today I want to post my review of a short story written by the brilliant Louise Findlay.
The story is set in another world, in which music is central. Everything has to do with music, music identifies who the characters are and where they belong.
The main character, Psycha, is a Discord and she is part of a group of other discords. This is their nature, it's almost as if they belong to a very specific ethnic group. The "others" are Harmony, who use another kind of language coded into their music. Which is harmonic, as opposed to the discordant one used by the discords. Harmony are also the regular group, almost as if they were the government and the others the rebels of the story.
Within the various groups there are differences and abilities, as Psycha for example is a Vyla, she is stronger and more talented, and therefore also very valuable to Harmony. They manage to capture her after a long battle and break her essence through musical torture, so that she can join back with the discords and turn on them. Psycha decides to stay away from everyone she loves, in order to protect them from her.
I found this short work very interesting for so many reasons, starting with the story itself. It just about amased me the way Findlay is capable of creating such a perfectly constructed world, which, to be honest, resembles our own. The story works, it is well written, details are never out of place, everything runs smoothly and keeps the reader engaged.
I could start a whole dissertation about how the author might perceive "the other" and how it's portrayed, but let's not, just for today...
I suspect Louise even made her own book trailer, which is brilliant, and the cover is great, I love it! Again, Miss Findlay made something valuable and it is a good read.
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For the trailer, please follow the link underneath