Published: November 1st 2014 by HarperCollins
Format: Paperback, 437 pages
Genres: Science Fiction
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How do you live with yourself when you’ve deceived the one you love?
How do you move on when the person you’ve been fighting to save betrays you?
Two years ago, Maggie Stevens began the hunt.
Four weeks ago, Maggie’s world fell apart, when she finally found what she’d been looking for. And when Quentin, who had blindly trusted her, unravelled her web of lies.
Now, Maggie lives in the dark. But she’s not about to stay there. Not when she still has to bring M-Corp down. Not when there is still a chance she could win him back.
In the exhilarating conclusion to Disruption, Maggie must do whatever it takes to show the world the truth. And the price for her quest?
But for who?
An absolutely brilliant conclusion to the story that began in Disruption, Corruption takes us deep into the heart of the sickness that is M-Corp and the technology they use to control and subdue American citizens and the world at large.
Last year Maggie Stevens cemented herself as one of my all-time favourite protagonists, and I’m happy to say my opinion of her has only risen while reading Corruption. I rarely read characters who are so in tune with the truth of who they are: usually protagonists think themselves nicer, more selfless, smarter, or just simply better than they actually are, and readers end up quietly judging them as they play out their role. Maggie is her own harshest critic. She’s intimately familiar with every mistake she’s ever made, every cowardly or heartless decision she’s ever undertaken, every lie she’s told, every promise she’s broken. Maggie is under no illusions that she’s a nice person. What makes her amazing is that she doesn’t let any of those things bring her down, and having made those mistakes, she’s now going to do everything she can to set things right. Not so she can have her happily every after as a hero, but so she can do some measure of good to counter all the hurt.
Quentin Mercer, the M-Corp heir, is one of her greatest regrets. The growth and strength his character displays throughout this novel is nothing short of amazing, and I love him for it. Quin has been ripped away from everything he found comforting and familiar, but he’s come out fighting regardless. And if it hurts to look at Maggie and remember the lies she’s told him, then it doesn’t stop him from doing the right thing anyway.
We can’t mention Maggie and Quin and forget their amazing hacker friend Gus, who has the best and most heart-wrenching story-line of all in this book, and who has set a new bar of excellence for all secondary characters in YA.
Shirvington’s world-building is great, and as usual, one of my favourite things is that the world of the Disruption novels doesn’t just stop at America. The applications, and consequences, of the M-Corp technology are explored on a national and international scale, and the results are horrifying. The world doesn’t turn a blind eye to this conglomerate and its doings, and one of the best surprises came at the end of the novel when international concerns were addressed.
Like its predecessor, Corruption is an action packed ride that will keep you guessing and turning the pages well into the night. It’s plotted very well and is full of unpredictable plot-twists that I loved. And the last stand against M-Corp was amazing.
Although I’m sad that the series has ended, I think Corruption is a great sequel that surpasses its predecessor in every way. Jessica Shirvington is proving to be an author of many talents, and I cannot wait to see what dishes up next.