I was contacted by James Morris and offered a free digital copy of his book, Melophobia, in exchange for an honest review.
4 / 5 Stars
Melophobia: fear or hatred of music.
The time—now; the place—America, but in a world where the government controls all forms of art and creativity. Any music sowing the seeds of anarchy is banned—destroyed if found—its creators and listeners harshly punished.
Merrin Pierce works as an undercover Patrol officer assigned to apprehend a fugitive musician who threatens the safe fabric of society, only to confront everything she thought to be true – her values, upbringing, job, and future.
Can love survive in a world without music?
Publisher’s Weekly called it “a convincing alternative history novel and…an accomplished coming-of-age love story that asks big questions about freedom and expressiveness in the face of oppression.”
This book was nothing like what I expected. I really loved the writing style (I’m a sucker for beautiful one-liners), and love tons of twists.
This book met almost everything i hope to find in a great read. Merrin was a great main character who showed a lot of development throughout the book. I loved Rowan and Anders and thought they each did a great job in helping Merrin grow.
There were some parts of this book that I thought could have been more detailed so the reader wasn’t confused and had to go back and reread the last few paragraphs in order to understand how it happened. It seemed like certain ‘minor’ details were skipped and could be confusing to the reader. However, it was never anything so drastic that I felt completely lost.
The concept itself of a world that was against music was something I hadn’t heard of before, and really enjoyed, especially being a huge music lover myself. The only thing that may have confused me at certain points was the time that all of this was taking place.
There was a lot of mention of 80’s bands, and music from before the 80’s, but no mention of music after that. I’m curious when the war took place and when this book is supposed to have taken place. When did the music officially stop?
Overall, this was a great read and I’m very grateful that James Morris reached out to me!
I definitely recommend this read as a quick read with a unique concept and memorable characters!