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Disconnect: Book One of the Divided Worlds Trilogy by [Siddiq, Imran]
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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 has boundaries.

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. During a night in the jungle (2007), the bug inside awakened, and since then he’s been sacrificing every second that he can to write. A veteran of writing festivals, a presence on Twitter and always reading to find new worlds. His preferred genre is Science Fiction in YA, though will meddle with fantasy. He has a tendency to throw a droid in every novel – literally.

About the Author

Imran has 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. From a young age, comments came in regarding his creativity and ability to tell stories. Though, he let other things get in the way, and it wasn't until the age of 29 that the bug to write awakened. A veteran of writing festivals, a presence on Twitter and gobbling up all forms of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, he hopes to bring a smile in the same way that others did to him as a child-reader. His preferred genre is Young Adult Science Fiction, and he has a tendency to throw a droid in each novel - literally throw.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 547 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Publisher: (Jan. 22 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B4ZE87G
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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I try to make myself step outside of my comfort zone every now and again. I find that I’m often surprised and find some pretty good books along the way. Disconnect was definitely outside of my comfort zone, and I went into it knowing that. But I really did like the book!

I will say that I found it a little hard to follow, like most futuristic books it had a language of its own, which doesn’t bother me. However, I think when this happens, the mark of a good author is how well all of this is explained and I think a better job could have been done in explaining some of the terms. But, overall, I think this book was really well written. I found myself pulled into the book and reading to the end, even thought it was getting late and I was tired!

Zachary is a very likable character and truly cares for the people and droids that he is around. Rosa, though he doesn’t have a lot of interaction with her seems to become a focus just because she is a real person. He is easy to connect with.

Overall, this book reminded me a lot of Cinders with a twist. The end was a little bit surprising! But a great story overall!
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There is a really good story in here about a guy from the wrong side of the space-station and a girl that is way out of his league; an impossible romance mixed into plots of genocide, corruption, power, and classic sci-fi advanced tech themes. I enjoyed the characters, especially the main character narration that gives the reader some great insights. Unfortunately, the abrupt structure and language used in the book makes that really good story hard to see or follow. Something happens and, instead of getting a clear picture of what just happened, your left struggling to understand exactly what the writer is trying to convey. I liked this book, but I know I could have liked it better. I hope Siddiq's skill with language improves (or that he gets a better editor) because I would like to see where this story is going.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4d4566c) out of 5 stars 3.5 Unique, Corrupt, Non-Stop, Action Packed Stars! March 20 2013
By Lindy@ A Bookish Escape - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Disconnect had a lot of concepts, characters, action, and events, that came together to create a very complex and unique story. If you are an aficionado of science-fiction, you will enjoy reading Disconnect. This story was the opposite of "chick-lit," and I think that it would be enjoyed more by reader's of "man-lit," if that makes sense. I decided to read Disconnect to try something new from what I typically read, and get out of my comfort zone. I was glad that I tried something new! Overall, I would say that it was a non-stop, action-packed, fast-paced, thrill ride of a good story!

There were many aspects that I enjoyed while reading Disconnect. My favorite, was the whole Dystopian concept. There was a corrupt government of power hungry politicians that were willing to kill the poor, and powerless, to expand there land. They looked down at these individuals as worthless trash. Then I got to see the main character Zachary rise up, and try to survive the mass murder of his people. I enjoy Dystopian stories so much that I was hooked on the storyline!

Also, there was great world-building in the story. It takes place in space. There is "Underworld," where the poverty stricken, powerless, and hopeless live. There is a lot of violence in "Underworld," and the whole "survival of the fittest mentality." Then, there is "Overworld," were the powerful and wealthy live. They have the privileges of a clean environment with fresh air, water, clothing, and plentiful food. Mr. Siddiq did an amazing job of describing "Underworld, " and "Overworld." I could visualize both places and the characters in detail.

There was always something going on in the story, with a lot of twists and turns in the plot, and a lot of surprises. The main character, Zachary, was well developed. I got a well-rounded perspective of him.

I would have liked to have seen a more well-rounded, and developed relationship between Rose and Zachary. They had such strong feelings for one another, but didn't see each other that much, and their conversations were limited. Also, the story had so much going on, and was so detail-oriented that sometimes I found myself lost, and confused with the storyline. I think at times, the story needed to be a bit more simplified. It was a little difficult to keep up with all the characters, and events taking place.

Overall, Disconnect was an enjoyable read. Mr. Siddiq wrote a very unique and imaginative story. If you are a reader that loves Science-Fiction, I recommend that you read Disconnect.

I give Disconnect by Imran Siddiq, 3.5 unique, corrupt, non-stop, action-packed Stars! If you enjoy a mix of Science Fiction, and Dystopian, with a little Romance, Disconnect would be a great choice for your next read! I recommend Disconnect to reading audience's that enjoy stories that take place in space, enjoy robotics, and imagining what modern technology might look like in the future. I think that Disconnect will be a favorite of readers who enjoy a lot of action, and reading about corrupt governments, the fight for power and civil rights, but in a unique futuristic-setting and time period!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4d456c0) out of 5 stars An action-packed and complex YA sci-fi tale March 20 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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Set almost 300 years in the future, this complex YA sci-fi tale is full of adventure from start to finish. Society is divided into the Overworld and a far-less-desirable Underworld. Planets and moons are colonized, there is political unrest as overcrowding occurs and the government fights for space and resources. But amongst the war, protests, and a new breed of androids is a 16 year old boy, Zachary.

Zach, an Underworlder, experiences his first crush - a forbidden love of an Overworlderer. But don't expect pages of romance. The world Imran Siddiq has created is so bleak, there is no room for anything other than chaos. Zach is forced to grow up in the course of a day of fighting, and proves that bravery is not about having no fear, but about charging forward in the face of that fear. He is a hero, and one that readers are sure to follow into the next book of this new series.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4d45af8) out of 5 stars Beautiful and Rich Feb. 24 2013
By Jennifer Elizabeth Hyndman - Published on
Format: Paperback
Who can say they have created something worthy of a double read? I read this twice. The first time (because I read a LOT) I power skimmed it but there became so many instances where I stopped and re-read entire chapters that I finally stopped and began again.

Love, fear, prejudice, power, need, so much so fast and not enough book!

My favorite thing about the author's writing style is that its clean and concise. Too many authors use too many words trying to sound like J.R. Tolkien or someone similar but this author writes in perfect clarity. Details are crisp and feelings are instantly gratified because you don't ever have to wonder about what's happening, what's being seen/said/done...I don't know how to explain it. Just clear, wonderful writing and a story that I've been wishing for ever since I watched Mad Max for the first time last year (I know I missed out my WHOLE life and didn't even know it).

The wasteland and the relationship between those underground and above is crystal clear. Prejudice and fear will always exist, but so will love.

Love in space. I consider this a VERY worthwhile read and its better as a hardcopy for some reason. This is one of those books you want in your hands. I even found myself highlighting passages for myself.

Read the free sample for an idea of the authors crisp writing style and once you get into the character development and the relationships you will be glad you had the chance to read what I consider an Indie Treasure.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4d45eb8) out of 5 stars Disconnect by Imran Siddiq March 24 2013
By Paperback Princess - Published on
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Zachary Connor is a 16 year old Scavenger from the Underworld, he seeks out anything worth it through the rubbish that lands in his world from the Overworld. Life changes for Zachary when he finds a working Intercom that had photos and video diary entries of a girl from the Overworld, Rosa Kade. When a coincidental meeting between the two takes place, both became interested and infatuated with the other and Rosa makes a bold move and contacts Zac through the Raptor (Intercom) and this is when their friendship begins...

Disconnect, the first book in the Divided Worlds Trilogy is a debuting dystopian/sci-fi novel by Author, Imran Siddiq. I highly advise Readers to keep an eye out for Siddiq if his debuting novel is anything to go by. Siddiq's novel is a fast-paced emotional roller coaster that's highly entertaining but at the same time his concept is interesting. This book was an interesting read and the story takes unexpected twists so the story was far from predictable. I enjoy books that surprise me.

The characters had a good chemistry between them. Zachary is my favourite main character as he was kind to his Father and his android, Patch, he was very real and despite all the rawness that he tries to project externally he was still soft in the inside. I really liked Zac's character when he gets an apprentice, Diego. Zac was a reluctant teacher and he acted mean but his real personality comes through despite him not wanting it to.

I wasn't a huge fan of Rosa because there was times when she seemed like just a spoilt brat. I also really liked Patch and Zac's Father. He too was raw and tried to be rough outside but deep down he was kind and loving to his son. There were several emotional scenes that had me in the verge of crying.

Disconnect is an amazing plot that I highly enjoyed, I certainly will be picking up the consecutive books in the series. I really am invested in knowing what becomes of Zac's and Rosa's life. I really enjoyed the surprising elements that Siddiq threw into the mix. I had only hoped that Siddiq provided more in depth information regarding the world creation. Despite that, I totally loved this novel and looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4d45f9c) out of 5 stars All I can say is this is a major action packed book March 24 2013
By Paranormal Sisters - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Originally posted here for the Blog Tour: [...]...

"Even in space, love has boundaries" A dystopian in space and innocent love forming between two people from two different life styles, worlds in a way, I just couldn't help signing up for this tour. After doing the cover reveal for it I was quite intrigued by the concept and the cover, so I couldn't wait for this book.

So diving in we are smacked right into the action and there is quite a lot of it throughout the read, my god! Of course, that's a great element to have as the readers can never get bored. Zachary is on his job site, scavengering for what that might be worth money or food. He scavengers through dump sites for the people that live above ground and here he founds a metal box. He's been out of luck for a while of finding anything worth wild till now. Within the box he finds a rare find for this bracelet and a semi working raptor device (a communicator). With this communicator he hopes to fix it and then get a great deal for it but instead he gets the surprise of his life. Asking his partially working android to hack in to see if he can fix it, Zachary gets diary entries from a young female instead.

Here he gets a bit smitten and wants to know more about this young female and why in her last entry she seemed so sad. Finding out his father is going above for a high paying job to fix something for, in hopes the female's family, Zachary jumps in and asks if he can come. Going along he goes looking around and bumps into her. After her freak out of him, she starts to take interest but mainly cause she has never met or seen anyone that lives from down below so he fascinates her.

All I can say is this is a major action packed book. Like nonstop for realz ha-ha and I absolutely just couldn't get enough of it. Not only is this so action packed but there are many twists and turns that take place and I so didn't see coming, so great job to the author. Like literally, I didn't see any of these winding turns and the last twist of the book, oh my god!!! Yea, it's that good ha-ha.

However, there are just a couple things that got in the way of me totally falling in love with this book. First, since it is so action packed and the way it is written, in those big action scenes I would have to double back and reread it to make sure I read it right and understood what was going on. Second, the main guy for some reason I felt from his voice wasn't a 16 year old boy, he sounded younger to me and that's how I envisioned him. Which was not a 16 year old boy so hopefully in the sequel, which I so cannot wait for it to come out (major cliffhanger at the in a way ha-ha), I'll be able to envision him that way.

Overall, this is a must for anyone that loves dystopians, Sci-fi, and/or innocent romances that have to fight against all odds.