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I Belong

Review: Coda by Emma Trevayne

Title: Coda

Author: Emma Trevayne

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Series: Coda (Book 1)

Publication DateMay 7, 2013

Format: Paperback, 320 Pages

ISBN-10: 0762447281 (Running Press Kids)

ISBN-13: 978-0762447282 (Running Press Kids)

Reviewed by: Michelle


Ever since he was a young boy, music has coursed through the veins of eighteen-year-old Anthem—the Corp has certainly seen to that. By encoding music with addictive and mind-altering elements, the Corp holds control over all citizens, particularly conduits like Anthem, whose life energy feeds the main power in the Grid.

Anthem finds hope and comfort in the twin siblings he cares for, even as he watches the life drain slowly and painfully from his father. Escape is found in his underground rock band, where music sounds free, clear, and unencoded deep in an abandoned basement. But when a band member dies suspiciously from a tracking overdose, Anthem knows that his time has suddenly become limited. Revolution all but sings in the air, and Anthem cannot help but answer the call with the chords of choice and free will. But will the girl he loves help or hinder him?

Quick & Dirty: A pretty amazing story with a unique world, wonderful lyrical prose, and characters that will blow you away.

Opening Sentence: I’m drawn toward the door.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Many of my friends have been talking about Emma Trevayne’s Coda. Most loved the story, falling in love with the characters and their journey. I was excited when Coda released, because this meant that I could potentially fall in love also. The story behind Trevayne’s Coda is one like many aspiring authors, but in this case the dream came true. Not only is Coda an amazing read, but it has turned into one of my favorites for the year. Let me gush a little more so you can understand why I feel that way.

Coda exists in a futuristic world where music is not only heard but connected to your life energy. Eighteen year-old Anthem lives the fine line of devotion and addiction. The Corp has ensured that their encoded music is enslaving, denoting the relationship between the government and the people were sound. By day, Anthem hooks into the Grid, one of the many draining his own energy to power the city. By night, he finds solace in raw music, music not encoded and tainted by the Corp. But no matter what Anthem does, whether that be performing with his underground band, or tracking another tune to get the next hit, he cannot escape the music. But when his best friend dies suspiciously, he realizes that it’s time for things to change; a revolution.

Anthem was someone that felt like I’ve known him all my life. I felt so connected to him, definitely sharing his passion for music. Trevayne wrote him in a way that made you take notice, outlining his imperfections and his attributes, but in a way that made you adore him. Anthem demanded attention, show you that he’s not just about the music, it’s what he is. I loved how he had compassion and tenacity, having this perfect harmony between the two. I loved him from the first beat, and he was a great character to get to know.

Trevayne proved that everyone in Coda had a story and there was something to be learned from every character’s experience. They each knew their foundation, but it was never revealed to the reader until the right moments. The supporting characters were perfect, and I respected how she connected everything. Her characters were unconventional and Trevayne wasn’t afraid. She embraced it, risking something for what she loved, and it reflected beautifully.

I loved how Trevayne describes the love of music, like an addictive drug. It was realistic, and I felt it was accurate. She writes about following the norm, being one of the many, but unlike many dystopian societies that tell the same tale, she does it in a way that is unique and eye opening.

Coda had a great plot progression. I never felt like it was slowing down or going too fast. I was able to absorb the words and feel the emotions intended on each page. The world was fantastic! I wanted to live in it, to be a part of it. Who cares if the music was encoded. I wanted to be plug in and just track away into bliss.

I want more. I want to know what happens next. I have this new addiction and its name is Coda by Emma Trevayne.

Notable Scene:

With drumbeat shackles and guitar-string ropes, I’m a willing prisoner. It’s miraculous here: light and sound and color and shape coalesce around me before exploding into fireworks of bliss. Rainbow sparks tumble down to sizzle on my clothes.

I try to catch the pink ones.

Songs change. Sweat flows. Energy gathers and releases and gathers again. This one’s my favorite. It sweeps me away, floating, until waves of a thousand keyboards break all at once, crashing into my frantic body, tossing me higher, higher, higher.

Coda Series:

1. Coda

FTC Advisory: I purchased this copy of Coda.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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