by Emma Trevayne
Deep in an abandoned basement, Anthem sings of truth and freedom with his illegal underground band. Yet on the surface and under watchful eyes, Anthem is unable to resist the call of the Corporation’s addictive, mind-altering music tracks, even as he knows they are used to control him and his fellow citizens.
When tragedy strikes close to home, Anthem realizes that defying the Corp comes at a deadly price… and the stakes of preventing his brother and sister from being claimed by the government drug are worth every heart-pounding second. The key to the revolution might lie with the girl Anthem loves, but will he trust her enough to let her join the fight? – from the book jacket
Why I picked it up: A post-apocalyptic dystopian…music is used by a corrupt government as a drug – a drug that can kill you… a main character whose passion for music consumes every aspect of his life…illegal underground bands…truth and freedom and revolution… How could I NOT pick this one up?
Why I finished it: Great writing, complex characters, action that builds slowly until suddenly you realize you’re racing through the pages, plot twist that actually do take you by surprise. I loved Anthem and his friends and how they lived. Their style (neon colors, chrome tattoos, fiber optic hair accessories) and the clubs they frequent every night (to get their government approved music “fix”) reminded me of the Rave scene that was popular in the early 1990’s. The lack of world-building is the only thing that kept me from giving this book 5 stars. There needed to be more explanation about how and why society had gotten to this place of using human energy to fuel The Grid and the government using encoded music as an addictive drug to control the population.
I’d give it to: I’ve been recommending this one to everyone I know who loves music and dystopian fiction.
I’d give it: 4 stars
Reviewed by: Trish (Schimelpfenig Library)