KINDLE GIVEAWAY AND REVIEW: Disconnect by Imran Siddiq
by Imran Siddiq
Series: Divided Worlds Trilogy, #1
Publication date: February 22nd 2013
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
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 compelling science fiction story that grabbed me right from the beginning. First of all, a bit about the genre. This is a true SF story – not a near-future Earth dystopian like so many SF books these days, not a SF-ish romance like The Lux Series—it is 100% SF. Which means, it’s not on Earth and the world is totally original. In fact, this story bordered on hard-SF. Not quite as hard as some adult novels, but it had a lot of details, especially at the end, that tilt it in that direction.
With that said, it is a romance because the plot mainly revolves around Zachary and Rosa desperately trying to get together. I’ll just say now, I loved this ending. I loved it and I’m very interested in learning how this relationship plays out. I can’t say much more because it will spoil it, but the ending was definitely the major highlight of this book.
Also, I’m sure you can tell from the description that this story is primarily about Zachary and how he views the events. It’s not first person, but a very tight third that works really well.
Zachary’s world is on some kind of long-term habitation ship and it’s located somewhere near Jupiter’s moon, Europa. Siddiq weaves most of these details in late in the story, but I didn’t mind. You get just A glimpse in the beginning of where you are. Don’t get me wrong, you get the whole setting inside the ship, but you get very little of what’s outside until later.
The setting of the story is divided into and upper world and a lower world. This is a common theme in many SF novels, but it is unique in that it takes place out in space, on a ship.
I enjoyed the character of Zachary. He’s a proud garbage scavenger! I loved that – he actually picked this job and his father desperately wanted him to switch careers. He meets Rosa, an upper class girl living in the upper class world, by accident after he finds her lost communicator while working and this is what sets off the plot. I enjoyed their interactions, but I thought Rosa was just an OK character until the very, very, very end, and then I was like – whoa… I’m totally on board with Rosa! It’s a nice surprise.
There is a lot of action in this book and if the plot had a little less romance, it would actually be a thriller – so it is very fast paced. I liked this. I also liked the fact that Zachary is almost never still. His world changes so much you barely have time to catch your breath.
This book will appeal to anyone looking for an original romantic SF story, it’s clean, it’s got no bad language that I can remember, and a whole bunch of sweet longing from the perspective of a teen age boy.
I will definitely pick up the second book in the series. Five stars.
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. At a young age, his primary school teacher commented on his creativity and ability to tell stories. At the age of 29, during a night in the jungle, the bug inside awakened, and for the last 5 years he’s been sacrificing every second that he can to write. A veteran of writing festivals, a presence on Twitter and gobbling up all forms of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, he hopes he can bring a smile to others in the same way that he had, aged 5, reading with a torch under his duvet. Imran’s preferred genre is YA Sci Fi, and he has a tendency to throw a droid in every novel.