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3.65  ·  Rating details ·  1,212 ratings  ·  198 reviews
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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Running Press Kids
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Lothfleur There are several, I haven't finished yet but Anthem has an ex who's male and has strong feelings for a girl and Scope (a guy) has a boyfriend.…moreThere are several, I haven't finished yet but Anthem has an ex who's male and has strong feelings for a girl and Scope (a guy) has a boyfriend.(less)

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There are some people in the world to whom music is as vital as oxygen. To those--me, and certainly Emma Trevayne, the author of Coda--music has the ability to heighten emotions, to heal, to soothe, to enrige, and excite. To us, music is as potent as any drug, and almost as addicting.

To Anthem, and the rest of the citizens in The Web, there is no almost. Music is quite literally a drug, one as addicting as any narcotic. And just as dangerous.

In Anthem's post-war world on the island of Manhatte
Jan 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
I can't do it, Lyn. I just cannot do it. This world building makes no fucking sense. I am giving it two stars because it wasn't horrible, but why finish when I am not enjoying it in the least? I am so bored I wanna cryyyy. DNF at 39%.

I finished it after all as I had to know how it ended. It did not get better. The writing was still a HUGE mess and the world-building was utterly stupid.

Full review will be on the blog next week, but this is 1.5 stars. I gave it a half extra because of the way Anth
I'll tell you all the same thing I told Emma after reading this...

You had my heart in your hands and my jaw in your lap

And it's the absolute truth. These characters had me. The. Whole. Time.
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Here's the thing:

Sometimes, you hear an idea, and it's so genius, you wish you came up with it.

That's all I'll say for now, except to say that Emma Trevayne's debut novel is the kind you'll want to read in one sitting, and her execution is elegant and compelling.

Read this one as soon as possible, people. I promise you won't regret it.


Originally read June 2011
Rereading for its release, April 2013

Quick thoughts, post re-read: I really love everything about this book. Nothing is too easy, th
Zombieslayer/Alienhunter {comatose with common sense}
In a world where music is a drug

I'm drawn to the door. I can't hear it yet, but I can feel it.

A rebellion sparks to life underneath a post-apocalyptic, dead city.

We use that we have. What we can find, build, break, and deform into the things we need.

Anthem, a barely-adult conduit power source for the villainous government known as The Corp, tries to provide as a stable a life as he can for his brother and sister.
But how stable can your life be when you have to explain music like you're in a bad
Dark Faerie Tales
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: A pretty amazing story with a unique world, wonderful lyrical prose, and characters that will blow you away.

Opening Sentence: I’m drawn toward the door.

The Review:

Many of my friends have been talking about Emma Trevayne’s Coda. Most loved the story, falling in love with the characters and their journey. I was excited when Coda released, because this meant that I could potentially fall in love also. The story behind Trevayne’s Coda is one like m
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Two years ago, Emma sent me the prologue to CODA. At the time, it was simply a few pages in a gdoc with a note, "hey do you like this?" Now, it's 2013, and here I am leaving a review on her real, life BOOK.

I've now read this book twice. Once, in it's early stages as Emma was writing it and now, as an edited version in book form. I loved the book when I read it the first time. Now, I adore it.

I know, you're thinking, "well you're her friend, so of course you're going to be biased about how good
Adam Silvera

Coda is a dystopian hacker novel sure to hypnotize many readers.

To care for his younger siblings, 18-year-old narrator Anthem is "conduit scum"--he channels his energy to power the city's Grid, located in the Corp's headquarters, and citizens are arrested by encoded, mind-altering music as a result. When Anthem's energy is sucked out, his life shortens by the amount of time spent as a conduit, which, for Anthem, has been five years. This draining ultimately
Though a little rough to get into at first, Coda begins with an interesting premise and sort of stream of consciousness style that could really connect with post modern readers. Citizen N4003, or Anthem as he's tagged himself, goes to the clubs and "tracks" privately like all good citizens overseen by the Corp, but he's never heard real music, no one has. The Corp controls music creation and embeds mind altering code into the tracks. The lower the citizens are on the social/political scale, the ...more
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dropped-series
If you love music as much as Emma Trevayne obviously does, I think that this will be a cool read for you.
If you are someone like me, who doesn't care all that much about music, you might think this book is just okayish.
There are lots of paragraphs that describe how the music feels, flows and sounds. If you love music, this might be a thing that you recognise and appreciate. To me though, it felt boring. I do like music but I don't care enough about it that I could describe it in the same way tha
Meredith Barnes
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most amazing books I've ever read--somehow both a high-stakes cyber thriller a la THE MATRIX and a sophisticated look at human nature and love (ENDER'S GAME comes to mind insofar as it looks at power dynamics, anti-heroes, and IMPOSSIBLY complicated and life-or-death choices).

All of this while incorporating a heartrending romance (oh, the twists), LGBT themes, and the cool factor that comes from having a main character who's the front man for a rock band.

And how about that COV
I have no clue what is going on. I also have a big issue with the treatment of some of the characters in this novel.

Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
So, I remember when Ms. Trevayne first announced that Coda was going to be published. I was so completely excited for her as I am when any of my "book friends" make that announcement. That's what we're all here for right? New stories filled with amazing words?

But now I'm going to let you in on a teeny tiny little secret -- I get very nervous reading books by people that I know, be it online or in real life. I mean think about it -- it can be a little scary when you know the author and the author
Posted on Dark Faerie Tales.

Many of my friends have been talking about Emma Trevayne’s Coda. Most loved the story, falling in love with the characters and their journey. I was excited when Coda released, because this meant that I could potentially fall in love also. The story behind Trevayne’s Coda is one like many aspiring authors, but in this case the dream came true. Not only is Coda an amazing read, but it has turned into one of my favorites for the year. Let me gush a little more so you ca
Cyndy Aleo
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So here's the thing: Emma Trevayne's Coda will probably seem very familiar to readers of dystopian novels and movies. You have the secret knowledge banned by a totalitarian government, a la The Giver. You have a society totally reliant on the workings of a giant computer network powered by human energy, like The Matrix. And you have the main character who's doing something subversive and sparking a movement, much like... well... just about every dystopian thing ever.

And yet I sat down and read C
Lillian Hong
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
When the book starts, you are guaranteed to going to be confused; it dumps you straight into its world with very little explanations as to what its strange little terms and so on mean. Many books do this, and they do it well; either they explain right then and there, or they subtly explain throughout the characters' interactions. This book, however, is not one of them. It's gonna take you a few chapters into it before you start to understand what the fuck is going on, and that is an automatic "W ...more
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2013
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 think Caren said it best. The characters had me. 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
Sep 24, 2013 marked it as dnf
I know I'm not going to finish this book, but this isn't a bad dnf; it's just not my genre at all, and it's too slow and quiet to be an exception for me. BUT, I don't wanna remove it from my shelves entirely, because I really appreciate it as an example of a bi boy in YA and in genre, who's already out and already comfortable with his sexuality. For that reason I'll alone I happily recommend it often. ...more
Know that I absolutely loved this book, and you should all buy it as soon as it's available.

For now that is all I will offer. I will be buying it and rereading it as soon as someone will let me pay money for it.
Jul 06, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1.5/5. This was the single


most ridiculous


(Find the original review at Jellyfish Reads.)

Actual rating: 4.5 stars.

Coda is stunning.

It has a tremendous cast of characters, a breathtaking plot, and most of all, it's a love song to music itself. It's about the freedom that creative expression brings us. It's about addiction, set in a world where the government uses music as a drug to control its citizens. It's about love and family and sacrifice.

Trevayne's writing style is so lyrical and subtle and absorbing. Everything she describes is so

Anthem lives in a post-apocalyptic New York, where music is used as a drug and the citizens are addicted to the sounds much like soma in Brave New World. It keeps the population malleable and in line while keeping the rich in power and the poor as worker drones. The world building happens quite quickly as you as dragged into a world that is both familiar and alien at the same time. Anthem works as a human generator, using his life as a means to power the city and government an
Jessica (Jessabella Reads)
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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, bu ...more
Jessica Bronder
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Scott Neigh
Some clever aspects, but it didn't really work for me.

The premise is a post-collapse/post-apocalypse mini-state on the island of Manhatten -- it's not clear if any of the rest of the world exists or not -- that has a directly corporate government that controls the population through music that is digitally encoded to be a drug that pacifies and, over the years, kills. The protagonists, not surprisingly, start of as performers of illicit unencoded music. There are some modestly clever aspects to
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rating Clarification: 4.5 / 5

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, and however cliche it might sound, so much more!

The best thing about the book was its originality and integration of music. The book is set in a futuristic and desolate land, in which the government controls the population with music tracks, which eventually deteriorate the citizens and make them addicted. To keep them
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was very impressed with this novel. 4 1/2 stars more than 5.

First of all, the premise was exciting. Different enough to make you think, but also believable. I found similarities in the concept of sound being used to control people to the concept of colour being used in a similar manner from one of my favourite books, Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde. Even with these similarities, you weren't sitting there feeling that you had heard it all before, or that you knew exactly what was going to happe
Jun 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
I was super excited to read this book, as the main character is a male bisexual, which you don't see very often!  

Sadly this book was not for me.  From page one to the end of the book I was confused as hell.  The main premise of the book wasn't explained until half way through, and even then the explanation made little sense.  The plot twists were cliche and obvious and in short I was so bored. I had to force myself to finish this book, and yes I did skim the last few chapters. 

Anthem has no per
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Imagine a world where you no longer have the freedom to choose what music you want to listen to. Imagine that music ending up being a drug of sorts. Imagine having all kinds of chips inserted into your body for various reasons. This is what Anthem has to do deal with as he struggles to take care of his twin brother and sister as his dad is unable to do so and their mother is dead.

I was not sure if I would like this book or not but got it as a freebie from the American Library Conference in June
Giving this one 9/10. Not gonna lie, it was actually a little painful to give this 4/5 instead of 5/5.

I loved this story. I love the world, I love the characters, and it was definitely right up my alley. The only slight problem for me was that I thought the plot was a bit predictable. The book was absolutely still enjoyable, but I definitely wasn't really surprised by most of the twists and turns-- in fact, I was waiting for them to pop up. That being said, I feel like the world really made up
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