjoyed the extra layer of world-building they lent and felt their absence in Resonance.
  • I really liked Del’s friendship in Dissonance, but wow was there a lot of angst in Resonance. Apparently boys and girls can’t be friends without it eventually getting weird, sigh.

Summary:

Resonance is a second book that will work for some but didn’t for me. It is missing my favorite aspects of Dissonance and fills in with things I don’t enjoy as much. If you love this world and characters as much as I do, you’ll probably still enjoy Resonance, just have lower expectations than I did so you can enjoy the ride ;-).

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 Resonance by Erica O’Rourke

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Comments

  1. “You know those excerpts from a textbook in Dissonance that I loved so much? Resonance doesn’t have them.”

    WHAT? No! I loved the whole educational approach to the world building! BAH! I’ll probably end up reading it anyways, but I am not feeling too excited.
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