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Title & Series: RESONANCE (Dissonance #2)
Author: Erica O’Rourke
Release date: July 21, 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 448
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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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…


NOTE: This review is based on a finished copy received from the publicity agency in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.

The Review

RESONANCE is the absolutely riveting, action-packed, nail-biting, and thought-provoking sequel in Erica O’Rourke’s stunning and inventive Dissonance series. It picks up shortly after the heartbreaking events that left readers anxious but hopeful for what is to come and takes them on an exhilarating and thrilling and emotional ride.

Reeling from what Simon did to keep her safe and the discoveries she made about her Grandpa Monty, Del is not the same girl she was, she is not ready to pick her life back up and continue on as if nothing had happened, and she’s not even sure she wants to be a Walker. But if she can’t at least pretend, the truth could come out, putting everyone she cares about in danger.

With Lattimer looking to use her to track down the Free Walkers, and the weapon he thinks they have, and the Free Walkers seeking her help against the Consort, help that could save infinite worlds and lives, she’s going to have to do more than pretend, she’s going to have to choose a side. And she’s going to have to be prepared to live with the consequences of her choice.

Whether it’s her own life, the lives of her friends and family, the lives of the Echoes, the lives of the Walkers, or the lives of the Free Walkers, there will be a cost. She’ll just need to decide how high a price she’ll be willing to pay.

Author Erica O’Rourke delivers an epic and amazing follow-up that offers readers much to think about – actions and consequences, right and wrong, differing beliefs, the greater good, the value of a single life, power and control, choices, and sacrifices. She gives them a story that is incredibly well-developed, beautifully told, and utterly captivating.

The author allowed her character Del to grow, to become more aware of the world and worlds she lives in, to become more understanding of others’ choices, and to become more understanding of who she is and what she’s willing to live with and live without. She made her into a hero, but one whose heroism is believable.

From its first movement to its last, RESONANCE is brilliant and gorgeous and moving and simply extraordinary. It promises to engage, allure, surprise, electrify. It ratchets up the tension and suspense, ensuring readers will be kept on edge. And it introduces a jaw-dropping twist that they won’t see coming. It is an imaginative and memorable, must-, must-, must-read sequel.

The Rating


Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

About Erica O’Rourke


Erica O’Rourke is the author of Dissonance and Resonance and of the Torn trilogy, which includes Torn, Tangled, and Bound. She lives near Chicago with her family. Visit her at and on Twitter: @Erica_ORourke.


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Title & Series: DISSONANCE (Dissonance #1)
Author: Erica O’Rourke
Release date: July 22, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 469
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

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Some decisions have unimaginable consequences.

Every time someone makes a choice, a new parallel world is spun off the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, sneaking out instead of staying in bed—every decision creates an alternate universe in which an Echo self takes the road not travelled. As a Walker who can navigate between these realities, Del is training to help keep the dimensions in harmony.

When Del secretly starts to investigate other dissonant worlds, she get tangled up with an Echo of her longtime crush. She knows she shouldn’t keep seeing him. But as Del persists, she uncovers a truth that the Council of Walkers is trying to hide—a secret that threatens the entire multiverse.



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Title & Series: HARMONIC (Dissonance #1.5)
Author: Erica O’Rourke
Release date: March 17, 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 119
Formats: eBook


Del’s older sister can also walk between worlds, but her loyalties are uniquely tested in this original enovella set in the inventive world of Dissonance.

Addison Sullivan, Del’s older sister, has always been considered a model Walker—but her reputation within the Consort has been tainted by her grandfather’s betrayal and her sister’s recklessness. She is desperate to regain her position within the Consort and equally desperate to keep Del from spiraling out of control after losing the boy she loves.

The Consort offers Addie a chance to redeem herself: if she can track down the Free Walkers her grandfather knew twenty years ago, they’ll fast-track her apprenticeship and put her in charge of her own team. Addie asks a former classmate and crush, Laurel, a Consort historian, for help. As they work together, Addie’s feelings for Laurel resurface, but she’s too afraid to act. Same-sex relationships aren’t expressly forbidden by the Consort, but she fears that a relationship with Laurel would be viewed as yet another mark against her.

While she is fighting her feelings for Laurel, troubling details start emerging during their investigation…details that paint Addie’s family in a sinister light. Will she reveal what she’s learned to the Consort, or try to protect her family?

This enovella is set in the time between Dissonance and Resonance.


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