Some melodies reach across the stars.
In 2157, the Adryil—an advanced race of telepathic humanoids—contacted Earth. A century later, 15-year-old violist Iris Lei considers herself lucky to attend Papilio, a prestigious performing arts school powered by their technology. Born penniless, Iris’s one shot at a better life is to attract an Adryil patron. But only the best get hired, and competition is fierce.
A sudden encounter with an Adryil boy upends her world. Iris longs to learn about him and his faraway realm, but after the authorities arrest him for trespassing, the only evidence she has of his existence is the mysterious alien device he slipped to her.
When she starts hearing his voice in her head, she wonders if her world of backstabbing artists and pressure for perfection is driving her insane. Then, she discovers that her visions of him are real—by way of telepathy—and soon finds herself lost in the kind of impossible love she depicts in her music.
But even as their bond deepens, Iris realizes that he’s hiding something from her—and it’s dangerous. Her quest for answers leads her past her sheltered world to a strange planet lightyears away, where she uncovers secrets about Earth’s alien allies that shatter everything she knows.
Genre: SCI-Fi/Young Adult
Page Length: 400
Characters: Iris, Damiul
Publication Year: 29th August 2017
I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I really liked the idea behind this story and it got more intriguing the more I read. Iris lives in the future where talented musicians are collected by an alien race called the Adryil. I really liked the story telling, it was a slow build up, but it was so worth it, also it gave the story and the characters lots of depth by not jumping straight into the action.
I loved how the characters were all unique and diverse. I thought relationship build up between Iris and Damiul was really sweet. Iris is your typical dreamer, I found myself relating to her a lot particularly when she would day dream about her life. I also liked how much she genuinely cared for the other people in her life.
I’m really hoping that Mary Fan is writing a second installment to this story because I really really want to know what happens next. Also, I wanna take a second and show my appreciation for how bloody beautiful the cover is for this book! I mean seriously its stunning and I only have an e-book version, I can’t wait to see what the real version looks like.
The Bottom Line:
Read this book. I won’t disappoint, particularly if you like your YA mixed with a bit of alien romance. I would defiantly recommend this book.
My Rating: 4/5
About the Author
Mary Fan is a hopeless dreamer, whose mind insists on spinning tales of “what if.” As a music major in college, she told those stories through compositions. Now, she tells them through books—a habit she began as soon as she could pick up a pencil.
Mary lives in New Jersey and has a B.A. from Princeton University. When she’s not scheming to create new worlds, she enjoys kickboxing, opera singing, and blogging about everything having to do with books.
Starswept is out on the 29th August you can pre-order your copy here: