Mercedes "Meche" Vega is returning home to Mexico City
after 18 years
of living abroad and working as a software developer.
Vincente Vega, has passed and it has been 20 years since
she's seen him.
Since her mother and father were divorced, his prize
possession of vinyl
records and all that he has left goes to Meche. That
amounts to almost
nothing, except for the old record player and his
thousands of vinyls.
Music and singing was everything to her father. Meche has
same fondness for living through records of music. Living
in near poverty
while growing up in the bad area of the city, Meche was
wore too large hand me down clothes.
Returning is bittersweet. Mecher relives memories of a
time when she
befriended a teenage boy, Sebastian "Sebo", now a
and close friend Daniela "Dani". The three formed a
stumbled into teenage witchcraft using the vinyls and
music as a catalyst.
The more they dabbed in witchery and became more powerful,
things became serious and dangerous and Meche became a
Dani and Sebastian causing them to refuse her requests.
betrayed and refused to collaborate with either of her
back after all these years and seeing them both again,
stirs old feelings,
both sad and happy, and causes Meche to look at herself
and all she has
done as a teen which leads her to find her true destiny
and the place she
This is a little different genre than I usually read and
found it very
disturbing. A teenage girl developing such power and
using it to achieve
her wishes was a little scary. The threesome didn't fit
in with other teens
and made for a sad read of unfulfilled and unconquerable
story was well written and surprisingly, not hard to
follow with the jumping
back and forth between the 18 year span. I'm sorry to say
that SIGNAL TO NOISE did not
leave me with that warm feeling I usually like upon the
end of a read.
A literary fantasy about love, music and sorcery, set
against the background of Mexico City.
Mexico City, 1988: Long before iTunes or MP3s, you said “I
love you” with a mixtape. Meche, awkward and fifteen, has
two equally unhip friends — Sebastian and Daniela — and a
whole lot of vinyl records to keep her company. When she
discovers how to cast spells using music, the future looks
brighter for the trio. With help from this newfound magic,
the three friends will piece together their broken
change their status as non-entities, and maybe even find
Mexico City, 2009: Two decades after abandoning the
metropolis, Meche returns for her estranged father’s
funeral. It’s hard enough to cope with her family, but
she runs into Sebastian, and it revives memories from her
childhood she thought she buried a long time ago. What
really happened back then? What precipitated the bitter
falling out with her father? And, is there any magic left?