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!