“This debut has it all: music, books, aliens, adventure, resistance, queerness, and a bold heroine tying it all together. ”—Ms. Magazine
Can a girl who risks her life for books and an Ilori who loves pop music work together to save humanity?
When a rebel librarian meets an Ilori commander…
Two years ago, a misunderstanding between the leaders of Earth and the invading Ilori resulted in the death of one-third of the world’s population. Today, seventeen-year-old Ellie Baker survives in an Ilori-controlled center in New York City. All art, books and creative expression are illegal, but Ellie breaks the rules by keeping a secret library.
When young Ilori commander Morris finds Ellie’s illegal library, he’s duty-bound to deliver her for execution. But Morris isn’t a typical Ilori…and Ellie and her books might be the key to a desperate rebellion of his own.
“The Sound of Stars is a marvelous genre-bending debut." —The Nerd Daily
“The Sound of Stars is a stunning exploration of the comforts that make us human and the horrors that challenge our humanity.”—K. Ancrum, author of The Wicker King
"This book has everything! Aliens set on conquering earth! A determined heroine with a hidden stash of books! And the power of music and stories to give those with every reason to hate the power to love. Who could want anything more?"—Joelle Charbonneau, New York Times bestselling author of The Testing and Verify
“An absolute must-read for everyone.” —Book Riot
“Dow's debut is a testament to hope and the power of art.” —Buzzfeed
Also by Alechia Dow:
Debut author Dow combines alien invasion, dystopian romance, and road trip tropes in this story of an alien occupation of Earth. Seventeen-year-old Janelle "Ellie" Baker, who is African-American and suffers from anxiety and hypothyroidism, operates a contraband library in her New York City apartment building, where 1,000 people, including her family, are being held by the alien Ilori. Humanlike M0Rr1S, or "Morris," is a labmade Ilori created for the specific purpose of developing a "vaccine" that will suppress humans' consciousness and allow the energy-based true Ilori to occupy human bodies on Earth for recreation. Unlike other Ilori, though, Morris experiences emotions deeply, something that infuriates his high-ranking father. Upon finding Ellie's library, he doesn't turn her in but instead solicits her aid in finding the human music that he loves. When Ellie's secret is discovered, Morris rescues her from execution, and the two flee with their trove of music and books, their relationship turning romantic along the way. Amid references to popular media, Dow paints a moving picture of two young people's defiance and the power of song and story to combat despair. Ages 13 up.
YA Sci Fi
Loved this book. I really hope the authors writes more sci fi.
Great story with so many lessons of our time.
A story about believing in yourself. Sci-fi and adventure interwoven within a love story. Touches on racial injustice, gender and sexual identity, and mental health. A great, quick read. Is there a sequel?
I loved this love story! Ellie and M0Rr1s aren’t your typical heroes but tough times calls for drastic measures. An alien invasion and a small rebellion pushes them together and the adventure that follows is thrilling. Ellie is genuine and M0Rr1s is a joy. Who doesn’t love a story about music and stories? Enjoyed this very much!