Songbird

Songbird

by Robin Ive

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Overview

There's music, and there's madness...
They come from nowhere. Nobody knows why they're doing it. Nobody knows who's sending them - and nobody knows who's going to be their next victim...
The orbs are attacking, and their deranged, supernatural music is unravelling minds, hurling people over the edge and down into insanity.
Folk singer Michaela Lockhart doesn't understand her uneasy relationship with the orbs but it seems to be protecting her - until one day she finds out just how wrong she's been about that.
She has no choice but to flee into the wild, dangerous and empty countryside beyond Brighton where she discovers just how deeply mired in the horror she really is. She's forced to confront astonishing secrets about herself, and her music, that propel her headlong into a conflict with an ancient and unstoppably powerful entity.
Saving humanity is all well and good; but for Micky, it's personal...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781985803305
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/02/2018
Pages: 372
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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Reviewed by K M Steele for Readers' Favorite Songbird by Robin Ive is a dystopian tale about a girl with a beautiful voice, a virgin birth and the imminent destruction of civilization by an evil force. The narrative opens in Brighton, a city beset by looting and corruption, after years of attacks by an alien species called Orbs. Nobody knows where the Orbs came from, or what they want, but they are deadly to humans. Victims of an Orb attack turn ‘feral’, exhibiting mindless aggression that ends in violent suicide. Micky lives above an abandoned antiques store in Brighton, and tries to keep out of trouble while she sings for her supper, and a supply of a black market drug that is the only known defence against the Orbs. When Micky ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time, she is sentenced to twelve months on the Southern Voyager, a prison ship moored on the Thames. She escapes, but finds herself in greater danger when she is captured by Petra Cromwell, a scientist prepared to stop at nothing to find a cure for the side effects of the Orbs. However, forces greater than Petra are at work, and Micky survives to fight the biggest battle of her life. Songbird is fast-paced and enjoyable. The settings are vividly described without being self-indulgent, which means the reader can easily visualise the destroyed city and surrounding countryside. All of the characters, with the exception of a couple of obvious caricatures, are well-rounded with believable back stories. The gentle romance between Micky and Jarreth is believable, and there are good and bad characters, and plenty that fall in the middle, which adds another layer of authenticity to the characterization. The weaving of folklore and historical detail into a futuristic narrative adds an interesting dimension to the novel, and grounds the narrative in the real world. Overall, Robin Ive’s Songbird is an enjoyable and easy-to-read tale of loss and redemption and the power of good over evil.