Release Date: 25th February 2020
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Can a girl who risks her life for books and an alien who loves forbidden pop music work together to save humanity?
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.
The main selling point of The Sound of Stars was, to be honest, the illegal library that the main character is running. Janelle is a survivor of the alien invasion on Earth, and she’s running an underground library in order to help give people hope. Does that not sound like the best thing?
I was honestly more intrigued by the concept than anything. The idea of an alien and a human coming together to bond over music and books and save the human race sounded like a lot of fun. And it was, it just wasn’t as exciting as I was hoping it would be.
My main issue with The Sound of Stars was that the plot was a bit choppy. I feel like the book could have been padded out a bit more to allow for more description and more time between the action scenes. Don’t get me wrong, it was fast paced and exciting, but it didn’t really strike the balance that was necessary to properly tell the story.
The Sound of Stars does a really good job representing a demi-ace main character (Janelle), and injustice, racism, and inequality. Janelle is mixed race, and she’s very vocal about the issues that black people face.
Honestly, I hope there’s a sequel because I spent a lot of time recapping this one for Recaptains, and it would be a shame to waste my notes!