Individual Rating: 4.2/5
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All citizens within the soaring black walls of Revinia have metal Singers grafted into their skulls at birth. The parasitic machines issue a form of auditory hypnosis called The Music, which keeps their minds malleable and emotions flat. All artistic expression—especially real music—is strictly prohibited.
On the edge of the city, nineteen year old Ronja struggles to support her cousins and disabled mother. A chance meeting leads to her kidnapping by an underground resistance striving to preserve the human spirit. Violently severed from her Singer by the brash young agent Roark, Ronja revels in her newfound freedom until the consequences of her disappearance begin to unfold.
I’ve been in a slump. This is the first book I’ve picked up and devoured in about two years. My sister got me the series for Christmas and I just now have been able to pick up the first book. The characters were great but maybe a little flat. It was a very easy book to read and surprised me from time to time with the directions it took.
Roark’s story begins with a bang and I have to admit I was a little bit confused up until about the third chapter. The idea behind weaponizing music is fantastic. I definitely had a different idea of what this book would be about, but I’m happy with how it turned out. I found myself attached to Ronja and her struggles. She was independent and self sacrificing, as most heroines, but there’s a point where she goes the extra mile that I appreciated. I don’t want to spoil anything, but you’ll know what I mean.
The supporting characters were great as well. Although there were quite a few names introduced quickly, I felt like it was easy to get them all down. I also really liked that the main 5 (?) characters portraits were in the beginning to give a visual. Evie and Henry were amazing, and I really appreciated that there wasn’t really a love triangle. This book heroine definitely focused more so on her mission than her romantic feelings which was refreshing.
The idea behind music being treated as a weapon was interesting, and I really thought I was going to be walking into a story where the main characters used singing as a weapon. I was definitely wrong, but I love how it was done. I thought the idea was imaginative and I’m really excited to read the next 2 books as we’re left with a bit of a cliff hanger.
I’d recommend this book to anyone who liked The Hunger Games, any dystopian story of rebellion, or just a great female lead. If you like the steampunk type stories, this is for you.
Publisher: Calida Lux Publishing
Release Date: November 26, 2015
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia
Author: Sophia Elaine Hanson