Review: Resonance by Erica O’Rourke

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Resonance by Erica O’RourkeResonance by Erica O'Rourke
Series: Dissonance #2
Published by Simon & Schuster BFYR on July 21, 2015
Genres: Alternate Universe, Romance, Science Fiction
Pages: 448
Format: eARC
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three-stars

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...

Dissonance turned out to be a surprise hit for me, one of those books that really worked for me despite being not as romancey and not as character-driven. By the time I got to Resonance, though, I was nervous. For one thing, I wasn’t sure if I would remember the elaborate parallel universe world building or the characters. What if Resonance didn’t stand up next to Dissonance? Though lacking some of the page-turning power of Dissonance, Resonance reminded me why I enjoyed it so much with the powerful world building, strong plot, and lovely prose.

I’d forgotten how lovely the writing in this series was. It’s poetically and philosophically gorgeous at times, but also really fits the intelligence of the heroine so that it doesn’t feel out of place. There were a number of times where I found myself rereading a particular paragraph because it was so gorgeously written and deep. Some authors have prose I just wish I could roll around in, and that’s the case with Resonance.

I’m still massively charmed by heroine Delaney. She remains her selfish, impulsive, rebellious self, and I really love that about her. Many would call her a bitch and cringe away from her strong hatred of her grandfather in this book (for things he did in Dissonance), but it’s so very her. She’s got a lot in common with her grandparents basically. I love her voice and her rage and the fact that she can sit down, reflect, and change her mind after blowing up.

The world building in this series is so incredibly strong. Erica O’Rourke’s parallel universes are like nothing I’ve ever encountered in their mechanics, but she explains everything so well that it all makes perfect sense to me. After a year, I picked up Resonance and everything came flooding back, which does not always happen for me.

The romance leaves me a bit cold, but it’s not so bad that I unship. Something about Simon and Del I actually do like, though I really can’t say why. However, they barely spent any time together in Dissonance and basically all of Resonance is them being willing to do anything to save one another. Del will turn on everything and everyone she’s ever known for the chance to get Simon back, which is kinda uncomfortable. O’Rourke plays with the whole echo thing a bit, but honestly Del could have switched to a different Simon from her parallel universe harem and I would totally have been okay with it, which is probably not okay. Best couple in the series is definitely Addie and her girlfriend, because they are so cute and functional together. Holla!

For about half of the novel, Resonance was solidly on the four star track, where it would have joined Dissonance. Quality-wise, I think Resonance is probably about even with Dissonance, based on my vague recollections. What differed was my engagement. I think Resonance just carried on too long. Despite having been very into the book to start with, my attention span waned, and I struggled through the last hundred pages even though a whole lot was happening. Much as I’ve talked about series often stretching out unnecessarily, I think the Dissonance duology easily could have been a trilogy instead.

Another boon of a third book would be a less open ending. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with open endings. They’re daring (when done right) and allow the reader a lot of power, but they can also be frustrating. The ending of Resonance walked the line between the two for me. I don’t feel like it copped out and failed to provide answers, but there is just so much I want to know about the events of the book. I think the ending’s legit, but I’m not entirely satisfied because of how much more I was hoping for. It didn’t help that I wasn’t sure if this was a duology until I’d already finished, so I didn’t really see it coming.

I really thought I would like Resonance more than I did, but I’m very glad that I finished out the series. I still think it’s a really strong series on that line between science fiction and fantasy. It’s highly original, and you should check it out if you’re into strong world building.

Favorite Quote:

Some songs you love from the instant you hear them. Six notes in, part of you rises up and says yes. Before the melody’s complete, before you’ve heard the lyrics or the bridge, something within you recognizes it as part of your soul, as if it’s been waiting for you all this time.

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2 responses to “Review: Resonance by Erica O’Rourke”

  1. Lyn Kaye says:

    I worried a lot about picking up the next one. Dissonance was pretty okay for me. I was more drawn to the world building than I was the storyline. I can tell I am going to get it just for the sci-fi alone. As for the romance….meh. I have to know – is there more Addie? I actually liked her a lot more than Del.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      There is more Addie. She’s not super central, but she’s there behind her fabulously grumpy self! And her girlfriend is around too!

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