Aristocrat’s Ransom: Disruption by Jessica Shirvington

May 6, 2014 Review 49 ★★★★

Aristocrat’s Ransom: Disruption by Jessica Shirvington
Disruption by Jessica Shirvington by Jessica Shirvington
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Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Source: Publisher
Pages: 400
Release Date: April 1st 2014
Series: Disruption #1
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction, Young Adult
What if a microchip could identify your perfect match?
What if it could be used against you and the ones you love?

Eight years ago, Mercer Corporation’s M-Bands became mandatory. An evolution of the smartphone, the bracelets promised an easier life. Instead, they have come to control it.

Two years ago, Maggie Stevens watched helplessly as one of the people she loves most was taken from her, shattering her world as she knew it.

Now, Maggie is ready. And Quentin Mercer – heir to the M-Corp empire – has become key to Maggie’s plan. But as the pieces of her dangerous design fall into place, could Quentin’s involvement destroy everything she’s fought for?

In a world full of broken promises, the ones Maggie must keep could be the most heartbreaking.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Major Selling Points:

Unique Dystopian/Scifi World

The first thing I have to say about this book is that it has to be one of the most unique YA novels I’ve ever read. The world was amazing, so like our own but also so different, effectively controlled by this one corporation and their bit of technology (it reminded me of how attached people are to their phones today). It’s not hard to envision our society going in a similar direction one day… But anyway, the best part of the world was the underground bits. Black markets and trades and all that where Maggie does her business. And then there’s the truth behind M Corp and their tech which *shudders*

Aussie Author

Jessica Shirvington is an Australian author and I have been wanting to read more things by my countrymen for a while now. This book seemed a good way to introduce me to this author and right now I’m kicking myself for not reading her stuff sooner.


Talk about unputdownable. Do you know how much I struggled to put this down and study? Very frequently my one chapter study breaks turned into three chapter breaks. The pacing was perfect and never really slows down, even when there’s no action per se. There’s always something of interest to the plot going on and I was not bored once. I may have predicted some of the twists in the story, but it was still very very entertaining. And then the ending!!! BOOK TWO WHY ARE YOU NOT IN MY HANDS??


DISRUPTION is told in first person from Maggie’s POV and I LOVED her voice. It was addictive and is another reason why I found it so hard to put down. There were so many great action scenes, cons, wit, everything was sooo good. And I really am kicking myself for not checking out Jessica Shirvington’s stuff before because I think she’s going to become one of my favourite authors (it’s just a hunch I have)



Maggie is our awesome MC. She’s kick ass, observant, smart, and not entirely good. Everything she does is for one reason only: finding her father. Nothing gets in the way of that. And she can be brutal when it comes to getting people to help her (just ask Gus). However at the same time she’s very caring when it comes to her family. The lengths she goes to to try and make life even the tiniest bit easier for her mother gave me feels.


I kind of expected Quentin to be the typical stuck up heir love interest. But he wasn’t. His entire personality was completely different to what I was expecting. He was a really nice, open hearted guy. I felt so bad that he had to believe what he did so Maggie could get to her father. Even though it was a big break for her, it was a horrible thing to experience on his part. Though really, he trusts people too easily.


Oh my gosh Gus. Probably the most hilarious character in this book. So much sass, I loved him. And his friendship/blackmail arrangement with Maggie was perfect. And I’m so glad that over the course of DISRUPTION we came to know him more than just a tech savvy guy with black market connections.


*cue fangirl squeal* I LOVED THE ROMANCE IN THIS GUYS. Was shipping the couple right from their first interactions, and then watching them interact and slowly grow fonder fskdjjdfhskhfdsfa. Though they did take the majority of the book to even get together, once they were the I love you’s and sappy words were confessed pretty quickly, which annoyed me a little. But other than that little thing, I loved the romance.


  • Maggie x Quentin
  • M-Corp x big explosion
  • Gus x sass
Rating Report
Overall: 4.2

49 Responses to “Aristocrat’s Ransom: Disruption by Jessica Shirvington”

  1. Cait @ Notebook Sisters

    Ohhh, this one sounds SO good! All I hear is awesome things about it. ^.^ Is it a love-triangle, then?? I’m always up for a unique dystopian, too, because goodness knows all the dystopians I stumble across sound. exactly. the. same. It’s driving me bonkers. Anywho. This is on my wish-list.
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    • Bec

      Nope, no love triangle. Barely an romance at all actually (just the perfect amount). And it’s pretty unique!! Not sure if I’d class it as 100% dystopian though because the government this isn’t the problem, it’s a massive company. It’s really unique.

      I hope you get to read it one day :)

    • Bec

      Get on this, Ebony! It’s really good! I hope you love it as much as everyone else is when you do get to reading it :)

    • Bec

      Definitely more sci fi than dystopian! I hope you like it when you do read it :)


    • Bec

      Quentin was so interesting, so refreshing. I can’t wait to see how the concept and what not develops in book 2 :D

  2. Joy (Joyousreads)

    Oh Bec! I’m so glad this was such a great read. I’ve been disillusioned by Shirvington’s angel series so I’ve decided to stay away from her writing. I love the kickass character, and the world you described. :)

    Also, Australian authors are the bees’ knees! I pay an exorbitant amount of money on duties just to get them up here.
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    • Bec

      I haven’t read her angel series (didn’t even know it was about angels until I saw the US covers. The Aus ones… are kind of boring). I might try to one day though. It’s a shame you had issues with it :(

      We do have some good talent! I don’t read enough work by Aussies.

  3. Andrea @ Bookish

    Yes! Love Jessica! She is hands down one of my favorite authors. Of course, I have to wait for her books while you get to love the immediately. Yes, I’m terribly jealous. I can’t even find a US release date for this one! I guess it’s only fair that you get some of the love first for a change.

    Now, go binge read The Violet Eden Chapters. Stat. Studies be damned!
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    • Bec

      I can see why! I really need to read more of her stuff ASAP. Might try Between the Lives first, mainly because I own that XD

      I think it will be released in the US at some stage, and if not there’s always the book depository? (although last time I looked it wasn’t on there :/ ) Hopefully you get is soon(ish)!

  4. Franny

    Sci-fi is not really my thing, but this sounds quite unique. The premises look intriguing, I’m curious so I’m gonna keep this one in mind!
    Thanks for pointing a new book towards me! :)
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  5. ShootingStarsMag

    Love the review set up! This sounds super awesome. I don’t normally get too excited about Dystopia books, but i think I’d enjoy this one. I also want to read more aussie authors…but I just like books from other countries. :)
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    • Bec


      I love dystopians because of the worlds (same reason I like fantasy) and this was world was really interesting.

      I read a lot of US authors, but not many aussies. And I need to change that. The most frustrating thing about reading authors from other countries is that your chances of ever meeting them are really low :/

    • Bec

      I started Matched a few years ago but never got far so I can’t comment on the comparison. The whole chip thing reminded me of iPhones and apps and all that jazz, and there’s so much more to the chips than just finding soul mates. It’s a really intriguing piece of tech :D

        • Bec

          The chips give compatability ratings with everyone the characters meet. DISRUPTION goes into the probability of finding soul mates, how rare it is, what people will do to be with their ‘true match’ even if they’re already married, etc etc.

    • Bec

      ahaha excellent! If I distract you by making you giggle you will never realise how bad my reviews really are :P

      OH THE COVER!! It’s so much shinier in real life and so pretty. The digital image doesn’t do it justice.

      I live in Australia and rarely read books by Australian authors. It’s sad… I am slowly changing that though and discovering a whole slew of new favourite authors :D

  6. Lauren

    This sounds so awesome! I had no idea she had a new book, but I’m so glad I read this giftastic review. Can’t wait to get my hands on this and swoon! :-)

    • Bec

      I don’t think this has been publicized outside Australia much yet, but I’m glad I could let you know about it :) Hope you get it soon!

    • Bec

      After the big boom of Divergent and The Hunger Games, there’s been a lot of similar dystopian plots floating around. DISRUPTION is so unique and different to all those copy cats. Definitely worth checking out :D

  7. Melliane

    I think it’s more and more difficult to have something original for the worlds in dystopia so I’m glad it’s the case here and it makes me really curious. I love things like that. I didn’t know the book I confess but it sounds like something I could actually like. Thanks!
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    • Bec

      ugh, yes. It’s so annoying, things were going so weel and then that happens and aaarrrggghhhh. That little detail was pretty much the only problem I had with this though.

    • Bec

      It’s awesome!! And there is a bit of a cliffhanger. It’s not as bad as some other cliffhangers I’ve read recently though.

    • Bec

      It’s true though! Maggie is morally compromised and she knows what she’d doing isn’t “right” but is going to use any and all methods at her disposal :D And it is so unique! From what I’ve read recently anyway. So refreshing to get something new :)

      And you flatter me too much.

  8. Kelly

    This book right here, my goodness, it send me on a wild goose chase around the shops to find a copy. It’s shiny gold cover was calling to me, buy me, buy me, and even Booktopia at the time had sold out. It was almost time to throw myself on the floor, because let’s face it, I’m kinda a knob like that, but I found one… AT BIG W! HOORAY!

    Brilliant review. I loooove my dystopians and can’t wait to start this one. Have to squeeze it in asap now.
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    • Bec

      That is quite the chase! But yay you found it. Good old Big W

      Thanks! I hope you enjoy it enough when you read it that it was worth all that effort to find XD

  9. Joy @ Thoughts By J

    Totally agreed! This book had the ability to really hook you and never let go. I finished it in a day and a half, and totally ignored all my uni work. Oops! But no regrets what so ever. I actually enjoyed the dynamic between Maggie and Gus more than her and Quentin, because the romance seemed a little cliched. But whatever, wonderful book regardless!
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    • Bec

      If I didn’t have to study this book would have been read in a day. Probably less. It’s SO ADDICTIVE.

      I did like Maggie and Gus’s dynamic too, but in the friendship sense. They made me laugh a lot. The romance was a little cliche but I didn’t want anything complicated with this so I was happy with it :)

    • Bec

      Well I can assure you this has no paranormal elements. And the sci fi part is just the M Corp bands and chips :D I hope you end up enjoying it when you read it!

    • Bec

      I’ve seen Emnity around! Didn’t know it was by an Australian.

      Hooray! Hope you enjoy it if/when you read it :)

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