Here is my review for Disconnect! I also hosted a cover reveal and a release day blitz for this book so I feel like I’ve seen it on a journey 🙂 and YOU can follow the tour by clicking on the banner above!
Title: Disconnect (Divided Worlds Trilogy, #1)
Author: Imran Siddiq
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Published: Feburary 22nd 2013
My Rating: 4 out of 5.
In space, love has boundaries.
Dirtying fingernails in sewers is fast approaching worthlessness for Zachary, a 16-year old Underworld scavenger. When footage of an Overworld girl, Rosa, is discovered, his intrigue heightens at why she expresses sadness with a lavish lifestyle.
In meeting Rosa, Zachary is scorned by her opinion of the deprived. She pities him and provides a means for them to communicate. With time, friendship and something he’s never felt grows; love for another human. Knowing Rosa calls him when it suits her isn’t enough; he wants to meet her, but how? Relationships in Underworld are few, let alone the impossibility with those above the ceiling.
Underworld will suffer when plans to conquer Jupiter’s moon, Europa move ahead. Worse is Rosa’s father, a disgraced Overworld ambassador, approving the plan.
Zachary must defeat the prejudice of the worlds, sneak within opposing forces, lose friends and challenge Rosa’s sadness. In doing so, a twisted secret is uncovered that may devour the reason he lives; Rosa.
Androids also made an appearance! I love a good android, or even, a bad android. In the first few chapters, (i can’t remember exactly what one it was,) Zachery’s boss finds an android with human skin on the outside, which is illegal. This means that the Upperworld government was lying to them.
The relationship between the Upper and Below worlds was very significant. The Below world were basically slaves to the ones living above. An interesting dynamic.
The descriptions were very vivid and made me feel like I was there in the pits with Zachery, scavenging for something valuable.
Zachery, at times, was a hard character to connect with. Admittedly, I’m not a guy from the future scavenging in the sewers, but I think the author did a good job not making the character totally unbelievable and distant.
I enjoyed the slight dash of romance. Zachery fell in love with a girl from the Upperworlds. Rosa. Their love was sweet and innocent. They obviously cared for each other even though living worlds apart (quite literally!). At the beginning Rosa just seemed like a spoilt brat, but by the end I warmed to her 🙂
The twist at the end I was NOT expecting. It has left me wanting to read the second and third books. I know there are more books because I follow Imran on Twitter and he often updates his followers/readers on his editing process. He’s so dedicated and has a schedule for when he writes! I know, this isn’t review of the author, it’s all about the BOOK!
Overall, I enjoyed this book but felt that it was a little too fast paced for me. Maybe that’s a personal preference, I’m not sure. 4/5 stars it is!
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Theres also a book trailer for Disconnect. It’s awesome, and it’s what really got me interested in this book. Also, the author made the trailer himself.
About Author and LINKS:
Imran Siddiq may have tried to leave Leicester a few times, but its become his place to wake up to two cats, freeze when the heating’s off and most of all, get down to writing. At a young age, his primary school teacher commented on his creativity and ability to tell stories. At the age of 29, during a night in the jungle, the bug inside awakened, and for the last 5 years he’s been sacrificing every second that he can to write. A veteran of writing festivals, a presence on Twitter and gobbling up all forms of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, he hopes he can bring a smile to others in the same way that he had, aged 5, reading with a torch under his duvet. Imran’s preferred genre is YA Sci Fi, and he has a tendency to throw a droid in every novel.
Thanks for reading!