Narrator: Will M. Watt
Published by Forever Young Audiobooks on 15 November 2016
Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: Publisher, Submitted
"There's something in that sound. Something bad. Something dangerous."
Fifteen-year-old Ani Lee is a skilled hacker researching a strange .wav file that she's downloaded that behaves as no file ever should.
Joe Dyson is a 17-year-old American transplant recruited into a secret teen division of the British intelligence service who's looking into the disappearance of a friend caught up in an underground music scene that might be more than it appears.
When Ani and Joe's investigations intertwine, they discover that the .wav file and the music are linked - someone's embedding the file into tracks to create a mind-controlled teen army.
But who's behind it? And why? And how do you stop a sound?
An exhilarating sci-fi technothriller that blends music, mind control, and conspiracy, perfect for fans of Little Brother, Brain Jack, and Proxy.
©2016 Mike A. Lancaster (P)2016 Forever Young Audiobooks
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Now here’s the first book I’ve ever heard which has struck me as a good recommendation for fans of Anthony Horowitz’ ‘Alex Rider’ series (That series was one of the literary highlights of my teen years). As long as you can suspend your disbelief long enough to believe that the British MOD is hiring teenagers to act as spies, this book really works.
In this story, teenagers begin behaving oddly after listening to a new style of music. No-one’s quite sure where the music’s coming from or how to stop it, until the universe brings 15-year-old Ani and 17-year-old Joe together to save the day. They’re both from very different backgrounds and have unique skills, but between them and their friends, they have everything they need to solve this problem.
This book is fast paced and action packed, just what you’d expect from a teen spy novel – but apart from this and the delightfully cheesy dialogue, nothing else is as you’d expect. I can’t really give much away on this one as it was a big surprise to me and that’s what I enjoyed the most of the story: not being able to figure out what was going to happen next.
Will M. Watt is a talented narrator who manages to pull off a range of different voices and accents, he held my attention for the full 10 hours. His youthful sounding voice makes him the perfect choice for a YA novel, making him much more accessible to teen listeners.
This story picks up on more contemporary sci-fi issues, like hacking and the relationship between the things that people enjoy and how it could be used to control them. I found this very thought provoking and a fascinating angle to take on this book.
I would highly recommend this audiobook for teen listeners with a keen interest in sci-fi and technology – it’s a hell of a ride!
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