reviews of starswept
From Amanda Dana, author and blogger:
Iris Lei has struggled with her gift as a musician. What makes it worse is that she must raise her standing at her art school or she'll be kicked out; living a life of a common laborer and barely making enough wages to live once her stipend for her school fees have been deducted. The musical compound should be helping her to flourish, but she feels as if she's treading water, desperate for a breakthrough.
Adryils are an alien species that have contacted earth, their weakness is the arts, something they themselves had never developed due to their ability to understand thoughts and feelings telepathically. Earth has done everything in its power to protect itself, but the lure of money and sponsorships of earthling artists was too alluring. Adryil tech, and visits, are strictly limited and for the most part illegal.
But everything changes for Iris when she literally runs into an Adryil boy on the lam, leaving her with a special device. Although owning Adryil tech is highly illegal, she has a strong urge to hold onto it, and since breaking the rules is something that she's never been willing to do before, the mystery of it seems to counterbalance the safety of the familiar grounds she grew up on.
Mystery and intrigue follow Iris's story as she unravels the true purpose of the establishments around her, along with a blossoming bond with an alien boy she should never have met.
Elegant and mysterious as a sonata, this science fiction adventure will keep you entranced until the end. I highly recommend to ya science fiction readers of any age.
From SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews:
Going in to this book I had no idea what to expect. I have read few books set in the way future, some set on earth, some set in space, others somewhere in between. But this book is somewhat unique.
I really enjoyed the world setting; it is was fantastic and really well explained. But so were the characters. I really loved Iris and her dark, yet beautiful journey in this book.
Iris comes from a poor household and struggles to keep afloat with her school for the arts. As if that is not enough, she soon has to face so much more. She must make very hard decisions that could cost her everything. An Adryil boy doesn’t help, for the matter. And as they grow closer, things are just getting more and more complicated and more dangerous for Iris.
Some things seemed odd, but in the end everything just came together really well and makes sense.
I really loved this book; it was dark, sweet, and had some great twists. It also was really well written, a much welcomed new book in the YA sci-fi book world.
This was my first book by Mary Fan, but will definitely not be the last.
If you like YA dystopian, Sci-Fi books, I highly recommend this book.
I rate it 5 ★