If you have seen my internet presence for the last few months, then you couldn’t have missed my enthusiasm for The Sound of Stars. I basically just want to scream about this book forever. Without further ado, check out Alechia Dow’s guest post on underground libraries on this blog tour from The FFBC.
The Sound of Stars
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 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.
What is it like to imagine the world after such an apocalyptic ending? Creating world building at the end of the world (as we are used to it).
Weirdly, imagining the end of the world wasn’t too hard for me. With politics, climate change, gun laws, racism, devastating events happening too often, and unrelenting hatred circling our world, envisioning how these may distract from an alien invasion makes total sense to me. That said, I prefer hope over annihilation, which is a theme of The Sound of Stars, and the reason I started after the invasion.
What books would you keep in your underground library?
This is such a great question! Hmm… I have so many favorites and I will undoubtedly forget one, so stay with me. Warcross and Young Elites by Marie Lu, Enchantée by Gita Trelease, Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds, Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan, The Disasters by MK England, The Last Bite by Nancy Verde Barr, MEM by Bethany C. Morrow, BraveTart by Stella Parks, Boy Meets Girl by Meg Cabot, my mom’s 1950’s copy of Better Homes New Cookbook, Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova, Jubilee by Toni Tipton-Martin, The Time of My Life by Cecilia Ahern, and so many, many more.
- 1 copy of THE SOUND OF STARS by Alechia Dow
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About the Author
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.