Sunday 20 December 2015

Melophobia - James Morris

Melophobia is another great novel from James Morris. Set in a dystopian America where music has become illegal as it's believed to encourage sin and anarchy and replaced by muzak (specially composed music deemed suitable by the Government's Broadcast Standards) and anyone found to be listening, or even worse distributing music, is severely punished.

Merrin is a Patrol Officer and her latest assignment is to go undercover to track down "The Source" who is distributing music and arranging underground meetings for the different clans of music lovers that now exist. Little does she know that this mission will turn her world upside down and make her question everything she's ever known.

This is a well written and thought provoking read which makes you realise just how much we take music for granted and yet it's something I'm sure most of us never consciously think about. It also covers the subjects of censorship and government control. Although this novel is aimed at the YA audience, don't let that put you off as I think that this can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. The characters are believable (although I would have liked to have had a bit more back story on a few), the storyline is well paced and full of twists and turns that keep you engaged. This is the second novel I've read by James Morris (you can read my review of What Lies Within here) and I'm looking forward to seeing what he's got lined up for us next.

With kind thanks to author James Morris for the review copy.

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