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?

Emma Trevayne's dystopian debut novel is a little punk, a little rock, and plenty page-turning.

Product Details

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

About the Author

Emma Trevayne is a full-time writer. She is an avid music collector, a lover of computer code languages, and a photographer. She has lived in Canada, England, and America. Follow her on Twitter @EMentior.

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Coda 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
In this world, music controls everything and the government controls the music. There are many levels of people from the president and other executives that run everything to conduits that are plugged into the main frame and life sucked out of them to power everything. The only escape is the music that the government requires you to use. But it’s not regular music as we know it, it has encoding in it to be used as pain killers, downers, uppers, and anything in between. The one rule is that there is to be no other music than what the government gives. Not even a whistle. Anthem is a conduit that is trying to survive. Because of the drains to their bodies, conduits usually die in their early 20’s. Anthem has lost his mother and his father basically lies on the couch or in his chair waiting for his body to give out. So it is Anthems responsibility to make sure his younger twin siblings survive. But Anthem has a secret, he is in a band. This band wants to come out of hiding and show everyone what real music sounds like and get them to realize what the government is doing to them. That backfires when he is forced into making music for the government to alter to control the public. What the government doesn’t know is that you can only push people so far before they start pushing back and now Anthem has something to fight for. I loved this story. I admit that it took me a little bit to get my mind around what was going on in this world. It’s not really that complicated, just a little confusing at first. I loved the characters; my heart broke for bother Anthem and Haven. But I love how the book ended. This is definitely one book that young adult book lovers will want to read. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
Coda by author Emma Trevayne is a novel that I was interested in reading after I saw the interesting cover. It was mysterious and I wondered what would happen in the plot. After reading the description I was still in the dark about the novel’s plot and jumped right into the story. Coda is an interesting read, definitely like nothing I’ve ever read before. I don’t read that much sci-fi and Coda is a novel that screams sci-fi all the way! Think of a Surrogates type world where music is a drug. You read that right: In Coda music is a drug. Coda is set in a dystopian future where technology is absolutely supreme and music is used by the government a.k.a. the Corporation as a drug that controls its citizens. Eighteen-year-old main character Anthem is a rule breaker and plays music, real music, with his underground band. Sure that doesn’t sound threatening but real music is outlawed and illegal and if the Corporation finds out about Anthem’s band everything is sure to go straight to hell. Anthem is addicted to the Corporation’s tracks, constantly using them to escape from reality for a little while, he knows that it’s wrong but the high he gets from it is so right. Apart from the tracks, Anthem’s been raising his younger siblings Alpha and Omega who barely got to meet their mother who died from ‘tracking’. Anthem would do anything to protect his siblings and he knows that if anything ever happens to him, they still have their father. For now. It’s only a matter of time before their father too dies. Helping Anthem is the girl he’s falling head over heels for, Haven. She’s tough, gritty and willing to stand her ground. There’s something about Haven that Anthem doesn’t know, a secret that could make or break their relationship and just when everything is already heading down the drain the worst thing that could happen happens to Anthem. I really liked the world that Coda is set in. It’s like nothing I’ve seen before and it’s a world that had me thinking a lot about all of the sci-fi movies I’ve seen. The world of Coda is one that can get a bit confusing for some people, I for one know that I got confused a lot. Right from the start there are a lot of descriptions that describe the new culture that the people existing within the Corporation’s government have. The problem with this is that you’re told things that don’t get explained. Tons of times I’d be reading, nodding my head at something and suddenly pause and thing ‘why?’ only for my ‘why?’ to never be answered. So many things that could have been explained to better my experience with the story weren’t explained and I admit it took away from my time with Coda. The characters in Coda are interesting. You’ve got Anthem’s underground band members, the people that want to rebel against the Corp., the Corp’s antagonists and Haven. As characters are introduced you get some backstory on their relationship with Anthem a long with a ton of descriptions that give you a clear idea of what they look like in your head. Some of these characters went above and beyond, I could really get in touch with them and all around liked them (*cough* Haven *cough*). Then you get to some characters who were really two-dimensional and I’ve gotta admit that I didn’t feel much for them. I was also a bit confused about the sexuality in this novel, is everybody bisexual or something? Is that a part of being with the Corp.? Quality-wise, Coda is a really well-written read. Nearly every chapter in the novel has something interesting, romantic, plot-twisting or exciting happening. All of these things are presented in an awesome way that forces you to keep reading until the very end. Trevayne is an author that knows how to pull her readers into a story and keep them entertained. I’d recommend Coda to fans of sci-fi, dystopia and readers who are looking to get pulled into a world unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im reading the reviews and wondering: is it really that good? I'm having a tiugh time getting into this one, it seemed unique from all the other ' teens vs corrupt government' sci fi books with the whole music concept. This seemed like it was written for me because sci fi and music are basically my life. Conclusively, i guess im asking if its worth the lengthy developement.
Tina_Chan More than 1 year ago
Actual Rating: 4 1/2 Review: Wow....that's all I can've been reading a lot of YA dystopian books lately and all I can say is wow...Coda, written by Emma Trevayne, is fresh, unique, and truly a gem of a find. Music as a drug? I'm in! In a scary, futuristic world where the Corps control everything, lives revolve around music. Kids are introduced to addictive, Corp-made  music at a young age to get them hooked up. Once you've listened to music once, you have to listen to it again. And of course, only the  Corps has control over music. Like any street drug, with frequent usage, listening to music will kill your health. Overdosing on music is  not uncommon. ¿Anthem, the main character, works as a conduit to support his family. His mother died and his father is basically useless, due to music  overdose. He has a pair of younger twins--Omega and Alpha--to take care of. Work as a conduit is hard since he is basically providing  energy to power the grid, so he often comes home exhausted. However, there are a few bright spots in his life: the twins, Haven (his girlfriend) and his band. Anthem and his band secretly play real   music in an old storage house. The music they play is wild, free and most of all,  not Corps influenced. But things quickly spiral out of  control when Johnny, the band leader, is killed by the Corps. The plot isn't eye-opening or anything--classic rebel vs. government sort of story line. But there were two twists I did not see coming and the fact that the ideas that the novel is based on is so intriguing more than enough makes up for the normal plot line.  Another thing I loved about Coda is the prose the novel is written in. When the author writes about music, it's so damn beautiful . Okay, I admit it, I'm a music junkie, so  I might be a little bit bias here, but still, the writing is powerful and poetic and engrossing all  at the same time.  Here's a lovely quote describing how Anthem feels when he's high on music, "With drumbeat shackles and guitar  string ropes, I'm a willing prisoner." Also, Anthem is the first bisexual main character I've ever read about. Trevayne treats sexuality causally in Coda, which I find to be neat.   There is some romance in the book--nothing heavy or serious--but it's there.  The pacing of the book isn't on-the-edge-of-your seat, but it's definitely fast enough to keep you interested. Yeah...well, if I have to sum of this book in a few words, they would be: raw, powerful and free. Likes: *how music can control so much       , *awesome character names (seriously, with names like Anthem, Scope and Pixel....)          *new dystropian idea that is different from the main stream dystopian theme Dislikes: *the "revolution against the Corps" is a little but cliche  ¿
JessabellaReviews More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this book. I really felt that the entire concept was wholly original and executed in a pitch perfect voice. Anthem, the main character, was entirely swoon worthy. He was such a broken guy but with soo much love in his heart for those he cared about. All of his friends were well developed and extremely relatable. I know that anyone who reads this book, will find at least one character, idea, or situation that they can completely connect with. Coda explores some tough issues, but in a way that I have never seen done before. I loved how the author showed bi/homosexuality as completely normal, and no one having a problem with it. It was very refreshing. Drug addiction is explored through the tracks that everyone is forced to listen to. They are also additcive, and you can overdose from "tracking" to much. The idea of music being used as a drug the way it was in Coda, just blew my mind. It was an amazing new dystopian world that I completely fell in love with. The entire story just marched to a completely different beat. I remember while I was reading Coda, thinking, this will help soo many teens, and they will just think they are reading a kick you-know-what book. There are life lessons buried within these pages, and it is a truly awesome thing that Emma Trevayne was able to do this in the way that she did. I really cannot say enough about this book. The pacing was perfect, and the action spot-on. The romance had that push-pull tension that we all love. There is such a beautiful sadness that you will only understand once you have experienced it for yourself. I recommend this to everyone. I really cannot think of one thing I did not like about Coda, except for the fact that there is a second book coming, and I have to wait for it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought this book on a whim and wasn't disappointed. A cyberpunk dystopia where music is a drug used to control society, Coda not only presents an interesting concept but is wonderfully well-written. Brilliant, likeable characters. The narrative style is lush and poetic, describing the intoxicating aspects of music and love without falling back on tired cliches. One of the best depictions of a bisexual character I've ever read. Coda managed to be beautiful, thrilling, engaging, and sexy. Highly recommend. This is a book that will likely become a personal favorite. Read if you like reading: young adult, cyberpunk, music, computer hacking, drug addiction, dystopic novels, love stories, realistic representations of hetero/homo/bisexual relationships, youth empowerment, fighting the government, revolution, etc.
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Patty3 More than 1 year ago
I bought this stunning debut novel after connecting with the author online and it completely blew me away. The premise is unique -- music used as a drug to control the population, a deadly drug. Some of the events feel a bit familiar (The Matrix) but don't let that stop you from enjoying this story. The characters are richly drawn with complex emotions and motivations and the author's voice is itself lyrical. I bought the novel for my musical son but read it myself in a single sitting because I couldn't put it down. Eighteen-year-old Anthem is pretty much the head of his household, caring for his younger siblings because his father is dying and his mother is already gone -- victims of a society that forces its population to 'track' or consume the mind-controlling music piped in to household consoles. Anthem's life is dark except for the few moments of stolen hope he manages with his underground band, producing real music, not the altered stuff that numbs everyone, and eventually becomes the catalyst to a revolution. I won't divulge the entire plot but will say that the characters are among the most original in YA. This is a beautifully written and imaginative debut. Buy it!
MamaPhan More than 1 year ago
This is a book I definitely want to read again, ASAP. The last time that happened, I'd just finished The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I wish I had something poetic & articulate to say right now. I don't; nothing is as beautiful as the words Emma poured into this beautiful book. I can't wait to buy this book for all of my friends, tell them to read it, and then smile smugly at them when they flail just as much as I did. For once, I will enjoy the 'I told you so' moment
Anonymous More than 1 year ago