DiSemblance

DiSemblance

by Shanae Branham

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Overview

DiSemblance by Shanae Branham

Jason Tanner lives between two worlds. Problem is, only one is real.

Inside the hologram machine 17-year-old Jason has everything his heart desires, including a digital simulation of his dead mother. While outside the machine, he's forbidden contact with everyone. Living within the shadow of a serial killer, Jason is captivated by the beautiful girl next door, Boston Manning. Disobeying his father, he secretly cultivates a relationship with her.

For Boston life is divided into those that have and those that have not. Displaced in a new high school, she is determined to have the life she's always wanted. But will her choices hijack her dreams and plunge her into the treacherous clutches of a serial killer?

As an action-packed romantic thriller, DiSemblance is sure to keep you guessing until the very end.

"A Marvelous, fast-paced thriller, sure to appeal to teen science-fiction aficionados and the uninitiated alike." ~ Jill Allen, Clarion Review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477527764
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/08/2012
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)

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DiSemblance 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
sleepygirl More than 1 year ago
I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review. DiSemblance starts out as your typical young adult book with Jason, a 17-year-old who has a crush on his neighbor, Boston. It soon turns out to be more of a suspenseful murder mystery. Once I got into it, it was difficult to put down. Shanae Branham’s writing style is easy to follow and is geared more to young adults. I like that the chapters are short since I often have to do this or that in between reading and the short chapters help with having to set the book down for a minute or two. The story is told from 3 points of view: Jason, Boston, and the detective. This is a great idea and makes the story not only more suspenseful but also makes it more difficult to put down. Anyone who likes mystery suspense will love DiSemblance.
momisreading More than 1 year ago
Jason Tanner’s dad has invented a hologram machine. (Think Star Trek—I always wanted one of those!) In order to protect the technology until it can be patented, the family has remained very isolated. Jason and his brother are homeschooled and don’t interact with anyone in the neighborhood. But both are intrigued by Boston, the girl that has moved in across the street. Bruce is a detective, and is the expert on the Comfort Killer in the department. He is determined to catch the serial killer. His investigation brings him to the Tanner’s home. Now he must determine how Jason fits in with the Comfort Killer’s plans. I liked the idea of the story. The author kept me guessing as to what was real and what wasn’t. I had a hard time getting into the book, though. It moved along ok, but I just found myself wanting to put it down and go do something else for a while. I never really connected with the characters. The story is told from three points of view: Jason’s, Boston’s and Bruce’s. It seemed like a surface telling, though. I didn’t feel what they were feeling or become invested in how things affected them. It did get a little better in the last couple chapters. I was given a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Jason Tanner lives with his brother and father. His father has invented a hologram machine and set it up so they don’t have to live with the grief of her passing. But Jason is starting to have a crush on the girl next door, Boston. This is strictly against his father’s orders of not talking to anyone. If trying to live between the hologram life and real life are not hard enough, Jason’s father is accused of being the Comfort Killer, a serial killer that specifically goes after those that are dying and is killed. Someone has framed Jason and is trying to get his father’s discoveries and inventions. Detective Durante knows all the evidence looks like Jason is the killer but his gut tells him there is more to this story. The problem is since Jason lives in a holographic world how much of what is happening is real. When I first read the blurb to this book I was intrigued. The blurb doesn’t really describe this story. After losing his mother to cancer, Jason’s father creates a holographic environment so they don’t really have to live without her. But someone wants this knowledge and they will stop at nothing to get it. After his father is killed, Jason goes on the run with his brother Isaac, and Boston. They are trying to stay out of the reach of the killer along with trying to prove their innocence. I really like this story. There are so many twists and turns that I was constantly trying to figure out what was happening. Then there are some parts that you don’t really know if it is happening in reality or the holographic world. That added a new level to this already intense thriller. I cannot wait to see what happens next in the second book, Boston’s Quest. This is geared to young adult but it will appeal to adults too. I received DiSemblance for free from Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
WonderWmn More than 1 year ago
When I started the book, I thought, cool, this sounds like Star Trek, and you can imagine my glee when the character describes it the same way. But that’s about it when it comes to Star Trek. From there we are thrown into mystery, murder, suspense and a true thriller novel. There is a total uniqueness to this story that really impresses me, especially with the direction that YA/Teen novels are currently progressing. This one will satisfy those who want a mystery minus the paranormal. The characters themselves do not have an even flow. I’m not sure if this was intentional or not. Being that Jason and Isaac had basically been social outcasts since their father cut them off from the world and homeschooled them plus kept them mentally tuned to technology than with sociology there should be an awkwardness to them. Sometimes I felt that, but then there were times that when they should have been basically falling over themselves, they weren’t. The romantic chemistry between the characters didn’t mesh very well either and I feel that could definitely use an overhaul. There are layers of stories here which in turn gives the reader different character personalities and has the reader keeping their thinking cap on. What will happen to this couple? Who is real? How in the world did they do that? More questions, but the ending does a pretty good job of giving you the answers needed until the next book comes out. All in all it was interesting read and again, for those who are looking for something a bit more grounded, almost Mission Impossible style, they will surely enjoy this book. Those who are all out techno wizards will also enjoy this book. Read only paranormal or contemporary? You will probably not enjoy this, but hey, not every book is for every person.
TeenBlurb More than 1 year ago
DiSemblance is a thrilling and suspenseful mystery full of twists and turns that leave you yelling,"What happens next.” or, “I did not expect that…”. Jason is an intriguing character that has a unique way of thinking and we are constantly trying to figure things out before him. Detective Bruce Durante is a seasoned cop through and through. Like a bloodhound with the scent of its quarry, he does not give up without a fight. Switching between Jason’s point of view, and then Bruce’s, really gives you a good insight into each character. This is a book where you do not know who did it until the very end. Disemblance is a riveting and captivating story that will have you thinking long after you have put the book down! I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
DaleneH More than 1 year ago
Definition of dissemblance: The state of being disguised or concealed behind a false apperance. This book was amazing! This book is another example of why I love indie authors. After receiving the request, I read through it thoroughly as I always do. Sometimes if I don’t have time, I will come back to the request at a later date. I read the synopsis and thought, no this book is not my type at all. For the most part I don’t read fantasy and I definitely don’t do futuristic, so I was pretty sure I would pass on this request. However, the mystery side of it caught my attention and so after some thought, I decided to read this book and I’m sure glad I did. The book was very fast paced. The chapters are short and immediately you are caught up in the story. Flip flopping back and forth basically between Jason’s point of view and Det. Durante’s point of view and so you have to keep reading because you have to find out what happened to Jason, but it’s after the chapter involving the detective, and so on and so on and so on. The pages just flew. I really enjoyed the idea and plot of the story. It had my head spinning throughout the entire book and especially in the end. There is no up and down with the book, the story just carries from beginning to end. I liked all of the characters and I especially liked how the author was able to weave in just a little bit of personal side story to get you hooked with the characters. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to read. I would highly recommend this to those who enjoy thrillers and mysteries, as well as fantasy and futuristic. This story will knock your socks off!
Keely-Ann More than 1 year ago
DiSemblance is a fast paced, utterly suspenseful, thriller filled with a variety of exciting elements ~ murder, mystery, the incredible advancements of technology, and a hint of the paranormal. It’s nearly impossible to tell what world is real and what is merely a figment of the imagination or, more likely, the result of very talented software programming. A real brain scrambler, DiSemblance will keep your eyes locked onto each turning page until the very last word. There is no denying the unbelievable pace this novel sets for itself. Reader’s are taken right to the middle of the action, which includes the whole murder/mystery aspect I’ve mentioned, leaving you searching to the next pages for more information. Who’s the killer? What does it have to do with Tanner’s invention? What the heck is going on?!? The fast pace was grasping, but for me, it also left something to be desired in regards to the characters and their relationships. I’m a character driven reader, so maybe I’m a little more judgmental when it comes to character building, but I didn’t feel that connection to the characters ~ I want to know them to the point that I could carry on a conversation with them. Weird, I know, but that's the type of reader I am. There wasn’t much time spent on revealing the personalities and emotions of the character. I couldn’t feel the truth of their words and actions. And as for the relationships… The turmoil between Bruce and his wife and the budding attraction between Jason and Boston felt rushed. What led up to Bruce’s downward spiraling marriage? And where is that turning point that makes the relationship change direction? And how does Boston come to trust Jason so completely? He saves her from an atrocious situation, but is a complete jerk afterward ~ I don’t know as it merits the complete and unconditional faith that Boston seems to have in him. I guess I like a lot of background when it comes to characters and how they relate to each other ~ conversations and inner-dialogue that allows you not only to get to know the characters, but to understand what they are feeling and who they are to each other. Now don’t get me wrong, this really isn't a big deal when it comes to the story itself ~ the focus is on the storyline more than it is the characters… and the storyline ROCKS! The mystery is perfectly set, and the little clues and gradual revelations keep readers engaged throughout the whole novel. Totally has that "OMG" factor that we all love so much ;). You never can tell what’s real and what isn’t, and it’s that question that is so freakin’ intriguing. Could you imagine being in a world you think you know so well, only to discover that what you’re seeing isn’t the truth? The lines of reality and lies are blurred until the end is revealed a little at a time. “Good books don’t reveal their secrets all at once…” :) It’s because of the holodeck that the author is able to create this world of alternate realities.. You know, Star Trek? You can create any kind of world you want in a tiny little room… Ahhh, technology... I totally want one :) All in all, very fun read.. As I said, there’s a little hint of paranormal, but you’ll just have to read it to find out what that is ;).. I know ~ it’s torture…but I have to give you something to wonder about :)… Great potential for this author ~ look forward to future endeavors! 3.5 out of 5 stars from this reader :)