Vinyl: Book One of the Vinyl Trilogy

Vinyl: Book One of the Vinyl Trilogy

by Sophia Elaine Hanson


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Kirkus Recommended Review - "...captivating and memorable...makes for supremely fun reading...this action-packed ride through a grim but fascinating world should delight fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent and leave many waiting impatiently for the sequel."

Legend meets Leviathan in this gritty dystopian fiction by debut author Sophia Elaine Hanson. All citizens within the soaring black walls of Revinia have metal Singers grafted into their skulls at birth. The parasitic machines issue a form of auditory hypnosis called The Music, which keeps their minds malleable and emotions flat. All artistic expression-especially real music-is strictly prohibited.

On the edge of the city, nineteen year old Ronja struggles to support her cousins and disabled mother. A chance meeting leads to her kidnapping by an underground resistance striving to preserve the human spirit. Violently severed from her Singer by the brash young agent Roark, Ronja revels in her newfound freedom until the consequences of her disappearance begin to unfold.

The first in a trilogy, Vinyl is a story of loyalty, passion, trauma, human connection, and the extraordinary power of real music.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692569832
Publisher: Calida Lux Publishing
Publication date: 11/14/2015
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Sophia has been writing novels, short stories, and poems since she was still losing her baby teeth. Throughout her high school career she amassed an impressive 35 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards including two National Gold Medals for science fiction short stories. As a Scholastic alumnus, she joins the ranks of many great authors including Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, and Joyce Carol Oates. Sophia has twice been accepted for publication in international young writer journals (Polyphony HS and The Claremont Review). Sophia grew up in Iowa with two dogs and two fantastic parents. She now resides in New York City as a student at her dream school, NYU. She loves dogs, books, and thunderstorms and hates racists, homophobes, and cantaloupe. She has a cactus named Nao because her dorm prohibits pets. See her blog at:; on Instagram at: authorsehanson; on Facebook at: vinylbysophiahanson; and on Twitter at: authorsehanson.

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Vinyl: Book One of the Vinyl Trilogy 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
LauraClarke More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars This book was an interesting mix of so many elements… I can’t quite say that I’ve ever really read anything like it before, but I can see it appealing to fans of “Divergent” (never read “Cinder” though). Great writing and wonderful characters… really liked Ronja, but Roark, Evie, Terra and the others were awesome too. I really hope that things “turn around” in the next book. There are many complex subplots woven throughout and while this is a longer book for YA, it was fast paced and the prose is gorgeous – we can picture everything perfectly. Can see fantasy/sci fans really liking it, even those who maybe it’s not their thing, there is a lot of action and has a great message. Something for everyone, I think.
JennaBrewster More than 1 year ago
I was hooked from the opening pages of “Vinyl” by Sophia Hanson and my interest never wavered for a moment! I loved the creative and strong characters and plots that continued to build and shock and surprise. Just when you think you know what’s happening, something comes along to throw a wrench in it. This is good because I HATE books that are super predictable. And this one isn’t. Although there are some familiar themes and tropes at play, the author brings a fresh voice and makes it all her own… impressively so. I’ve read a ton of YA fantasy and science fiction over the years so I’m rarely surprised by anything anymore but I can say that this author managed to do it. I appreciated the brisk pace and the descriptive details that really brought the story to life – world building is absolutely crucial in selling a ‘fantasy’ story and it is done quite nicely here. Will be interested in seeing where this series and our leads go to in the next one. Recommend for anyone (adults) who enjoy a well-written, action packed, alternative reality novel with unexpected twists.
indiebrag More than 1 year ago
We are proud to announce that VINYL by Sophia Elaine Hanson is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells readers that this book is well worth their time and money!
TheKnightsWhoSayBook More than 1 year ago
Oh, my poor head. There are so many things wrong with this book, and I sat through it all so I could write a thorough review. There are so many basic mistakes here, I can't believe other people didn't get head aches just from reading it. Mostly the writing was just bad. Blatant, repeated, and honestly terrible misuses of epithets were all over the place. It was as if the author thought she was only allowed to say her character's name or pronouns a certain amount of times per paragraph, and any more than that she had to be called "the girl". Which is untrue and I hope someone informs Sophia Hanson that she is allowed to say Ronja's name as many times as she likes. There was also a lot of over-description, similes and metaphors that didn't make sense or were badly-phrased, and awkwardly-worded sentences everywhere. Characters tended toward the bland, stock character side of things, and the romance felt utterly predictable. Besides the concept of singers and controlling through song, this book didn't bring anything new to the table. I can't think of any characters I really enjoyed, just ones I disliked less than others. I didn't get invested in the plot until about 80 pages from the end, which is far too little too late. Also be warned for scenes of sexual assault if you're going to read this and haven't been warned. I didn't feel the scenes were necessary or handled all that well, but somehow I still feel that the writing mistakes here were more offensive, so that's saying something.
Bibliophagist_Omnilegent More than 1 year ago
Passion is Perilous... Emotion is treacherous... Disobedience is destruction. And destruction is coming. Ronja has spent her whole life being controlled. Be it by her station in life, or by The Music being pumped into her mind. She struggles to keep her mind obedient, but it is constantly resisting. She works hard to care for her family, taking on multiple jobs and few hours of rest. She is constantly put down, and harassed by the people of Revinia due to the conditions of her birth. She is strong, and someone I think I would look up to. She bares the burden of providing for her family very well. All she wants is to keep them safe and she will stop at nothing to do so. I love when characters seem to walk right off the page and this is exactly what happens in Vinyl. The words paint vivid pictures I your mind until you all but forget where you actually are. It grabs onto your heartstrings and doesn't loosen its grip. Roark is brave and daring. He knows what he wants in life and isn't afraid to do what it takes to get it. He is a integral part of the Anthem, a secret resistance buried in the belly of the city. His family ties come in handy but he would just as soon cut those ties and forget his family name. He is a selfless and hardworking, just like Ronja all he cares about is his family. Like her two he takes on multiple jobs, his are tinted with a little more espionage. He has gone trough many hardships, but all he wants is for the people in the city above to be aware of what's going on around them, to free them from The Music. When circumstances bring the two of them together Ronja's world gets flipped upside down. She is violently severed from her Singer and shown a world where real music reigns. However when the truth of her birth comes to light plans change and they must work together to save the people they love, if they fail they will loose everything. I adore Roark's friends, they are sweet and caring. They are willing to risk everything to help him and Ronja and you really can't find better friends then that. I love the relationship between Evie and Iris, it's so real. I truly loved this book. It grabbed me by the heart and refused to let go. It was so emotional and I felt everything as it happened.(Bring tissues) I felt apart of the pages, it takes a truly talented writer to be able to offer that kind of experience to their readers. Miss Hanson is a brilliant author, even though she has ripped my heart out with this book, I look forward to reading her work in the future. "Radio" is definitely on my list of books to buy. Thank you so much Miss Hanson for this heart wrenching story, May your song guide you home. I give this book 5/5 Stars
The_reading_wolf More than 1 year ago
The Synopsis At birth the citizens of Revinia have metal singers installed into the base of their skulls at birth. These machines produce a hypnotic auditory called The Music. The music keeps each person malleable and emotions flat. In the outskirts of the city lives 19 year old Ronja, who struggles to support her family and disabled mother. When a chance encounter leads Ronja to being taken by a resistance group, the metal singer is removed. She starts to revel in her newfound freedom but not long before everything unravels and consequences of her disappearance occur. The Review This is a fun dystopian/steampunk type setting. As you read along, you find yourself immersed in an imaginative, emotion felt, fantasy world. All characters are refreshingly real and feel like you could have known them all your life. The emotions felt are so raw. From the hardship and suffering to the light hearted romance, you hold on. This had such a strong one of a kind premise. The world building is great! It starts out slow enough just for you to get the back story and then it takes off by the seat of its pants. There is so many deep underlying themes and messages in this book. The author does a great job of sliding them into the story. The action was non stop and you are brought to a halting end that makes you needing book 2 immediately! 5 stars from me. Thanks to the author for sending me this book in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Book, Love it!
ElizaBEB More than 1 year ago
wow, what an insane book! Holy bananas!! Okay, I don’t even know where to begin because so much happens and I don’t want to give anything away… “Vinyl: Book one of the Vinyl Trilogy” by author Sophia Hanson is one of the most original and just flat out interesting fantasy/ science fiction/ dystopian novels I’ve ever read. I liked it for so many different reasons, first the writing was stellar. The strong word choice and fluid prose makes it a very easy book to sink into. There are enough descriptions where you can picture everything perfectly, but not so much that it bogs down the pacing. I wish I knew what the characters looked like better though, because some of them I had hard time keeping straight. I liked that there were things I haven’t seen in other books like this before, and it just felt more “intelligent” than others I’ve read, like there is a deep underlying philosophical message there that goes deeper than just beneath the surface. One thing I have really been loving about this new explosion of NA/YA authors over the past few years is that they keep coming up with new and creative ways to improve upon existing themes. This is wonderful because there are certain themes, like good versus evil, free will and freedom, fighting against the status quo…etc… which will never go out of style. But sometimes you can feel like you are reading the same story over and over. Well this was not the case here! This almost seems like it could be a movie or a miniseries… Looking forward to the next one as soon as it’s out!
KayleeeKS More than 1 year ago
At first I was immediately grabbed into the story of “Vinyl” by Sophia Elaine Hanson, and became immersed in the intricate world building and trippy plot development. But even though the writing was stunningly good, there were times I felt the story wasn’t as focused as I’d like, with some conversations and scenes maybe weren’t necessary and perhaps could have been eliminated to tighten the narrative some… like it was a bit overwritten (especially with the dialogue tags). But at the same time, the pacing was fast, I liked that we saw different character POV’s, and there was pretty much nonstop action and some DEFINITELY crazy developments toward the end. It felt fresh and unpredictable, always a nice experience, especially in a genre that is fraught with copycats. Intelligent, complex plotlines that are super weird, and I mean that as a compliment. Mad props to this author as I think she has a great future in store for her. All in all I’d be interested in continuing on with this series, especially because I have to see what happens!
NicolaF More than 1 year ago
A compelling read, and one that will definitely appeal to fans of dystopian/sci-fi/action novels. Author Sophia Elaine Hanson does an amazing job of bringing this incredible world to life where man must fight against mental and emotional enslavement. “Passion is perilous”. Very interesting concept, and the premise feels like nothing I’ve come across before. Although there are common elements, Ms. Hanson’s voice is unique, and her characters fresh and engaging. We really root (or cry) for them and get totally invested in the outcome. BTW the editing was GREAT! Nearly flawless, and that is rare. And appreciated! Great, authentic dialogue that flowed well and moved the plot forward nicely, sparing us of the dreaded “telling” that so many authors tend to do. We feel like we are a part of the book and I recommend for fans of Dystopian Sci-fi who’d like a new twist. This is the first in a trilogy though, so we are still in for more of a ride. Can’t wait!