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Coda by Emma Trevayne
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did not like it
bookshelves: teen-dystopian, teen-lgbt, teen-apocalyptic, teen-loss, teen-friends, teen-scifi-futuristic, teen-music

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 stronger the tracks... the stronger the control. Anthem is pretty low as a mere conduit, someone who's energy powers the system (think Matrix neck jack), but he's slowly becoming more dangerous as he discovers his own musical ability and his distain for the Corp grows. The premise is classic scifi/ dystopian, but truly original. Unfortunately, about a third of the way through, the story begins to drag as Anthem constantly rehashes the same emotional turmoil over and over and over. The writing grows murkier and increasingly uneven in both pacing and plot point emphasis. The last two thirds of the book were a chore to get through, and it's astounding to learn that this is the first in a proposed series. There wasn't enough here for 300 pages, let alone a sequel. Save yourself some time and pass.
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Reading Progress

Started Reading
July 28, 2013 – Shelved as: teen-lgbt
July 28, 2013 – Shelved
July 28, 2013 – Shelved as: teen-apocalyptic
July 28, 2013 – Shelved as: teen-friends
July 28, 2013 – Shelved as: teen-loss
July 28, 2013 – Shelved as: teen-dystopian
July 28, 2013 – Shelved as: teen-music
July 28, 2013 – Shelved as: teen-scifi-futuristic
July 28, 2013 – Finished Reading

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