Here’s what I want you to do:
Go to your CD collection and pick a CD. I want it to be good and loud, a rock ‘n roll CD with beat, with a pulse, with life. Maybe some Aerosmith. What? No Aerosmith? Okay, how about The Rolling Stones? What? No Rolling Stones? You have to be kidding me? Okay, how about someBoston? Some Led Zepplin? Some ACDC? The Doors, maybe?
Whatever the CD, I want it to be rock n’ roll. I want you to put it in your stereo and press pick your favorite song off the album. Doesn’t matter what song really as long as you put the volume up and play it loud. Really loud.
Is it playing? Are you listening?
Do you remember the first time you heard that song? The first time you heard that music, felt it blowing through you, blowing into you? Do you remember where you were when you heard that song?
Now I want you to do something else: press stop. And then I want you to listen. Hear the silence. What would happen if something, or someone, silenced rock n’ roll music forever? What would happen if rock n’ roll music would cease to exist?
This is exactly what happens in Karen Magill’s fascinating new novel Let Us Play. It’s an uncertain time in the future and the world of music is suffering.
After a horrible accident at a concert for the band Mystique, rock n’ roll music is silenced forever and the world is quiet. The People Against Rock and Roll (PARR), led by Peter Neils have stamped out the sounds of rock n’ roll. Feeling that the music is sent from Satan to encourage people to riot and act horribly, Neils will not be satisfied until all music, not just rock n’ roll, is quieted to a whisper.
But the people of the world will not take this sitting down, however. Where there is an action, there is an equal and greater reaction. The reaction comes in the form of the Let Us Play Organization (LUPO). Led by Kaya Moore, LUPO fights against the rulings of the evil PARR, knowing that in music, there is freedom.
Moore uses her gift of second sight to lead LUPO and fight for the rights of people everywhere. But their organization hides a secret: several members of LUPO are descendants of Mystique, the band that caused the ceasing of all rock n’ roll music and became the stuff of urban legend.
But the fantastic thing about legends is that they are quite often true. And even more wonderful: with legends, good always triumphs over evil.
On a whirlwind adventure, Kaya and her team of LUPO members will have to face personal triumphs and failures. If they hope to get out of their battle alive, they will have to believe in each other and in the people of the world…..
With one incredible twist after another, Magill leads us through an adventure that tests our emotions and makes our hearts race. It’s a fun tale that is perfect for a relaxing afternoon when you want something different, inventive and gripping to read.
It’s also a social commentary. The novel is really a look at the problem with censorship. There have been lots who have been quieted so as not to offend the masses. What’s interesting about Let Us Play is that it could, theoretically, happen. What would the world be like if censorship went that far and music was gone from us forever? Let Us Play makes you take a deep look into the censorship of the world and haunts you well after you turn the page.
While Let Us Play could do with a bit of editing, it’s still a fantastic read. It clips along at a frantic pace and you’re held breathless until the gorgeous, surprising ending. Why not go out and play and pick yourself up a copy of this fun, frantic futuristic adventure.
It’s for music lovers everywhere!