A very big review title. I know. Crazy. Well I really wanted to be Pun-ny, but it didn’t work out. So here’s the review title. Read it and weep. Well, don’t actually weep. Save those tears for this duology because you’ll definitely be crying like a baby (possibly in public, on a bus, crowded with people… this has definitely not happened to me *inserts a million upside down smiley face emojis).
Okay, well here goes my review, which I have written and re-written a million times, because WHAT IS WORDS. I forgot how to use them, mould them and spell them, to create the illusion that I might possibly know what I’m talking about. The books were that great, hence why I read them back to back. Also why I’ve been on a small reading slump because HOW DOES ONE RECOVER FROM SUCH GREAT BOOKS? I APOLOGISE FOR THE ALL CAPS *cough cough*, I mean, i apologise for the all caps, but jessica is a talented writer, who used words in the english language to tug my heart strings and make me want to protect all her characters. Okay, let me write this review grammatically correct now (well, to the best to my ability, because I really suck at English. English and I aren’t friends. Someone, teach me how to English).
Anyways, I’m going to review both books as one, because it’s easier for me plus, I don’t really think you guys would be keen on a two thousand word review on a duology you’ve never heard of. So let’s do this.
Corruptions Synopsis can be found here
- IT’S A DYSTOPIAN DUOLOGY! I don’t consume a lot of dystopian novels, but Disruption and Corruption have me re-evaluating my life and have me motivated on picking up Dystopian Books in the future
- THE PLOT was extraordinary. everything just flowed. No hiccups, no “Wait what, where did this scene come from”, no misinformation, no stuff ups. The plot just flowed. I can’t think of a better word to describe my reading experience but the books played out like movies in my mind. It was perfectly written
- JESSICA’S WRITING IS SOMETHING I LIVE FOR. The way she writes just lures you in. She lets you play with the characters, fall in love with the characters and makes you turn on the characters. She also writes plot twists so incredibly well. I didn’t see any of it coming in Disruption and my poor little heart was crushed by the twists and turns in Corruption. I actually hopped on twitter and contacted another reviewer to release all the feels with them and share my thoughts on how I was able to come out physically whole but emotionally in pieces.
- THE CHARACTERS ARE PRECIOUS LITTLE UNICORNS. I loved them all. So you can understand my frustration and sadness when Jessica kills one/some/a lot off. Like guys, all the characters were family to me and losing a family member isn’t full of rainbows and unicorns, it’s going to be traumatic. Real traumatic.
- ONE WORD, GUS. He is my favourite. We must protect Gus at all costs. He’s 10% an ass, 70% a really intelligent and witty hacker and 20% the cutest human being on the planet. One of my favourite quotes from him is in reply to Maggie “Gus, you’re my best friend”, “I’m you’re only friend Mags”. Also, every scene he’s in makes it a hundred times better and hilarious. I can also confirm that Gus is the ‘Smarts’ in the group. I could really go on all day about Gus (because he’s one of my new all time favourite characters) but I won’t. Y’all don’t have time for that.
- Maggie and Quin are so in! I refused to ship this ship at the beginning because I kind of felt like Maggie was the most bad ass person in the world, that being a lone wolf wouldn’t be a bad thing. Like, I’d 100% read a book with a character like Maggie with no romance and still enjoy it. But having Quinton in the mix made me fall in love with the whole plot more and with our protagonist, Maggie. They were perfect for each other. Peanut Butter and sweet, sweet Jelly.
- THE SIDE CHARACTERS ARE ALL IMPORTANT! No one introduced in the books is forgotten about. They are all mentioned again at some point. We also see how much Maggie grows because of these side characters. Most side characters are just for display and are made as ‘Fillers’ for the book’s plot. But all the ones in the Duology had a special part to play.
- We got new covers! & I’m not complaining. They look amazing. So this series was re-released with these amazing covers in May and then eventually in October in the US (and American friends, you need to buy these books!).
- DID I MENTION PLOT TWISTS?? Jessica executes (*I may be foreshadowing, wHo KnOwS*) all her plot twists so well. YOU DON’T SEE THEM COMING. I didn’t even pick up on the possible twists. They were that good. Jessica writes in a way that makes the reader second guess themselves.
- THE ENDING. It finished off perfectly. Well, kind of. It’s like a happy ending within a tragic ending (?). I don’t really have words. Corruption just really wrapped the series up so well and honestly ended with the most beautiful last words, that gave me the feels.
- There was a scene that made me kind of uncomfortable in the first couple of pages of Corruption. It involves Quinton and a mirror (also another person who he *hates*). He explains why he did what he did. But still, that was, I guess weird. Like, it’s a no from me Quin. Don’t be pulling stunts like that again please. You were being extra boy. *flicks hair and walks away*
- I lowkey wanted more Morris. Like, we have this wonderful character with so much potential, but his character wasn’t explored and played with as much as I wanted. But overall, this dude was amazing. He kind of reminded me of Rhysand.
- There wasn’t another book. I get it. Two books in a duology, but you can’t leave me hanging like that Jessica. Like I need more! This last point isn’t really a dislike, just a request because damn, this duology is life. I just can’t get over how perfect it is. Definitely up there with my favourite books of all time, the Study Series by Maria V. Snyder.
Thanks so much to the guys at Between the Covers, the YA unit of Harper Collins Australia, who sent both books for review.*