Nick Courage The Loudness: A Novel

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The Loudness: A Novel

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"The Loudness is perfect for Hunger Games and Divergent fans." - VOYA
"I absolutely loved this book!" - Alyson Noël, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Immortals
Henry Long doesn't have a heart. He doesn't go to school. He doesn't have a girlfriend. He doesn't have a clue. Two of those things are about to change.

Since the Tragedies, Henry Long doesn't have much: just an annoying low-watt buzz from his makeshift heart transplant, skinny arms, and a dusty library attic from which he charts the reconstruction of the Green Zone, the last habitable neighborhood of his ruined coastal city. While his parents work on making the Green Zone independent from a federal government that appears to have abandoned them, Henry's feels similarly abandoned--that is, until he discovers a refugee artists' colony called the Other Side. When the federales don't take kindly to the Green Zone's attempts at secession and kidnap Henry's parents, Henry and his new renegade friends--including one very courageous girl with whom he's shared one truly shocking kiss--are forced from the colorful streets and underground rock clubs of the Other Side to an overcrowded capital city on the verge of collapse.
As Henry uncovers more about the conflicting forces that run his world, he realizes that not everyone is who they seem to be--including himself. In The Loudness readers will be propelled into an electrifying world where superheroes emerge from the unlikeliest people.

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"I was recently persuaded by one who knows, that blurbs or cover quotes do no good, and I should not write them. So I will not be saying that The Loudness is a meticulously crafted and admirable book. Others may say it - I wouldn't be surprised - but I say buy a copy, take it home and read it, and make up your own mind. What am I, a guru?" - Daniel Pinkwater

"I loved The Loudness. The voice, the story, the characterization, the writing... just, wow." - Carol Lynch Williams, author of The Chosen One and Signed, Skye Harper

"The Loudness has all the necessary ingredients for a great read--fast pace, compelling characters, intriguing plot, and an inspiring message that you don't need super powers to be a super hero. I absolutely loved this book!" - Alyson Noël, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Immortals
 "In Courage's hands, a punk show is as much an arena for self-discovery as any sci-fi adventure." - Pittsburgh Magazine 

"The Loudness can be compared to a futuristic version of Huckleberry Finn. While Twain's Huck traveled the Mississippi River on a raft, Hank takes a wild ride into a future America in a beat-up truck with a Belgian rebel, a large slobbering dog and the girl of his dreams."- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
   
 "A rip-roaring read about a community, belief, and heart. If Cory Doctorow wrote middle grade, I imagine it would have a similar feel to this."- The Rec Room 
 "Channeling Margaret Atwood by way of Henry Rollins with a dash of Tony Hawk..."- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

"[The Loudness] touches on a variety of themes: ecology, power-hungry politicians, music and art as sources of hope, family loyalty, and dangerous double crossing. The plot's exciting action mounts as Henry's parents are kidnapped and he takes on the Other Siders, people from the City, federales, friends who might be enemies, and enemies who might be friends, in order to be reunited with them. There is also budding first love, as Henry and Ava adventure together. In the final chapters, superhero powers and blinding beams of light appear, paving the way for a sequel."- School Library Journal

"Part dystopian, part coming-of-age (friends bond, romance blossoms over the sharing of a single bottle of ancient soda), The Loudness is perfect for Hunger Games and Divergent fans."
- VOYA 
"The Loudness is an excellent novel. It really brought me closer to the characters' perspectives with detailed descriptions. The author, Nick Courage, is very good at writing tense scenes-slowly revealing hidden information and leaving the reader hanging for more. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoyed other dystopian novels with unusual premises."- Middle Shelf

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Gr 6–9—Henry Long was born soon after the first of the Tragedies—environmental disasters that are alluded to, but not fully explained—which have rendered Henry's city (reminiscent of New Orleans) largely uninhabitable. Since infancy, Henry's oddly behaving artificial heart has caused disconcerting phenomena when he is around electrical devices. When he and his music-loving dad bike from their home in the relatively safe Green Zone, through the Grey Zone into the Other Side to sell some vinyl records, Henry is amazed at the vibrant colony of artists and musicians they encounter there. The story touches on a variety of themes: ecology, power-hungry politicians, music and art as sources of hope, family loyalty, and dangerous double crossing. The plot's exciting action mounts as Henry's parents are kidnapped and he takes on the Other Siders, people from the City, pickers, federales, friends who might be enemies, and enemies who might be friends, in order to be reunited with them. There is also budding first love, as Henry and Ava (aka Freckles) adventure together. In the final chapters, superhero powers and blinding beams of light appear, paving the way for a sequel. VERDICT A solid debut recommended for larger collections.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX

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