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Melophobia: fear or hatred of music.

The time—now; the place—America, but in a world where the government controls all forms of art and creativity. Any music sowing the seeds of anarchy is banned—destroyed if found—its creators and listeners harshly punished.

Merrin Pierce works as an undercover Patrol officer assigned to apprehend a fugitive musician who threatens the safe
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Kindle Edition, 265 pages
Published September 22nd 2015 by Kindle Press
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Imogene Dacanay
5 BLAZING STARS IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT! If I could, I'd give more than what this book deserves! Oh gods.

I'm grateful to James Morris for providing me a review copy of his book, Melophobia. Also to Karina of @afirepages , for the recommendation.

I am in a reading slump before I read this book, and I'm too desperate to read it ASAP. So I struggled to read the first chapter, again and again, for four consecutive days. Later did I realize, I'm few chapters away from the end of the book. What kind of s
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Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
4.5 Stars

Wow! Great book! James Morris does it again with another captivating YA novel that is sure to get people reading!!

Melophobia is set in an alternative, dystopian America, where somewhere along the way all music became outlawed. The government is in control of all things that can cause anarchy. The Beatles got arrested, and even listening to music became an offence punishable by harsh law. The story follows young Merrin, an undercover patrol officer, who spends her days (and nights) busti
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Aj the Ravenous Reader

Very well written, lyrical, interesting premise. Almost reads like a classic, reminiscent of Fahrenheit 451. I just kind of find the plot a bit predictable what with the countless dystopias I’ve already read. Usually in a dystopian novel in the guise of a utopian world, a human emotion or passion gets banned from the society. In Delirum, it’s love. In the classic novel I mentioned above, it’s books. In the Giver, it’s basically all human emotions. In this particular case, it’s music. It’s theref
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PattyMacDotComma
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: George Orwell fans
Recommended to PattyMacDotComma by: Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Shelves: arc-read, aa
4.5★s
This was fun - 1984-type science fiction with romance, intrigue and betrayal.

This is about the War on Music, but if you substitute ‘Drugs’ for ‘Music’, you’ll get the picture. Only State-composed Muzak is allowed by The State. Even children’s music boxes are banned. At least with drugs, we are allowed to use strong ones under supervision.

Merrin Pierce’s father, Tarquin, is the powerful Minister of Broadcast Standards, and Merrin herself is a member of The Patrol, the police force whose job
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Dannii Elle
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“Melophobia: fear or hatred of music.”

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to the author, James Morris, and the publisher, Kindle Press, for providing me with a copy. Also, thanks to Maxine at Booklover Catlady Publicity for being the link between author and reviewer.

I chose this book, almost randomly, from a sea of other titles. I was intrigued by the name and knew exactly nothing about the book. It seemed fate provided this book to me because it is unlike any other I
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Lindsey Lynn (thepagemistress)
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book follows Merrin, an officer in a world where music is illegal. You get to see what our world would be like without the joys of music and melodies. Merrin goes undercover for a her sector to try and take out some of the biggest "criminals" in LA. There are so many twists and turns. The writing is stupendous and keeps you hooked from page one. James really knows how to throw us into that world and feel the emotions of the cha
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Karina
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
BOOK REVIEW: Melophobia by James Morris

Can you imagine…
A world with no music allowed?
A world where music is banned and illegal?
A world where listening to music is a crime?

There is just nothing to say the way Mr. James Morris written the book. It’s excellent, very-well written, gripping, and one of the most moving novels I’d ever read.

Confusion, betrayal, and doubt all in the name of being a Patrol officer, the daughter of the Minister Tarquin Pierce, and a woman who was abandoned when she was j
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Mary
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Melophobia was such a compelling book. Especially because of the subject matter.

It paints the picture of a dystopian U.S., in which music has pretty much been eradicated and outlawed. Music is believed to entice sin and moral degradation, and as such, anyone caught listening to any sort of music (except government created and approved toneless tunes) is sent to reeducation. Merrin Pierce is an officer in the Patrol, tasked with going undercover and exposing illegal gatherings of music lovers. He
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Jasmine
Music was a gateway drug, easy to start, but doomed to send its listeners on a journey of rebellion.


In the dystopian version of Los Angeles, classical music was the one and only type of music allowed for everyone. The State wanted to make sure the music wouldn’t arouse too much passion for a person so there were people keeping an eye on suspicious music listeners everywhere. Merrin “Melody” Pierce was an undercover agent on the outside but deep down she was a music lover—or should I
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Chantal
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, vip, favorites

A world without music! I can’t imagine how that would be (don’t want to either).

This story is telling us about a world where music is banned. People are not allowed to make or listen to music and if they do they will be punished!


Melophobia: fear or hatred of music.

The time—now; the place—America, but in a world where the government controls all forms of art and creativity. Any music sowing the seeds of anarchy is banned—destroyed if found—its creators and listeners harshly punished.

Merrin P
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Alyssa Janine Busia
Melophobia is an addictive, breath-taking, and a captivating twisted novel that will make your heart breaks into pieces and will make you cry loads of tears. I never thought that this book will touch my heart and will make it bleed at the same time. I am surely proud to say that this is one of the best books I’ve read so far.

One of life’s great pleasures, to feed the people you love. – James Morris, Melophobia

This novel tells the story of a patrol officer named Merrin Pierce who happens to be th
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Suzanne
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
The day the Muzak died, lol.
A world where music is illegal. Terrifying. This book is like what would happen if the Church of Christ ruled the country/world. No music, no dancing, no drinking, no fun.
It's not clear if the music ban is worldwide or just the states. Either way I shudder to think...
That said, the identity of the source was not a surprise to me at all, but then it wasn't like a pivotal reveal so it didn't bother me so much that i saw it coming a mile away.
I also really like the en
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Yvonne (It's All About Books)
brmelophobia
Finished reading: December 1st 2015
Rating 4qqq

"She could see how easily someone could succumb to the hex music weaved over them, the temptation to lose oneself within the hypnotic trance-like beats. No thoughts of the future, or the past, only the immediate present, as if life itself had condensed into a single moment."

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Luucy
Dec 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
3.5 :D
** I received this e-book from the author in exchange of my honest review **

What I really liked about Melophobia is the way James turn everything around :D . Because music is the way we protest and express our feelings, and James made that look like something wrong and sinful. And the incredible part was that I could see the reason behind that and at moments it made sense. :P

The main character Merrin was difficult for me. :/ Sometimes I liked her because she was so badass and smart, fight
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J. Kahele
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Blurb:
Melophobia: fear or hatred of music.

The time—now; the place—America, but in a world where the government controls all forms of art and creativity. Any music sowing the seeds of anarchy is banned—destroyed if found—its creators and listeners harshly punished.

Merrin Pierce works as an undercover Patrol officer assigned to apprehend a fugitive musician who threatens the safe fabric of society, only to confront everything she thought to be true – her values, upbringing, job, and future.

Can lov
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Shomeret
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Melaphobia by James Morris was the second book that I nominated on Kindle Scout that was selected for publication. Because I had nominated it, I received a free copy of the book when it was published. I should have read and reviewed this sooner, but I've been busy with the work for my graduate degree.

I noticed a review of this book here on Goodreads from someone who didn't understand why the authorities in Melophobia condemned music. I was very young during the sixties, but I was there. So I lea
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Dianne
Ever hear someone say, “Turn that racket off! Whatever happened to good music, where you could understand what was being sung?” Probably a parent, older adult, or a person with better taste in music? ;) Now, imagine that someone put an end to music, period. No more Elvis with his suggestive hips, no more Beatles, heck, even the Wiggles would be banned! Imagine a life with only Muzak, kind of like being trapped in a mirrored elevator for life. That’s the world Merrin grew up in, the purveyors of ...more
Liz
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book because music!

Say, how do you feel about elevator music? Or the “i’m-left-on-hold-on-the-phone-here-is-some-tunes-to-make-your-ears-bleed” kind of music? Assuming that majority of population always gets irritated by these “waiting-tunes”, can you picture a world where this was the only music available? The only kind of music allowed? Imagine, if all your life you were told that all the other genres of music were forbidden because they are the root of all evil and equal rebellion
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Janie Johnson
Oct 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-challenge
I had received this book in exchange for an honest review from the Author. This is the second book I have read by this author. I did find that this book was very engaging which kept me quickly turning the pages. So it was good, it just did not WOW me.

In this book you have a world where the government controls all forms of art, and music is one form that is prohibited. Merrin, who is a 'Patrol Officer', is on the case to seek out and apprehend 'the source', a fugitive musician, so that this new w
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The Behrg
This is one of the most fascinating alternative histories I've read, spawned by the idea of the government declaring war on "moral decay." And at its center are the arts -- music, paintings, television or movies ... anything that incites rebellion or causes you to feel something more than apathy.

And feel, you will.

Morris explores this world through the eyes of a young patrol officer. The daughter of one of the government's high ranking officials, she works undercover, exposing the ranks of thos
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Karen
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
James Morris does it again with another exciting page-turner, which by the way, I can totally picture as a movie! This alternate reality book is set in present time where music is banned, all music except musak of the elevator variety. It was an interesting and unique perspective to read about. I loved the family interactions, the betrayals, the treachery, and the unexpected romance. This book had a little bit of everything, all in a setting I am very familiar with.

I received this book for free
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Subiksha
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.3 stars

Review coming soon!!!
Anne
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book starts off with this quote:

"Rock has always been the Devil's music...I believe rock and roll is dangerous...I feel we're heralding something even darker than ourselves."

-David Bowie, Rolling Stone, February 12, 1976

May he rest in peace.

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The story opens from the perspective of Anders, Merrin's partner in the Patrol. He's attending a rave party in undercover mode. Together with Merrin, he's trying to bust the party and get everyone arrested for playing music. I'd hate to g
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Emily Wrayburn
Thank you to James Morris for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Review posted to A Keyboard and an Open Mind 09 January, 2016:

I read Melophobia is a day. It’s a really interesting alternate history, the premise being that in the late 1960s and early 1970s, to cope with the sexual revolution and events like Woodstock, the US government began the War on Moral Decay. All types of creativity, such as music, film and art, are illegal, except for government-approv
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Jean (Bookish Poetess)
"People say they want the truth, but really, they don't. It's simpler, easier, less painful ro live without it."

What it is like to live in a world without music? A world where music is forbidden, hated, and feared? Unimaginable. Unthinkable. There is no doubt the world will go insane. And James Morris proved it here in his excellent novel, Melophobia. The title itself reveals too much. Melophobia: fear or hatred of music. At first, all I wonder is, is it possible? To fear or hate music? Then it
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Lynda Dickson
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 16+
Melophobia is defined as the "fear or hatred of music". James Morris presents us with an alternate image of our world, where music was criminalized in 1974 after the War on Moral Decay. Playing and distributing music (other than Classical or Musak) is illegal and punishable by four levels of reprogramming called Re-Education or Re-Edging. But is there also a more sinister punishment - the rumored Level 5?

Merrin Pierce and Anders Copeland are members of the Patrol, enforcers of these new laws and
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Lauren Stoolfire
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a free ecopy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

In this alternate version of America, the government controls art and creativity. Primarily, in the form of music which could potentially cause anarchy and discord if not nipped in the bud destroyed. Those caught making music, distributing music, or enjoying music are severely punished. Merrin Pierce is an undercover Patrol officer who apprehends the fugitives who threaten the values and safety of society with music. On one
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Haley
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Perfectly paced and well written.

A society where music is illegal and if caught re-education is required. The world building was put together well. The re-education process was interesting to read about (and learn about in the end).

This book had a lot of twist I didn't see coming. The Source should have been obvious and I thought I knew who it was going to be, but I was wrong. I was quite pissed at her father for s
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Maggie
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Imagine a world with no music. Really, try a little harder. Hear that silence? No romantic wedding music. No tender lullabies. No songs of heartbreak and cheating. No energizing rock ’n roll. In this fictional dystopian world, what passes for music is more watered down than Muzak.

Now imagine a young woman at a crossroads. Merrin works at Patrol, the organization dedicated to stamping out the last remnant of people who listen to real, albeit illegal, music. Merrin has made a name for herself in h
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