The Sound of Stars
by Alechia Dow
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Pub Date 25 Feb 2020 | Archive Date 28 Sep 2021
Harlequin TEEN (US & Canada), Inkyard Press
Can a girl who risks her life for books and an Ilori who loves pop music work together to save humanity?
When a rebel librarian meets an Ilori commander…
Two years ago, a misunderstanding between the leaders of Earth and the invading Ilori resulted in the death of one-third of the world’s population. Today, seventeen-year-old Ellie Baker survives in an Ilori-controlled center in New York City. All art, books and creative expression are illegal, but Ellie breaks the rules by keeping a secret library.
When young Ilori commander Morris finds Ellie’s illegal library, he’s duty-bound to deliver her for execution. But Morris isn’t a typical Ilori…and Ellie and her books might be the key to a desperate rebellion of his own.
“The Sound of Stars is a marvelous genre-bending debut." —The Nerd Daily
“The Sound of Stars is a stunning exploration of the comforts that make us human and the horrors that challenge our humanity.”—K. Ancrum, author of The Wicker King
"This book has everything! Aliens set on conquering earth! A determined heroine with a hidden stash of books! And the power of music and stories to give those with every reason to hate the power to love. Who could want anything more?"—Joelle Charbonneau, New York Times bestselling author of The Testing and Verify
“An absolute must-read for everyone.” —Book Riot
“Dow's debut is a testament to hope and the power of art.” —Buzzfeed
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This is one of the best books I've read all year. I am not a big Sci-Fi reader but I loved the premise so much and the COVER (OMG!) so I had to give it a try. And ohhhh myyyy wooord. The prologue alone had me enthralled. From the clever use of structure to the DEEP characterization of the two main characters to the heartwarming way their belief systems shift as the novel progresses--I was HOOKED.
If you love character-driven stories with plot twists, TSOS is for you. I rarely find such richly deep characters that suck me in so quickly. I could not put this book down and when I was forced to, it's all I thought about while away from it. The alien character, in particular, captivated me from the very early pages. The dilemmas he faced, the ways he grapples with being ostracized, and the lessons that come out of it really impacted with me. Personally I identified more with Ellie and the lens with which she'd grown to see the world. Her bravery to be who she is on the inside, on the outside while tearing down emotional barriers she'd built really resonated with me. Both of the main characters are so believable and the dilemmas they face, so palpable. And one of the antagonists was so well written, I literally GROWLED at the page anytime they appeared. Ha ha! A nod to the author's talent for writing such REAL characters.
This is a book you MUST read. The author has also woven in such timely and important social commentary, a variety of LGBTQIA rep, much needed mental and physical health rep. As a fellow writer, I marvel at the author's talent. This book has nestled its way inside me and I don't ever want it to leave. <3