Monday, September 28, 2015

Melophobia by James Morris

by James Morris

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: September 22, 2015
Publisher: Kindle Press
Genre: Alternative History \ Science Fiction
Print Length: 265 pages
Available from: Amazon
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?

Publisher’s Weekly called it “a convincing alternative history novel and…an accomplished coming-of-age love story that asks big questions about freedom and expressiveness in the face of oppression.”

  Melophobia by James Morris

MelophobiaEver hear someone say, “Turn that racket off! Whatever happened to good music, where you could understand what was being sung?” Probably a parent, older adult, or a person with better taste in music? ;) Now, imagine that someone put an end to music, period. No more Elvis with his suggestive hips, no more Beatles, heck, even the Wiggles would be banned! Imagine a life with only Muzak, kind of like being trapped in a mirrored elevator for life. That’s the world Merrin grew up in, the purveyors of music are her enemy, and she is part of the long arm of the law tasked with capturing the rebels who dare to make, play, listen or dance to music. She never questioned why, until she heard it for herself, learned of its history, and fell for the head of the rebel movement.

Her soul has awakened, her heart has come alive and she feels the pulse of the music with every beat of her heart and she likes it. How can she do her job when she discovers the humans behind the rebel movement are as real as she is, they love and laugh and cry and they have the guts to feel the joy of each musical note, hidden away from the prying eyes of the law. Will Merrin’s heart come between doing as the oppressive government commands or will she find hidden pieces of her soul beneath a pile of lies, murder and deceit, pieces that complete her. Will her heart find a romantic aria or the crushing crescendo of heartbreak?

James Morris’s Melophobia is a dark trip into a world where the beauty of music has been distorted into a hideous monster to be feared as the masses blindly follow the dictates of a twisted government. Well written, dark and atmospheric, fear runs rampant and punishment is swift and brutal. Like a funeral dirge for humanity’s soul, Mr. Morris has captured the loss of a simple joy we take for granted to sooth, excite or speak to our souls…and I keep hearing, “Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie…..I knew that I was out of luck, the day the music died…” Great reading, but I can’t imagine not getting my mood lift from Boston.

I received this copy from James Morris in exchange for my honest review.


  1. That would be a cold world where the government controls art and creativity. It's a place where I would not want to live.

    1. I agree, can you imagine no music? Not for weddings, birthdays, anything?