Electronica: A Dystopian Novel Of Music, Dance And Revolution. by Jessica Benya
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Short version: It was good. Go buy it.
Electronica is a story about a young woman self-named 'DJ' living in a society completely ruled over by music and dance. Genres split the societies, dances determine where in society you fit in, and if you don't dance well, you don't do well. Your level of achievement in a series of dancing competitions determine your fate for the rest of your life; your future job, possible soulmate, where you can live, ect.
DJ does exceptionally well through the rounds, making it to the top, only to discover that there are dark secrets hidden behind those that rule the societies. And it's up to her to set things right.
The only thing I really took exception to, during the read, was slight grammar errors. However, you could tell that these were ones that slipped the author's double-and-triple checks as the manuscript was run through.
The pacing was good and kept me going. I had been reading a chapter or two a night, but as the ending got closer, I wound up reading three or four or five chapters a night, and had to stop because it was two in the morning and I needed my sleep.
The characters were developed enough for who they were and where they took place in the story. To be honest, I'm hoping for a second book about DJ, Aoilus, and Evan, as I feel there were still some unresolved issues after the book was done. (Read: The ending made me want more story.) Honestly, I think Aoilus was my favorite, even over DJ. :) Maybe I'm just a sucker for a man with dry wit and sarcasm.
The writing flowed decently well, each chapter and story and scene moving into the next without great difficulty.
The main thing that kept me reading was a curiosity about where the story was headed. The author does a good job of keeping her eye on the story, and not letting the characters run off on rabbit trails or the plot careen off into random oblivion. Each time DJ manages to make it one step further in society, something else about the land of Vesper gets revealed to us.
All in all, it was a good read. Definitely a good YA book. If you enjoy a unique dystopian YA read, you should pick up a copy of Electronica and give it a go.
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