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.
Simply beautiful. My anxious soul skipped a beat with this read.
The musical references ugh, so perfect. I want more music obsessed characters in books! Seriously love this book. It was exactly what I needed to read right now.
I loved the social commentary, the fact that it is set in today’s world, the fear, the hope, the book love. So many great aspects of this story.
The way it displayed how easy it could be to have a gender understanding society, it felt normal and fluid.
The characters were so life like I could feel them as if I knew them personally. I laughed, cried and cursed with them throughout the book. I am usually not one of young adult books, as the characters are often portrayed horribly inaccurate. But this book hit it out of the of the park.
If you love books set in our world, with fantasy elements, and come with a deep messaged packed into it, you’re going to love this book.