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Coda by Emma Trevayne
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it was amazing
bookshelves: luckily-read-in-2013, shelf-awareness-reviews, signed-copy


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 killed his mother and has left his father an invalid. When Anthem's friend plays a track from one of the Corp's consoles and drops dead, Anthem realizes he may meet the same fate unless he allies with an underground band of rebels who play music that's not encoded, to fight back against President Z and the Corp.

Debut author Emma Trevayne renders a nearly unrecognizable dystopian future with her imaginative world of technological advancements and cyber addictions. It's the rebel teenage heroes who ground the story with their familiarity, especially Haven, a "gorgeous hacker chick" who believes in fate. In an inventive twist, Trevayne uses songs as weapons. Some songs are used for murder; others have effects that seem worse, but they're all believable, thanks to music enthusiast Trevayne's execution. She skillfully orchestrates the action scenes, and ramps up the stakes of this rebellion--including a heartbreaking betrayal--until the very end.

A sequel, Chorus, will pick up eight years later, narrated by Anthem's younger sister.
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Reading Progress

June 15, 2012 – Shelved
April 21, 2013 – Started Reading
April 21, 2013 – Shelved as: luckily-read-in-2013
April 21, 2013 – Finished Reading
October 2, 2013 – Shelved as: shelf-awareness-reviews
October 2, 2013 – Shelved as: signed-copy

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