Today I have a review of A Song for a New Day by Sarah Pinsker, available from Berkley Pub on September 10, 2019.
I loved this fascinating and original premise. A Song for a New Day, no surprise with that title, features music. Luce Cannon is at the top of her game when large public gatherings are allowed during the “Before” because everyone artist knows concerts help sell music.
But now it’s the After, and viral outbreaks, as well as mass shootings and terror attacks, have caused the government to ban concerts.
That doesn’t stop Luce, though. She performs concerts to small audiences trying to evade the law.
Rosemary Laws is a recluse, working in customer service but not really having contact with people. She discovers a way to bring concerts back to everyone using virtual reality. But what she’s doing is still illegal.
Dystopian fans, you are going to want to read this book! Vividly real, exciting, and filled with true-to-life, genuine characters, I enjoyed every bit of this story. I also loved the prominent role music played in the story, and the fact that concerts were banned? I could completely see that happening in the future, though it would be devastating.
If you are looking for a book to get lost in, check out A Song for a New Day. Well-written and supremely engaging, I loved it!
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
About the Book:
In this captivating science fiction novel from an award-winning author, public gatherings are illegal making concerts impossible, except for those willing to break the law for the love of music, and for one chance at human connection.
In the Before, when the government didn’t prohibit large public gatherings, Luce Cannon was on top of the world. One of her songs had just taken off and she was on her way to becoming a star. Now, in the After, terror attacks and deadly viruses have led the government to ban concerts, and Luce’s connection to the world–her music, her purpose–is closed off forever. She does what she has to do: she performs in illegal concerts to a small but passionate community, always evading the law.
Rosemary Laws barely remembers the Before times. She spends her days in Hoodspace, helping customers order all of their goods online for drone delivery–no physical contact with humans needed. By lucky chance, she finds a new job and a new calling: discover amazing musicians and bring their concerts to everyone via virtual reality. The only catch is that she’ll have to do something she’s never done before and go out in public. Find the illegal concerts and bring musicians into the limelight they deserve. But when she sees how the world could actually be, that won’t be enough.