A Song for a New Day by Sarah Pinsker #bookreview #scifi #dystopian #fantasy

Title: A Song for a New Day

Author: Sarah Pinsker

Publisher:  Berkley

Publication Date: September 10, 2019

Page Count:  384

My rating: 4 1/2 stars

About the book:

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.

A Song for a New Day by Sarah Pinsker is a dystopian science fiction fantasy involving a pandemic. Seeing that I’m late with this review I had to keep reminding myself with this one that it was written and published pre-Covid times. I’ve said all along that our Covid pandemic seemed like something out of one of my fantasy books and here we have a story exactly like that.

The world within A Song for a New Day was hit with a virus very much like we have had in real life. One of the characters, Luce Cannon, was a musician who had become a big star and out performing when the virus hit. Of course the world went on lockdown to try to contain the virus while many people didn’t survive.

Afterwards big gatherings remained banned in the world and the only way to enjoy things like a concert was through virtual reality. Rosemary Laws works for a company that brings those concerts to life and doesn’t really remember a time people went in person while Luce misses those days of being onstage and performing.

The story would alternate between Luce and Rosemary and was easy to follow between them as they both have a different look on the world. There was plenty of action going on and it was extremely engaging as the characters tried to bring the world back to what it was as the powers that be wanted to keep it locked down and going through a pandemic in real life just made it that much more compelling to read. Perhaps living through a lockdown made this one even better knowing how the world is without the human contact that propelled this story but overall I gave this one four and a half stars and really enjoyed reading it.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

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About the author:

Sarah Pinsker‘s Nebula and Sturgeon Award-winning short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, F&SF, Uncanny, Strange Horizons, as well as numerous other magazines, anthologies, year’s bests, podcasts, and translation markets. She is also a singer/songwriter who has toured nationally behind three albums on various independent labels. Her first collection, Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea, was released in early 2019 by Small Beer Press. This is her first novel. She lives with her wife in Baltimore, Maryland.

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