ResonanceWritten by Erica O'Rourke
(Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - 7/21/2015)Series: Dissonance #2
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: eARC (448 pages)
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...
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I was really excited to find this book on Edelweiss, and once Harmonic (the e-novella) came out, I couldn’t wait anymore! I decided to just read it several months early! I was really curious to see how things would progress in this book, and how much of what I loved in Dissonance would carry through.
What I liked most about Resonance was that it continued to surprise me all throughout the story. Some of these surprises were big things, but others were small things. You know, when you read so much YA that you just expect a character will react in a certain way — and then they don’t? I LOVE THAT. And the best part is that each of these seemed so plausible, so it just made the story even more engrossing.
Wait, hold that. I think there’s one thing I liked even MORE than all of that. Until now, I hadn’t really thought to categorize this series as “dystopian” but as the plot began to unfold in Resonance, it was clear that we were headed down a familiar path (folks in charge know best and everyone’s happy; a rebel group forms and seeks to overthrow said folks in charge; etc. etc.). HOWEVER… Resonance, while not exactly subverting the trope, seeks to take this to a whole new level. View Spoiler »It’s not just “everything in our little society isn’t as it seems” — it’s more like “everything we thought we knew about the universe is incomplete and incorrect and HOLY SHIT!” « Hide Spoiler
Aside from all of that, I think the story did drag for me a bit. There were some predictable points, and the level of angst was high-ish and spewing forth from even more characters this time around. I really enjoyed the concepts and the creative resolutions that Del and others found for some of their problems. It’s a strong sequel, but didn’t hold quite the same level of awe for me as did Dissonance. (I know, I know. It’s hard for book 2 to do!)