Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Dissonance Review #rabtbooktours


YA Sci-Fi/Dystopian

Date Published: 01-01-2024



Plug your ears.  And whatever you do, don't look.  The war for humanity has begun.

Cameron “Jet” Shipley was there when they arrived in 2026. He, and everyone else, lived through the next decade and a half, learning to hide. Learning to never make a sound. Learning the most important rule of all:

You just..don’t…look.

The year is now 2042, and humanity is eking out an existence in the shadows.

Cameron and his team are sent out on a recon mission in Clarksville Tennessee, with events and developments that may alter the trajectory of Earth’s fate… and his own.

Joined by newcomers Bassett and Trudy, Cameron and his brother Rut will have to contend with a powerful force that has laid waste to the planet and annihilated over eighty-five percent of Earth’s civilization.

Will Jet’s expeditions lead him on a slippery slope of discovery that demands accountability and answers?

Or will it plunge the earth, and everything in it, into further dissonance?


“Aliens” meets “A Quiet Place” in this dystopian sci-fi thriller series.


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Ornery Owl's Review

Four out of Five Stars

In Dissonance, the author presents readers with a dystopian future in which the remains of humanity are forced to live underground lest they fall prey to the peculiar, predatory creatures they have named gorgons. To outwit the gorgons, one must be silent and fast. Yeah...I'd be dead. 

The blurb compares the atmosphere of the book to Aliens, but I would say the story is closer to a futuristic version of The Walking Dead. Granted, the gorgons are extraterrestrials, but their behavior is closer to that of zombies than xenomorphs. However, unlike zombies, the gorgons are fast. 

Reading this story may inspire nerdy comparisons to iconic classics, but it is a unique entity that holds its own. The author excels at creating tension. This high-octane adventure is a good choice for those seeking a thrilling dystopian tale. 

The story is appropriate for teenagers and adults. However, certain scenes in the story, particularly those where the gorgons prey on animals, might upset younger or more sensitive readers. 

About the Author

Aaron Ryan lives in Washington with his wife and two sons, along with Macy the dog, Winston the cat, and Merry & Pippin, the finches.

He is the author of the “Dissonance” series, several business books on multimedia production penned under a pseudonym, as well as a previous fictional novel, “The Omega Room.”

When he was in second grade, he was tasked with writing a creative assignment: a fictional book.  And thus, “The Electric Boy” was born: a simple novella full of intrigue, fantasy, and 7-year-old wits that electrified Aaron’s desire to write.  From that point forward, Aaron evolved into a creative soul that desired to create.

He enjoys the arts, media, music, performing, poetry, and being a daddy.  In his lifetime he has been an author, voiceover artist, wedding videographer, stage performer, musician, producer, rock/pop artist, executive assistant, service manager, paperboy, CSR, poet, tech support, worship leader, and more.  The diversity of his life experiences gives him a unique approach to business, life, ministry, faith, and entertainment.

Aaron’s favorite author by far is J.R.R. Tolkien, but he also enjoys Suzanne Collins, James S.A. Corey, Marie Lu, Madeleine L’Engle, C.S. Lewis, and Stephen King.

Aaron has always had a passion for storytelling.

Aaron is the admin of the Authors & Writers Only group on Facebook.


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