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Best Laid Plans Of Music And Men

Even when carried out with the greatest intentions, revolutions don’t always turn out like they're planned.

Best Laid Plans Of Music And Men

BOOK REPORT for Chorus (Coda #2) by Emma Trevayne

Cover Story: Matrix 2.0
BFF Charm: Heck Yes
Swoonworthy Scale: 3
Talky Talk: Next Level
Bonus Factor: Scene Kids
Relationship Status: It Was Good Catching Up

Danger, Will Robinson! Chorus is the second book in the Coda series. If you have not read the first book, Coda, turn away now. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. If you have read the first book, however, feel free to continue below. I will refrain from major spoilers in my review, but there might be hints at plot points and details about the story.

Cover Story: Matrix 2.0

The Matrix has gotten a colorful upgrade.

(Yes, I know it’s likely supposed to signify the lights on a soundboard, but I can’t help that my brain goes to movies before it goes to music.)

The Deal:

After the revolution her older brother Anthem led, life was better in the Web. But Alpha, still tempted by the addictive Corp-created music, decided to move across the country to try and drown the urges in a new city and new life. When things get dicey at home, however, she’s forced to return to the city she both loves and hates and is drawn into a new battle she never saw coming.

BFF Charm: Heck Yes

Much like her brother, Alpha is a rockstar. She plays guitar and sings in a band, she’s smart and driven—and she has rainbow hair. And even though it meant leaving everything and everyone she knew, she put her own health first and took off to places unknown to try and create a better life. I envy the combination of badassery and nerdiness that Alpha encompasses, and I would love to have someone like her to call friend.

Swoonworthy Scale: 3

Alpha has a beau in Chorus, but the story doesn’t spend much time on their love. There is too much going on for that to be a main, or really even a secondary, focus. The story is more about Alpha and her journey.

Talky Talk: Next Level

Emma Trevayne has definitely grown as a writer since Coda. The world she created in the first book in the series left a bit to be desired in the way of world building, but Alpha’s Los Angeles (and the Web) is a much more fleshed out locale. For example:

In the harshness of the summer afternoon, concrete sizzles, mirrored buildings turn to shards of fire stretching to return to the sun. Los Angeles is a blanket flung out over the landscape, wrinkled and lumpy.

The characters still have somewhat odd and obviously symbolic names, but they’re much more real, too. Alpha’s presence is strong and unique.

Right here, almost exactly halfway between the Web and L.A. I feel tugged in two directions and end up belonging nowhere. My beach—and one day—my cure behind me, home, and Anthem up ahead. Whichever city I’m in, there will always be something in the other one, calling, calling.

Bonus Factor: Scene Kids

The world that Alpha lives in and the people she hangs out with are both heavily influenced by music, particularly (it seems) a futuristic punk variety. Most of the characters have brightly colored hair and wear a lot of black leather, steel-toed boots, fishnets and makeup (on both ladies and dudes). I dig it.

Casting Call:

Kelly Osbourne as Alpha

Alpha has rainbow hair for most of the book, and bright blue in others. Kelly’s no stranger to colored locks, but I’d hope she’d return to the pastel purple after filming. That color is fab.

Relationship Status: It Was Good Catching Up

I didn’t think a second date was necessary, Book, not after how well our first one wrapped up. But I was pleasantly surprised at your personal growth, and I’m glad we met up again.

FTC Full Disclosure: I received a free review copy from Running Press. I received neither a private dance performance from Tom Hiddleston nor money for this review. Chorus is available now.

Mandy Curtis's photo About the Author: Mandy is a small town girl living in a nerdy world, or—if you want to get literal—an editor/writer living in Austin, TX. In addition to yearning for YA books—the more dystopian or fantastical, the better—she can also be found swooning over superheroes, dreaming of The Doctor and grinning at GIFs.
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