Melanin in YA is thrilled to present our very first cover reveal! Today, we’re absolutely honored to be able to share the paperback cover for THE SOUND OF STARS by Alechia Dow, out this winter! THE SOUND OF STARS is a Bookriot Best of 2020 pick as well as a Tor.com Best Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020 pick. If you love sci-fi and you haven’t picked this book up yet, now is the time to pre-order your paperback copy! Check out the synopsis below!

Release Date: December 7, 2021
Publisher: Inkyard Press
UPC: 9781335406699

Cover Art: Michael A. Dale
Cover Design: Mary Luna
Art Direction: Gigi Lau

Can a girl who risks her life for books and an alien who loves pop music work together to save humanity? A beautiful and thrilling debut novel for fans of Marie Lu and Veronica Roth.

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.

Today, seventeen-year-old 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 still keeps a secret library.

When young Ilori commander M0Rr1S finds Ellie’s 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.

Humanity’s fate rests in the hands of an alien Ellie should fear, but M0Rr1S has a potential solution―thousands of miles away. The two embark on a wild and dangerous journey 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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Photo Credit: Nadine Rodler

About the Author

Alechia Dow is a former pastry chef, food critic, culinary teacher, and Youth Services librarian. When not writing YA sci-fi featuring determined black girls (like herself), you can find her having epic dance parties with her daughter, baking, mentoring, or taking teeny adventures around Europe.

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