Author: Mary Fan
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.
~I received a free copy for my honest review~
Simply amazing sci-fi dystopia. Starswept tells the story of Iris Lei, a young viola prodigy at a prestigious school for artists. She dreams of increasing her rank enough to gain a sponsor, someone who will pay off her school debt and allow her to live her life playing the instrument she loves. That is until she meets a young Adryil boy by the name of Damiul who teaches her that nothing is like it seems. Desperate to rescue Damiul from the dangers he is caught in, Iris learns about the true testament of friendship and love and finds a new purpose in her life.
With strongly written characters and scenes, Starswept is a real page turner. I’ve never read anything like it before and I can guarantee it will be an instant hit with YA readers.