Disruption by Jessica Shirvington

Disruption Disruption Book One
Written by Jessica Shirvington
Science Fiction, Dystopian, Romance
Published April 1st 2014
400 Pages
Published by Harper Collins Australia
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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 Merce, 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.
It's been two years for eighteen year old Maggie Stevens since her father was taken from her and imprisoned, and she'll do anything to find him. Nine years ago, it was decided that citizens would be required to wear an M Band, a simple device fitted to your wrist that ensures the government has access to your health rating, who a potential partner may be and if you register as a Negative, lesser citizens who are seen to be on the verge of being nothing more than a disturbance. So how did a kind and gentle man such as Maggie's father, a model citizen, register a series of Negatives?

Maggie is deeply entrenched into the seedy underworld of illegal bands, and accessing the tunnels that run under the cities. While the M Corporation educates the community on the rehabilitation of the Negative citizens, supposedly being treated in sprawling self sufficient farms, Maggie knows the truth. The unwanted population are taken prisoner and held in underground societies known as Pods, where hundreds, if not thousands, live in poverty and never to see the light of day again. Maggie suspects her father is one of the prisoners, but she'll need the heir to the M Corporation empire, fellow student Quentin Mercer's help.

With hacker and M Corporation employee Gus in her debt, Maggie sees to it that Quentin knows first hand what it feels like to be a Negative, ensuring that the wealthy and handsome eighteen year old's status will get her what she needs to find her father before Cleaning Day, when she may lose him forever. In exchange for her silence and aiding to mask Quentin's rating, Maggie wants access to his father's files, meanwhile keeping up the ruse that the two are now somewhat of a couple. But Maggie begins to realise that there is far more to Quentin than the Mercer family name, and his horror of the control and oppression hidden from his society.

Kelly's Thoughts

Disruption was brilliant. Following the story of Maggie, who'll stop at nothing to free her father from injustice by bribing and blackmailing those around her, a mission she's been working towards since her father was taken two years prior. Quentin plays a pivotal role in gaining access to the Mercer run pods, where Maggie believes her father is being kept. The only way she can recruit Quentin, is to offer to manipulate the eighteen year old into believing he too is a Negative, which would all but destroy his life, his family and find himself being detained. Throughout the storyline, we see Maggie begin to struggle with her deception as she begins to see that there is more to the heir of the M Corporation.

Maggie is incredibly sassy, tough and street smart. I loved her interactions with Gus, a technical expert which she is also blackmailing. He loathes her and longs for her demise, but as non compliant as he claims to be, he's somewhat of a trusted friend. If only Maggie could see how important Gus is. Quentin is an incredibly likable character, down to earth, passionate and although he doesn't realise hes being manipulated, he's incredibly trusting considering he feels he has nothing left to fight for. As the two teens explore the world that Quentin's father has created, the horrors and unjust treatment of those who Quentin believe were once in his position, brings the two closer together, learning to lean on one another. That ending? When it seems all is lost, a glimmer of hope left me wanting, no needing, more.

Not only is Disruption superbly written, but the storyline is explosive, the characters engaging, underhanded but still incredibly charming. This is my first Jessica Shirvington read, and it was phenomenal. I love my dystopian young adult and Disruption is one of the best I've read.


  1. Damn, I don't live in Australia. I'm glad you really enjoyed this book Kelly! 5 stars! Whoa! I definitely have to give this a shot now! From your review I feel like both Maggie and Quentin are likable and very different from each other. The premise for this one is original andintryuiging too. I don't think I've read a dystopian for awhile now so I will definitely try to get my hands on this one. Awesome review!

    1. Considering both characters are incredibly different, they're both really engaging and likable in their own right. It's an awesome read, can't wait to see what you think of it Amir.

  2. I read my first Shirvington book recently, and it was a pleasant experience. I will try this out, too, since you loved it! I already know that you will demand for me to read this. SO I WILL!

    ~ Dre @ Sporadic Reads

    1. Yes, yes I will.

      I've had this one on my shelf for a while, but so glad I finally picked it up. One of the best dystopians I've read.

  3. Sounds so good! I'm kind of excited to read about Maggie's ruthlessness. I don't read near enough books featuring bribes and blackmail! I've had a good feeling Disruption since I saw the cover, and I'm glad that it lives up to my hopes. :)

    -P.E. @ The Sirenic Codex

    1. She's so sassy and doesn't care who she stomps over to reach her father. But I loved watching her transformation, especially as she starts to care for Quentin. She tries to fight it, but he's just too charming to resist.

  4. Quentin was a great character, but I think I still preferred Gus. Great to hear you loved this dystopian (surprise surprise!) I liked the modern future aspects of this one and how technology was used, but overall I thought there was something lacklustre about it.

    1. Ahh, the nerd. I found myself campaigning for him too in the beginning, but they had that love hate, almost sibling relationship going on. He would have definitely given her a run for her money if the playing field had been even, and she wasn't blackmailing him. I can't wait for book two.

  5. Oh this sounds so so good! I haven't read anything by Jessica Shirvington either. Buuuut, sassy? I like sassy. And anyone named Quentin is automatically cool in my head for some reason. I just keep thinking of John Green's Q and he was pretty dang awesome.

    1. He was, wasn't he. Maggie is manipulative and gather information in the hopes of being able to blackmail someone with it in the future. She's an awesome character, loved her to bits.

  6. Awww, I wish I could join this giveaway. I've been eyeing this book ever since I read every Aussie book blogger's rave reviews of it! They're saying that it has redefined the very-much saturated Dystopian genre! I can't wait to meet the MC - she sounds so kickass. Sassy is pretty much kick-ass in my book.

    Faye at The Social Potato


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