Book Review: Signal to Noise

signal to noiseAuthor: Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Publisher: Solaris
Publication Date: 10 February 2015

The gnomes received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

Meche has spent the last twenty years living abroad, but when her father dies, she returns to her hometown: Mexico City. She is tasked with cleaning out his apartment, which is cluttered with thousands of vinyl records. This brings back lots of memories that she’s repressed over the years. Being a socially awkward teenager, fighting with her father, and something a little less typical. Casting spells with music.

The book switches between 1988 and 2009, revealing Meche’s life in glimpses. As the book progresses, the back story slowly falls into place.

Meche is a very relateable–though not entirely likeable–main character. In many ways, she is just a regular teenager. She is self-conscious, desperate to fit in, and a poor decision maker. Unlike most teenagers, she is also in control of very powerful magic and can be ruthless in its application. By 2009, she has forgotten how to use magic, and the gnomes think this is a good thing, both for her and for the people around her.

Readers can expect to feel every one of Meche’s mistakes and heartbreaks as if it were their own, so keep your box of tissues close. The gnomes do not generally enjoy coming of age tales, but they made an exception for this heartwarming masterpiece.

The gnomes will be eagerly awaiting Moreno-Garcia’s next work.

Rating: 5 Gnomes out of 5



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