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?
Melophobia is an addictive, breath-taking, and a captivating twisted novel that will make your heart breaks into pieces and will make you cry loads of tears. I never thought that this book will touch my heart and will make it bleed at the same time. I am surely proud to say that this is one of the best books I’ve read so far.
One of life’s great pleasures, to feed the people you love. – James Morris, Melophobia
This novel tells the story of a patrol officer named Merrin Pierce who happens to be the daughter of Tarquin Pierce, the Minister of Broadcast Standards, who goes undercover to bust raves, parties, and concerts that play music. Together with her ex-boyfriend Anders, they are assigned to find The Source who creates and distributes music that bounds to destroy the people of the good society. What Merrin didn’t know, as she gets closer to finding who The Source is, she is bound to change everything she believed as truth and that she’ll start to question everything around her.
Secrets never stayed secret. – James Morris, Melophobia
In this place called America, Music is not allowed because it is believed that the ideas hidden under the lyrics are messages that approve of wrongful and improper behaviors and have a subliminal message. When you are caught listening, distributing, and creating music, a re-education was given where the treatment has four levels, and I am telling you, the level 4 is one of the harshest punishment I’ve read.
She’d always had the idea that identity was like a locked box – once formed, it’s what you were. – James Morris, Melophobia
The story was written on a third person’s POV.
The main character, Merrin Pierce, lives in a time where arts and creativity were controlled by the government. Music that sought to infiltrate the minds of the people is banned and destroyed. Only classical ones are allowed, but it still needs some approval just to make sure it would not arouse too much passion.
What people couldn’t see was she was a phoenix, rising from the ashes, reborn. – James Morris, Melophobia
Her character shows a strong personality. She does what is right, and she never let anyone control her. She likes to know why she’s doing something before doing it. As a woman who grows up without a mother, she finds it hard to love and to act like a lady. Even her best friend Cassie seems to be far from her reach since she started to be a patrol officer. Confused and having doubts, she tries to find an answer to all of her questions even if it means opening her broken heart again.
Unrequited love always involved an element of self-loathing – James Morris, Melophobia
The other character is Anders. I imagine him to be like Asa in the novel Too Late that is written by Colleen Hoover. Same as Asa, he is becoming a selfish man because of his love for Merrin. He is still in love with Merrin, and he wanted her. Knowing that there’s a guy who lurks around Merrin, he felt threatened, and we all know that sometimes, a guy like him tends to do things that will hurt the girl he loves as long as that girl will end up with him. I just felt sad and angry at him when he did “that” in the last part of the book.
The best way to create change was from the inside. – James Morris, Melophobia
Rowan is the other character in this novel that makes the story more beautiful even if he started not so appealing at the start. He is interesting as the story goes more in-depth, and he makes me fall in love with how passionate he is when it comes to music. He is also romantic, and I’ll doubt it if Merrin will never fall for his charms.
The deeper she went the more baggage she seemed to collect and the farther she walked this path, the lonelier she became. – James Morris, Melophobia
When I saw the title of this book, I thought the story was all about the person who has a fear of music. And, I’ve never tried reading the synopsis when I started reading this because I wanted an element of surprise on what this book will be about. Now, when I reached the middle part, I said to myself that I am wrong, this is not about a person who has a phobia but it talks about society, the government instead, is afraid of music because they believe that music is the voice of a devil.
As I reached the end, it makes me cry a lot. I was left hanging and still contemplating what had just happened. In Filipino, “BITIN” would be the right term to describe what I’m feeling right now. I want more. I was left to ponder what the outcome will be. I hate to say this, but this book is one of my biggest heartbreaks. And it is the book that I’ll always remember as the book that breaks my heart, and now, the pieces of it were nowhere to be found.
Time lost its meaning and there were only two of them, not surrounded by music, but living within it. A meditation of sound. – James Morris, Melophobia
Mr. James is really an excellent narrator. I can feel what each character feels, and as if I’m just around them when they do something. They are all well-written, and you can very well see the differences between them.
The cover was another point here. It is not just a musical note that has fire around it. For me, the meaning in the cover shows the point of the story, and it is a (possible) war between the government and the people who love music.
Overall, this heart-wrenching novel will surely make you gripped it hard as you reach the ending part. It will make you lost in the world Mr. Morris created. It will make you still staring at the end part as you reflect on what had just happened.
I am hugely recommending this book! This is a fantastic and blazingly successful novel that will surely make you left hanging and wanting more.
Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the author.
Publisher: Kindle Press
Publication Date: September 22, 2015
Genre(s): Suspense, Romance, Alternative History
James Morris is a former television writer who now works in digital media. When not writing, you can find him scoping out the latest sushi spot, watching ‘House Hunters Renovation,’ or trying new recipes in the kitchen. He lives with his wife and dog in Los Angeles.