Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Disconnect by Imran Siddiq

Disconnect (Divided Worlds, #1)

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 had boundaries. 

I found Disconnect to be a bit of a love hate relationship. In many ways it's an awesome book and then in others it just had me exhausted.
The world building is one of those categories. Zachary lives in a world divided into two classes: overworld and underworld. Typically, overworlders are privileged and underworld's are basically the middle man doing all the dirty jobs. This aspect reminded me of Mystic City by Theo Lawrence, the way the city is divided.

Zachary also sometimes read to be a bit younger than he is. The other aspect of this that reminded me of Mystic City was the romance. Zachary and Rosa (the protag in Mystic City is named Rose) are from different sections with Rosa being privileged and Zachary in the underworld. The romance was very Romeo and Juliet, but I absolutely love that play and find no faults in it here as this was a developed romance rather than love at first sight. Zachary, in a bit of a random comparison, reminded me of a young Annikin who lives with a robot and is rather a loner. (I think it's Annikin. Don't shoot me if I'm wrong)

The writing is pretty detailed--there's not much you don't not know. Sometimes things can get confusing. However, I have to appalud for Siddiq for an effective cliff hanger. I did find myself getting a little too comfortable and bored when they happened.

Overall, I think it has the Dystopian formula which so many people love and you will definitely want to read the next one if you enjoyed this one.

Rating: 3.5 stars


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