Melophobia by James Morris
Kindle Press (ebook), 2015
I was given a free copy by the author in exchange for a review.
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?
He stood outside, his hand lifted to bang on the door, when he hesitated for reasons he couldn’t name.
I loved Melophobia. The novel reminds me a lot of Ray Bradbury’s, Fahrenheit 451 which I also love. I loved the disturbing and often bleak world occupied by Merrin, Rowan, Val and Anders. My idea of hell is a world without books which is why Bradbury’s novel affects me so much. I love music and a world without it, where creativity is seen as a dangerous perversion chills me to the bone. I thought Merrin was a great character. She was very real and the confusion caused by her own attraction to forbidden music and her duty as a Patrol Officer was painfully believable. The final quarter of the novel starts to get pretty dark as Merrin’s world crumbles around her. SPOILER ALERT!! In one harrowing, gut-wrenching scene Merrin finds her mother, a music lover who was sectioned sixteen years ago to Level Five, a hopeless case, corrupted by music and beyond help, lying in a bed, withered and wasted. My heart was in my throat. Melophobia blew me away. I’d highly recommend it. One of my top reads of 2015.