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.Read more...
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 cares for, even as he watches the life drain slowly and painfully from his father. Escape is found in his underground rock band, where music sounds free, clear, and unencoded deep in an abandoned basement. But when a band member dies suspiciously from a tracking overdose, Anthem knows that his time has suddenly become limited. Revolution all but sings in the air, and Anthem cannot help but answer the call with the chords of choice and free will. But will the girl he loves help or hinder him?
Emma Trevayne's dystopian debut novel is a little punk, a little rock, and plenty page-turning.
- ISBN-13: 9780762447282
- ISBN-10: 0762447281
- Publisher: Running Press Kids
- Publish Date: May 2013
- Page Count: 309
- Reading Level: Ages 13-17
- Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-04-01
- Reviewer: Staff
Music provides both damnation and freedom in this gripping futuristic fable, first in a two-book series from newcomer Trevayne. The Corp maintains a crushing grip on the population through addictive, mood-influencing music that takes a heavy toll on its users. Anthem, 18, sells his body’s energy to fuel the city’s grid and rebels at night as part of an illegal underground band. When he loses a friend to the Corp’s music, he sparks a musical rebellion aimed at overthrowing the shadowy President Z and her cabinet. But a traitor close to Anthem could destroy everything, just as he finds the strength to go for what he wants in life and love. Atmospheric and emotionally rich, this intense story practically sings with defiance, swaggering like the rock and punk of old. Trevayne conjures up a convincingly corrupt dystopia, full of dangerously misused technology, an omnipresent Big Brother, and heroes worth rooting for. Without shying away from the story’s darker themes, she balances them with positive messages regarding family, friendship, and optimism. A strong debut from an author to watch. Ages: 13–up. Agent: Brooks Sherman, FinePrint Literary Management. (May)