Author: Jessica Shirvington
Disruption, a novel by Jessica Shirvington, is a story about Maggie Stevens who is in search of what happened to her father. In this thriller, not set too far into the future, people must wear a device that allows them to turn on the engines of their cars, monitor their health, and, most importantly, rate people’s compatibility with each other. The technology, created by M-Corp and owner Garrett Mercer, is used to match people together so that people will marry who they make the most likely matches. The society dwells on basing their lives on the technology rather than natural human interaction and attraction even to the point where people who have too many negative ratings are treated as criminals and take away for rehabilitation. Unfortunately, the ‘negs’ are used for more sinister purposes. Maggie hates the system and, above all else, wants to find her father who was labeled a ‘neg’ and taken away two years before. Now, Maggie is 18 and has been devising a plan to find her father and disrupt the system. She will do whatever it takes, including using teenage Quentin Mercer, son and heir of the M-Corp CEO, to find out what happened to her father. What Maggie doesn’t count is falling in love with boy she is using.
Disruption is a story that I thoroughly enjoyed as it kept my interest throughout the entire 400 or so pages. It was a riveting story full of danger, intrigue, and action-packed adventure. I loved how Shirvington wrote the characters as flawed individuals living in a flawed society. Although Maggie, Quentin, and other characters have many undesirable qualities, there are many good characteristics that make them who they are. For example, Quentin seems to be an arrogant rich kid that people seem to bend over backward to ingratiate themselves to win his favor; however, he really wants to separate himself from his family’s legacy in order to be a normal kid. It is revealed that he has a sense of what is right and wrong as he discovers what his father has been doing. Maggie, on the other hand, has a sense of doing something right but lies, cheats, steals, and even uses people to accomplish her goals. She is obsessed about finding her father no matter who might get hurt in the process. For what I consider a YA novel, as is the case with many novels written for teens, I think some of the profanity could have been toned down or eliminated altogether. I know that teens, as well as adults, hear and probably use profanity somewhat excessively, but its use does not add to the story. There are other ways of showing a person’s mood and character that do not distract from the story. In spite of the profanity, I still like the story very much and look forward to the sequel, Corruption, coming in 2017. I recommend this book to an older YA audience, but due to the profanity, I think younger teens and preteens should wait a few years before reading this novel.
Guest review by Cleve Johnson
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