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The Sound of Stars

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  394 ratings  ·  220 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 worlds population.

Seventeen-year-old Janelle Ellie Baker survives in an Ilori-controlled center in New York City. Deemed dangerously
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Published February 25th 2020 by Inkyard Press
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Miranda Reads
Another Booktube video - this time all about the Top 10 Books of 2020 (so far) .

Now that you know this fabulous book made the list, check out the video to see the rest!

3.75 stars

"If we get separated and you have to choose between life and joining us, choose life, okay? Live. Live for us. Breathe for us. Survive for us."
Janelle aka Ellie is one of the few survivors who made it through the first few waves of the Ilori alien invasion.

The new world is...depressingly different. The Ilori
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 childhoods favorite movie is E.T., I was raised with my adoration of Spielberg and alien nations till I met Ripley in Scotts 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
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review

CW: colonization, violence, execution, oppression, brainwashing and mind control, anxiety, panic attacks.

Ive been pushing away writing this review for weeks now because Im unsure of what to say. Not because the book is bad, mind you, its the complete opposite. I loved this book so much and it made me feel so many things that I justdont know how to put into words or how to properly convey those feelings and emotions it
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
February 19, 2020:

Consider reading this review over on my blog!

➝ Sum it up in points!

✔ humanity meets hope through resistance
✔ alien invasion and class-ism
✔ rebellious lover of books + fearless lover of music
✔ human-alien romance
✔ great references
✔ plus-size, biracial, demisexual MC with anxiety
✔ gender-queer & bisexual side characters

The Sound of Stars travels through a dystopian, post alien-invasion New York where rules are drilled and humans are expected to stay at the lower strata. In
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not in any way affect my opinions.

This book is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful books I have ever read.

I'm struggling to figure out how to review this one, because it is such a masterpiece and no review of mine could ever do it justice. But alas I got an arc so I guess I'll have to try and put my feelings for this book into words.

I want to touch briefly on the lot before I move onto all of my favourite
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,
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
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.

Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs-read
I wanted to love this book. I mean, look at that cover. Who wouldn't want to love the story behind it? Unfortunately, I'm sad to say that this book wasn't for me. I felt like I was putting too much effort into reading it and I wanted to dnf it many times. While this book has a really nice premise, it failed to transport me.

This book follows a girl living under the threat of being executed any day or turning into some kind of zombie like her dad. There's been an alien invasion on Earth trying to
Feb 28, 2020 added it
Shelves: discarded-shelf
DNF'ed at pg 80. Sometimes I try to read a hundred pages or so if a book is so and so, other times I DNF faster. In this case I felt no conection to the plot or the characters, the love the author expresses for books is amazing, but that's it. Seems like the characters keep repeating themselves about how they feel, with some shocking elements about the invasion in Janelle's POV and about the alien society workings in Morris' POW, but not enough to make me want to keep reading, sadly.
Sol ~ TheBookishKing
didnt hate it, definitely didnt love it, going to take me a few to gather my full thoughts ~

Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Sound of Stars took me through a plethora of emotions, most of which always seemed outside my grasp.

Janelle Baker is a human with an inordinate passion for books. But the world has been taken over by the Illori, a non-human life force. Under their dominion, books are forbidden, as well as anything remotely artistic. Possession of these items resulted in infractions that ultimately led to death. Morris is a lab-made Illori, a disgrace to his family because of his ability to feel, and his love
So many feelings, y'all. So many.
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight


You ever high key wonder how you'd react in an apocalyptic situation? I do, constantly. Which probably explains why I adore this type of book so much. But sometimes I can't quite relate to the hero of the tale because excuse me, am I heroic? Well, Ellie makes surviving the apocalypse seem relatable. First of all, our girl is hoarding books. Who among us can't relate to that?! Plus,
NAT.orious reads ☽
Dec 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
My goodness, the cover! I can't even.
Feb 21, 2020 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-2020, arcs
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

DNF at 26%

I am so, so sad I'm dnf-ing this one, but I felt like I was wasting my time reading a story I realized I wasn't enjoying. I love the concept of this and the author is clearly talented, but there was something about the story that I couldn't connect to. I don't know what it was but we just didn't click. There were so many good, unique aspects here!! I'm typically a sucker for anything including discussions
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to NetGalley, Alechia Dow, and Harlequin TEEN for the opportunity to read The Sound of Stars in exchange for an honest review.

An alien race called the Ilori have invaded Earth. After a miscommunication between Earth and Ilori leaders, one-third of the human population has been terminated. Two years later, the Ilori rule ruthlessly, executing anyone who doesn't follow the rules, just to make a show of their seriousness of the predicament and to keep the humans from potentially
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 its 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
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book it has been awhile since I read an alien romance this one was completely unique I have never read a book quite like this one. I loved the characters so very much especially Ellie and Morris I liked their gradual understanding and romance. I liked the pacing of the romance between them it did not start up right away first Ellie had to be able to trust Morris this took time though after the things they went through together I can't think of a stronger love than the one ...more
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,
Julie (Struck by Stories)
I've been postponing this review for a while, because ironically, it's the books you love completely with all of your being that are sometimes difficult to express your enjoyment of in a review.

One minor disclaimer before I start this review: I'm not (nor claim to be!) an avid fan of sci-fi novels. I'm sorry to all you sci-fi lovers out there, but they just aren't my thing!

However, this book, this gorgeously written book, is making me rethink my view of the sci-fi genre completely.

The book
My Thoughts:

When I saw the beautiful book cover for The Sound of Stars, I knew this was a book that I wanted to read!

When aliens invade earth, one-third of the population is killed, while the other two-thirds are rounded up and contained under the strict surveillance of the Ilori labmades. Music, Art, and books are illegal. People are not allowed to come and go or socialize with one another, except for during designated times and under careful surveillance. The Ilori labmades are preparing the
April Sarah
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, ebooks
2.5 Stars
*ARC received from Netgalley in return for an honest review*

When I first read the synopsis of this book I couldn't wait to get my hands on it and give it a read. I love the idea of a forbidden library and a bond formed over that shared love. And Sci-fi mixed in? Well, yes, please.

There was just so much within this story. It was filled with diversity of every kind. It made many statements about life and where we are all at (and possibly headed) as human beings. So much so that it almost
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great YA read filled with bravery, hope, adventure, and music.
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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.

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