Disconnect: Book One of the Divided Worlds Trilogy

Disconnect: Book One of the Divided Worlds Trilogy

by Imran Siddiq

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Overview

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.

In space, love has boundaries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783010387
Publisher: eBookPartnership.com
Publication date: 01/23/2013
Series: Divided Worlds Trilogy , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 296 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

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. During a night in the jungle (2007), the bug inside awakened, and since then he’s been sacrificing every second that he can to write. A veteran of writing festivals, a presence on Twitter and always reading to find new worlds. His preferred genre is Science Fiction in YA, though will meddle with fantasy. He has a tendency to throw a droid in every novel – literally.

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Disconnect: Book One of the Divided Worlds Trilogy 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
lizasarusrex More than 1 year ago
This was an extreme action packed dystopia themed book that was fast paced and a blast to read. What's not to love when there's a futuristic, corrupt government lead by politicians who are willing to kill people they feel to be too poor or powerless.  Eventually all the poor and hopeless live in the Underworld. The Overworld is whee everyone else who is powerful and wealthy live together with fresh food, air, and water with enough food and supplies for everyone. It's three hundred years in the future, and the whole world has changed. The Underworld is portrayed as being lower than a junk yard, where the less fortunate go and never come back.  The main character Zachary was a well built up character who I found to be a pleasure to read about. His relationship with Rose is only just beginning and unfortunately they aren't together, as much as I thought the romance part of this book, would include. I wish I would have read more about their love interest in one another, but than again it would have made this book less action packed.  I can't stress how much action is packed into this book, you will be overwhelmed with action and thrill, all in a futuristic dystopian world. I gladly give this book a 4/5. I only left off one point for the overwhelming amount of information that is thrown at you in such large amounts. You may need to re-read some parts just to get all the information. 
Topcho_Nina More than 1 year ago
I had pretty much no idea what to expect when I chose the book - actually this was my first dystopia themed read as far as I remember. So what made me do this rather unusal pick? First of all the cover - it was love from first sight. Seeing it exactly when I was getting tired of covers with photoshopped images, and the catch phrase "Ïn space, love has boundaries" made me fall from the book even before reading it. And I'm happy to say, that after reading it, I loved it even more. Zachary found a special place in my fangirl list. He is exactly the type of main character I love reading. The reluctant hero, the one who doesn't want to get into adventures or dangers in any kind, who just wants to set his own world straight. This young scavanger doesn't want to get involved into anything, but he doesn't back up when he's forced into it. He was weak sometimes, strong when he had to, and even adorable and cute sometimes, and I loved reading about him. Rosa, on the other hand, didn't evoke such warm feelings from the very first pages. At the beginning, she was very much like a spoiled brat, who, I got the feeling, looked at Zachary with pity, like some exotic pet. But even this felt rather normal, given who she was, her parents and her surrounding, it made her real, and with time, as she grew closer to Zach, I, too, started to like her more. There were some really cute romantic moments, that made me go awwww and do a little fangirl dance. I liked reading about Zachary's father. He was... good. Good parent, who tried his best to look after his son, he was rought at times, but so kind at the same time. He, and Patch, they felt so much like family, and I loved them, and when, after the attack, Zack lost first Patch, then his father, it really broke my heart. But you can imagine my joy, when Patch showed up again! There were other interesting characters, and they all helped up with the story. The androids were awesome, and the whole Souls program - it made me go OMG. The world where the novel was set was quite cool, tho I did get confused sometimes. I wish there was more insight on how and when it was built and how Gallilei and the reat of the world functioned, but I guess I have to wait for the next books. The story was really dinamic. It took me some time to get used to the pace, but I really enjoyed it. There's been some time since I read a novel with so many turns and twists, I never knew where the plot was headed. It was actually a cool feeling, because not at one point did it fail my expectations. The story gave me many surprises, and they were all good. And the ending... oh dear, I didn't expect that! The revelation of what Rosa was, actually shocked me less than the fact that they cut out Gallilei just like this. Really a great ending. The last chapers gave the novel some finished look, and in the same time prepared the reader for the next part and left him craving for more. Few quotes when straight to my favourites: “Is this where droids go after service?” (Patch) ~~ “Commands indicate thirty-six minutes remaining before the Right Order Movement proceed to battle. Now would be the ideal time to release your pain.” ~~ “Are you ready?” “How do I know if I am?” “You’d have turned back if you weren’t,” ~~ Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It made me laugh, and crym and tremble in anticipation, and waiting for more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That is one fine ass book!!!!!
rockygirl1 More than 1 year ago
I try to make myself step outside of my comfort zone every now and again.  I find that I’m often surprised and find some pretty good books along the way.  Disconnect was definitely outside of my comfort zone, and I went into it knowing that.  But I really did like the book! I will say that I found it a little hard to follow, like most futuristic books it had a language of its own, which doesn’t bother me.  However, I think when this happens, the mark of a good author is how well all of this is explained and I think a better job could have been done in explaining some of the terms. But, overall, I think this book was really well written.  I found myself pulled into the book and reading to the end, even thought it was getting late and I was tired! Zachary is a very likable character and truly cares for the people and droids that he is around.  Rosa, though he doesn’t have a lot of interaction with her seems to become a focus just because she is a real person. He is easy to connect with. Overall, this book reminded me a lot of Cinders with a twist. The end was a little bit surprising! But a great story overall!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed it. Cant wait to read the others :-)
WonderWmn More than 1 year ago
The author had provided me a copy of Disconnect for review, but instead I got a copy from B&N free and read from there. This book is from two of my favorite genres, science fiction and dystopia, and I was eager to read it. Like many science fiction novels, there's a lot of info given in a short amount of time to get the story moving. Unfortunately, there was so much involved in this one that I had a hard time envisioning the worlds that were described and in turn had a hard time keeping up with the story as a whole. I had to go back numerous times and reread sentences and paragraphs to try to get exactly what was being described. I loved the use of bots and androids in this story. They fit perfectly into the history and helped pick up the story when a more neutral party was needed and gave the right amount of formality to get certain information to the characters and me, the reader. The flow between the characters themselves were hit and miss. I just didn't get the chemistry between Rosa and Zachary. It just didn't click and meld like it should have. This created choppy dialogue and an awkwardness while reading. I will be reading the next novels in the series to see where they take me. I'm not one for starting a series and leaving it hanging. I recommend this book to anyone who is big into science fiction. Science fiction and dystopia seem to go hand in hand with the basic mechanics. I find this book to give a good deal of both genres.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But author seemed to find a better voice in second half, and the momentum from then on was good. Not sure I really understood who the "villains" were, but supect that was on purpose. I was never able to quite muster up any hatred or horror for either the House or ROM. And never really felt emotionally moved by Zachary in any way- by his loss, his love or his paltry friendships. In the end, this was just ok to me, although there were some interesting scifii ideas expressed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great story that kept my interest from start to finish.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WOW!!!!! This was clearly the best book i ever read exclouding Harry Potter. I highly recomrnd it:D
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Lindie_Dagenhart More than 1 year ago
What a pleasant surprise this was! Zachary Conner lives in Underworld with his dad and Patch, a semi functional android welded to the wall. He spends his days rummaging through the trash that drops from Overworld, trying to find salvageable items for sale so that he can put food on the table that isn’t contaminated and funny smelling. His life is dreary, and he mistrusts most people. Until he finds an intact communication device while scavenging one day. Finding one in working condition is practically unheard of, and Zachary could make very good money off it. If he could get himself so far as to sell it. You see, the device contains pictures and diary entries of a girl unlike anyone Zachary has ever met in Underworld. She’s practically from a different world, and he wants to know more about her. Wants to know everything. The fascination gets even worse when he manages to meet her. Once is not enough. He has to see her again. Life is not that simple. Orders have been given that the Underworld districts evacuate. Its inhabitants are considered as dispensable as the trash that drops on them, and nothing will be allowed to stand in the way of expansion. This was a nice, clean, easy read. I enjoyed the main character, Zachary, though for some reason I thought he was 14 for most of the story. The gritty, struggling to survive and stay human feeling of Underworld contrasted well with the cold, clinical Overworld where they would rather make androids more human than care about wasting actual human life. I see you, social commentary. By far Patch was my favorite character. Robots need love too!