The Sound of Stars
By: Alechia Dow
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Genre: Sci-Fi, Dystopia, YA
Synopsis: Two years ago, a misunderstanding between the leaders of Earth and the invading Ilori resulted in the deaths of one-third of the world’s population.
Seventeen-year-old Janelle “Ellie” Baker survives in an Ilori-controlled center in New York City. Deemed dangerously volatile because of their initial reaction to the invasion, humanity’s emotional transgressions are now grounds for execution. All art, books and creative expression are illegal, but Ellie breaks the rules by keeping a secret library. When a book goes missing, Ellie is terrified that the Ilori will track it back to her and kill her.
Born in a lab, M0Rr1S (Morris) was raised to be emotionless. When he finds Ellie’s illegal library, he’s duty-bound to deliver her for execution. The trouble is, he finds himself drawn to human music and in desperate need of more. They’re both breaking the rules for love of art—and Ellie inspires the same feelings in him that music does.
Ellie’s—and humanity’s—fate rests in the hands of an alien she should fear. M0Rr1S has a lot of secrets, but also a potential solution—thousands of miles away. The two embark on a wild and dangerous road trip with a bag of books and their favorite albums, all the while making a story and a song of their own that just might save them both.
This review will be spoiler free
This book was quite a surprise for me! A good surprise, and I love it when books end up being better than I think they will be. First of all the diversity in this book is great to see! I love seeing sci-fi and fantasy books start to really embrace diversity in their characters. I also really enjoyed the dual POVs, I think it was really clever to have one of the main characters actually be one of the aliens. Usually in these types of stories wee don’t get their perspective, and this book gave us a peak behind the curtain!
The story itself was interesting though somewhat simplistic. I mean at the end of the day this is still a YA book and I think that does show in the plot and the pacing. The story moved pretty quickly but had a lot of lagging moments. I think they did work as a quieter introspective time to grow the character’s relationships. The romance was very sweet, I think the author tried to go for a semi slow burn but kind of gave up and had them be together lol. I thought they were very cute, but honestly I think they should have had to work a little harder to get to the realization of their relationship.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book as a nice summer read. It has adventure, aliens, romance and so many pop culture references you’ll have to start making a list! If you’re looking for a good dystopian sci-fi read I think you need to add this one to your list.
Have you guys read this book? let me know your thoughts down in the comments! Also what’s your favourite alien invasion story? I think mine’s got to be the 5th Wave.