Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Book Review: Disconnect (Divided Worlds #1)

Media Type: Ebook
Title: Disconnect
   *Series: Divided Worlds #1
Author: Imran Siddiq
Publisher: Flickimp Publishing
Pages: Paperback; 277
Release Date: January 27, 2013
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Content Screening: Mild Violence

HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Fans of Science Fiction with vivid characters and rules.

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Zachary, a 16-year old Underworlder digs in waste to find anything worth bartering. That is the rule of scavenging.

When he discovers footage of an Overworld girl, Rosa, he’s intrigued by her sorrow and breaks the rule.

That decision changes his life, and he will suffer for it.

Zachary must overcome worthlessness, prejudice, and not let a twisted lie devour the new reason that he survives; Rosa.

In space, love had boundaries.

Science Fiction has always held a special place in my heart. There's something about being transported to new worlds, places just within the grasp of our imaginations, that compels me to keep reading. When I read the synopsis for Disconnect I knew this was a book I'd want to read. The Overworld beckoned to me, and I answered.

What first struck me was how well Zachary's world is built. I was instantly sucked into the Underworld and everything that came along with it. Imagine living in the darkness, on borrowed air, and scavenging to make ends meet. Imran Siddiq has created a society that thrives on tenacity. This is Zachary's reality. He has learned to work alone. He has made himself as strong as he can. That is, until Rosa comes into the picture.

I wasn't sure how I felt about Rosa at first. She's the exact opposite of Zachary in every way. Then again Siddiq's concept of the Overworld makes it very apparent why. The Overworld is verdant, shiny and new. It's everything that the Underworld is not. Two very different places, two very different people, and yet they end up connected. The way things come together in the end surprised me, and I loved it!

It's tough to really share a lot without spoiling anything. True to Science Fiction form, this is a book that really must be experienced to fully appreciate it. What I can say is that the characters are well done, the plot was executed beautifully, and I was left happy at the end. Despite any small qualms I may have had, I did enjoy my trip into Disconnect. I can't wait to read more.

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FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.


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