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The Sound of Stars

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  77 reviews
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
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Expected publication: February 25th 2020 by Inkyard Press
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Three it started sooo good but that ending!!! It ruined all my expectations stars!!!

There are so many good intriguing, entertaining things about this book keep my attention like popular culture references used with song and book quotes, bounding friendship and connection between a human and alien (my childhood’s favorite movie is E.T., I was raised with my adoration of Spielberg and alien nations till I met Ripley in Scott’s Alien movie!), and of course road trip idea.
But there is also annoying
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I mean... I feel like I have to give myself the best rating possible, since I was a *tough* judge of my own work while writing it, you know?
♠ TABI ♠
hi this sounds like all the tropes I love smashed into one story and I need it now and also I NEED THIS COVER AS A POSTER ASAP cause I just wanna pin it up on my ceiling and lay on my bed ogling it for hours

Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
no idea if this will be good or not but I want to rub my tongue on that cover
Laura Weymouth
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So, I was lucky enough to read this book at an early stage and can safely say I expect many people to just adore it. Dow's debut is a fun, heartfelt scifi romp reminiscent of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, featuring eminently shippable protagonists, a high-stakes road trip, and a gorgeous exploration of the humanizing influence of music and literature. One of my most anticipated releases of 2020 <3
Kate (kayvajuice)
Okay so here's the thing. I know this isn't exactly a "contemporary" but it feels like one. And I gotta be honest and say right here that I'm not a fan of contemporary. I usually prefer to skip them. I chose to read this because I was expecting it to be more of a fantasy but turns out it wasn't quite was I was expecting. I kinda feel like not a whole lot happened. When you think about the ending it feels that way. But I'm going to say this and stop the review here, I honestly think that this is ...more
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
This book was so freaking good and it made me feel so many things!! I can't wait to review it!!
Athena (OneReadingNurse)
Thank you to Harlequin Teen via NetGalley for the eARC , all opinions are my own.

I read some other reviews though and feel very alone in my way of thinking about the book, so I am concluding that my old curmudgeonly self is not the target audience, even though I have read within the YA scifi /romance genre before and loved it.

So what threw me off? The labels, right from the start, the labels threw me off and I never recovered. Why does everything have to be labelled so that I need Google to
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to be honest here - I had very high expectations for this book. It was one of my most anticipated books of 2020 and it absolutely surpassed all of my expectations in a big way. Which rarely happens!

There were so many things I loved about this book. For starters, the two main characters were very easy to root for. Especially Ellie, who is a black teen trying to survive in Ilori-occupied earth, with her main source of comfort being the illegal books she's keeping. Ellie's insecurities,
Amber (The Book Bratz)
The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz

Aliens. Books. Dystopian NYC. This book screams my name, so it is no shock this this is one of my most anticipated reads and debuts of 2020 (Though I got to read it last week!) The Sound of Stars did not disappoint for one second and kept me wanting and needing to know what was going to happen next.

Can we take a moment to admire how beautiful the cover for this novel is?! The art and the colors blend beautifully and I absolutely adore it,
Jul 31, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
A pop music obsessed alien + a girl who has a secret library = epic sci-fi adventure just made for me

I think I'm in love.

J. Elle
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh, where do I start?

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
Aug 20, 2019 marked it as to-read
- debut author
- diverse characters
- humanity & hope
- road trip

Before anything else that the blurb says, THAT COVER is giving me life and I already want to read this more than anything else. Then comes my fave trope of alien falls in love with human, like YEAAAA
NAT.orious reads ☽
Dec 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
My goodness, the cover! I can't even.
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Review will be posted on my blog closer to publication on 2/18/19*

*3.5 Stars*

Thank you to Inkyard Press and NetGalley for giving me a chance to read this eARC.

The Sound of Stars is a very interesting mesh of the sci-fi, dystopian and romance it’s infused with love of music, books and the love of love really. It explores so many subjects like race, and colonization plus it has aliens! There is a lot going on in this surprising book.

Janelle or Ellie, as everyone calls her, lives in New York City
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the author. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

The Sound of Stars is a story about the power of hope, love, and art. Full of fantastic representation, Dow's debut novel is a testament to resistance. The Sound of the Stars is a story about re-discovering our hope. Like Ellie, I have been feeling rather bleak and hopeless. Ellie, a biracial black teen, has seen firsthand the effects of racism on her family. The micro aggressions,
April B.
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: free-for-review

Music, books, aliens, road trip and adventure... what more could you ask for! This book is truly something special! I wasn't sure how aliens and YA would work together but it was a match made in heaven! It has strong characters and a story that keeps you turning pages! It had moments of humor and intense moments and adventure! Pick this book up when you can!
Ms. Woc Reader
I had such a mixture of emotions while reading this one. Like most of the sci fi and fantasy books I've read it took a little while to get into this story. There was some info dump in the beginning but the story got better once Ellie and Morr1s went on the run even though at times the pace would ebb and flow.

I enjoyed the world building in this story. I felt like Alechia Dow put a lot of thought into developing the Illori and the labmades. And she wrote some beautiful things about the problems
The Artisan Geek
Nov 30, 2019 is currently reading it
Shelves: bookcase
A sincere thank you to Inkyard for gifting me a copy of The Sound of Stars :)

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C.M. Estopare
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's incredibly tough for me to find books where the protagonists are like myself. Nowadays, with everyone falling in love with diversity, it's not so tough. But as a kid, all I had was Alanna the Lionness and a host of other female protagonists that were all white.

I wish this book had existed when I was a teen. Needless to say, I loved it.

The Sound of Stars is innovative and kind of like The Arrival meets Jane Austen. As a lover of hard science fiction, this book was...different to say the
Sissy Lu {Book Savvy Reviews}
Picture this: Equilibrium meets War of the Worlds. That's what this book is!

I enjoyed the idea of this book. Aliens have taken over a sick Earth with the mindset of restoring it and basically turning it into a vacation home while chilling out in their human hosts. Yep. They're going to steal the bodies while they're on vacay. But somehow music and books actually inadvertently save the world. The unique part is they're forbidden [see equilibrium likeness here.]

I liked the characters but didn't
Nov 19, 2019 marked it as to-read
I feel like this book is one of those things that was written exactly for me. Characters that are obsessed with books and music? Yes, please! I felt that in my soul! I can't wait to get my hands on this.
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
Sounds fantastic!
Kayla J. ~ Master of Dragons & Assassins
The Sound of Stars blew me away. The story follows a pair of star-crossed lovers: a human girl named Janelle, or 'Ellie', and a labmade Ilori named M0Rr1S. After Earth was invaded by an alien species named the 'Ilori', humans are confined to pointless lives without music and books and art. The reason why? The Ilori want humans to become shells without emotions, fears, even desires - they want them to be compliant. Their goal isn't to kill off the human race. Their goal is to kill off their ...more
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is one of my new favorites. Absolutely stunning.
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was not sure what to expect with this book. The beginning confused me some, until I got some background information and was able to process the story. It's unlike any book I have ever read, yet it reminds me, in places of several stories. Twilight, to name the obvious, but also, The Host, also by the same author. There are bits and pieces which are similar; the unlikely romance between two dissimilar species; but also the shared humanity of the characters.

Set in the not-too-distant dystopian
Hannah (Ink & Myths)

The Sound of Stars is a beautiful story about love and hope, books and music. It’s certainly not always happy and there are some heavy themes—Earth has been invaded by aliens, after all, and even before that people have been cruel to each other. But what Alechia Dow does in this book is truly remarkable! She shows us all that is bad in this world: the racism, the hatred, the injustice—and then she shows us all the wonderful things that make life worth living: friends and family, love
Vinny —☽.。* Artsy Draft
Thank you Inkyard Press for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Miranda Reads
Dec 18, 2019 is currently reading it
This one looks SO good. I'm psyched!

With thanks to the author and Inkyard Press for a free copy in exchange for an honest review

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Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
There is not a possible universe in which I could have hated this book more. Puzzlingly, I don't have a pithy reason for you, or any reason. It just...didn't work for me, which, possibly because the premise had some merit, was extremely disappointing.
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Alechia Dow is a former pastry chef, food critic, culinary teacher, and Youth Services librarian. When not writing about determined black girls (like herself), you can find her chasing her wild child, baking, or taking teeny adventures around Europe.