Light From Uncommon Stars

Light From Uncommon Stars

4.1 (16,382 ratings by Goodreads)
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4.1 (16,382 ratings by Goodreads)

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Description

Shizuka Satomi is a brilliant, cursed violinist who must win her soul back from damnation. To do this, she must take seven prodigies as students, then entice each to trade their soul for fame. She has already delivered six.

However, rather than the usual pampered genius, the seventh, Katrina Nguyen, is a young transgender runaway with a wild talent, who is fleeing an abusive home.

Meanwhile, Lan Tran, a starship captain, has crossed the galaxy with her family to make a new life running a local donut shop. But though she saved them from a galactic war, nothing can stop the end of existence itself.

Faustian bargain meets space opera in this genre-bending novel of three vastly different women. Bombarded by catastrophe, misunderstanding, and fate, each has come to San Gabriel Valley, just outside of Los Angeles, to escape their fates, find their voices, and save the universe.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 136 x 215 x 33mm | 328g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1250789087
  • 9781250789082
  • 48,014

Review quote

"The book brought me to tears . . . and bursts with love and insights on food, music, inheritance and transformation."--The New York Times

"Filled with mouthwatering descriptions of food and heart-swelling meditations on music, this novel is an unexpected gift."--Kirkus, starred review

"Aoki's novel is an exciting, wild web of an adventure, an unputdownable book about music, found family, and identity. Diving into the tough subjects, Aoki's book emerges with a joyful, queer, radical ballad of a story. . ."--Booklist, starred review

"A dark but ultimately hopeful sci-fi exploration of the threats faced by queer people of color [and] a love letter to immigrant culture and the power people have to save each other . . . a beautiful, satisfying story of redemption and families of choice."--Publishers Weekly

"A transformative marvel. I have never read a book quite like this before. I laughed. I wept. I believed in the power of souls. This is a novel that will be talked about for years to come, and deservedly so. I. Loved. This. Book."--T. J. Klune, New York Times bestselling author

"Delightful and heartbreaking. An unexpected mashup of science fiction and fantasy that will make you love music, crave donuts, and wish to read it all again."--John Scalzi, New York Times bestselling author

"This book broke my heart and glued it back together stronger than before. Skillful, stunning, absolutely gorgeous."--Becky Chambers, USA Today bestselling author

"A beautiful story of friendship and love . . . incredibly soothing and kind and sweet and delightful. I fell in love with these characters and did not even realize how desperately I needed this story right now."--Charlie Jane Anders, author of All the Birds in the Sky

"A story that sparkles with magic and music and joy; this book just sings."--Everina Maxwell, author of Winter's Orbit

"A kaleidoscopic and riveting symphony . . . Aoki has conjured the most spellbinding venues to unpack race, sexuality, and class with both ingenuity and heart. A new classic."--Sequoia Nagamatsu, author of Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone

"Ryka Aoki's prose is sublime, the emotional connections she makes are like sparkling jewels . . . Light From Uncommon Stars is fantastic, beautiful, and deeply, profoundly moving."--Jenn Lyons, author of Ruin of Kings

"A singing, full-hearted, fearless--and fearlessly goofy--vision that dances across the border between real and surreal, heartrending and sweet, with the nonstop energy of Douglas Adams, and a deep, merciless compassion."--Max Gladstone, author of Empress of Forever
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About Ryka Aoki

RYKA AOKI's first novel, He Mele a Hilo, was published by Topside Press in 2014. She is a two-time Lambda Literary Award finalist for her collections Seasonal Velocities, and Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul. Ryka's work has appeared or been recognized in publications including Vogue, Elle, Bustle, Autostraddle, PopSugar, and Buzzfeed, as well as the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. Ryka has been honored by the California State Senate for "extraordinary commitment to the visibility and well-being of Transgender people." She has an MFA in creative writing from Cornell University, and is cur rently a professor of English at Santa Monica College.

You can find Ryka online at www.rykaryka.com
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Rating details

16,382 ratings
4.1 out of 5 stars
5 41% (6,658)
4 36% (5,899)
3 17% (2,853)
2 5% (769)
1 1% (203)
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