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by Jessica Shirvington

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The heart-stopping first chapter in bestselling author Jessica Shirvington's Disruption series. 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


The heart-stopping first chapter in bestselling author Jessica Shirvington's Disruption series. 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 loved most was taken from her, shattering her world as she knew it. Now, Maggie is ready. And Quentin Mercer - 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. Ages 14+

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Publishers Weekly
YA author Shirvington’s solid dystopian thriller for adults depicts a near-future America in which everyone turning 18 is fitted with “M-Bands” that can detect pheremonic compatibility, allowing people to find romantic partners. Those who register as “negative” with too many people are culled from society. Maggie Stevens’s father was one of the culled, and Maggie, who’s based in the Washington, D.C., area, has spent years attempting to find where he was taken. Her efforts involve breaking and entering, occasional acts of violence, and blackmail. The latter is what she uses to keep her hacker accomplice in line and to manipulate the rich and handsome heir to the M-Band fortune for her own purposes. Shirvington (the Embrace series) has a knack for writing tense action sequences and for classic YA romantic tension. A well-crafted twist sets up the next book in the series. Agent: Selwa Anthony, Selwa Anthony Literary Management. (Oct.)
VOYA, October 2016 (Vol. 39, No. 4) - Juli Zimmerman
When the world succumbs to technology and every American is required to be electronically monitored with Mercer Corporation’s M-Bands—which measure health, heart rate, and true mate potential—you have Disruption. The story picks up nine years after the M-Bands are introduced. Maggie Stevens is a fiercely independent young woman on a mission to find her father and clear his name after he registered as a Neg, which is the worst thing that can happen in this new world future. Once registered as a Neg, Maggie’s dad is ostracized from his family and society. Maggie’s mom has given up on her husband and is responsible for paying off all his old debts. She works extra shifts at the hospital where she is a nurse, leaving Maggie to her own devices, which include school, work, and searching in the underground tunnels for her father. Using blackmail, Maggie has enlisted the help of tech-savvy Gus to help her move around undetected in the underground tunnels. A romantic relationship blooms between Maggie and M-Corp heir Quentin Mercer, though their relationship is based on lies and deception. If a reader enjoyed The Hunger Games, they will equally enjoy Disruption. The characters are honest, believable, and share dialogue, which makes the book an enjoyable read. While the middle lags a bit, the end has a powerful climax, leaving the reader excited for the sequel. Readers searching for a strong, compelling female protagonist will not be disappointed in Disruption. Reviewer: Juli Zimmerman; Ages 15 to Adult.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—A fast-paced and frightening dystopian series opener. What if you could wear a smartwatchlike band that could tell you when you're getting stressed or tired or who your next best friend or even soul mate will be? In Maggie Stevens's world, such technology is a reality—and a requirement. Advanced Phera-tech allows people to match up based on their pheromone readings; couples can be enemies, friends, "lust-matches," or even good marriage candidates, and there's the nearly impossible "perfect match." Maggie's father is locked away in a prison for being a "neg," or someone who garners only negative readings with others—a sign of a criminal or otherwise unstable person. The protagonist knows her father is not a neg, so she blackmails the heir to the M-Corp fortune, Quentin Mercer, to help her find her dad. What she doesn't expect is that the person she thinks is her enemy is someone entirely different and that those she loves can be her enemies. As Maggie grapples with whether to trust the Phera-tech ratings or her own instincts, vast conspiracies are unraveled and she must choose between her heart and her head. With heaps of action and suspense, along with a realistically imperfect heroine, this title is a take on a world that is not far from plausible—where we are all controlled by bands on our wrists. VERDICT Fans of Victoria Aveyard's The Red Queen and Marie Lu's "The Young Elites" will enjoy Shirvington's energetic writing style and fresh spin on oppressive future technologies.—Amanda Buschmann, Carroll Elementary, Houston, TX

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Disruption Series , #1
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5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author

Jessica Shirvington lives in Sydney with her husband of ten years, FOXTEL presenter and former Olympic sprinter Matt Shirvington, and their two daughters. She has previously founded and run a coffee distribution company, Stella Imports, in London, and been involved in managing the restaurants Fuel Bistro, Tow Bar and MG Garage in Sydney. She is currently a full-time mum, author and co-director in the company MPS Investments Pty Ltd

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Disruption 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
KrittersRamblings 4 months ago
There are many YA dystopians, but when I read the synopsis of this one, it just had me and I had to read it. Maggie was the best character. I loved her drive and her want to find the truth. Unlike other dystopians she didn't spend the majority of the book bucking the new rules of this new system but instead searching just for the truth about her father and her family. I liked that it didn't center around her being an anarchist - instead finding the truth.
pineappletop92 11 months ago
As a fan of all things dystopia, the premise of this story sounded intriguing to me and had me instantly interested in reading it. I am very glad I did, as it immediately pulled me into the story within the first few pages, and was gripping until the very last. Jessica Shirvington has created a new take on the dystopian model, basing it on the pheremones we naturally create and the technology that has become such an integral part of our lives, with a little bit of a soulmate-vibe. The plot itself is fast-paced and captivating, with constant action mixed with excellent character growth and a storyline that is easy to follow but also complex in its nature. The characters themselves are the most compelling part of this book, with their clear personailities and the changes that shape who they become over the course of the story. Unfortunately, this book is now without its flaws. There was some lack of detail in places, particularly in action scenes, that left me feeling like things had moved or progressed too quickly. It also took me a few times of seeing the word 'kerb' and the use of metric system to realize that the author wasn't American, and having those present in a novel that takes place in America unfortunately pulled me out of the story at those times. (I am not saying the American version of things is the only right way to do things, just that when the protagonist is American and the story is set there, I get confused when she is talking in centimeters instead of inches.) Overall, though, I really enjoyed reading this. It was fun, fast, and compelling, with a great plot and characters I could not stop thinking about. A definite recommendation for all fans of dystopian novels.