Excerpt: Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke

I’m so excited to bring you an excerpt of Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke today. The book sounds so great and this excerpt has me very intrigued. Here’s the blurb to make sure you’re up to speed.

Dissonance by Erica O'Rourke

Delancy Sullivan has always known there’s more to reality than what people see. Every time someone makes a choice, a new, parallel world branches off from the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, turning left instead of right, sneaking out instead of staying in bed ~ all of these choices create an alternate universe in which an echo self takes the road not travelled and makes the opposite decision. As a Walker, someone who can navigate between these worlds, Del’s job is to keep all of the dimensions in harmony.

Normally, Del can hear the dissonant frequency that each world emits as clear as a bell. But when a training session in an off-key world goes horribly wrong, she is forbidden from Walking by the Council. But Del’s not big on following the rules and she secretly starts to investigate these other worlds. Something strange is connecting them and it’s not just her random encounters with echo versions of the guy she likes, Simon Lane.

But Del’s decisions have unimaginable consequences and, as she begins to fall for the Echo Simons in each world, she draws closer to a truth that the Council of Walkers is trying to hide ~ a secret that threatens the fate of the entire multiverse.

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The Excerpt:

Addie tapped her watch, her face drawn. The noise was already getting to her. Iggy must have heard it too, pressing damply against my leg and whining.

“Chill, boy,” Simon said, scratching the dog’s ears. “Let me make this up to you? There’s a kickass band playing at Grundy’s tonight, and we just got new IDs. You should come with.”

“Absolutely not. Tell him no,” Addie said.

The real Simon would never go to a bar during basketball season. He had too much to lose. I must have frowned, because his eyebrows lifted, dark lines over dark blue eyes. “Okay, not Grundy’s. What about the Depot?”

In the Key World, the Depot was a coffee shop on the south side of town, in the old train station. After a huge crash decades ago, the city built a new station a few miles north, and the Depot became a landmark and a place for locals to get lattes.

Walkers believed every accident came from a choice. Nearly forty people had died that morning; another hundred were injured, all because the engineer picked the wrong time to throw the brake. Countless worlds had sprung up in the aftermath, a lesson in the way a single decision could transform the fabric of the multiverse.

I wondered what choices had shaped this version of Simon, who cut class and used a fake ID. Despite his dissonance, I was tempted to find out. He was definitely the break, and it was just my luck that the one time Simon noticed me, there was something fundamentally wrong with him.

Iggy bumped my legs, and I fell heavily into Simon again. His arms came around me, and for an instant, I let mine circle him. Then I took a quick, unsteady step back. “I’ll think about it.”

Now it was his turn to frown. Most girls would have been falling all over him for that kind of invitation, but I wasn’t most girls.

“Playtime’s over,” Addie said, her expression like a storm front. “Wrap this up.”

I gave Iggy one last pat. “See you around.”

“Count on it,” he said, scooping up the Frisbee and tossing it toward the pond. Iggy raced away, Simon followed, and I turned, awaiting the wrath of Addie.

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About Erica:

Photo credit: Anja Photography

Photo credit: Anja Photography


I writes books about girls who make their own fate and fall for boys they shouldn’t.

I live outside Chicago. I like to travel but I’ll never really leave this city.

I prefer cookies to cake (even cupcakes), television to movies, and autumn to all the other seasons.

I like sushi, naps, coffee, and driving stick shift.

I hate fish, emoticons, bridges, and talking about myself.

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Be sure to check out the Twitter chat with Erica (@Erica_ORourke) on July 23rd at 8pm ET using #DissonanceChat moderated by Heidi at YA Bibliophile (@hmz1505)


  1. Lori, thank you so much for hosting this excerpt! I really appreciate it. Also — I just finished the Demon King, and I loved it so much that I went out and finished the entire series in a week! Soooo swoony-good and such amazing worldbuilding! Thanks again, and I hope you enjoy DISSONANCE!

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