Books ‘N Tunes #2: Signal To Noise

Hullo everyone! I’m back with another installment for the Books ‘N Tunes Reading Challenge. Complications, as always, try to hinder the creation of the 8tracks playlist I was going to use, so I might have to end up choosing another platform for the completed list. Who knows… :/

But never you mind! I’ve got a special treat this time! Two songs for one book. 🙂

Signal To Noise (Psionic Frequency, #1)
by Talya Andor

Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Publication Date: October 2012
Format: eBook, RvC
Pages: 234
Genre: M/M Romance, War, Love, Twincest,
Incest, QUILTBAG / LGBTQUI, Twins, Trust,
Science Fiction, Horror, Blood & Gore,
Isolation Issues, Claustrophobia, Psi Abilities,
Telekinetic Powers, Survivors, Betrayal,
Telepathy, Greed, Duty Above Conscious,
Thriller,
Age: Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided by publisher upon request
Challenges: 2015 Good Reads Reading Challenge (11),
52 Books in 52 WeeksYou Read How Many Books?,
2015 LGBT Reading Challenge, Read A Million Pages,
2015 New To You Reading Challenge (Brand New Author
To Me & New Series), 105 Reading Challenge (Category:
1, 3, 4), Books N Tunes

SUMMARY

(taken from GoodReads)

It’s been three years since the Incursion; three long years since Bastian and his twin brother Theo became the sole survivors on the planet Noise. Their distress calls have gone unanswered, and they are running out of supplies. They have no one but each other. And when the long-awaited rescue finally arrives, it brings with it complications that make being alone and forgotten look easy.

WARNING: Please note that this story features incest.


REVIEW

This review can also be found on GoodReads

Originally I was torn over what star rating I wanted to give this book… but now I’m more sure.

This one gets 4 Stars.

I honestly wasn’t sure what to think when I first read the descript for this book. I gravitated towards it because I saw the words twins and M/M romance eventually realized that would translate to twincest, but I still had my reservations.

By the time I finished reading, those reservations were quite gone. xD

I won’t say it was perfect, because it wasn’t. But daaaayum was it GOOD. REAL good, in fact. There could have been more overall world-building and character development going on between some of the cast, but I can’t say I’m entirely disappointed with the current results. One thing I did love was how well rounded (as INDIVIDUALS, yet wholly connected and dependent on one another) the twins were. As characters they really worked for me. They were believable, funny, quickminded a bit beyond their years though also teenagers and capable of acting like such… Brothers, even after taking their relationship to the next level. I just really bought it and loved the portrayal of their love and affection for each other.

Couldn’t ask for anything more.

What I didn’t like was the sudden shift in so many of the other characters… particularly Ventura who literally seemed to go from decent guy (and one of my more favourite characters) to backstabbing asshole in a flash. At least Striker was consistent. :/ Bane, on the other hand, was a character I could only dispassionately like, for he seemed so… unreliable as a person (which worked for him in this story, but as a person I just couldn’t like him for his lack of principles and furthermore, his lack of simply taking an actual side. Either you’re trying to help them or you’re not. It’s not that difficult.) It would have been something if all his uncertainty was just simply because he didn’t want to hurt or betray the twins by following orders, but it wasn’t. He just lacked the conviction to simply make up his damned mind until it was made up for him and suddenly he’s all, “Oh thank goodness you two are alright!”

bullshit

Some characters are just assholes trying to be hapless victims. Bane, just stfu.

As to any warnings I would give…

UM. WELL. There’s graphic and very detailed sex scenes that feature twincest (click the link if you don’t know what that is) and some zombie-esque horror elements. Some trigger warnings are some scenes of PTSD, claustrophobia, panic attacks, and separation anxiety.

OH! And mention of underage sexual activities.

Since that’s “a thing” some people seem to get all squirmy over.

Why? I have no idea.

You were all kids once. Get over yourselves.

Would I recommend?

Y’know what? I absolutely WOULD. I wasn’t sure at first… but now that I’ve thought about it, I really enjoyed this book. Especially the boys. Bravo!


TUNES

The Cranberries – Zombie

Coldplay – What If?


Reason for choosing these songs

Zombie by The Cranberries is a really emotional song that precisely expresses the trauma and violence of war, and its impact on not just the warriors that battle on the field, but also when they return (or never return at all). It’s about how the battle’s never really over. How they keep fighting, even within their minds. How war and the horrors of it, forever change them, mold them into permenant fixtures on the battlefield. How the zombies of their past keep haunting, haunting…

Although the other characters are seasoned fighters and furthermore “the adults” in the situation, it is the boys Bastian and Theo who are forever haunted by the zombies of their past, or the unknown horrors that have forever lurked just outside their perimeter walls.

What If? by Coldplay takes a very different approach from Zombie. It’s a shorter song for one, a little over 4 minutes, and yet… it’s just as moving – if not moreso – than Zombie’s haunting lyrics. I choose What If? to embody the internal struggle that starts to arise in Bastian and Theo once the boys’ “rescue” appears and there are suddenly others. Not them. Not… just, Bastian and Theo anymore. Their world is flipped upsidedown, and with it comes the alarming realization that they are no longer the only two people in all the world anymore. In fact, once it becomes obvious that they’ll be leaving Noise soon, another thought comes to mind… one they’d never considered before. That they’ll be other people – girls, boys, young and old – someone… other than each other. They’ll have a choice… a choice which could destroy what they have now, the relationship they’ve built over their entire young lives.

And… what if…. what if one of them should decide… that he doesn’t want the other brother by his side anymore? What if…. seeing how normal people act and have relationships… he suddenly doesn’t want to be a freak… or want to be in the kind of relationship that would label him and his twin as one?

What if…


LYRICS

Zombie
Another head hangs lowly,
Child is slowly taken.
And the violence caused such silence.
Who are we mistaken?

But you see, it’s not me, it’s not my family.
In your head, in your head they are fighting,
With their tanks and their bombs,
And their bombs and their guns.
In your head, in your head, they are crying…

In your head, in your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie,
Hey, hey, hey. What’s in your head,
In your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie?
Hey, hey, hey, hey, oh, dou, dou, dou, dou, dou…

Another mother’s breakin’
Heart is taking over
When the violence causes silence,
We must be mistaken.

It’s the same old theme since nineteen-sixteen.
In your head, in your head they’re still fighting,
With their tanks and their bombs,
And their bombs and their guns.
In your head, in your head, they are dying…

In your head, in your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie,
Hey, hey, hey. What’s in your head,
In your head,
Zombie, zombie, zombie?
Hey, hey, hey, hey, oh, oh, oh,
Oh, oh, oh, oh, hey, oh, ya, ya-a…

 

What If?
What if there was no lie
Nothing wrong, nothing right
What if there was no time
And no reason, or rhyme
What if you should decide
That you don’t want me there by your side
That you don’t want me there in your life
What if I got it wrong
And no poem or song
Could put right what I got wrong
Or make you feel I belong

What if you should decide
That you don’t want me there by your side
That you don’t want me there in your life

Ooh ooh-ooh, that’s right
Let’s take a breath, jump over the side
Ooh ooh-ooh, that’s right
How can you know it, if you don’t even try
Ooh ooh-ooh, that’s right

Every step that you take
Could be your biggest mistake
It could bend or it could break
That’s the risk that you take

What if you should decide
That you don’t want me there in your life
That you don’t want me there by your side

Ooh ooh-ooh, that’s right
Let’s take a breath, jump over the side
Ooh ooh-ooh, that’s right
How can you know it, when you don’t even try
Ooh ooh-ooh, that’s right

Oh – Ooh ooh-ooh, that’s right,
Let’s take a breath, jump over the side.
Ooh ooh-ooh, that’s right,
You know that darkness always turns into light.
Ooh-ooh, that’s right

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4 thoughts on “Books ‘N Tunes #2: Signal To Noise

  1. Sophia Rose March 5, 2015 at 11:48 PM Reply

    Great post! I love survival stories and haven’t ventured into twincest, but I can see where this plot would tempt me particularly since there appears to be a strong storyline with it. Love your song tie-ins! You made a great match for what you describe from the book.

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    • amomentsilence March 6, 2015 at 7:42 AM Reply

      Thanks so much! 🙂 I’ve always enjoyed finding songs that fit stories or books I’ve read. Somehow, it just seems very natural to me.

      As to the topic of twincest, I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Personally, I love it – not as a kink or anything like that, but as something quite real and moving if done right. This book does it right. AND it has a pretty strong plot to back it up and give way for the next book in the series. I’m currently reading book 2 “Klaxon At The Core”… and let me tell you — PLOT, PLOT, PLOT! So much is going on, it’s ridiculous, but oh so good! I honestly did NOT have any idea how well suited the second song What If was going to be for this series, especially this second book.

      If you’re ever interested, I would say give this series a try. You might really find it to be surprising. 😉

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  2. Sophia Rose March 7, 2015 at 1:43 PM Reply

    I stopped using the word ‘never’ when it came to pushing my boundaries in reading a long time ago. I do have hard and fast lines that I’ve established after trying something and knowing its not for me, but as I’ve never tried this, I still have another horizon to venture toward. 😉 Oh and good plot is a definite dangling carrot.

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    • amomentsilence March 9, 2015 at 10:13 PM Reply

      *dangles the carrot* Go for it~ Go for it! 🙂 🙂 🙂 You won’t be disappointed! (I hope… *crosses fingers*)

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