Review: Coda by Emma Trevayne


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?


I got this book highlighted to me via the publishers and Emma from Book Angel Booktopia and as ever Emma knows my tastes and knew it would tickle my fancy.  I’m a bit of a music junkie on the side and so Coda with its music addiction and live performances in a dystopian society that bans music.  It sounds a little like Footloose of the future with music instead of dancing.  The youth want to fight back against the powers that be that is oppressing them and taking away their creative freedom but it could prove deadly.  
Anthem is the carer of his ailing father who is dying of his addiction to the encoded tracks and their music high, that already killed his mother, and he’s looking after his younger twin siblings who are yet to be exposed to the music but it could happen soon.  Anthem is also in love with Haven but the two just seem to be close but not quite close enough and his ex Scope and friends really wish they’d get it together.  Anthem has a secret that could ruin it all; he plays in an underground band and soon they become part of an uprising that may not see them all come out clean.
I started reading this over the Christmas break so probably took me longer to read than usual because of the constant family and friends faffing around but I really did enjoy this book.  It didn’t quite grip me as much as I thought it might but I think that was because some of the plot twists or moves were a bit predictable.  Not in a bad way but I think after the amount of dystopian YA I’ve read over the last few years you soon begin to guess a few elements.  Sad but true.  I did however loved how much care and attention went into the music aspect and that powerful addiction real music can have.  The leap from now to this fictional world isn’t really that huge a leap.  Music is like a drug and I wouldn’t be too shocked if big companies would put adverts and messages hidden underneath the latest One Direction song.  Just saying.
All in all I really liked Coda and found myself engrossed in the life of Anthem and his plight for a better future.  I wondered where the tale was taking me at some points and could tell just by the amount of pages left to read that there was a lot left to happen.  A nice dystopian that may have predictable elements but was none the less entertaining and a brilliant twist with music as the drug of choice (or lack there of).
If you find music as addicting as I do you’ll really get into the groove of Coda and love it.

Published by Running Press and is available here and bookshops in May 2013


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