June 26, 2013

ARC Review: Coda by Emma Trevayne

Title: Coda
Author: Emma Trevayne
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Publication Date: May 7th 2013
Genre: Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Cyberpunk
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

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?

My Review:
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!
 A breathtaking debut from a YA author to keep your eye on!

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Note: I received a free advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I was not paid or influenced in any way.


  1. Great review! This sounds like an awesome YA book to look out for. <3

  2. I am very interested in this one for multiple reasons. First, the plot seems unique and very interesting. And I really love that the MC is a guy. AND he has the best name ever. Anthem! I may have to name my first boy that. And the final reason, it sounds to me like it is a book that you very much enjoyed. I think that I would as well. Thank you so much for your wonderful review!

  3. I like your review. I've been meaning to read this book, and your review makes me want to read it more. I like that the book is dystopian and filled with life lessons. It just seems like my kind of book.

  4. I already knew of this book, but I hadn't read any reviews of it. I've got to say, this book sounds awesome and now I really want to read it!! It sounds like an awesome world to escape into for a while!

  5. Broken-hearted guy? Well-developed secondary characters? Count me in! But yeah, I totally agree that this sounds like a really original idea. I'll definitely give it a try.


  6. This is a wonderful review! So lovely. I've been wanting to read this since I first heard about it a number of months ago. I had it checked out from my library but didn't get to start it before it was due back. I'll definitely be heading back to grab it and moving it up my TBR list, though, thanks to your review!

  7. This book sounds like a great read! Definitely have to add it ti my TBR! Thanks for a review!

  8. Sounds Great...will be picking up :)

  9. Great Review this book looks and sounds amazing I never heard of it before most check it out soon!


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