Coda by Emma Trevayne, takes place in a post-apocalyptic world controlled by a power hungry organization that has come to be known as The Corp. Life under The Corp’s rule is not easy, life expectancy is at an all time low, many people are unbelievably poor, and everyone is forced to listen to music that has been embedded with mind controlling code. This story follows the rebellious Citizen N4003, or Anthem, as he preferred to be called. Ever since he was young, he was always fascinated by the music The Corp forced upon everyone. His uncontrollable fascination eventually leads him to join a secret underground band where they played real, uncoded music, an act punishable by death. Shortly after the unexpected death of his band mate, Anthem decides to take matters into his own hands and finds himself at the heart of the rebellion against The Corp.
Coda, was the first book Emma Trevayne has had professionally published, and while reading this book it was very easy to tell the author lacked the writing experience necessary to make this book amazing. Like said before, the story follows the character Anthem as he tries to navigate the world The Corp has created. The character of Anthem is very one dimensional, it is clear from beginning to end that Anthem only cares about three things, his siblings (Alpha and Omega), music and his crush (Haven). Many points throughout the story, the character is given chances to expand and gain depth, but time and time again, you can physically feel Trevayne pull Anthem back and place him into the unbreakable mold she has created. Anthem is not the only character to fall victim to Trevayne’s one dimensional curse. Several characters fall into this trap. The biggest victim being the one of Anthem’s band mates, Phoenix. Phoenix is a tough and stubborn teenage girl who has a serious anger problem and an extreme dislike of Anthem, but this is all we see of Phoenix. There is never a point where she is allowed to break from her norm and make progress as a character.
I originally chose to read this book because just like the characters in this book, I too have a deep love of music. As I continued to read this book, I connected to the way the author described how music felt. I often find myself feeling the same way as described when I listen to my music. This novel requires a very specific audience, the perfect audience for this book would be music lovers that loved stories like The Hunger Games. Overall, I thought Coda wasn’t a completely horrible book. Though this novel has its problems, it has a fascinating story line and has the potential to be an amazing story.