In the heart of the once powerful nation of Arutia lies the reclusive city state of Revinia. All citizens within its soaring black walls have metal Singers grafted into their skulls at birth. The parasitic machines issue a form of auditory hypnosis called The Music, which keeps their minds malleable and emotions flat. All artistic expression—especially real music—is strictly prohibited.
On the edge of the city, nineteen year old Ronja struggles to support her family. Plagued by migraines and haunted by prejudice brought on by her mother—a ‘mutt’ genetically twisted as punishment for crimes unknown—Ronja is hanging by a thread. Then, a chance meeting leads to her kidnapping by the Anthem, an underground resistance working to snuff The Music and preserve the human spirit. Violently severed from her Singer by the brash young agent Roark, Ronja revels in her newfound freedom…until she returns home to discover her family has been taken as a result of her disappearance.
Where do I begin..
I regrettably started reading Vinyl when I was half way through another book and I started it in a noisy hallway during a gap between classes one day. As a result I didn’t fully dive into the story for quite some time, which unfortunately made it a pretty slow start. However once all other distractions were taken away I was sucked into a dystopian world I wasn’t entirely prepared for.
As a reader I find I’m very character driven, I need interesting or captivating characters that make me ask questions or stoke my curiosity and Vinyl had exactly what I wanted. There’s just enough character development to progress the story along while leaving you wondering what else there is beneath the surface.
“Every now and again I’ll read a book and literally feel like a spell has been cast upon me that allows me to escape the prison of myself, and for a little while I will not feel stuck inside my own consciousness, but instead I’ll feel like I have magical access to worlds outside of me and I find that feeling to be a tremendous consolation.” – John Green
There was one moment as I neared the end of this book that left me beyond shocked. It was a plot twist to end all plot twists, and one I was grateful I did not see coming (which as far as plot twists go I usually predict them ahead of time). After that I knew I simply had to have the sequel to Vinyl immediately, because regardless of how book 1 ended I wanted to continue the trilogy just to have an opportunity to be shocked by Sophia Hanson’s writing again.
Overall I found Vinyl to be a refreshing take on the dystopian world we’ve all read time and time again. It was a great beginning to what has the potential to be a great trilogy, one I cannot wait to continue and highly recommend.