A Song for a New Day
February 4, 2020 3:17 PM - by Sarah Pinsker - Subscribe

In this captivating science fiction novel from an award-winning author, public gatherings are illegal making 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 resulted in the government outlawing public gatherings of more than 30 people, and an economy pretty much owned by an online superstore.

I don't like the science fiction label for this book. The technology in the book all exists today, it's just not widely implemented or distributed. The social-political environment could happen at any day. I'd call this a dystopian coming of age story in which the power of a real community, the power of a well written song, and the power of a heartfelt live performance counteracts the official government line that personal contact and public gatherings are dangerous.
posted by COD (1 comment total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This has been on my too read list since it came out (I preordered it because I liked her short stories so much, but haven't had a chance to read it yet).

Arguments about what is and isn't science fiction are pretty tedious to me, but 'it can happen here'/political science fiction is defintely a subgenre of science fiction (think: The Handmaid's Tale)
posted by dinty_moore at 6:53 AM on February 6

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