Tuesday, September 1, 2020

DNF Review - The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow




Title: The Sound of Stars

Author: Alechia Dow

Pages: 432

Publisher: Inkyard Press

Release Date: 25th February 2020


Blurb from Goodreads:

 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. With humans deemed dangerously volatile because of their initial reaction to the invasion, emotional expression can be grounds for execution. Music, art and books 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 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 the 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 creating a story and a song of their own that just might save them both.

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My Review:

*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Inkyard Press and NetGalley*

-DNF @32% -

Janelle "Ellie" Baker's world was invaded by an alien race called the Illori. The humans that weren't killed are under strict control and aren't allowed items like music or books. Ellie has a secret stash of books that she distributes to people in her apartment building, despite knowing that these books could get her killed.

M0R1S is a lab-born Illori who has a love for music, something thought could result in his execution.

When M0R1S finds Ellie's books, instead of turning her in, he asks her to find him some music.

Can Ellie and M0R1S put a stop to the Illori's plans?

Will they get caught?

I was excited to read The Sound of Stars as it sounded like an intriguing read, especially with the aliens taking over Earth. However, it ended up not being for me.

Ellie was an OK protagonist, but I didn't feel that I connected with her.

M0R1S's chapters were a bit confusing for me and I really struggled to be interested in him as a character.

The plot was OK but I really struggled with the writing style and didn't feel invested at all in the storyline.

It got to the point where I was forcing myself to continue and so I decided to DNF.

I might try to read this again at some point in the future.

Unfortunately, this wasn't for me.

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