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The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow
Young adult

The Sound of Stars

We love supporting debut authors. Congrats, Alechia Dow, on your first book!

by Alechia Dow

Quick take

The alien-human friendship you didn't know you needed, all founded on a shared love for great tunes.

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    400+ pages

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    Graphic violence

Why I love it

Christina Orlando
Books Editor & Publicity Coordinator,

In a futuristic New York City, the human population is controlled by an alien race called Ilori, who have banned humans from emotional expression—including all art, music, and writing. Seventeen-year-old Ellie keeps a secret library, which, when discovered by alien boy M0Rr1S, is cause for her execution.

But sometimes emotional connections are too strong to betray, and sometimes the music is just too good to keep from dancing.

The Sound of Stars is a super charming romance filled with fun pop culture references, a highly diverse cast, and a joyful take on the future of human creativity. For fans of The Book Thief and Marissa Meyer—and all those who love storytelling—this one is for you.

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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 dangerously volatile because of their initial reaction to the invasion, humanity’s emotional transgressions are now grounds for execution. All art, books and creative expression are illegal, but Ellie breaks the rules by keeping a secret library. When a book goes missing, Ellie is terrified that the Ilori will track it back to her and kill her.

Born in a lab, M0Rr1S (Morris) was raised to be emotionless. When he finds Ellie’s illegal library, he’s duty-bound to deliver her for execution. The trouble is, he finds himself drawn to human music and in desperate need of more. They’re both breaking the rules for love of art—and Ellie inspires the same feelings in him that music does.

Ellie’s—and humanity’s—fate rests in the hands of an alien she should fear. M0Rr1S has a lot of secrets, but also a potential solution—thousands of miles away. The two embark on a wild and dangerous road trip with a bag of books and their favorite albums, all the while making a story and a song of their own that just might save them both.

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397 ratings
  • 45% Love
  • 42% Like
  • 9% Dislike
  • Huntingburg, IN

    Wonderful book! Perfect mix of dystopian sci-fi, adventure, and romance! I’m hoping for a sequel to this and definitely planning to read the other books she has planned in the future of that universe

  • Fort Payne, AL

    This book is phenomenal! The first few chapters was a little rough for me to get thru but it was so worth it. There are so many great lines out of this book. I just fell more and more in love with it

  • Lehi, UT

    Such a cute and well written story. I love that MC character is a book lover and there is a lot of social and political depth that is really well timed in this book. A highly recommended read by me.

  • Crane, MO

    I knew I would love the plot when I got it and it didn't disappoint! Morris was amazing and the plot twist was well done! I hope we get a sequel soon! Also, I wouldn't use Libby for an audiobook...

  • San Antonio , TX

    This is hands down, the best book I've read so far. I enjoyed it from the start to the end. I never wanted it to end. It is so good!!! It is 100% a keeper and for sure something I will read again!

  • Brighton , MA

    This is probably my fave book so far from BOTM. The flawless inclusion of queer characters, the interesting nuance of the alien invasion. Allowed me to overlook and enjoy the cheesy love story.

  • Steger, IL

    Loved this book! It's got a light sci-fi feel (aliens) and is full of pop culture references. Ellie and Morris are such great characters and I was really invested in their story and adventure.

  • North East, PA

    One of my all time favorite books! Im hoping for a sequel even though its supposed to be a stand-alone. :) If you’re not sure about this book just let me say that it is a hidden treasure.

  • Washington, IL

    What a ride! Yes, it was a little over-the-top when it came to YA romance, but really, illegal library? A rogue music loving alien? And the ending - well worth the minor YA tropes.

  • Leonore , IL

    Very interesting take on the growing issue of judgement among people. Showing that you can not and should not judge people by looks alone. With a love story for the ages

  • Mesa, AZ

    A human and alien journey of love story in music live on between race to save human kind. The battle kill human race and character well write on amazing book to read.

  • Kissimmee, FL

    I picked on a whim bc I wanted a romance for Valentine’s day! Its super cute and lighthearted and the characters are adorable. sure hope there’s a sequel!!

  • Warrington, PA

    Wha a beautiful story about the power of music and of "human" connection. This was a deeply impactful book, and one I'm thrilled to have on my shelves.

  • Bagdad , KY

    A lovely cross country adventure featuring a love story of a human and alien through music and books. Gave me a lot of Hitchhikers vibes. A real treat!

  • Tampa, FL

    An absolutely incredible book with a Black mixed main character who is absolutely relatable. I'll be recommending this book to people forever.

  • Northport, NY

    OMG! I absolutely loved this novel. I loved the pop culture refrences, I loved the characters, and I loved the setting! I loved everything!

  • Valrico, FL

    Look a human and an alien bonding over their demisexuality and love of music while on a road trip to save the world is god tier work.

  • Chamisal, NM

    Wasn't sure how I felt about this book at the beginning but the prophetic twist at the end was SO good! Can't wait for the sequel.

  • Ararat, VA

    I love that the main character is an ace curvaceous black female. I just enjoyed the entire story. I'm a Sci-Fi nut at heart

  • Fruitland, ID

    This book was so very entertaining. I loved the cute romance and the fun characters. I’m hoping there is a second book.

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