A Song for A New Day

A Song for A New Day

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WINNER OF THE NEBULA AWARD

After a global pandemic makes public gatherings illegal and 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.
Publisher: New York :, Berkley,, 2019
ISBN: 9781984802583
Branch Call Number: SF PIN
Characteristics: 372 pages ;,21 cm

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Jul 11, 2020

Music has often been an anthem for change, a medium for rebellion, an emblem for generational angst. A Song for a New Day uses this legacy in a science fiction story about breaking rules and challenging authority. It’s a post-pandemic, post-terrorism world which the government has used to perpetuate anti-congregation rules that keep people from live venues (concerts, museums, sports events) in favour of streamed entertainment by monopoly corporations. Strong female characters drive the narrative. The author’s background as a singer/songwriter for a band is evident in the details of a band setting up at a new venue and channeling the energy of the audience and band members into the performance. The story offers a warning for what our Covid-19 afflicted society could become, but the book is not as strong as one would expect from a Nebula award winning novel.

IndyPL_CarriG Dec 30, 2019

A dystopian sci-fi novel about a future in which congregating in groups is banned, a mysterious pox has wiped out much of the population, and a small handful of corporations control everything. A beautiful book that celebrates live music and the culture of coming together. A coming of age story about a naive young tech worker/music lover who learns there is much more to the world than she ever knew. A coming of age story about a talented musician trying her best to create community in a nightmarish world. At its hearth though, it is a story about two people trying to solve the same problem in different ways and how they come together.

I absolutely adored this book by Sarah Pinsker! Anyone who likes dystopian fiction will enjoy it - but I think it could easily reach a wider audience than that even. It is a very readable book with flawed characters who are nevertheless extremely likable. The picture of the future it paints is believable in all its bleakness. The descriptions of live shows make even me – someone who doesn’t really want to leave my house past dark – almost want to go see a band at NIGHT in the DARK with other people. That’s practically a miracle.

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