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The Sound of Stars

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  191 ratings  ·  133 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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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 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
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
This book was so freaking good and it made me feel so many things!! I can't wait to review it!!
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,
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,
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 the midst
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
NAT.orious reads ☽
Dec 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
My goodness, the cover! I can't even.
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
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'tquite 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,
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
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,
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
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
April B.
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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!
The Artisan Geek
Nov 30, 2019 is currently reading it
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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
Sarah Perchikoff
DNF. I really tried with this one but I think it just wasn't for me. I couldn't connect with Morris's character.
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing

"But they don't know that rebels are made in the worst of circumstances, and even death can't stop the. Us."

This is my first 5 star read of the year and I'm going to go ahead and say that it will have a spot in my top 10 reads of the year as well. I can't even begin to describe how enamoured I am with The Sound of Stars! I have a complete review up on my blog but here's a short summary of my thoughts.

I absolutely love every scene in this
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I learned everything from socializing to surviving from books. Characters, with their twisty plots and drama, were better than reality. Humanity’s better in stories. That’s why I saved as many books as I could, basically saving the humanity worth saving.


The number of weeks until The Sound of Stars hits shelves.


I don't care if it's beFOUR or after the World ends, nobody is borrowing Lady Midnight.


The 'older than 3 months' section Netgalley moved my arc to because it took me
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
Feb 17, 2020 rated it liked it
This book took me through a mix of feels, even more so as all the truths that M0Rr1S had concealed started coming to the surface. But, this is more than that, giving us The Sound of Stars, which at first is a bright light at the end of a very broken, and troublesome, tunnel. It is a world that is more dystopian than anything, making the books being shared in here, as well as the music, a hope that was much needed.

Especially, once I started getting more into the novel and it began unraveling.
Bradley (AudioShelf)
I’m going to be honest here: This was not my favorite book. From the beginning, the world building was jumbled, the characters were really hard for me to relate to at first, and the writing often times gave me a headache. If I could give this book a 2.5, I would.

The reasons I gave it a 3: I like the inclusivity aspect of having a character that was Ace (even though the only think Ace about her was a sentence she says saying she’s Ace. She was basically turned on by Morris the entire book.
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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.