Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Romance
Published August 29th 2017 by Snowy Wings Publishing
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.of their shared past is revealed, one of them will make a choice that changes their future forever . . .
|For someone who isn’t a fan of sci-fi fantasies with aliens, this is a book to consider, why? I went into this book knowing it was not something that normally grasped my attention and found myself blown away.
Mary Fan did a wonderful job depicting this complex world as well as its laws. I favor well-built worlds that allow me to understand and become submerged. She did this in an eloquent and gripping fashion. The how and the why come into the light without dropping it before us abruptly.
If that is not enough to grab your attention, the story revolves around art and this particular art school where the students hope to gain a patron. A patron who will pay them and help rid them of their debt so that they may help their family financially.
The characters were complex, driven by their desires and fears, which made me as a reader feel for them and make them believable, too.
The book to me honestly had a YA Fifth Element feel to it, mix in The Host by Stephenie Meyer and *insert Artsy book here,* I think that sums it up really well.
A unique, fast-paced read, one that I think fans young and old would enjoy.
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