The story of Signal to Noise is simple not only in the type of story that it follows while the characters are teenagers but also with the mystery that surrounds their dissolved friendship. Please do not be misled into thinking that something simple is something not done well. The plot is simple not as a hindrance but rather to not become a distraction to the art at work. It is the beauty in the simplicity that makes this story so wonderful to read. The reader discovers with the character's the magic they can feel and how to use that magic.
The core of the book is found in how the magic works and how it affects the characters. How it brings them together and drives them apart. The magic is based around music but not in the making of music, Rather it is in the picking of an album or tape with the potential for magic, an object of sound humming with magic, then playing that album while joining hands and willing a mutual wish into existence. The author captures the universal draw, the strong nuclear force of music especially as it affects teenagers. Music has a sway, a major influence, a power with young people. It is not a power that enslaves but empowers for the listener. Music encourages and enables like no other art force and all of you reading this cannot deny that power. You remember. The style may have been different then but the power was the same. And Signal to Noise, like a scent that brings back cherished memories, draws the reader back to a time when music had power and rhythm, When music was life.
Overall my score for this book is that: it's good. No, it's very good. I recommend this book for anyone where music was important for sculpting your life or if it wasn't but you want to know what that feels like. When remembering this book and mediating on it, I find that I like it a lot more than I originally did.
Sorry that I did not get that article about the importance of stories posted this week. It will be coming next Wednesday for sure. Also be on the lookout for next week's review over Vicious by V. E. Schwab, an interesting approach to the superhero novel. Comment, share, let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by and have a good, good Friday.