Monday, March 18, 2013

Review: Disconnect by Imran Siddiq

Title: Disconnect
Author: Imran Siddiq
Series: Divided Worlds Trilogy #1
Release Date: January 27, 2013
Publisher: Flickimp Publishing
ISBN13: 9781481968140
Format: eBook, 277 pages
Genre: YA, sci-fi, dystopia
Source: blog tour
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.

Disconnect is a dystopic science fiction story where people are categorized into two broad groups: Overworlders and Underworlders. Overworlders are privileged in just about any way you can imagine, while Underworlders are given dirty jobs that Overworlders believe they themselves are too good for. Zachary and Rosa are worlds apart, divided by the class system when they meet by chance due to Zachary's intrigue in the Overworld girl.

One thing I really enjoyed about Disconnect was its worldbuilding. A reader can easily see what's going on around the place without too much of an explanation. As well, I really liked the simple way of dividing the different "castes" into just Overworlders and Underworlders. Having a complicated class system isn't bad, but sometimes it's nice to have something simple to not be too much of a confusion.

The characters, however, I felt fell flat. I really couldn't get into Zachary's head until much later in the book, and I couldn't really find a motive for him to want to meet Rosa and keep talking with her. To make this a really amazing book, I think somehow adding to the characters could be a big plus.

In conclusion, I enjoyed Disconnect for its worldbuilding and plotline. Though it ends in a cliffhanger, it's not one that makes me feel irritated, but one to make me look forward to its sequel. Sci-fi fans, this would be something you'd love!
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