Coda

Coda

4.2 10
by Emma Trevayne
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Revolution sings in the air when a teenage boy plays illegal, underground music in a dystopian, Corp-controlled world.

See more details below

Overview

Revolution sings in the air when a teenage boy plays illegal, underground music in a dystopian, Corp-controlled world.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Music provides both damnation and freedom in this gripping futuristic fable, first in a two-book series from newcomer Trevayne. The Corp maintains a crushing grip on the population through addictive, mood-influencing music that takes a heavy toll on its users. Anthem, 18, sells his body’s energy to fuel the city’s grid and rebels at night as part of an illegal underground band. When he loses a friend to the Corp’s music, he sparks a musical rebellion aimed at overthrowing the shadowy President Z and her cabinet. But a traitor close to Anthem could destroy everything, just as he finds the strength to go for what he wants in life and love. Atmospheric and emotionally rich, this intense story practically sings with defiance, swaggering like the rock and punk of old. Trevayne conjures up a convincingly corrupt dystopia, full of dangerously misused technology, an omnipresent Big Brother, and heroes worth rooting for. Without shying away from the story’s darker themes, she balances them with positive messages regarding family, friendship, and optimism. A strong debut from an author to watch. Ages: 13�up. Agent: Brooks Sherman, FinePrint Literary Management. (May)
From the Publisher

*2014 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults nominee
*2014 ALA Rainbow List nominee

Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Atmospheric and emotionally rich, this intense story practically sings with defiance, swaggering like the rock and punk of old. A strong debut from an author to watch."

School Library Journal (starred review)
"The story hums with tension. Plot twists and lots of action make for a riveting read . . . The music seems almost alive, as if it were itself a character."

Kirkus Reviews
"Anthem's personal connections to the richly written cast make the character-driven plot sing. Trevayne's debut showcases a creative concept, skillful dialogue and vivid characters."

BooklistOnline
"Trevayne's debut cashes in on the rebellious appeal of punk rock, but with an emo-laced lyrical quality to Anthem’s first-person narration, she conveniently kills two spiky-haired, black-eyeliner-wearing birds with one stone . . . Coda should appeal to music-loving teens."

Shelf Awareness
“Debut author Emma Trevayne renders a nearly unrecognizable dystopian future with her imaginative world of technological advancements and cyber addictions . . . She skillfully orchestrates the action scenes, and ramps up the stakes of this rebellion—including a heartbreaking betrayal—until the very end."

San Francisco Book Review/Sacramento Book Review
"With so many dystopian books out there, it’s definitely hard to find one that’s both original and well-written. Coda, however, is one of those books…This is a must-read for any YA or dystopia fan [that] stands out in its originality, emotion and real characters.”

ForeWord Reviews
"The action is engaging and fast-paced, propelled forward by the authentic and sometimes conflicting interests of its likable cast of characters. . . . The ending is tense and sensational, and readers won’t feel let down by the action."

The Midnight Garden
"Coda has a cool-factor unlike anything I've read. A cyberpunk—part dystopian, part science fiction—thriller set in futuristic Manhattan, with the requisite gadgetry, romance, and the added benefit of a rockstar? Sign me up."

A.B. Keuser
“I honestly wasn’t expecting what I got. And that was something truly magical.”

TheBookHookup
"[T]he rhythm steadily climbs and you only fall more under its spell. By the time the song is nearing its end, there’s only the tempo’s speed and your heart is racing to match the pace of the song because you're wholly invested now. And when it all ends, when the last crash of the drum sounds and the singer drops the microphone, your heart is gargling in throat from all the rioting and fist-pumping you’ve done and you can’t wipe the smile off your face because it was a damn good ride."

MeOnBooks
"This book is ripe with danger and suspicion, and it highlights the key points of a dystopian setting. The horrors of an oppressive corporation and their corrupt goals, the dreary and dismal setting, the unflinching desire to keep those you care about most safe from harm, the overwhelming search for identity in a world where everyone is forced to be the same, and the discovery of limits, of how far we will go to stay alive."

Jessabella Reads
"A breathtaking debut from a YA author to keep your eye on!”

JBronderBookReviews
“This is definitely one book that young adult book lovers will want to read.”

Once Upon a Bookcase
“One of the most amazing dystopian novels I have ever read…Simply incredible…and a completely wonderful debut!”

Chatper by Chapter
“Nearly every chapter in the novel has something interesting, romantic, plot-twisting or exciting happening. Trevayne is an author that knows how to pull her readers into a story and keep them entertained.”

Midwest Book Review
“[A]” fascinating young adult read for music lovers and science fiction fans, highly recommended.”

Dark Faerie Tales
“[An]…amazing story with a unique world, wonderful lyrical prose, and characters that will blow you away.”

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Music is Anthem's life-and it might be his death. In a society controlled by the Corporation, music is digitally enhanced so it acts like a drug. It's used to kill pain and to heal the sick but it's also used to control the citizenry and keep them dependent on the Corp, making them addicts and killing many at a young age. As a conduit, a person whose body is used to power the Corp's grid, Anthem, 18, has a short life expectancy and a miserable existence. His only joys are his twin siblings, whom he cares for in light of his mother's absence and his father's illness, and the illegal, "unencoded" music he makes with his band in an abandoned cellar. When it becomes clear that the Corp is taking encoding to dangerous new levels and is closing in on the renegade musicians, Anthem must risk everything to bring change to his society and free his beloved music. The story hums with tension. Plot twists and lots of action make for a riveting read with a believable and likable protagonist. The music seems almost alive, as if it were itself a character. The plot is marred only by an almost total lack of backstory (how did this dystopian society get to this state?) and a heavy-handed message (freedom is good, and mind control is bad). Band geeks, garage musicians, and teens told to "turn that garbage down" will clamor for this one.—Anthony C. Doyle, Livingston High School Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews
In a dystopian future where music is a corporate-controlled mind-altering substance, an illegal underground band revolts through pure music. It started with specially encoded music that provided pain relief when pharmaceutical medicines ran short. By the time Anthem comes of age, music has gone beyond medical and even recreational uses. It's how the Corp controls the population. All citizens are legally required to be music addicts, craving it even though it eventually destroys them. Lower-class citizens like Anthem are further destroyed by working as conduits, plugging their bodies into machines to power the Corp's Grid with their energy. Anthem's only reasons for living are protecting his younger siblings, comforting his dying father, spending time with his not-quite girlfriend and playing real, unencoded music in a secret underground band. Despite conflicting opinions on whether the band should risk playing for audiences, they stay private--until one of their own is killed immediately upon listening to a corporate music track. Anthem strikes back through his music in illegal concerts, planning a revolution. A betrayal endangers everyone Anthem loves, forcing him to make difficult choices. The fictional world doesn't hold up to close scrutiny, but the quick pace conceals it well. Anthem's personal connections to the richly written cast make the character-driven plot sing. Trevayne's debut showcases a creative concept, skillful dialogue and vivid characters. (Science fiction. 13 & up)

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762447282
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date:
05/07/2013
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
513,080
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
HL750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >