Trevayne, Emma Coda, 311 pgs. Running Press, 2013. Language - R (74 swears, 68 "f"), Sexual Content - PG-13; Violence - PG-13;
In this future New York City it is illegal not to do drugs. Everyone is addicted to drugs the government encodes into music that tell your brain it's high. But Anthem refuses to let his little brother and sister become addicted and controlled like he is. It is time to fight drug high with natural high, music with music, and power with freedom. In this book, Anthem fights himself as much as he fights those oppressing him. It is easy to hate and complain without doing anything, it's hard to take action and do something about it. As Anthem takes his followers and readers with him to make his world a better place, he is forced to ask himself (and we ask ourselves) if a revolution will exchange one evil for another of if he will rise above the enemy's tyranny and truly usher in an age of choice.
Agency is worth fighting for, but one has to allow everyone to use it or else choice and freedom are just illusions. It is this aspect of the book that kept me turning pages and prevented me from putting it down. I absolutely loved this premise and the direction that Trevayne took it in. However, I cringed at the amount of swearing. If you want to slog through the vulgarity, this really is a phenomenal book.
HS - NO. Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen.